Elegant escapism at Beechfield House Hotel
With its imposing Italianate architecture, Beechfield House Hotel is a stunning retreat for those seeking a relaxed place to stay near Bath. Family and dog friendly, the country house hotel is an ideal hideaway for chilling, feasting and imbibing.
A walled garden, terrace, formal lawns, woodland and outdoor heated pool are gorgeous in the summer while, in winter, open fires are as warm as the convivial welcome.
Beechfield is well positioned for visiting Wiltshire attractions like Longleat and Stonehenge, although the opportunity for fine wining and dining is what speaks to travelling gourmets.
A simple terrace menu focuses on light bites like Wiltshire ham and mustard sandwiches with a glass from the extensive Champagne list. However, it’s in the restaurant that chef Joe Donson really lets his culinary talents shine. Sumptuous lunch and dinner dishes are based around the likes of lamb rump, stone bass, and wild mushroom and truffle arancini. Puddings, such as semifreddo with white chocolate crumb and summer berries, are equally indulgent.
Ingredients couldn’t be fresher: regional specialities are supplemented by a glut of herbs, fruit and vegetables straight from the hotel’s kitchen garden.
Accommodation ranges from a grand fourposter affair with views across the lawn, through family-friendly hideouts with interconnecting rooms, to bedrooms that also welcome canine companions.