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Why autumn is simply the best time to stay here

Shhh, don’t tell anyone but autumn really is the best time to enjoy Woolley Grange. Summer is great and Christmas is awesome, but autumn is where it’s really at.

Imagine big blue skies, russet golden walks, garden harvests of amber, ochre and vivid orange squash and pumpkins, the glorious greens of apples, pears, beans and courgettes, a radiant rainbow of garden flowers adorning hotel and spa. The reality is here in abundance!

Autumn flavours

As the garden produce mounts up on the kitchen doorstep, chef and his brigade busily prepare delicious warming meals for the restaurant, as well as concocting an array of preserves to capture those summer flavours in darker winter days. Try our rather delicious sweet apple and squash chutney (see recipe below) and, coming soon, cold off the press from our ancient apple orchard, will be our our 2021 freshly pressed Woolley Grange apple juice and our apple & beetroot, a winning combination of sweet and tangy and packed full of nutrients!. Check out our autumn breaks to enjoy the best of what  autumn has to offer.

Dog in tow? No problem! Take a look at our dog friendly break: Dogs Stay for Free for some rather special extra goodies.

Afternoon tea by the fire at the Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire

Warm the soul...and the toes

When the sun is less friendly, get cosy by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a board game, or a robust red with a good book. Alternatively head over to the spa where the heated indoor pool overlooking the walled garden, will make you feel warm and lovely. Add in an Elemis spa treatment and suddenly the world seems a nicer place.

Chillier nights mean long candlelit dinners. Those with little ones can avail themselves of our complimentary baby or dog video monitoring so you can enjoy a relaxing evening, cosy fireside chats, and a cognac or two; or pre-book a baby sitter if you prefer.

Colder mornings offer a leisurely lie-in (those with children check out our Children’s Breakfast Club days) and a slow relaxing breakfast with the paper.

Children at Woolley Grange luxury family hotel dress up for halloween in Wiltshire

Half Term Fun

Over half term we’ve got lots planned for families. Think marshmallow toasting, mocktail making, den building and much more! 

If you want to venture beyond the hotel grounds, explore beautiful Bradford on Avon and surrounds for great walks, history and countless tea shops. Longleat has some special Autumn Days for families and Bath, Lacock (of Harry Potter filimng fame), Prior Park, Bowood and Stourhead are all a short hop away and are absolutely stunning at this time of year, with plenty for the kids to do.

Our Best Apple and Squash Chutney

Oh, and here’s that recipe we promised. 

1.4kg squash

4 firm tomatoes

500g bramley cooking apples

1 onion

250g sweet raisins

500 light soft brown sugar

1tsb mixed spice

1tsb ground black people

750 cider vinegar

Coarsely chop all the fruit and vegetables and place in a large heavey based pan with half the vinegar. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 minutes until tender.

Add the raisins, mixed spice, back pepper and cook, stirring from time to time until the mixture thickens...about an hour.

Add the sugar and the rest of the vinegar, stirring well until the sugar dissolves. Continue cooking until the mixture is thick. Pot and seal. For the best taste, leave to mature for several weeks.