If the Borrowers were to open a hotel, it would probably be something like Nick and Charlotte Dent’s Georgian farmhouse, filled with upcycled objets trouvés. A vintage milk float outside hints at the Grange’s past as a model farm while elsewhere, churns, handcarts, seed spreaders and weighing scales have been pressed into service. In your 'very comfortable' bedroom you might find a dressmaker’s form, a trumpet bedside lamp, an ancient dial telephone… The style is fashionably shabby chic. There are rustic rooms in converted stables, with beams and exposed stone; a little hideaway in a former piggery. Menus for vegans and omnivores are of a gastropub nature – maybe beef fillet, wild mushroom purée, fondant potatoes, purple carrots, celeriac, bone marrow and red wine jus; ravioli, burger. The food is ‘very tasty’, a reader related, but a bit heavy, with starters ‘more like a small main course’. We hear no such complaints from canine guests about the doggy afternoon tea, the breakfast sausage, the complimentary tennis ball. Staff are ‘friendly and extremely hard-working’. The pool and gym are a bonus. See also sister hotel Shieldaig Lodge, Gairloch.
Widbrook Bradford-on-Avon Wiltshire BA15 1UH England
19. 15 in outbuildings, 6 suitable for disabled.
gin bar, snug, restaurant (vegan menus), conservatory, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, function facilities, 11-acre grounds, 11-metre indoor heated swimming pool, gym, giant chess, parking, public rooms wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.
soft, all day in public rooms.
all ages welcomed, family rooms, children's menu.
allowed in certain bedrooms (£15 a night, bowl, bed, sausage for breakfast), public rooms, not restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £155, family from £190. À la carte £59.
TWO-NIGHT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Celebrate the festive season at Widbrook Grange. Escape to the Cotswolds this Christmas. Rediscover the magic of Christmas in a countryside farmhouse: enjoy a mulled wine by the fire, feast on your favourite festive treats and snuggle up with loved ones. This two-night Christmas package has been thoughtfully designed to ensure that your festive celebrations are extra special this year. Your Christmas itinerary: 24 December – Christmas Eve: Christmas carols with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. Three-course dinner in the Kitchen Restaurant. 25 December – Christmas Day: Buck’s fizz breakfast. Christmas Lunch with a glass of Prosecco. Delicious festive buffet from 19:00. Drinks in the Gin Bar. 26 December – Boxing Day: Full English Breakfast. Fond farewells from 11:00. Room prices: Single Room £570.00. Classic Room £750.00, based on two sharing. Supplementary charges: Room upgrade: £90.00 per room. Dogs: £15.00 per dog per night. Extra night Bed & Breakfast: £175.00. Extra night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast: £225.00. Extra night prices are based on the Classic Room rate. T&Cs: Prices include: Dinner, bed & breakfast, Christmas Day Lunch, Boxing Day Breakfast, a glass of fizz and mulled wine where mentioned. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required when booking. Full payment is due 24 November 2023. If you’ve any questions about this festive stay, please email email@example.com or call 01225 864750. For availability and to book, see here: https://www.widbrookgrange.co.uk/rooms/christmas#booknow. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
Our stay in September was so enjoyable and we felt so safe that we went back in December of a few days just before the new tiers!! Being able to “escape” for even a few days makes such a difference.
- Catherine Held - December 2020
We booked this short time as we apprehensive about how different a stay at a hotel could be. We needn’t have worried!
Widbrook Grange, even with the necessary restrictions, was all we have come to expect of one in the Good Hotel Guide. It was lovely to have waitress service at breakfast and not have to select any of it from a buffet. The lack of “servicing” of our room added to the relaxation of our stay.
- Catherine Held - September 2020
The manager was keen, welcoming, enthusiastic. A great deal of care has gone into the objets which decorate this hotel. We were impressed by the many appealing, endlessly inventive features. Our spacious room had lots of rustic decoration; huge bed - Emperor, two metres wide. In the rustic bar there is a large menu of gin cocktails. The food is good: the savoury dishes had exceptionally interesting, unusual combinations and flavours.
- Niki Howes - January 2018