A £10 million restoration has transformed Grade II* listed Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath ollowing its acquisition last year by Hand Picked Hotels, the award-winning collection of country house hotels.
Bailbrook House, set within 20 acres of private grounds with glorious views over England’s only world heritage city, was originally built as a private residence in the early 1790s and then spent more than 190 years as an institution. The restoration programme has transformed the hotel into a leading four star destination, with a sympathetic restoration and refurbishment of the original Mansion House and a total refurbishment of Bailbrook Court.
Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive of Hand Picked Hotels said: “The mansion house had been used as a school, a residential home, a training centre, and latterly for conferences, with people passing through but never staying to appreciate the grandeur of the mansion. Our main aim was to restore life into the building and bring it back to its original status as an elegant country house.”
Throughout the building, fireplaces, original sash windows, plaster mouldings, internal doors and staircases have been restored. In the basement, the space has been converted into the stunning Cloisters restaurant, creating a feature of impressive stone coffers that were meticulously cleaned and repaired by specialists, who took three months to restore every single block of stone. Windows have been unblocked and the loggia properly glazed to flood the area with light.
The restoration in the Mansion House has created 13 prestigious feature bedrooms, many with stunning original features, a new fine dining restaurant, three large lounges and a conservatory bar. The Cloisters fine dining restaurant offers delicious modern British cuisine and excellent wines. Afternoon tea, a great tradition at Hand Picked Hotels, is served in the lounges.
The country house setting provides a magical backdrop for weddings, with Bailbrook House Hotel holding a licence for marriages and civil partnerships.
Bailbrook Court, next to the Mansion House, has 81 classic and executive bedrooms, all of which have been completely refurbished to a high standard. Bailbrook Court has the Lansdown restaurant, with a brasserie-style menu, excellent meeting and event facilities, with a selection of boardrooms, training suites and syndicate rooms. The Brunel Suite is the largest function room, with a capacity of 160.
Julia Hands, who created Hand Picked Hotels in 2001 from a collection of hotels purchased with her husband, city financier Guy Hands, said: “We are proud of the grand restoration undertaken at Bailbrook House Hotel. It can take its place once more as a fine example of Bath’s architectural heritage, as a first-class destination for people visiting the city and also for local people to enjoy our superb Hand Picked hospitality.”