A Mini Adventure – Girl’s Road Trip to Bath and Windsor
A Mini Adventure – Girl’s Road Trip to Bath and Windsor
Where? Bath and Windsor, two of the UK’s most picturesque and historic destinations.
Exactly? I teamed up with the lovely guys at M Gallery by Sofitel to stay at two of their boutique hotel properties, Francis Hotel Bath-MGallery by Sofitel and the iconic Castle Hotel – MGallery by Sofitel inWindsor. And to help me and my fellow co-pilot/blogger friend Dominika @TheBlondeFlamingo get around the country we were given this striking orange Mini. #MGalleryinGear
When? Sept 2018
Here’s my photo diary of our Mini Adventure – Girl’s road trip to Bath and Windsor.
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The Francis Hotel Bath
First stop on our UK Mini adventure was the spectacular MGallery Francis Hotel Bath. Steeped in over three centuries of history and heritage, The Francis is a splendid Regency inspired, town house right in the heart of the city.
The Francis’s location on Queen’s Square is so central it’s the perfect place from which to discover all of Bath’s treasures. We visited the Circus, Roman Spa, shopping area and the Royal Crescent all on foot. Bath is so easy to get around and the hotel is right in the centre of all of the action.
The hotel interiors are a stylish blend of 21st century elegance meet Regency splendour. Mixing period features with bold contemporary furnishing, the style is sophisticated, colourful, vibrant and cool.
I loved the deep jewel colours and four poster bed in my suite. Even my bathroom, with its fluffy white gown, huge bouquet of flowers and monochrome tiling was totally insta worthy. And the city views of Bath from the huge windows really give you a sense of the place.
Eating and drinking
Pop into Milly’s Tea Room at the hotel for a classic afternoon tea or head to dinner at Brasserie Blanc, the hotel’s French restaurant created by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc. The vibe in the restaurant is contemporary and relaxed, perfect for a cosy dinner for two, followed by a little wander around the beautiful streets of Bath. Below Dominka and I enjoy a delicious three course dinner at the Brasserie Blanc.
What to do in the day
Bath is filled with stunning architecture, so strolling around the quaint streets and stopping off at the local landmarks is the perfect way to while away a day in the Roman historic city.
We visited the Crescent, the Roman Spa and indulged in spa treatments at Bath Thermae Spa pictured below. The rooftop heated pool and dreamy spa circuit are fabulously indulgent. I highly recommend a half or full day at the spa and you must book in for a massage too.
Bye bye Bath, next stop Windsor…
The next stop on our UK Mini Adventure was the royal, historic town of Windsor.
Castle Hotel Windsor
The MGallery Castle Hotel on Windsor High Street is literally across the road from the castle. This beautiful Georgian building has 108 bedrooms and a rich regal, history, so it has become something of a landmark in its own right.
The hotel has been in service since the 15th century and been awarded eight Royal Warrants. And as Windsor is pretty small, you’re within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions if you stay here.
Ask for one of the front facing suites with a balcony. At around 10 or 11am each day you can watch the changing of the guards procession and marching band as they parade down Windsor High Street, all from the comfort of your own room. (Ask at reception as times may vary).
Our visit was not long after Harry and Megan’s wedding so the bunting and flags were still up.
The rooms are elegantly presented in soft greys, mushrooms and chalky shades. All the decor is linked to its heritage, again juxtaposing modern with traditional to a create a chic, look filled with character. But all of the decor remains quintessentially British.
A lovely little welcome platter greeted me on arrival in my room.
‘Modern meets traditional’ in the chic interiors.
Food and drink
One of the USPs of the hotel is that the restaurant is the creation of TV celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. So the menu is a fusion of traditional French and signature British dishes. Expect fish and chips, French onion soup to chicken tikka masala (the nations favourite dish) all freshly prepared with local ingredients and served in a homely atmosphere.
Pictured above: Me and Marco Pierre White, spot the difference :)
Breakfast is a delicious buffet filled with healthy options and of course a traditional Full English Breakfast.
What to do in Windsor
Windsor is quite a small and quaint town so you can pretty much get around all of the major landmarks by foot in a day. Pay homage to Windsor castle (which is the main event), take a stroll around the quaint cobbled streets then head to the river to feed the swans.
Indulge in afternoon tea at the Castle Hotel Windsor. (pictured above)
Check out the famous wonky house and the Prince Harry local pub which are right across the road from the hotel. (pictured below)
If you’re looking for a quintessential British experience, I recommend both of the MGallery properties for your stay. Dominika and I had such a lovely time.
Thanks so much MGallery by Sofitel and Mini UK for organising such an amazing girls trip for us.
Bon voyage xx
I love all of these photos! They’re all so beautiful. I felt like I took a road trip with you all!
oh thanks so much,x
I love impromptu girls trips! Me and my gals are planning a trip to wine country during harvest!
Me too x
I have been to Bath many times before but just passed by Windsor. I’d like to go back and explore it better. It looks like you had the proper luxury trip!
Wow, stunning photos and it looked like an amazing trip! What a time to remember, you two looked like you had so much fun.
Oh wow this sounds amazing! Bath is one of my favourite places to visit. That heated pool sounds divine
The pool is divine
I love these pics, looks like you’ll had an amazing time. It is always nice to get out and hang out with friends when you get a chance. I love the shoe by the way
Looks like a lot of fun and relaxation. I love the car. The pictures are great.
I’m a Mini owner and love Windsor and High Tea so this was a great post
Mini’s are great aren’t they
Castle Windsor looks like a fab place to stay. Afternoon tea, yes please! :)
Bath is one of my favourite places in the UK. The hotels in Windsor and Bath look stunning and so luxurious. Looks like you had a great time!
Very informative itinerary! Gonna save it to my bucket list and visit there some day! Love all your photo! Cheerss~
It s defo a bucket list place
I love all the shots!They are so glamorous and very beautiful. I want to go there also with my bestie. This will be one of my bucketlist.Thanks for sharing these wonderful place.
I really fell in love with Windsor after the royal wedding and have always wanted to visit Bath. The rooftop pool and spa is a winner, and the hotels looks so luxurious. This looks amazing!
The pool is amazing
What a cute time you’ve had! Every one of these photos is adorable. I want to take this trip!
That orange car is awesome! This post makes me so hungry for afternoon tea! Gosh, it looks like you had such a fun adventure!
I had the opportunity to go to Bath the last time I was in the UK and reading through your post I regret not taking it! It looks so beautiful and amazing!
Windsor looks like such a dream! I’d love to go there one day and see it all for myself! :-)
You should so go!
You are SO right about the architecture in Bath. Absolutely gorgeous!
All of the photos here are gorgeous, it seems like you had a great time! I haven’t been to Bath and Windsor before, but after seeing these I would love to. Thanks for sharing!
I love Bath, it’s such a gorgeous city. Sounds like you had such a fun time, the hotel is so beautiful. I love the photos you took.
I love it there too
These pics are gorgeous! I’m in the UK every year but haven’t made it to Bath yet. Maybe next time!
I can’t decide which looks better to stay at. The spa looks amazing but the welcome platter almost has me won over. Both look elegant and lovely. I would love to go to Mollies teahouse as well! This looks like the perfect girls weekend. Fun, beauty, pampering, and food.
Do both x
Sounds like an amazing trip to the UK that’s very much worth it. I’ve never been to Windsor and this post makes me want to go there now. I’d love to try all the good food!
Such a very stunning photos! Those are really nice place to visit and sounds like you have a wonderful UK trip.
Such a very stunning photos and looks like a beautiful place to visit and I can see that you really have a great time exploring that place.
Wow, that spa looks amazing. I would want to be there all day!
Looks like you had the best time ever! Amazing pictures and I’d love to go here someday. Where is your dress from in the first picture? It’s so pretty!
Oh, this looks like such fun! I love all of your pictures and following along with your adventures.
Thanks for stopping by x
This looks like such a fun trip! You saw some amazing places, your fashion picks are on point and it’s always amazing to go with a friend. I’d love to plan on a girls trip someday.
you totally should!
GIRL you are so stylish! Im loving every single picture and your tips are awesome! Thanks for sharing
You seem to have a great time out there… the pictures are really stunning
Thanks so much x
Wow.. stunning photos and lovely trip. I hope to visit Windsor. I have been visiting UK for quite some time now and look forward to my trip to Windsor.
I love it there x
Adorable pictures… Total frolicking girls trip. Never been to Bath but your description sure made me visit it virtually. Great pictures again…
haha thanks so much xx
The architecture is amazing. So rich with history – I would love to see it and spend some time there.
yes it was stunning x
What a picturesque and beautiful place to go adventure to! The hotel looks like straight up royalty.
That looks like such a fun trip! I’ve never been to the UK before, but i’m dying to go! Definitely going to have to check out those hotels too! Wow!
please do x
Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful time. I love traveling and would love to visit here as well. Thanks for sharing!
thanks to you too x
Bath looks like a lot of fun! I have always wanted to visit someday.