I always thought booking a last minute getaway would be easy and reasonably cheap, however I think this is an urban myth! After scouring the internet to find somewhere nice to stay for the weekend we eventually decided upon the Cotswolds. We packed up an overnight bag and woke early Saturday morning to start our journey.
We decided to break up our trip and spent the day in Bath before continuing on to our Hotel, just outside of Tetbury. Bath is a city we have visited several times and each time we forget how much we enjoy it. After navigating our way to what seemed to be the most expensive car park in Bath, we got out stretched our legs and set off for a day of exploring! First things first, lunch! We were spoilt for choice with where to go but settled on Revolution Bath, by day a trendy venue for breakfast and brunch and by night a busy vodka bar after filling our bellies and a cheeky cocktail we left to see what Bath had to offer.
We wandered down the bath stoned streets and discovered many lovely independent shops. My favorites being French Grey, they sell lots of beautiful trinkets and pretty things for the home and have lots of ideas for presents, Anemone which was a florist, selling every colour of flower you could wish for and Anthropologie we probably spent close to an hour in this shop it had so much to offer, it is one for those with deep pockets but nonetheless we enjoyed looking around the two floors and all it had to offer.
We didn’t venture into the Roman Baths this time but still took time to marvel at the beauty of The Abbey next to the Baths. It was hard not to get distracted by it and stop and stare with all the other hundreds of tourists. After a quick pit stop in Waitrose we wandered back to the car, on the way back we noticed a little antique market so had a quick wander round there and then made our way to our hotel.
The hotel we stayed in was called the Hare & Hounds in Tetbury, which is about 20 miles from Bath. It is part of the Cotswold Inn Hotels who have a chain of 7 beautiful hotels dotted around the Cotswold area. We were greeted by a friendly receptionist when we were arrived and shown to our room by an equally friendly colleague. The Hotel is made up of lots of little buildings which all have different sized rooms. Due to our late booking didn’t get to choose which type of room we stayed in but were very pleased with ours, it was a Silkwood Double which was located a short walk from the main hotel. We stayed in the Mulberry Room.
The room was lovely and as you would expect with a hotel in the Cotswolds it had a very country feel to it. The bathroom was stocked with everything Molton Brown (my fave), huge fluffy towels and all the tea, coffee and hot chocolate you could drink. We decided to dine in the Jack Hares that evening which was the hotel bar, as it was less formal that the main Beaufort Restaurant but suited us perfectly, we both had steak which were cooked just as we liked it with lots of salad and veg.
We then and had a couple of nightcaps while enjoying a game of scrabble in the Drawing Room
We retired to our room and had a good night sleep despite the early warning that there may be some noise from a wedding that was happening, we barely heard a thing and had a lovely night sleep. In the morning we went down to the Beaufort Restaurant and enjoyed a full English breakfast after which we went back to our room to pack up our bags in time to check out. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hare and Hounds and were sad to be going home.
We booked our stay directly with the hotel to get the cheapest rate and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic night away, you can even bring your dog with you too!