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Monday, 12 December 2016

Bath at Christmastime & Francis Hotel

Jaeger Mongolian fur black scarfI'm finally starting to feel a little better (and good timing too with Christmas well underway), though there was no way feeling like death warmed up would stop me from spending some time in Bath last week!  With pretty good knowledge of the town centre and a stay booked at the Francis Hotel, I dragged myself into action and headed off for the historic location set in the southwest's countryside...
Historic Queen Square in Bath

Emily's Tea Room at Francis Hotel Bath
Emily's Tea Room at Francis Hotel Bath
The want for minimal hassle is amplified ten million times when I'm unwell.  And so when the car was parked for us while a concierge explained direct routes to both Christmas markets, shops and bars alike, I knew we'd chosen the right hotel for a seamless stay in Bath.  The hotel's decor was absolutely to my taste, with patterned and flocked wallpaper covering the walls and tasteful bursts of colour at every turn.  After unpacking and realising the time, boots were pulled back on and quickly planted onto the pavements - time to explore!
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Historic houses in winter at Bath
Beautiful and colourful stand of flowers
Styling a long military coat for winter

Coat - Zara Military Style Coat

Scarf - Jaeger Mongolian Fur Long Scarf (currently on sale!)

Famous historic English town of Bath
Christmas markets at Bath 2016
Christmas market roof design at BathHaving spent some time recently in both Cologne and Bruges for Christmas Markets, it's difficult not to compare Bath's festive display to those.  Ultimately, Cologne's markets will always have my heart, however each city has their unique charm thanks to the surrounding architecture.  In this case, Bath Abbey provides the magic by taking centre stage at the main market.  Beautiful!  A couple of drinks later and we headed to Café Rouge for dinner - with a few bags of mandarin, cinnamon & clove potpourri in hand from the markets.

Café Rouge 
15 Milsom Street
Bath
BA1 1DE
Evening meal at Cafe Rouge Bath
Cosy lighting at Cafe Rouge Bath
Bath Abbey architecture by night at Christmas
The ambience at Bath's Café Rouge was just as I'd remembered: warm, inviting and festive.  I've come to rely on the chain bistro for guaranteed good meals when exploring on limited time; the way to my heart is via the chicken marinated in garlic & herbs!  If you find yourself in Bath at Café Rouge, be sure to head to the back of the restaurant where you can be seated underneath stained glass windows and the high ceiling from what was originally a very grand townhouse.
Interior design flocked wallpaper at Francis Hotel Bath
Navy blue medium lock stud handbag Valentino
Interior design lampshade at Francis Hotel BathIf you follow along with my Insta-stories, you'll know after dinner I popped into the San Francisco Fudge Factory shop on our way back to the hotel, picking up a couple of enormous chunks of white chocolate fudge - I can't recommend it enough!  Then finally, at just ten in the evening, I felt pretty awful and my body gave up entirely, seeing us head back to the Francis Hotel early.  No complaints here though, just look at the gorgeous Roman Bath themed shower wall!
Painted shower wall at Francis Hotel Bath
Francis Hotel Bath Lanvin luxury toiletries
Feature bedroom at Francis Hotel Bath
Rise and shine!  A night in one of the hotel's Feature Rooms was the perfect end to the day, and thanks to such gorgeous decor, provided the perfect excuse to lounge around to soak up the surroundings (checkout at midday).  Pancakes and bacon with maple syrup were on the menu for breakfast, along with cranberry juice and a beautiful view of the Queen Square!  Did I mention I love people watching?
Room service breakfast at Francis Hotel Bath
Pancakes and bacon with maple syrup room service breakfast
Room service breakfast at Francis Hotel Bath
If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Bath that pays attention to detail, has a central location and includes special touches throughout, I truly can't recommend the Francis Hotel enough.  I'm guilty often of staying at modern chain hotels for conveniency and comfort when travelling, however I'll have to eat my words and say there's something special about an authentic stay at a hotel that reflects its location's character.  On this occasion, I'm talking about four poster beds and antique phones, sliced strawberries and shower walls depicting the Roman Baths.  Oh, and not forgetting the colourful flocked wallpaper!
Room service breakfast menu at Francis Hotel Bath
Travel blog a winter stay at Francis Hotel Bath
It was only upon leaving that I remembered I'd missed the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea at Emily's Tearoom within Francis Hotel - though it does create the perfect reason to return.  Speaking of which, you can expect a 2017 festive travel diary for Bath as this is one of my favourite annual traditions!  Let me know if you've visited the town of Bath, or whether it's on your 'to visit' list?

Francis Hotel
Queen Square
Bath
BA1 2HH

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. This is literally flawless, down to every last detail! I've never been to Bath, but I always think it looks like a dream, and it's definitely on my "to visit" list. You've certainly been doing Christmastime right though, this looks like a dream!

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  2. This looks so lovely and the breakfast looks amazing!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  3. Looks like the perfect experience to get those christmas feels going! :) x

    Ellen x
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  4. The pictures are so gorgeous - I've never been to Bath but in photos it always looks beautiful! X

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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  5. It's the perfect relaxing, charming hotel for Christmas :)))
    You always look wonderful...

    xoxo
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  6. Bath's one of those places I've wanted to visit for ages! It looks so picturesque. The hotel you stayed in looks amazing! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  7. You always have the best photos!! I love Bath. I visited once when I was around 16 and it was so pretty. I would love to stay at this hotel. All the historic architecture is right up my alley. Beautiful post Gabrielle!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  8. Bath looks amazing!! Defs need to come and visit this place one day :) x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  9. The only word that comes to mind is "amazing". Ok, I think "glamorous" comes to mind, too, but still. It looks like an amazing place, and as usual, you captured it perfectly!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  10. Such a gorgeous holiday look. Love this! Your photos are inspiring, Gab.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy holidays!
    Much love, Len
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  11. The hotel is so cute and you captured it so beautifully. Gorgeous photos!

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  12. You're so lucky to have Europe on your doorstep. Especially this time of year. I'd love to experience Christmas in Europe at least once. It must be so incredibly magical. I've also always been so intrigued about Bath. I think it might have been the first place in the U.K. aside from Stonehenge or London that I learned about which is where this fascination steeped from. I was also rather knowledgable about its history but I can't remember a single thing anymore. Age will do that to you ;o)

    Sxx
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  13. wow, so so amazing and extra beautiful pictures. The hotel is beeeeeautiful. Nice pics
    Those in Europe are actually having the best of times this season.


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  14. Girl, your hair is amazing. I love the photo with you from the back and your hair is extra-ordinary, I wish I had hair like this. This place is amazing, I love that you capture every little detail to share with us! x

    Yiota
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  15. Glad you;re feeling better just in time to make the best of your trip. Your destinations are always sounding so wonderful . I love the pictures. everything seem so pretty and that breakfast looks so tasty :P.
    Have a great week Gabrielle :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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  16. Gabrielle, I'm glad you're feeling better. There's nothing worse than being sick during a holiday. That hotel is MAGNIFICENT! The interior design is gorgeous and they were very helpful. LOVE your coat and that mongolian scarf is everything! Love your Valentino bag!
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  17. Gabrielle, the photos you took at the Francis Hotel look STRAIGHT out of a magazine -- absolutely stunning, and ahh, I'm wishing you the best of health in time for the big day! x

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  18. Super stunning, your camera and your natural elegant self serve that place well. Enjoy yourself princess! I won't be surprised if you marry the next prince! You are certainly fit for the part...

    XOXO
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  19. fabulous location and look, love your coat
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  20. Well isn't this a lovely little holiday spot?!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  21. This sounds like the perfect getaway and your pictures are fantastic, as always!

    Bella Pummarola

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  22. It looks like you had a wonderful time in spite of not feeling too well, it's hard to not want to get out and explore in such a beautiful place and during this time of year specifically! Both the hotel and restaurants look absolutely gorgeous and elegant! Thanks so much for sharing your stay with us, beauty, and I hope you're feeling much better now!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  23. omg this hotel is really to may taste too! bath is just so beautiful and i am so happy i did my first travel guide on it! it really does make you feel better and the christmas market is really the best! can't wait to visit soon! maybe we can go together!!!
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  24. I've visited Bath many years ago and I'd love to visit again. I'd really like to stay at a hotel with local character like this one!
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  25. It looks like you had a gorgeous stay babe! The hotel looks amazing and so does Bath. Love when one has festive traditions that are returning year after year. It adds to the magic of Christmas! Hope you're having a lovely week! Xx

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  26. I always wanted to visit Bath. Well, maybe not always but for a long time, ever since I read Wife of Bath- that story is hilarious, definitely my favourite story in the whole The Canterbury Tales. Your photographs of Bath are so lovely. I'm sure that it is a nice to visit it whenever but it must be extra special during this wonderful time of year. I think every city looks a bit more cozy with Christmas decorations. The Christmas market there seems like one well worth a visit! The stunning architecture is always a plus and this city has that...so, it was a pleasure to visit it at least virtually.

    You look very pretty and chic! That coat is gorgeous and I do like the scarf....How adorable you look at that last photo!!!! Fabulous denim mini skirt and tartan shirt btw:).

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  27. p.s. The hotel seems perfect! You always find the best hotels.

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  28. I love Bath at Christmas! You looked like you had a great time, fab pictures too!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  29. Bath looks amazing. I love your photos.

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  30. I really love the town you've been visiting and the hotel is luscious babe! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  31. The hotel looks stunning and a welcome haven for your stay in Bath. Love the sound of the fudge and the pancakes, I've been craving an American breakfast since I returned from San Francisco myself. Your pictures capture the beauty of the hotel and Bath beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo
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  32. Bath is such a wonderful, wonderful city! I've actually just applied to university there for next year. I went there at Christmastime two years ago, and the atmosphere is so unique! The market is really crowded though, which in a way shows how good it is. The Francis Hotel looks beautiful, the Roman Bath themed shower is my favourite thing about it :D

    Julia x
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  33. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better Gabrielle! And it looks like you had yourself quite the splendid time in Bath despite not being 100%. That gorgeous hotel bath would certainly perk any one up and your accommodations were so lovely overall. I've never been to Bath and this seems like a lovely time of year for a visit.

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  34. Beautiful photos, but you also looked so pretty in them!! (im jealous haha)
    loving your blog as usual
    Isabelle xx
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  35. Your posts are the most amazing quality. These photos are stunning as always and you've captured the city so romantically! I love the market and the hotel, and that breakfast looks absolutely delicious. Also, those shots of you by the window are so perfect, look like they're pulled straight from a fashion magazine!

    Francesca
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  36. The hotel and food looks amazing and it looks like you had a wonderful time despite not feeling your best. Thanks so much for sharing your stay and I hope you're feeling much better. I know how it can be when you're not feeling your best. xx

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  37. The food looks delicious! I went to Bath a few years ago and it was beautiful!! I really want to spend Christmas in London one year, I feel like it'll be super amazing!

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  38. Awesome post. x

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  39. Bath is such a beautiful place, I've only been there twice and really want to visit more, it's really such a wonderful place to just wander around!
    Amy xx
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  40. I am obsessed with this! Looks like such an amazing place to visit - especially during this festive time! I'm so glad you're finally feeling better - you looked gorgeous in these photos, not ill at all :)

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  41. I'm glad you are feeling better. Bath looks amazing and the hotel was beautifully decorated.
    LaToya
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  42. Hello Gaby - What a fantastic getaway! Your photos are so beautiful... I adore how you captured each moment. Bath looks so picturesque.

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  43. So good to know that you are feeling better again.
    I am in love with your whole look from coat to scarf to boots. I love winters and this is such smart and chic look.

    Have a nice day !
    Alisha :)

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  44. Both Bath and the hotel look so amazing! All the breakfast foods you had at the hotel look soooo delish. It sounds like it was a fantastic vacation :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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  45. Your Valentino bag is beautiful! So happy to see it in action. Your coat is gorgeous and the boots as well. This place is amazing it feels like staying in your own princess castle. I would defiantly not wish to leave here :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/12/after-hours.html

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  46. I love the gold telephone in your room, and as for the Lanvin toiletries, I'm sold! Bath is such a picturesque place to visit at any time of year

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  47. Now this post brought back some lovely memories, especially the shots at Cafe Rouge, as Milsom Street is just two streets away from where my student house was back in 2014 as I attended Bath Spa University, so it was lovely to see it here in your post and of course, the stunning shots of the Christmas market are just gorgeous. This is probably one of my favourite posts from you Gabrielle, and I'm glad you're feeling much better now too! - Tasha

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  48. What a beautiful hotel, to stay. You are right , each city has its own charm. Love your bag, Gabrielle, and your hair always looks amazing.
    Nina
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  49. You look gorgeous! And what a beautiful hotel! Great pictures!

    Darriyan xx
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  50. I'm glad you're feeling better and had a nice time ! The hotel room looks stunning :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  51. This place is magical, like from different century :-) You look so stunning in this outfit :-) xx

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  52. This looks like the perfect place to stay! I hope you're feeling better! I haven't been to Bath in years and I don't actually think I've ever been to the Christmas markets.. I definitely need to! :) xx

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  53. Bath is so beautiful, one of my favourite places to go! Great photos!

    Charlotte x

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  54. Glad you're feeling better, Gabrielle! Bath does indeed look beautiful. It is on my list of places to visit. The place almost looks quite regal. Glad you had a fantastic time. I guess you could always go back for the afternoon tea!

    Lima
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  55. Francis Hotel looks gorgeous and the location seems great! Love the Roman Bath themed shower wall! Bath is a beautiful city that I have visit twice in the past but never with an overnight stay. I think I have to change that after reading this :-)

    Miriam
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  56. Posts like these always make me want to travel so badly, it looks like you always have an amazing time on these getaways. I've been to Bath once on a day trip and it really surprised me, I'd love to go back there and spend more than a few hours exploring! It looks like an amazing place to spend a classic afternoon tea as well.

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  57. I have been to Bath but it was many years ago so I would love to go back soon with my boyfriend. I bet it is a gorgeous place to be at Christmas and it looks like you had a wonderful time :) x

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  58. I've never visited this place before, but it sounds so festive, I like that!
    Have a nice day!

    Laura | http://www.furiouslychic.ch/

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  59. This hotel does seems to be different from most that you have featured here, Gabrielle. I appreciate the older designs, I mean look at the phone, love it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  60. Way to 'sleigh' it with these amazing photos! LOL the first photo I spot a little car that reminds me of mine a bit-so cute!
    Merry Christmas,
    Katelyn
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  61. Hope you're feeling completely better soon :) looks like you had a lovely trip to Bath! We're lucky as it's not too far to travel from Exeter for a daytrip (when the trains are working that is!) xxx
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  62. Wow this hotel is nust perfect!!! You are so beautiful and all the photographs are awesome!!

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  63. Beautiful photos, very eyecatching hotel. Love the humour in teh last photo as well as I saw on your IG. My favourite is the cafe image, though. I really need to visit Bath again soon, all of these stunning captures just make me want to jaunt off now. We are visiting friends in Liverpool, not as exciting as Bath. Thanks for sharing Gabrielle. x

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  64. Oh wow what a gorgeous hotel! Gabrielle your hair is so long and beautiful and looks in such lovely condition. I would love to know what products you use. I love your new handbag so much it's absolutely stunning. You have the best taste.

    Gemma x
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  65. I remember reading bout this last year and I was just as amazed. It looks so beautiful there with the glittering lights, the town just looks so breathtaking! I also quite like people watching too haha

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
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  66. The hotel is just gorgeous!!!! And Bath looks beautiful with all that Christmas splendor :)

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  67. Beautiful pictures and writing. But then I would expect nothing less from you.
    Cheers,
    T.
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  68. It looks like such a lovely place! And all those interiors, omg, so royal, I wish my house could look like that!

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  69. As always, Gabrielle, you managed to bring me through your travel journey with such interests and excitement that I feel I should just pop right into my computer screen and go right over to Bath!! Especially the Francis Hotel, for the post!! How could I not like that Roman bath walls and those delicious looking breakfast the next morning??!! Pancakes, bacons with maple syrup and cranberry juice??? My kind of breakfast OMG...

    Your visuals are amazing, as always. Love this post tremendously and enjoyed the read.

    Here's wishing you a merry merry christmas and a happy happy new year of 2017! May the new year brings you more travel tales to be shared with us here. Have a great celebration and enjoy it to the max with your loved ones. Kudos to the photographer who always take excellent pictures of you *_^

    With love,
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