The Bath Priory joins Relais & Châteaux

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There’s reason to celebrate this September as The Bath Priory becomes a member of luxury hotel consortium, Relais & Châteaux.

 
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We are delighted to announce that The Bath Priory has just been made a member of the Relais & Châteaux collection, becoming the only hotel in the city to be part of the luxury group! Featuring only the very best hotels worldwide, to become a Relais & Châteaux hotel each member hotel must not only display the very highest standards of hospitality and service, but also welcome guests with warmth and personality.

The Bath Priory is the only new UK member to be chosen to join the prestigious collection this year, a testament to every member of the excellent team at the hotel.

We are thrilled that The Bath Priory now joins Gidleigh Park, Buckland Manor and Amberley Castle as a member of Relais & Châteaux, four of only 31 members in the UK.

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The arrival of peacock chicks at Amberley Castle


The patter of tiny feet at Amberley Castle as resident peacocks Bob & Lilly become proud parents to four chicks.

The team at Amberley Castle is celebrating, following sharing news of the arrival of four brand new peacock chicks, offspring of Amberley’s resident pair Bob and Lilly.  Born at the start of July, the chicks are all doing well and are fast becoming the staff’s favourite pastime, checking up on their progress and ensuring they are the most pampered guests at the castle. 

Amberley's General Manager Piers said, “We only discovered Lilly was expecting, when assistant gardener Gregg went to seek her out, after a period of quiet where we hadn’t seen her in a while.  Hidden away in the garden, it was only when she chose to stretch her legs that Gregg could take a look at the nest to discover she was sitting on four eggs.  Then, the team endured what felt like forever, as we waited for them to hatch, with two first to arrive and the second two following two days later”. 

Piers continues, “All four are doing brilliantly – I can’t claim you’ll get as friendly a welcome from the chicks as from our staff, but we love having them here and are looking forward to them growing and blossoming.  Their parents are known to be partial to the crumbs from afternoon tea, and I have no doubt, this will be a trait passed on to their offspring – given half the chance and once courageous enough to explore"!

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Summer in Gidleigh's Gardens

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A catch up from Estate Manager, Andrew Brimblecombe on Gidleigh Park's grounds & gardens and what they have to offer this summer.

While spring has well and truly come and gone, it has left us with so much to still look forward to.

All of our wild-flowers are a plethora of colour and abundance. Nature has really managed to pack a punch considering the wet winter, sub-zero temperatures and snow from earlier in the year.

We now have glorious rhododendrons and azaleas to greet your eye upon arrival.

Wandering along to our water garden, an impressive array of gunneras, acers and one of my particular favourites, epimediums all border the fast-flowing Teign river. This is not an area with an abundance of flowers at this time of year but the foliage is to die for.
 

Probably the most productive area of the estate at this time of year is our vegetable and herb garden along with our greenhouse. Providing plenty of valuable produce to support your culinary experience, these ingredients travel from garden to plate within hours of picking.

Many have witnessed members of our kitchen team harvesting herbs, fruit and vegetables under the expert guidance from my team.

Gidleigh Park Kitchen Garden

Nothing screams an English summer more than a good game of croquet on our manicured lawns. As any keen gardener will know, keeping a lawn looking fabulous is an impossible task when fighting the elements, be that too hot, too dry or too much water.

Our 18-hole putting course is almost a full-time job on its own and I obviously couldn’t achieve any of this without a great team behind me.

Putting green at Gidleigh Park

Why not come and see for yourself? We offer Garden Tour lunches throughout the year and myself and the team are always happy to talk about our magnificent grounds and estate.

See the latest events at Gidleigh Park.

We are but a small part of your overall Gidleigh experience but we work closely with the excellent team in the hotel.

As another season quickly approaches, so do new challenges and achievements that keep us on our toes around the estate.

Find out more about the gardens at Gidleigh Park.