The inspiration for our brand new home collection, the UK’s beautiful spa towns are the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Discover our favourites here.
This season, we were inspired by the Georgian elegance of spa towns: with their crisp white architecture and storied histories, they encapsulate the luxurious yet homely feel of our brand new Autumn collections. From North Yorkshire to deepest Somerset, the UK’s spa towns run the length and breadth of the country – here are some of our favourites, and what to do while you’re there (bonus: they all have a The White Company store, too).
The largest and most famous spa town of them all, Bath is made for blissful minibreaks. With the rolling Somerset hills just a few miles away, you can wander the streets, basking in the city’s historical splendour, or visit its many museums and landmarks.
What to see: Bath is a city steeped in history, from the stately Georgian architecture to the best preserved ancient site in Britain – the Roman baths (http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/). Perfect for families – but if it’s quiet and relaxation you crave, the Thermae Bath Spa (http://www.thermaebathspa.com/) offers moonlit swims in its rooftop pool.
Where to eat: Feast on fresh tapas, smoked kedgeree and red wine at Same Same But Different (http://same-same.co.uk/) one of the city’s most-loved independent dining spots.
Where to stay: The Halycon Apartments (thehalcyonapartments.com) are a spacious and luxuriously furnished option, housed in a Georgian terrace on a lively street in the city’s vibrant hub.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A picturesque town nestled in the Yorkshire dales, Harrogate is regularly named the happiest place to live in Britain – and is perfect for walkers, explorers, and families alike.
What to see: The breathtaking Ripon Cathedral (http://riponcathedral.info/) inspired Louis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and is well worth a visit. Next, take a stroll around the vast RHS Harlow Carr gardens (https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr) complete with beautiful floral displays and an adventure course for little ones.
Where to eat: Norse (http://www.norserestaurant.co.uk/) is a slice of Scandinavia in Yorkshire, serving delicious delicacies, Danish whisky and traditionally cured meat and fish.
Where to stay: The West Park Hotel (http://www.thewestparkhotel.com/) is a Harrogate institution, famed for its luxurious suites looking out over lush gardens.
If you’re visiting the Cotswolds this season, make a pitstop in its largest town, Cheltenham. More than just the home of horse racing and festivals, it also boasts regency architecture, delicious cuisine, and plenty of things to see and do.
What to see: The Pittville Pump Room (http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/) is the town’s grandest surviving spa building – explore the menagerie, then sample the spa waters, once claimed to be the cure for all manner of ailments.
Where to eat: The White Spoon (http://www.thewhitespoon.co.uk/) brainchild of The Fat Duck’s Christopher White, is one of Cheltenham’s newest hits. Expect fine wine and the traditional roast dinner, with a modern twist.
Where to stay: No 131. The Promenade (http://www.no131.com/) is set in a Grade II listed, Georgian villa, with a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant.
Looking to plan a minibreak? Get your suitcase in check with our brand-new Autumn collection here.