4.5
Very Good 567 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 567 Reviews
Invite by member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfectly wonderful lunch with family in lovely setting. I imagine it would be quite expensive to be a member but from the look of the house and the grounds it is set in I am assured it is worth it?
I did not ask the cost of membership!

Just perfect
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed one night at Babbington House in a walled garden suite to break up trip on way back from St Ives and it was so lovely we wished we could of stayed longer. The suite was amazing, the hot tub a real treat but the highlight of the stay for us was dinner. We are two fussy foodies and diner was 3 course with cocktails and wine and every course was just delicious and much much better than the Michelin star restaurant we had eaten in the night before. One little thing that worked so well was the positioning of the tables in the restaurant where couples were sat looking out the window and not directly opposite each other. This had an incredible effect as you look to each other to talk which felt special and it made the evening feel really private within a buzzing space. Usual Soho House relaxed and friendly service that they get so right. This was our first visit but already planning another stay.

Lovely stay
Reviewed 1 month ago

This is a lovely hotel in an historic estate with friendly and amiable staff. Food was lovely and the free afternoon tea was a large plus. The room was very comfortable and the pool was sublime. Would definitely stay here again and the staff are as accommodating as at any Soho House

Countryside in the heart of Somerset.
Reviewed 2 months ago

Perfect to relax from an everyday city life and to refresh your mind by exploring natural beauty of Somerset. You can walk through an ancient woodlands with a well-timed pit stop at a local pub or you can spend the laziest days in your life with a perfect view with a glass of something which can finally make you a bit drunk and happy, swimming in the indoor or outdoor pool, playing games or just relaxing under the more than 100 years old trees.
And of course food most of the ingredients are from the farm and it’s delicious. And everyone can find whatever they want.

Cannot fault this lovely hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

Attended a friends wedding and stayed for 2 nights. We couldn’t have wished for a better stay. The room had everything and more than we needed, including flat irons, fab shower creams, wellingtons etc...lots of little extras that make your stay a little extra special. The food in the hotel was fantastic as were all of the staff and the communal areas. Breakfast was served until midday which was a saviour !! I would highly recommend this hotel.