Every now and then, we would all like to live a movie or serie in real life. Sure, how things are portrayed isn’t often realistic. But that’s all part of the charm. Who wants to have to go to the office on a daily basis if you could live like Ross and Rachel in Friends? And who wants to worry about paying bills if you could live as adventurous as John Snow did in Game of Thrones? Okay, maybe we would like to skip the White Walker bit but you get what we mean.
If, just like us, you sometimes dream of living your life like the characters in your favourite series, we might have found a solution to that problem. If you’re a fan of Bridgerton, that is. Because even though we can’t promise you’ll one day have the funds to buy an estate and to dress accordingly, you might well be in a position to live in a grand house for at least one night. Or two, or three. Depending on how much you’d like to spend and on how much time you’ve got for your little trip.
No matter how many nights you decide to stay, we’ve been looking for the most Bridgerton-like hotels in the United Kingdom. Places where you can pretend to live in the Regency era, surrounded by passion and luxury. Places where you can indulge yourself, where you can forget the outside world for just a moment – because yes, sometimes, that’s all we’d like to do. Whether or not you decide to dress up for the occasion is up to you but one thing’s for sure: these hotels have got the setting covered.
1. Lucknam Park, Chippenham
The history of Lucknam Park is a long one, one that probably started around 1199. The estate changed a lot over the years. Nowadays, it’s a hotel and spa that offers everything you could ask from a luxury retreat. Private dining? Check. Equine breaks. Yes please! Massages? Of course. Really, we would like to spend weeks at this place living our best lives. All the rooms are beautifully decorated and if you prefer a little more privacy, you could even opt for a cottage instead.
2. Cliveden House, Berkshire
One look at Cliveden House suffices to understand its appeal. It was once built in 1666 by the Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress and since then, it has hosted many memorable parties – if only the walls could speak. Nowadays the estate houses a mighty fine hotel, where apart from sleeping guests can enjoy a meal, have a well-deserved break in the spa or even make a boat trip. For those who are newly engaged: yes, it’s possible to host your wedding at the National Trust estate, even though we’re sure that’s not something imaginable on a small budget…
3. The Newt, Somerset
This estate, dating from 1687, is the perfect combination of classic and modern. The 23 rooms of the hotel are what we’d call an Instagrammer’s dream, where original features and pieces from contemporary designers like Tom Dixon come together. You could get lost in the enormous maze that are the gardens and if you’d like to take things to another level, you could even take part in a bee-keeping workshop on site. As if you needed another excuses than the setting alone to book your stay.
4. The Bird Hotel, Bath
Even though The Bird might be the most modest hotel in this list, it certainly has more than enough charm to lure us in. The front of the building kept all of its original features yet on the inside, you’re in for a surprise… Anyway, don’t hesitate to go for a very English afternoon tea in the restaurant on site and Briddgerton fans will be glad to learn about the existence of a Bridgerton Walking Tour in Bath – taking you from one fill-ing location to the other.