4.5
Very Good 553 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 553 Reviews
Wow, just wow!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Had a wonderful 2 night stay at this stunning estate. We were there primarily for a wedding, but also took the opportunity to explore as much of the estate and its facilities as possible. Almost impossible to find a fault. Rooms spacious with all the little extras one would expect from this class of accommodation. The wedding was stunning, with many of the estate’s features being highlighted. Could not recommend Babington House more highly, especially for any type of special occasion.

Birthday escape
Reviewed 2 months ago

Stunning and very spacious room, fully equipped for all eventualities.
Delightful spa in clouding heated indoor and outdoor pools. Treatments available.
Excellent food in the restaurant over looking the grounds.
Staff are so helpful and friendly.
Great country escape

Weekend away
Reviewed 2 months ago

Exceptional stay in this well known london retreat. Service was impeccable, food was amazing, cocktails were exquisite. Even the Wellington boots in the room a lovely touch especially as travelling with dog.
all round a superb stay.

Perfect for a special occasion
Reviewed 3 months ago

We visited to celebrate a close friends 50th birthday. I hotel is beautiful, great staff and decorated really nicely. Food, drinks and service were all great. The spa is away from the main hotel, but a nice wander through the grounds and the treatments were the best we have ever received (that's words from a beauty therapist and serial spa goers too!). The attention to detail at Babington house is wonderful and we can not wait to return.

Expensive but very good food.
Reviewed 4 months ago

Interesting experience. Called 'guys not very professional! Drinks uber expensive, food uber expensive. Pleasant meal but not an amazing meal for the money. Petit fours were so sweet I could not eat them.