Bath
Overview

Your luxurious accommodations set amidst the bucolic beauty of the vast English Countryside will have you feeling you’re to the manor born in no time. Aristocrats from Prince Charles on down roam the territories, enjoying the splendorous seaside, fabulous farmhouses (think super chic Daylesford) and serene spas (even the ultra exclusive Soho House runs two here). Celebs trade mansions like sweaters - Adele just sold, Cate Blanchett and Lily Allen just bought and Kate Winslet is staying put. Even the most English of all English crushes has a residence - the sultry, stuttering Hugh Grant. With the charming city of Bath as your base (100 miles west of London), you can enjoy great boutique shopping, festive nightlife, and a remarkable range of restaurants - all set amidst a Jane Austen landscape. Who knows, you may even meet your own Mr. Darcy - a girl can dream! Beyond Bath, take a daytrip out to mystical, prehistoric Stonehenge, or venture to the Cotswolds, a south central rural area comprised of rolling hills and thatched medieval villages, where time appears to have stood still.

Luckily for us, scenery may be reticent of centuries but the fashion trends are very current (no petticoats here!). The fact that Miss Moss herself is often spotted in the area is the first indication that this specific countryside does not compromise on style. Think sumptuous and simple with a little nod to history via tweeds and cashmere; trenches (Burberry!) and wellies (Hunter!). Neutrals are a staple, accented with hues of navy, burgundy, and army green. Blend in by sporting head-to-toe Barbour, or slip into your favorite Frame denim and carry a Mulberry tote for a pastoral picnic. For boutique browsing, a cozy cable-knit and over-the-knee Stuart Weitzman’s atop dark denim will suit you perfectly, then throw on a Liberty scarf to beat the chill. In the evenings, the look is posh but not precious - a lower neckline on an otherwise demure dress plus a heeled boot fit the bill - look to part-time local Stella McCartney’s collection for both. Cheerio, ladies, it’s time to hop across the pond for an idyllic escape.

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Indulge

Indulge

DINING

The small, low-key yet charming Sam's Kitchen Deli is a must for lunch. Like much of Bath, the atsmosphere is casual, friendly to a classic jeans, boots, and jacket ensemble. Come for the signature lunch – delicious roasted meats atop a selection of fresh salads—or come for a divine Sunday brunch. For some foreign flare, sample spicy curry dishes amid Regency domes and pilasters at Indian restaurant The Eastern Eye. The vibe is upbeat, the service impeccable, and the food delish and friendly to your wallet (save now to splurge at the shops later!). Enjoy tea sandwiches on a polished, pretty terrace of The Bath Priory, a Michelin-starred establishment set in an old-fashioned hotel, yet sans the stuffiness. The three-course lunch menu of light fare will leave you satisfied yet still able to shimmy into your evening dress later on. To our vegetarian jetsetters out there, we applaud your willpower, and we recommend Demuths Restaurant, a light, modern, and stylish spot where foodies flock. We promise your carnivorous friends won’t even miss the meat as you enjoy garlic custard, roasted carrots with fresh ewe's cheese, and other fine dining samples (all with impeccable presentation). You can find a different scene, more quintessentially English, at The Dining Room at The White Hart Inn, a gastropub with a gorgeous courtyard and ample big screens displaying current sporting events (if that’s your thing). Whether or not you’re paying attention to the score, it’s hard not to revel in this brilliant summer escape amid a garden tumbling wit roses and geraniums. A printed sundress with a cool, cropped denim jacket would suit you well, though truly anything goes. 

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NIGHTLIFE

While daytime activities will have you clad in cute flats and low boots, don’t shy away from packing a pair of heels to take advantage of some after-hour fun. First stop is Po Na Na, a pillar of Bath’s nightlife with themed events running straight through Monday to Saturday.  This spot remains a magnet for the city’s university goers and younger reveling demographics, creating liveliness you’re sure to match after a martini or three. Experiment with boho trends at the folksy Komedia, hotspot for fantastic live music from singer songwriters, folk luminaries, and world musicians (it also hosts popular club nights within its cavernous dance space). For a quintessential English night of good conversation and better beers, stop into Bath’s hidden gem the King William, a favorite gastropub serving up a superb wine list and an ever-changing selection of real ales from small local microbreweries. 

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Explore

Explore

True to its name, Bath does in fact contain a bath—the famous Roman Baths, to be exact. One of the most visited places in the city, this magnificent massive communal bath remains the centerpiece of the city. It’s the perfect excuse to show off your newest Missoni one-piece while still experiencing something different from your classic beach vacay. Also, we swear the whole communal bath thing isn’t gross—it’s actually spa water, containing over 43 healthy minerals to leave your skin soft and glowing.  If your affinity for style extends to architectural wonders, don’t miss Bath Abbey, historically know as The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery. Founded in the 7th century, this structure remains an example of great craftsmanship with stunning stonework, as well as displaying one of the most romantic bridges in Europe (an insta-worthy backdrop for a pic with your special someone). The Victoria Art Gallery is a perfect opportunity to show off whatever art history knowledge you picked up as an undergrad. The gallery houses a wonderful collection of paintings, including a fine range of portraits by the likes of Thomas Gainsborough, for which Bath was famous for in the 18th century.  For our fellow romantics out there, experience the Jane Austen Festival, occurring for 10 days each September. The festival is set among preserved buildings from centuries past, making it a hugely popular film location (any potential for star sightings is an excuse to dress your best). Tired of scuffing up your Frye’s on food? Give your feet a rest on the Bath Boat Tour, a 55-minute tour down the river flowing through the center of the city. Or, go all out by chartering a party boat for up to four hours with your own music.  For a more elite bath experience, head to the Thermae Bath Spa, an award winning Natural Spa with a wide range of treatments. You can opt to relax in the indoor Minerva Bath or the Open-air Rooftop Pool with spectacular views over the city of Bath.

SHOP

Where to Shop

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The upscale shops across Bath ensure that you will be dressed to perfection for the entirety of your stay, as well as stealing some key pieces to take back home with you. Milsom Place is a great first-stop for a mix of new and established independent shops, mingled among an open courtyard terraces as well as several light restaurants. You’ll absolutely spend hours browsing the 50 shops at SouthGate Bath, a must-visit lively shopping center including a fantastic street food market. Before an elegant dinner, poke into Ezza, known for limited limited edition accessories, decorative items, and handbags. For a look more bold and daring, slip into the unique hand-painted silk clothing at One Two Five Gallery, featuring a range of work by artist Carole Waller and Garrywood. Those who share our insatiable shoe and handbag craving should venture to Chanii B, a boutique of elegant and high-heeled styles, not to mention home of international shoe designer Chantal Pilon.

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