Editor Diane Kenwood swaps London for Bath and enjoys a weekend away with three of her oldest girlfriends

Bath Royal Crescent

Woman’s Weekly editor Diane Kenwood packs up a suitcase and heads to the city of Bath for a girls’ trip.

Where I went

Elegant, vibrant and stylish Bath has been ranked as the number one feel-good city in the UK. Keen to put this to the test, I spent a weekend there with three of my oldest girlfriends.

What I did

We spent several blissful hours at the marvellous Thermae Spa. The facilities, which include a fabulous open-air rooftop pool filled with naturally warm spa waters, an indoor pool and a café, (a new wellness suite opens in spring) – plus a towel, robe and slippers – cost just £38.

We had treatments, which we booked in advance (01225 331 234; thermaebathspa.com).

I tried the Watsu water massage in a private pool, where a therapist cradled my head while she manoeuvred and manipulated my body – sublimely relaxing.

A stroll around the city’s elegant streets preceded dinner; we enjoyed the sights and indulged in a bit of retail therapy in some tempting independent shops. My stand-out favourite – the fantastic bookshop, Topping & Company (01225 428 111; toppingbooks.co.uk).

On Sunday, we visited No. 1 Royal Crescent, a meticulously restored 18th-century house (01225 428 126; no1royalcrescent.org.uk), where knowledgeable guides brought the family occupants and objects vividly to life. Fascinating!

Sadly, by the time we reached magnificent Bath Abbey we ran out of time to look in detail at the beautiful hand-sewn and painted diptychs by artist Sue Symons, charting the life of Christ. A good reason to revisit.

Bath bookshop

Where I stayed

Two miles outside the city centre, Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is a tranquil, landscaped resort. Its luxury lodges sleep from two to eight people. Our three-bedroom, two-bathroom lodge was situated alongside a pretty brook and was a welcoming base. On site, there is also an excellent restaurant, bar and small gym.

What I ate

Beautifully fresh fish at Bath Mill Lodge restaurant on Friday night. My friends’ dishes were equally tasty, as were our delicious brunches the following day at the über-cool Boston Tea Party in Alfred Street (01225 425 318; bostonteaparty.co.uk).

Yorkshire pud would be in my choice of last meal, so the fabulous lamb sausages served in a huge Yorkshire at The Clifton Sausage (01225 433 633; cliftonsausage.co.uk/bath) was my idea of heaven. Veggie versions were on offer, too.


Prices for accommodation at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat start from £165 off-peak for a one-night stay. To find out more, call 0345 498 6589, or visit darwinescapes.co.uk/parks/bath-mill-lodge-retreat/.

If you are new to holiday parks and lodge stays, www.freedomtogo.co.uk/what-to-stay-in/find-leisure-vehicle/caravan-holiday-homes-lodges has hints and tips to help you get started and plan your next escape.

A city break in Bath with the girls