Last week we celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a little break away in Bath. We first visited Bath around 5 years ago when Tom booked a few night away as a surprise for my birthday. We don’t usually like to revisit places we’ve already been, when there are still so many places we haven’t yet explored, but since it was such a long time ago and a completely different time of year (my birthday is in February) we thought it would be worth going back.
We set off from home on Wednesday and decided to break the journey up a little by stopping in Cirencester overnight. We chose a scenic route through some little Cotswold villages and stopped for lunch in Moreton-in-Marsh then for cake in Stow-on-the-Wold before arriving in Cirencester. We chose to stay at the King’s Head Hotel as we stayed there last year for Tom’s sister’s wedding but arrived late and left early so didn’t get to make the most of it. The hotel is really lovely and I love the décor.
We wandered around Cirencester after checking in and parking the car. We found this amazing outdoor swimming pool that is actually heated and had we been prepared I would have loved a swim. What a view.
The hotel was so nice that we actually wanted to feel like we’d made the most of it and spent some time in the room so we headed back for a couple of hours before dinner. Tom went to the gym and I made the most of the smart tv and wifi by watching YouTube and writing a blog post. We went for dinner at Pizza Express (because who can say no to two pizzas for £10 – hello Pizza Wednesdays!) before a last evening wander around town.
After a delicious hotel breakfast on Thursday morning we headed straight to Bath as we had an exciting reservation! We arrived at our hotel – Bailbrook House at around 12 and were delighted to find that not only was our room ready for an early check in but that we’d also been upgraded to a suite as we told them we were celebrating out anniversary on our booking. We stayed here last time we were in Bath and it started a love affair with the Hand Picked Hotels chain, we have stayed in so many of them since! We took our things up to the suite, filmed a little insta story as we were so thrilled with it, then set off for lunch.
We walked into town which was a little further than we remembered (around 40 minutes for too hot pregnant lady with achey hips!) but we arrived at the Pump Rooms just in time for our afternoon tea reservation. This is something else we also did last time and as its such a lovely experience we decided to visit again as an anniversary treat. We sat and enjoyed the delicious food for a couple of hours and drank more tea than I think I’ve drunk all year! Baby obviously enjoyed the experience as they were kicking away throughout.
After lunch we wandered up to the Royal Crescent to take a few pictures and appreciate the view, making the most of the sunshine. Then we wandered round the shops and I discovered and fell in love with Tiger, how have I never been before? I obviously had to buy a Lush bath bomb too to make the post of the gorgeous bath at the hotel. We explored the streets a little more before stopping for a drink and a rest and picking up some cakes from Jacob’s to take bath with us. We decided to stay out for an early dinner as it didn’t seem worth walking all the way back to the hotel to then drive back into town to find some food later on. We opted for burgers at Bills then wandered slowly back to the hotel to spend the evening in the suite. I made the most of the freestanding bath with my Lush Cheer Up Buttercup bath bomb (smelt amazing but did make it look like I’d weed in the bath!) and an old episode on One Born Every Minute on the bathroom TV!
The next day was our anniversary and after another amazing hotel breakfast (l literally love hotel breakfast, don’t you?!?) we set off for the walk into Bath again. My back was pretty achey from the 22000 steps we’d done the day before so if anything I think I was even slower! We visited a few shops we’d missed the day before, and I spent far too long in H&M as I was just too happy that they had an actual maternity section in their store. We went back to Jacob’s for some lunch after eyeing up their sandwiches when we bought our cakes before wandering a little more. I wanted to buy some fudge as it was what I made for our wedding favours.
My back was pretty sore at this point so we opted to take the boat back to our hotel. It was lovely to get a glimpse into other people’s houses and to see their little boats tied up at the end of their gardens. Back at the hotel we had drinks on the terrace before Tom used the gym and I has another bath before getting ready for dinner. We had a three course meal included in our package which the hotel very kindly let us move from the first night to the actual night of our anniversary, which made it even more special. I had mackerel pate to start while Tom had gravlax, we both had steaks then for dessert I had pannacotta and Tom chose the desconstructed cheesecake.
When we went down to breakfast the next morning we were told we’d been upgraded (I didn’t even know that breakfast upgrades were a thing!) and got to eat in the same restaurant as we’d had dinner in the night before. It was much quieter than the main room, which was pretty busy as there was a wedding party staying. We’ve always wanted to try the pancakes so after a hot breakfast each we ordered them as ‘breakfast dessert’ and they did not disappoint! I even found a little room for the cold buffet after too as I couldn’t resist the fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola.
It was then sadly time for us to leave but as we weren’t in a rush to get home, we planned a route that avoided motorways for the first part of the journey to appreciate some more Cotswolds scenery. Totally by accident we passed a sign for Prinknash Abbey and on a whim Tom decided to pull in. We discovered a beautiful monastery gardens and then paid to go into the bird park, where the birds are super friendly and brave as they’re used to being fed by humans! I was little worried standing on them though and came very close to kicking a chicken! A peacock put on a show of all his beautiful feathers for us just as we were about to leave.
After that we pretty much headed straight home, apart from stopping in Solihul for a late lunch as Tom decided he really wanted a Pret!
We had such a lovely time celebrating our anniversary and would definately recommend Bath.
Have you ever been to Bath before? What were your favourite things to do? Where would you recommend for our next UK mini break?
Thanks for popping by,