Our trip started at Paddington Station. Armed with considerably-required coffee and smiling excitedly, bearing the usual indicators of a girly trip away, my buddy and I boarded the GWR train as the platform started filling up with the bustle of a morning rush – the smell of takeaway coffee, hurried footsteps and rushed conversations.
Just a handful of hours later we had been in a taxi driving by means of pretty a distinct globe.
A single exactly where Georgian townhouses hoover more than the river banks as canal boats lazily pass by exactly where tea parlours and vintage jewellery shops line up the streets the very same way they employed to back in the 18th century, and airy squares full with fairly parks add to the general little town charm.
Bath is a ideal location for a trip away.
Popular for its all-natural hot springs (the only ones in the UK) and beautiful 18th century architecture, the city has been the ultimate spa location for hundreds of years, but there was one particular extra explanation behind our stop by – Jane Austen’s bicentenary.
UK’s most beloved author (immediately after all, she’s offered us Mr. Darcy!) Jane spent most of her life in the rural Hampshire, its countryside and persons serving as an inspiration for several of her novels. In truth, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion had been each set in Bath exactly where she lived for a quantity of years.
With Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary rapidly approaching on the 18th July, my buddy and I followed into her footsteps, exploring the Georgian streets of Bath exactly where she’d herself when stroll, indulging in afternoon tea, prosecco-filled evenings… and, of course, a stop by to a spa – all of which I’m certain Jane Austen would approve!
Our day started with a verify in at the loved ones-ran Queensberry Hotel set inside a Georgian townhouse. The owners located a ideal way to seamlessly blend contemporary comfort with the hotel’s historical heritage. Greeted with classical music gently sipping from the speakers as we opened the door to our space, our favourite portion was undoubtedly the bathroom. Practically half the size of my East London flat and full with a roll top rated bath (ideal for a bubble bath and a glass of prosecco in the evening – we’ve place it to a test!), it came with not just one particular but two showers (and a sofa, may well I add).
Immediately after a swift appear about the hotel’s courtyard garden – we loved the whimsical touches the walls had been draped with ivy and giant mirrors had been installed in location of windows – we headed to town.
Portion of Bath’s charms had lies in its size – most locations are inside a walking distance from every other which tends to make it straightforward and straightforward to get about. In what we believed to be a correct Jane Austen’s style, we headed for an afternoon tea at Emily’s Tearoom in Brasserie Blanc. The tearoom occurred to be a portion of the very same line of townhouses as the creating exactly where Jane Austen when lived whilst flat hunting in Bath, at no 13 Queen Square. The tearoom was a cheery mix of brightly coloured floral furnishing and historical portraits dominating the walls – a ideal backdrop for our afternoon tea. Personally, I’d advocate it more than the considerably busier and crowded (while beautiful searching) Pump Rooms which seem to be one particular of Bath’s most well-liked tea rooms.
A stop by to Jane Austen Centre, chronicling the life and instances of our favourite author by means of a series of exhibitions (we specifically enjoyed the dress up portion!), was swiftly followed by a stroll to Parade Gardens – a beautifully styled park overlooking the riverside. Filled with colourful flowers (such as lovely floral book developed for Jane Austen’s anniversary) and comfy sun beds scattered across the loan, it is a beautiful location to unwind and persons watch.
We then ventured outdoors of the city centre to Sydney Gardens – a quaint space just a stone throw away from Jane’s initial, and favourite, residence in Bath at four Sydney Location. We could effortlessly see why Jane loved living in the location – filled with vibrant, graceful crescents and greenery however nevertheless a walking distance to town centre, the location was complete of with undeniable charm.
The final cease for the day, ideal just before we headed back to the hotel to get pleasure from a girls’ evening in with prosecco and a bubble bath, was a dinner at The Roman Bath’s Kitchen. Facing Abbey Church Yard, the when regular Georgian townhouse was now lovingly transformed into a modern space, serving scrumptious cocktails and fantastic meals.
Our morning wasn’t quick of delights – quickly immediately after our breakfast, we headed to Thermae Bath Spa. Britain’ s only all-natural thermal spa and the fruit of a 10 year project to restore the original spa that closed in 1978, it is a location to really indulge. Contemporary however mindful of its previous, Thermae Bath Spa boasts a all-natural thermal waters rooftop pool, a stunningly developed Wellness Suite showcasing ultra contemporary facilities (assume scented rooms and colour therapy) mixing in historical components.. add a variety of fantastic treatment options and private rooms to the mix and you will not want to leave!
Photographs courtesy of Thermae Bath Spa.
The spa stayed correct to its historical roots – the rooftop pool boasts beautiful views of the Bath’s spa quarter, serving as a map to the city’s spa history. From right here, you can see The Cross Bath, which Jane Austen’s brother and father are believed to have frequented, The Hot Bath and The Roman Bath’s Museum, amongst other individuals. But it is not just what stretched beyond the terrace that serves as a reminder of Bath’s amazing previous – archaeological excavations carried out underneath the creating traced human activity dating back 10,000 years!
This post is written in collaboration with Take a look at Bath – all opinions are my personal.