4.5
Very Good 547 Reviews
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What We Love

  • It’s called “House” for a reason — this hotel has an intimate, homey vibe
  • Members club status means extremely reasonable food, drink and spa charges
  • Rooms are generously stocked with full-size bottles of the entire Cowshed toiletry range
  • It’s all about the extras here — including the free tea, cake and scones served every afternoon at 3 p.m.
  • Book a Playroom Room and the (extremely generously stocked) minibar is free
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • This is the official country retreat for the Soho House private members club
  • Although the atmosphere is relaxed, this is definitely a scene hotel
  • Don’t take the full-size toiletries home — you’ll be charged. But you’re free to take any mini items
  • Each room is different in size, layout and decor
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Overview

The Review

“This is a great place for couples,” I’m informed by a lovely Babington House staffer on the walk to my Walled Garden Room from reception. “Everyone who comes here falls in love.” And she’s right — I’m smitten within 30 seconds. But not, as she intended, with my other half — the object of my desire is the room itself. Split over three levels, it includes a vast open-plan bathroom, a sunken living room, a mezzanine bedroom and a terrace (complete with a hot tub for two) overlooking the walled vegetable garden.

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With a setup like this (and cocktails delivered by room service), there’s little need to leave your room. But leave it you should, because outside there are 18 acres of grounds, a leather-sofa’d bar that’s open until 3 a.m., a spa and a swimming pool that’s glass-walled at one end and open-air (but heated) at the other.

Breakfast is laid on in the bright, airy Orangery, and afternoon tea is served overlooking the fields in the small House Kitchen. There’s also a clutch of rooms in the main house, from the prim, wallpapered sitting room to the more masculine library, complete with stag horns and a roaring fire (this is one country house that doesn’t get draughty in winter). The only problem – with so much here to swoon over, you may not have eyes for anyone else.

How to Get There

Babington House
Babington near Frome
Somerset, BA11 3RW United Kingdom

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 547 Reviews
Excellent stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Babington House is just stunning. Beautiful grounds , amazing rooms , helpful friendly staff...every little detail was well thought through. Children are definitely welcome here & loved the heated pool .
I stayed overnight with my husband & children , we all loved it & would return
I could of given more stars!

The best hotel in the UK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our third time of coming and each time I remember why this is my favourite place. From the relaxed but focused service approach to the facilities and spectacular grounds, this makes for such a special stay that you will not want to go home! In summer, the outdoor bar and huge Bbq are a great attraction with large day beds overlooking the lake and when you feel like a dip, the outdoor pool and bar is divine (and it’s linked to an indoor pool too). Every room has always been to the highest standard, this time with free flip flops for the pool, always stocked with their full Cowshed range which is addictive! It is like a village with beautifully maintained gardens, a shop, a spa, a walled garden growing all their own produce- I could go on. This doesn’t come cheap but if you deserve a treat then this is the place for you!

Best family dinner ever!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently we took the extended family to a afternoon and dinner here and I was super impressed with the way they handled all our varied requests and made our occasion special. There aren't many places in the countryside you can get a perfect pre dinner cocktail, a brilliant meal and a library to lay about in afterwards. Fantastic staff and fabulous food.

Gorgeoys
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Babington House is like stepping into the Great Gatsby of England. Do not miss the complementary tea for guests and members - divine cakes and treats. Went on a glorious bike ride to nearby village of Mells and enjoyed the Cowshed spa for a very relaxing facial. We stayed in the attic room in the house which was so cozy and actually like a suite split into two rooms. I loved the bar in the room and all the Cowshed products in the bathroom and the thoughtful touches everywhere. Dinner in the restaurant was delicious and there is just so much to explore on the property you can get lost for hours in the very best way!

Bloody bab ont seat!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Myself, Tim and Jeffrey set off down to Somerset hearing great things about this gaff, luxury rooms, amazing staff, fantastic views. On arrival it was all as expected with receptionist Sandra giving us more than a splendid welcome. In to the elevator, full steam ahead up to room 442, the furniture, the decor.... everything ruddy fantastic. As myself and Jeff got ourself settled, Tim headed for the toilet as it was a long drive down from central meanwood (Yorkshire)... as Timmy headed to park his rear and THERE IT WAS, Babington house had BAB ont seat! Poor tim had to sprint and get his Speedo t7’s as his eyes were burning, pillow on the mouth as he could taste it. Possible the worst thing I’ve ever come across while spending time with my friends. Trying to come to terms with the ordeal we instantly left NEVER to return!