Staycation at Widbrook Grange, Wiltshire

A staycation in the countryside was just what we both needed: nothing but the tranquility of our surroundings and, of course, each other’s company. It was wonderful in every sense. We swam, explored the grounds and ate delicious food, the warm fig and winter vegetable salad I still think about a week later. In the evening, we sampled the hotel’s gin selection and quietly blended into the background of the pleasant atmosphere. All in all, everything we love doing with the addition of a beautiful setting. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend our fourth anniversary together.

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Even the weather was on our side: balmy, mild and with a hint of spring in the air. After a short stop in the pretty town of Bradford-on-Avon, we made our way to Widbrook Grange, nestled a short drive away in the peace and quiet of the nearby country fields. Approaching the long drive, neither of us expected to find a perfectly rustic farmhouse, full of whimsical touches around every corner and an air of quaint charm. A beautiful creaky staircase and a pile of guest Wellington boots greeted us as we stepped through the door of the main building to check in. The reception desk was tucked away in a pretty room to one side with a big Georgian sash window and a display of trinkets to take home: delicate gin glasses, doggie treats and luxurious, natural body care goodies. All of this added to the welcoming, enchanting climate.

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Crunching our way through the gravel, we were taken to our room, a humble and sweet dwelling in the Piggery – a short stroll across from the main part of the hotel. Surrounded by lovely gardens and a pleasant warmth from the sun, it was just perfect for a night’s hideaway. After a refreshing swim in the indoor pool and a nap in our snug bed, we were ready for an early evening tipple with the sun now low in the sky. Taking our wine to one of the guest lounges, we perched in front of the open fire, watching the light slowly fade outside. With still some time before dinner and no early morning alarm the next day, it was time for another round, this time with what the hotel specialises in.

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Hidden towards the back of the hotel, The Gin Bar is famously packed with over 120 varieties to try, most not even on the menu. The bartenders were all fluent in gin-speak, luckily, and happily recommended some delightful ones for us to sip on. Dinner was equally enjoyable, with a dedicated vegan menu that’s always a welcome gift for non-meat-eaters. Post dinner, the ambience in the hotel grew more lively, a friendly buzz flowing through each room: from the restaurant through to the guest lounges and the Gin Bar, enticing us for a digestif and one more occasion to absorb the eccentric décor. Retreating to our cosy room with a sticky toffee pudding in tow, we were ready for bed and an early rise to make the most of the next day.

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Waking up to the grounds bathed in thick fog and a chill nipping at our fingers outside was a far cry from the anticipation of spring the previous afternoon. The hotel grounds somehow looked even more mesmerising through this layer of mist and we took in the beauty of it all with a slow stroll after breakfast, not quite ready to say goodbye to our time here. Soon it was time to leave and make our way back to reality, but not without a thoughtful souvenir to take home. With our new elegant gin glasses safely stowed in the boot, we took one last look at the charming main house and bade farewell, already planning to return one day.

You can book your own staycation through Booking.com with my referral link and enjoy £15 back – perfect for a round of gin and tonics!

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23 Comments

  1. 4th March 2019 / 9:14 am

    These photos are gorgeous, your photography always makes me instantly fall in love with places. I love a little staycation just to have a breath of fresh air. And this seems like the perfect place to do just that! xx

    Em // https://www.emilybecca.com

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:41 am

      Aw thank you, Em! It really was perfect exactly for that!
      xxx

  2. 4th March 2019 / 12:55 pm

    This is such a lovely post Milenka, I can just imagine spending such a cosy weekend away at Widbrook Grange! I could sit by that log fire all day! There’s nothing like a staycation, it sounds like you both had the most amazing time 🙂 x

    Kayleigh | http://www.kayleighawright.co.uk

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:41 am

      Thank you so much, Kayleigh! The log fire was just perfect!
      xxx

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:42 am

      It’s really wonderful! Staycations are the best way to relax!
      xxx

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:42 am

      It really was! The best place to relax after a hectic few months!
      xxx

  3. 4th March 2019 / 7:58 pm

    It looks like in Pride and Prejudice. I love it <3

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:43 am

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! The gin bar was a lovely (and much appreciated) addition!
      xxx

  4. 7th March 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Aww I love the look of this place – it looks so rustic & peaceful! I’m a big fan of staycations and this one looks like the perfect one! x

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:43 am

      It really is! I loved how rustic it was as well!
      xxx

  5. 7th March 2019 / 10:03 pm

    This place is adorable. The overcast weather adds so charm and a bit of drama to it. I think it would be really hard for me to go back to reality from a place like this, too.

    • 8th March 2019 / 8:48 am

      Yesss the mist made it even more beautiful!
      xxx

  6. Gabrielle
    9th March 2019 / 1:32 am

    Oh, this place looks so welcoming and cosy! Love the warm vibe to your images babe – along with that fluffy white cardigan; too cute!

    aglassofice.com x

  7. 9th March 2019 / 9:47 pm

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place! I can feel this tranquility of the surroundings in your photos! I´d love to spend my relationship anniversary at a place like Widbrook Grange! Hope you don´t mind me sharing it on twitter, my followers will be so inspired as well!!!

    Have a great week!
    Anna
    http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

    • 14th March 2019 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you so much! It really was such a lovely place – I just wish I could return soon! And of course, share away! Thank you ☺️
      xxx

  8. 14th March 2019 / 6:09 pm

    This place is so so beautiful and perfect for a weekend away from everything! so peaceful, and the fog is so beautiful too!
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

    • 14th March 2019 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much! The fog made it so lovely and atmospheric!
      xxx

  9. 17th March 2019 / 9:55 pm

    I’m definitely loving the fog in these photos – makes it so much more mysterious and appealing. Also, I love a good staycation! Glad you had a fantastic time.

    cabin twenty-four

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