While reviewing the Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, I’m not sure whether to begin this post with the anecdote about my fiancé accidentally setting fire to a menu, or the one where, smooth talker that he is, he tried to woo me at dinner by telling me that the dots on full-length glass doors are there as a legal requirement to stop people banging into them.
Both made me laugh a lot.
Fortunately, the menu incident happened the next day, when we were visiting Lacock Abbey, rather than in the luxurious surroundings of The Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, although it was at The Bishopstrow that my fiancé had an awkward moment with the duty manager.
He had come over to have a chat with us at dinner, and to be fair, it was a little bit noisy and he did have an accent.
“I understand from my colleague that you’re from the media,” he said.
“Very pleased to meet you too,” said my fiancé.
Cue both of them looking slightly confused.
Anyway, you’re not here to read about that – you want to know if there was decent tea in the room, and what the bathroom was like, and things like that, don’t you?
Yes and ace, would be the answers to those questions.
First impressions on arriving at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa were good. We sat for a little while in one of the beautiful guest lounges, and greedily eyed the splendid-looking afternoon tea being enjoyed by another couple. The rooms were nicely done out, with real fires and lovely views onto the gardens.
Then we were taken up to our room, where we were in for another treat.
We stayed in the Oval Room, which I imagine must be one of their nicest rooms, as it was absolutely massive. As well as the en-suite bathroom, our room had a raised platform behind the main bedroom area, where a pair of roll-top baths sat overlooking the gardens. The room, as its name suggests, is oval shaped, and so the view comes from three huge windows across one curved edge.
In case you might be worrying that everyone strolling in the garden would be able to see you lounging in the bath, then fret not. The room is on the first floor and as you can see from this exterior shot, no bathing is visible!
As well as the twin baths, the Oval room has a separate en-suite with a fabulous walk-in shower, and lovely toiletries. I am very partial to a mini bottle of shampoo, and so was very pleased with these.
I really love it when hotels include little extras that, although actually pretty small, make you feel special. At The Bishopstrow these were fluffy bathrobes, slippers, fresh fruit, and a little dish of chocolate truffles. Nobody can fail to feel special sat on a massive bed, munching their way through a dish of chocolate truffles.
And let’s face it, as lovely as the gardens and surrounding area might be, the fun bit of staying in a hotel is lying around on a big bed, perhaps watching a bit of TV whilst having a cup of tea. For half an hour at least. Surely? No? Just me?
Well, fortunately for you, we didn’t just do that, we also checked out the Bishopstrow Spa facilities. There are lots of treatments on offer, but we contented ourselves with using the pool, sauna, steam room and fancy showers, designed to make you feel like you were in a tropical storm. I couldn’t take pictures in there of course, not without looking like a right weirdo.
After some intense relaxing, we got dressed for dinner in the restaurant downstairs. There was a function in the main dining room, so we were sat in the smaller dining area – a sort of conservatory, with large glass windows looking out on the garden. (The glass had spots on – did you know that’s a legal requirement?)
Dinner was beautiful – the sort where you almost don’t want to eat it for fear of disturbing the arrangement of tiny vegetables – and breakfast the next morning was just as delicious. Breakfast is one of my absolute favourite bits of staying in a hotel, and I always go for something that I would never cook at home to make it extra special.
I have very exacting standards when it comes to poached eggs, and these were perfect.
So overall then, a rather lovely mini-break was had by all at the Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa. A comfy bed, sweaty sauna, chocolate truffles, and perfectly poached eggs.
What more can you ask for?
We were guests for one night at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa. All opinions are my own.