Country House Bristol : Live like a Lord and Lady of the Manor

Backwell House : Country House Hotel in Bristol

Backwell House Farleigh Road, Backwell BS48 3QA

I didn’t realise there could be such a special country house hotel near Bristol. Just a short journey from Bristol city centre and you are in magnificent countryside and will discover this beautiful country manor that has been turned into a luxury hotel.

What makes Backwell House different?

This used to be a family home which is now a hotel so if you want to see what it is like to live as a lord and lady of the manor then this is the place to stay.

I love the quirky décor in this guesthouse, a lot of the furniture was collected from auctions and it has such a country manor feel to it. Everywhere you look is something different. Even in the bathroom where they have a sink made from an old suitcase.

This would a great hotel to treat someone near Bristol as it really is going to make you feel special staying here. Or how about taying here if you are looking for a hotel close to Bristol Airport.

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Quirky decor

I visited the hotel to try their new menu as part of the Bristol bloggers and influencer group and I was lucky to get to spend the night too. It is a gorgeous hotel and I would recommend anyone to stay here.

The aim is to make you feel at home “somewhere you can come and sit in front of the fire and take your shoes off” obviously the fires were not on when I visited since it was summer and we were about to go through a mini heat wave but it was still a really cosy place to sit and chill.

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Sitting Area

Food and Drink at Backwell House 

If you are local to Bristol you can visit Backwell House for a delicious meal. They have a restaurant with a daily menu offering dishes made from local and organic produce.

They even have their own vegetable garden so they definitely know where their produce is coming from as they are growing it themselves. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday lunch with dishes created by talented chef Ross Hunter.

During my stay I had one of the best meals I have had in a long time, it was so tasty. You can have lunch or dinner in the conservatory over looking the gardens, it is very light and airy the perfect place to have a meal with family.

conservatory at backwell house

A lovely place to have your meal

I started with Pressed Backwell Pork, New Season peas, Pancetta and a tarragon emulsion. The crackling was to die for and the peas were so fresh.

starter at backwell house


Main was 60 day Hereford sirloin, Ox cheek, alliums, oyster mushroom and a beef jus. The Ox cheek were melt in the mouth and the sirloin was cooked to perfection.

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Main Course

And yes I did just have a little bit of room left for dessert. I went for the strawberry cannelloni, meringue and cheddar valley strawberries. The strawberries were so juicy.

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Luxury bedrooms at Backwell House

There are 9 bedrooms I stayed in the Grace room which is currently £195 per night. The bed was so luxurious and comfortable that I really didn’t want to leave I actually asked if I could move in but not sure they were keen on that idea probably because I would eat all the food.

If you would like to see some more of the rooms on offer you can see here.

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Credit : Backwell House

I loved the bathroom with the free standing bath although I cant use a bath it was nice to look at and gave the room so much character. There were some yummy smelling toiletries in the room supplied by Bramley Bath, Body and Home Inspired by a love of the British Countryside.

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Grace room ensuite

I had the most amazing view and as it was such a glorious evening I slept with the large Georgian window open and got woken up by the birds singing.

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My morning view

Unfortunately they do not have any accessible rooms and you have to go up one staircase to get to the bedrooms but there are plans to build some accessible rooms in the annex which is the next stage of development. Also next year they will have their swimming pool finished so I am definitely going back to try that out.

And if this hasn’t convinced you to book a stay at Backwell house, they have a cinema room where they are planning on doing a Sunday movie package, excellent walks nearby and a cool bar to have some local drinks in.

How to get to Backwell House in Bristol

The hotel is near Nailsea train station and they mentioned if you contact the hotel prior to your visit they will pick you up from the station. It is also less than 10 minutes from Bristol Airport so would make a great pre holiday stay and you can leave your car and if you ask nicely they will take you to the airport if a member of staff is free.

This would make a lovely venue for a wedding in Bristol, if the weather is nice then it would be perfect for an outside gathering. With only 9 rooms you could book them all for your wedding party to make it really personal.

Check out this video I made during my stay.


The rooms have had a revamp since my stay so I think I need to go back for another visit. Check out the box below for latest prices and availability for Backwell House.

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18 thoughts on “Country House Bristol : Live like a Lord and Lady of the Manor”

  1. This place is definitely something I want to try out. The bedroom and bathroom look magnificent. Such a royal vibe. And the strawberry dessert looks amazing. 🙂

  2. The Country House Bristol looks like a wonderful place to stay whilst visiting Bristol. The bath looks very inviting and I’m sure with the Bramley Bath toiletries, it would be magical. The food looks absolutely delicious, I would definitely have saved some room for a dessert!

  3. What a magical place! I could really picture royals coming to stay for a weekend at this Country House. Thank you for sharing! The photos definitely sell the place well!

  4. That bathroom! I’m sold 🙂 Definitely looks like a wonderful getaway. I also really liked the fact that this is a former home – really adds a certain charm to it.


  5. I am a local from the south of ENgland and never heard of this place. Would defo stay here if I was in the area and I so could easily relax in that bath after an early morning run. 🙂

  6. WAO! This post is perfect for me! I’m from Mexico and I’m currently applying to have a summer course in Bristol, for sure I’ll visit the Country House Bristol when I go over that side!, Loved the rooms and the food looks so delicious!

  7. I imagined myself being here on a rainy weekend. Looks beautiful. Regal, stately, yet comfortable and the food looks amazing!

  8. I’m already sold from the part about their own vegetables. The food looks delicious and sophisticated while the rooms and the bathroom are so neatly prepared and exhale a rustic feel. I would surely book a room there!

  9. This place looks amazing! I would love to go just for the food. The ox cheek sounds amazing. I’ll keep this place in mind for the future.

  10. I love the little bit of quirkiness, such an adorable place to stay for a day or two. The meals look excellent as well. Do love that first picture of the suitcase hand basin, won me over instantly.

  11. I love the suitcase sink – and would love a soak in that deep bath! The rooms look lovely, I think I’d enjoy playing lady of the manor for a couple of days!

  12. What a gorgeous place! I am always amazed at the manor houses outside Bristol. I stayed at a few last year and was always blown away by the charm, the decor, the food! Looks like you’ve found another one. The food looks divine. You can always win me over with pork crackling.

  13. The Country House Bristol looks like the place to stay when visiting Bristol! The food looks amazing and I would love to wake to that morning view while sipping on a cup of tea.

  14. The Country House Bristol looks amazing. And it is so interesting to know that they have crafted the whole place by the unique auction things. I would love to be the lady of Manor. Food too looks quite yummy and getting up to those views and birds chirping is really awesome.

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