Last weekend we had the opportunity of going away for two nights and staying at the Swallow Barn in Frome. Of course we had looked it up on the internet and therefore were really looking forward to our weekend in the countryside. But guys, this is not a place where you get what you see, you actually get a lot more than just a gorgeous BnB. Warm and friendly hosts, Penny and Paul have ensured that their guests have everything they need to relax and unwind in their delightful countryside abode.
The rooms at Swallow Barn are beautifully decorated with very high attention to detail. For me it is always the little touches that matter, homemade shortbread, a vast selection of teas, a fabulous coffee machine, chocolates and a lot of Vogue awaits you in the room. But as I said the experience at Swallow Barn is more than just a BnB, you really get a lifestyle, whether it is al fresco breakfast, an afternoon BBQ or just a leisurely walk in the sprawling wild flower meadows its all right there as you step out of your room.
We had a delicious cream tea welcome, the home made scones, a hot pot of tea and coffee were exactly what we needed after a 1.5 hour drive from Swindon. Frome is about 8 miles from Bath so you have lots of attractions right at your doorstep.
We had a continental breakfast hamper delivered to our breakfast room, which by the way had one of the best countryside view there is. Baby Ella had a big basket of toys available for her to play with which I think is such a beautiful touch of hospitality.
I cannot recommend staying at Swallow Barn enough and we will certainly be going back again for more.
After breakfast we popped in to Bath which is a very short and convenient drive.
I have been to Bath several times and every time there is something new to explore and see. Some of my favourite things to do and see in Bath are as follows:
- Go See The Roman Baths: It is so exciting to see what the Romans created thousands of years ago and what their lifestyle was. I highly recommend taking the tour of this ancient religious spa.
- Dine at The Pump Room: Naturally flowing on to The Pump Room, it is one of my most favourite places to dine in Bath. Classical music with views overlooking the Bath springs is an ideal setting and the food is just delightful.
- Do the Open Top Bus Tour: Unless it is a gorgeous sunny day I would say get on the open top bus for a tour of the beautiful city whilst hopping on and off at the attractions.
- Take the Boat Trip: We took the boat ride on this visit and we absolutely loved it and when I say we, that includes Ella. Almost everything in Bath is child and pram friendly so you will undoubtedly have a wonderful family day.
- Visit The Royal Crescent: It is such an iconic place and need I add so beautiful. It is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent and makes a gorgeous photo location (says the fashion blogger in me)
- Explore the Jane Austen Centre: If you are a fan of Jane Austen’s books then this is certainly a place to visit as it chronicles the life and time of Jane Austen and obviously there is a tea room too (there are so many in Bath :))
- Save some time for shopping as there is so much to explore in Bath, right from high street, to designer to independent boutiques so its obviously going to be an expensive trip if you are feeling spendy.
That is only a tiny list of my favourite things to do but there is actually so much more to see. So next time you are planning a weekend in the countryside, you know where to stay and what to do around Bath. Hope you found this helpful.
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