Spending Christmas at Calcot Manor near Bath11 December 2020
Christmas is around the corner. And while it may look and feel a little different this year, I’m looking forward to rest, relaxation and time with family. To make the most of the season, it’s nice to get away from home for a few days. There are plenty of places to visit in England, but few places offer the truly unique combination of relaxation, outdoor adventure and energy of Bath.
A stunning and historic city, Bath offers everything I adore: outdoor adventure, Roman baths, and great places to shop. In terms of places to stay, the city is ripe with options. I prefer the Calcot Manor, a luxury spa hotel with elegant rooms, a blissful spa (including a hot tub) and excellent places to dine. There are two restaurants on the property, The Conservatory and the Gumstool Inn, both of which are currently offering festive dishes and meals. The Gumstool is the perfect place to warm up by the fire and watch the chefs fire up the grill.
The hotel spans across 220 acres, so there’s plenty of space to go on an adventure while savoring the countryside atmosphere. After a dose of nature, I’m back at the hotel, where I personally enjoy looking forward to a glass of wine by the fireplace after a visit to the spa. For a little excursion, only a ten-minute drive away from the hotel, a magical tree garden awaits at Westonbirt Arboretum with real Christmas trees to enjoy. If the weather permits, going for a quick jog to burn off the meal is also a treat.
This time around, there’s plenty to do in the city of Bath. For a more seasonal activity, indulge in a seasonal variation of the Pump Room afternoon tea, which features their festive sausage roll, turkey and cranberry toastie and a daily selection of festive Pump Room pastries. For another great spa with a view: the open-air, rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa, which offers naturally warm, mineral-rich waters (bubbling jets included) never fails to impress.
No matter where in the world, Christmas will be different. While the Bath Christmas Market is closed this time time around, shoppers can still browse the stalls and get access to exclusive discounts at each retailer here. This year, Bath’s most iconic streets have been lit up to celebrate the festive season. The best way to experience a city is on foot so it’s well worth it to venture out an evening stroll and take in the sights and sounds on the Christmas Light Trail.
If you’re staying home for Christmas - make the most of it with comforting traditions like getting crafty with wreaths or turning up the heat in the kitchen with minced pie. Treat yourself and the family to new and inviting tableware from Oka. With a festive collection that is not only delightful, their tableware will certainly prepare your kitchen for a festive feast.
No matter what you do or where you go this Christmas season, it’s important to celebrate together - even if it's from a distance.