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The Art of Luxury Escapism | A Weekend of Lavender Living

The Art of Luxury Escapism | A Weekend of Lavender Living

Out of office firmly on for the weekend, we departed from Boutique HQ with an enchanting escape to the country on our agenda. Following sleepy lanes lined by golden fields and rolling Wiltshire countryside, we eventually found ourselves in the quaint Cotswolds village of West Kington – an idyllic corner of the world where pretty cottages and uninterrupted quietude awaits.

Pulling into the driveway as dusk began to fall, we uncovered our heavenly homestay for the weekend set against lilac skies. Promising a façade worthy of a storybook scene, we were spellbound by the setting for our fairytale foray at Lavender. Welcoming up to ten guests in five equally luxurious bedrooms to offer an otherworldly escape from reality, this original schoolhouse is a divine dwelling carefully curated by its owner, award-winning designer and founder of Sims Hilditch, Emma Sims-Hilditch. With eye-catching design features throughout, from exposed, honey-hued Cotswold stone and vaulted ceilings to a calming interior palette, it’s no surprise we found ourselves in a country-cottage dream.

The honey-hued facade of Lavender woven with climbing roses

The picturesque gardens of Lavendar planted with wild flowers, herbs and lavender shrubs

The beautiful interiors of Lavender | Boutique Retreats

As we began to settle in and explore our charming abode we were captivated at every turn, eventually deciding an evening soirée would be fitting to celebrate the commencement of our girls’ weekend away. Lavender’s impressive kitchen is equipped with everything you could desire to craft delectable dishes during your stay, with a wonderful selection of Neptune tableware for dining in style. Dressing the stunning dining space with a candlelit tablescape, we gathered together to pair wine with our favourite charcuterie treats for an Italian-inspired summer banquet. Accompanied by the soft notes of a smooth jazz playlist on the Sonos, we savoured our first night in the blissful embrace of this ethereal escape.

 A beautiful dining table laid for dinner and decorated with flowers and candles at Lavender

Lavender's dining table dressed for dinner and decorated with flowers and candles

After a serene slumber in cloud-like linens, we awoke to gentle morning sunlight and only the sound of sweet birdsong – the rural setting of Lavender ensures a tranquil spot to flee reality for a slower pace of living. Following the striking, stone spiral staircase down to the kitchen and all-important coffee machine, we began the day with slow morning lattes before heading off to explore more of the Cotswolds. Our first must-visit beauty spot was of course the renowned Castle Combe, an aesthetic-lover’s dream and iconic location for those seeking the epitome of Cotswolds charm. We whiled away our morning wandering the characterful rows of quintessential cottages, next heading to Burton Farm Shop & Kitchen for coffee and cake. Over oat flat whites we settled on returning to our dreamy retreat so we could enjoy Lavender’s glorious gardens in the afternoon sun.

One of the beautiful bedrooms of Lavender with an oh-so cosy bed at the centre

A running bath topped with bubbles and situated next to a garden-view window at Lavender

 Picturesque, honey-coloured Cotswolds cottages

Honey coloured cottages in the Cotswolds next to a river

An English garden of heavenly proportions awaited us, landscaped with perfectly pruned greenery and adorning an array of wildflowers, beautiful blossoms and abundant in the bloom of its namesake – a lilac sea of richly aromatic lavender. We took to the lovely outdoor table for a sun-soaked afternoon of candle painting, accompanied by cocktails and conversation. Lavender’s outdoor space is an oasis of calm, thoughtfully crafted to offer a dreamlike garden where serene staycation moments reside. Promising scenes straight from the pages of an enchanting tale, it was only fitting to roam the wildflowers and climb to the eaves of the library ladder in storybook style…

Aperols and crafts during a Cotswolds retreat

 Aperols, crafts and candles during a Boutique Retreat in the Cotswolds

A lady enswathed in a pink dress walking through lavender gardens

A lady in a flowing pink dress resting on a ladder to choose from a regal bookcase

With Lavender set just under half an hour from Bath, it allowed for a weekend of both city and country living. We chose to venture into the city for the evening, dining at La Perla where a tapas-style menu awaits in the historic vaults of this charming eatery. Following a wonderful dinner with evening cocktails at The Ivy, we explored the captivating streets of Bath as the sun began to set before heading back to our exquisite homestay. 

 A heritage bridge spanning a river in the historic city of Bath

Sunday morning found us reluctant to depart from the calming embrace of our ethereal escape, bidding a fond farewell after a wonderful weekend spent resetting our life balance in this luxurious setting. We decided to venture once more into the city of Bath before our journey homeward, beginning with a lovely brunch at Coppa Club in The Bath Townhouse, before exploring the remarkable collection of portraits and historic artefacts at The Holburne Museum

A picturesque garden arrangement at Lavender with an outdoor table and chairs shaded by a pretty parasol

 A historic house with manicured lawns in the Cotswolds

For the lovers of luxurious escapism, Lavender is a must-stay retreat where timeless beauty reigns and a soul-soothing retreat from reality is surely promised. A charming home to gather with friends and family in all seasons, it’s no secret that magic moments reside at our spellbinding abode.

 The picturesque reading room of Lavender bathed in natural light

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A gorgeous exterior view of Lavender at dusk with warm lights inside the retreat and blankets of purple lavender flowers in the foreground

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