- Style 17th-century country living
- Setting Wonderful Wiltshire
On the outskirts of Bradford on Avon in the heart of Wiltshire, the Woolley Grange hotel has extended the tradition of luxury from its days as an awe-inspiring 17th-century stately home set on 14 verdant acres of private grounds. Should you want to leave, Bath, Longleat and the mysterious White Horse at Westbury are all within shooting distance. Most guests, though, don't venture further than the glittering pool in the summer, roaring fire in winter and superb traditional British cooking year-round. If you want to bring the little ones, the estate is also refreshingly family-friendly, with an impressive list of activities and facilities.
Need to know
- Rooms 25.
- Rates Double rooms from $192.00 (£117), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates usually include breakfast. Two-night minimum stay at weekends.
- Facilities Spa with indoor pool, sauna, steam room, two treatment rooms and juice bar; 14 acres of grounds, roaring fires, DVD library, pool table, table tennis, giant trampoline, crèche, outdoor play area, bikes.
- Poolside The heated outdoor pool is open from April to September (depending on the weather); the indoor pool all year.
- Check–out 11am. Check-in, 3pm, but you're welcome to arrive early and use the hotel facilities.
Children Children are exceptionally well catered for here, and stay free of charge when sharing their parents' room. The Ofsted-approved Woolley Bear's Den crèche is free for hotel guests and keeps children under eight entertained with toys, books and games.
- Also Have a treatment in the spa, which takes inspiration from the kitchen garden (which it overlooks) and features Comfort Zone bath products.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Most rooms are in the main house, and vary considerably in character: Palairet is a large double with beautiful garden views; West Gable is reached by a winding staircase and has a huge bathroom with a freestanding bath overlooking the garden; Chimneys is a cosy but very pretty double at the top of the house. There are more rooms in the outlying Stone Cottage and Coach House: Hayloft is the largest suite, with two bedrooms and a sitting room with two double sofabeds – ideal for family groups. Rooms in the Pavilion building are contemporary in style (Shanghai is nice), but elsewhere it's all about country-romance patchwork quilts, brass bedsteads and rolltop baths.
- Packing tips A good novel to hold while you nap on the lawn, by the pool or on a comfy leather sofa. Pack for every kind of weather (wellies are useful) and don't forget your swimsuit.
- Also After a full day of gentle outdoor pursuits, babysitters are on hand to let worn-out grown-ups enjoy a peaceful chat by the fire.
Food and drink at Woolley Grange
- Hotel restaurant Head chef Mark Bradbury focuses on traditional British cooking with farm-fresh produce such as Wiltshire Horn Lamb and organic fruit and veg from the walled kitchen garden. You can also have lighter lunches and dinner in the Orangery.
- Dress code Comfortable and very relaxed, but you can dress up in the evening if you wish.
- Top table Head for the windows and soak in the idyllic garden views; the terrace is lovely in summer.
- Room service Anything from light snacks to a full dinner menu, available during restuaurant hours; otherwise, sandwiches can be provided.
- Hotel bar No bar, but you can order a drink to sip on the terrace or in one of the lounges.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details