This creeper-clad manor house with its roots in the 13th century is hidden at the end of a long drive. It stands above the attractive village of Freshford with its picturesque viaduct and train line that runs to both Bradford- on-Avon and Bath, just ten minutes away. A longstanding hotel, it acquired a new lease of life in 2017, when it was bought by seasoned hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor. Homewood has happily submitted to their elegant, quirky, colourful and refreshingly individual approach to hospitality, with 21 boutique bedrooms ranging from garden suites set in the lovely grounds to cosy classics in the original part of the house. Nowadays the vibe at Homewood, including in the laid-back restaurant, is relaxed, the enjoyable food is home-cooked and locally sourced and the spa, using organic ila beauty products, puts the emphasis on emotional as well as physical wellbeing.
A wander around the 10 acres of grounds to take in the far-reaching countryside views is a great way to feel your shoulders drop.
Anything cooked by Homewood’s kitchen team. We’d recommend the twice-baked Westcombe cheddar soufflé with pickled walnuts and apple or the chateaubriand to share, and if you’re around on a weekend, Sunday lunch is a must-try.
Some deliciously scented and colourful skincare products from ila. They’re all natural and organic and will help transport you back to the wonderfully restful surrounds of the spa every time you use them.