Stella likes: Gourmet Valrhona chocolate mousse and malt ice cream at Plate, the in-house restaurant.
Outside : Bath really has something for everyone and for every taste. At Holburne Museum, for example, which is a four-minute walk away, lovers of high culture will admire the paintings and sculptures, but as this is also Lady Danbury’s home in Bridgerton, it also has a selfie appeal – and serves a medium cream tea. History buffs will love the town’s beautifully preserved architecture (visit No 1 Royal Crescent to see how people lived in the late 18th century) and the Roman baths, where video projections and actors bring it to life. Shoppers will also be in heaven: head to the independent shops of the Bartlett Street district, and be sure to stop for a pastry and a visit to the cafe/interiors store Berdoulat.
To book: Rooms from £195 b&b, thebirdbath.co.uk. Read our expert opinion here.
Best for: Bucolic five-star luxury
Arriving at this 18th-century mansion feels more like a friend’s country guest than a hotel guest. That warmth extends to your four-legged friend too, thanks to dog welcome packs and walking routes (Whatley is set in 12 acres of Cotswold countryside).
The focus is on sustainability here — the hotel has a bronze EarthCheck award and a green Michelin star for sustainable gastronomy. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable, and the lounge and the terrace which communicate with the bar are the ideal place for an extended cocktail. Try the Whatley Manor Citrus Drop, made with their own sustainable citrus vodka (a tree is planted for every bottle created, and they use lemon and orange peel waste from the kitchen) and honey from their own bees.
However, the indisputable highlight is the 10-course tasting menu dinner, prepared by Niall Keating in his two-Michelin-star dining room. This gastronomic odyssey begins with a trio of dishes served in the kitchen where you can follow all the action and chat with the chef.