Catherine recently attended an Agent Trip to Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, Somerset
The invite was for myself and a partner/friend to join the sales team for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel along with a chance to visit the beautiful historic city of Bath and their famous Christmas markets.
The journey to the hotel was extremely easy on a Sunday lunchtime and took just under 2 hours from Surrey.
The hotels location, just on the outskirts of the city, means that you can avoid the heavy Bath traffic and there is ample free car parking on site. The city can be reached very easily by bus or taxi, being just a short 5-10 minute drive away.
Bailbrook House Hotel is a stunning Georgian house which was built in the 1790s for a private residence and has been restored back to its former glory in 2003. It is set in 20 acres of grounds and is one of only 2 Grade II listed buildings in Bath.
The hotel consists of the House and a modern addition Bailbrook Court which is where my bedroom was located for the stay. The Court is easily accessed from the main house and accommodates 81 of the classic and executive bedrooms.
Our bedroom was nicely decorated, comfortable and of a good size for 2 guests. A little welcome gift on the dressing table was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated.
We met our hosts Kerry Watson and Lucy Harris early evening in the Conservatory Bar and Restaurant situated in the main house. This is a traditional room with an adjoining conservatory overlooking the grounds and can also be hired for daytime events during the week.
Christmas cocktails and canapes were served and it was a chance to catch up and meet the rest of the guests.
Following this we were given a tour of the hotel including some of the 13 feature rooms and suites in the main house. All individually named after famous characters from history who have links to Bath and the house.
Each of these bedrooms are uniquely furnished and tastefully decorated to match the era of the house. These rooms are all extremely spacious and offer views over the lawns or overlooking the Avon Valley.
Bailbrook House Hotel has a number of meeting rooms to suit everyone’s needs; some more modern in style located in Bailbrook Court and others traditionally decorated in the main house.
There are 10 meeting rooms and spaces in total accommodating anywhere from 8 people boardroom to 200 people theatre style. The hotel can work well for those small, intimate events up to a large conference. With grounds for team building including a multi-use sports court the venue can be extremely versatile.
The Cloisters Restaurant is tucked away on the lower ground of the mansion house. With original archways carved out of traditional Bath stone this rooms is very atmospheric.
This restaurant is only open for dinner during the week but all guests staying in any of the feature rooms or suites can also have breakfast served here.
We had all worked up an appetite after our showround of the hotel. Dinner was served in a private room just off the lobby, the Duke of Clarence Suite, a beautiful Georgian room with high ceilings and large windows.
A delicious 3 course, Festive menu was provided including turkey with all the trimmings. Before dessert was served we had an added surprise of being challenged to decorate gingerbread houses in small groups. This was great fun and everyone got stuck in, with a hint of competitiveness!
Needless to say, our house did not win but was elegantly displayed in the main reception the following morning next to the beautiful Christmas tree.
My friend and I had a very restful night’s sleep and breakfast the following morning was incredibly tasty with lots of choice.
The weekend was topped off by a visit into Bath and a meander around the beautiful city and their Christmas markets.