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Backwell House, Backwell, Somerset
It would be easy to get carried away with notions of grandeur when staying at Backwell House, thanks to the splendid setting. This Georgian manor house sits among meadows and hills in bucolic countryside in north Somerset - just a short distance from Bristol and very near the airport - and benefits from just nine bedrooms. This intimacy means it styles itself very much as a restaurant hotel first, although, unsurprisingly, it is a popular wedding venue. Quintessentially English and decorated with flair - lots of antiques too - the hotel is independently owned, which adds to its appeal as a one-off. Take a wander in the grounds and then settle in for dinner in the restaurant, which specialises in British cuisine.
Its great being able to pop into Bristol and soak up some culture and then head back to the peace and restfulness of Backwell House.
By car: around 2 hours from Birmingham, 3 hours from London and 4 hours from York. There is free parking on site.
By train: trains to Bristol Temple Meads run from Birmingham New Street (1 hour 20 minutes) London Paddington (1 hour 35 minutes) and York (3 hours 50 minutes). From Bristol, the hotel a taxi ride takes around 20 minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
If you love creativity, the countryside and a lack of pretension then Backwell House is the place for you. For us, standout features are the Chesterfield chairs, the eclectic artwork and the way the contemporary has been blended with the original.
Service & Facilities
We love the friendly, relaxed enthusiasm of the staff and the unfussy atmosphere of the place.
- Ground and gardens
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
We love wallowing in the wonderfully deep copper bathtub and the old Bakelite phone in the room. Our favourite room is the green-hued Robinson; incidentally, Grace is named after legendary cricketer WG Grace, who was once involved in a match here.
Burnett, Hobbs, Keedwell, Robbins, Sparrow, Squires, Toogood, Robinson, Grace
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, breakfast in bed, views over the estate, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
The exquisite bar is made from the old floorboards in the original kitchen. Try one of the local drinks, such as those made by the Bristol Distilling Company. The crispy pork belly with black pudding and braised cabbage was terrific as was the orange and cardamon crème brûlée is a highlight.
Restaurant: relaxed, inventive modern British cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £14.