4.5
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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

Pals weekend
ruby_storm

Enjoyed a weekend away in Babington house with a pal. Swimming outside whilst the crows were cawing first thing in the morning, and going for an adventure to the local village on the available Pashley’s were the highlight for me.

We enjoyed the food, wine selection and cocktails; there is a strong selection on offer for vegans at lunch and dinner. The Sunday roast was great. It could be improved the vegan option for a la carte for breakfast which is limited.

Whilst I do enjoy a more relaxed service style, for this price point you do expect a decent level delivery, however I found it to be inconsistent during the stay. At times staff in the main restaurant were pretty inattentive. The spa too was a bit hit and miss - one of the therapists we both had was brilliant. However for other treatments another whilst very well meaning was obviously very junior and inexperienced, which reflected in the very average massage. No flip flops in the spa because they’ve run out so you are expected to trudge around in your own shoes in the swimming pool isn’t really acceptable.

I would go to enjoy the surroundings (inside and out!) but limit your expectations!

12th visit but this time only 4 star
gerbilsontour

We have been coming to Babington since it opened and it’s our ‘special’ place. Especially the more recent walled garden rooms (and room 6 in main house with roof terrace).

The house and grounds are fabulous and you can’t help but relax into a stay here. The privacy of the walled garden rooms with their own steam room and log fire, and room to spread out over 3 levels is amazing. Bed is massive and comfy and linens luxurious. Gowns and slippers cozy and wearable. Products and supplies unctuous.

Ambience 10/10.

On this stay whilst we had a lovely relaxing time we came away asking ‘is it worth it’. Here’s why:

Prices are high (we don’t mind that) but has to be matched to quality and service. That wasn’t always the case
- the basins in the bathroom are hugely chipped. Not 1-2 chips but 20+ per basin!! Takes shabby chic to beyond acceptable and really off putting
- responsiveness and service slow. We rang 3x asking for kindling to get the fire going and finally it arrived after nearly 2 hours! Way too slow on a cold day when you want to have a fire; then when we couldn’t get it lit it took another 2 calls and 1 hour to get someone to come and help.
- we asked for a porter to help with our luggage at check out. Didn’t arrive on time and so we dragged the case ourselves. When we mentioned that at reception they just said ‘we’ll let housekeeping know’. Not a sorry.

Food in the restaurant looks amazing on the menu but is a bit hit and miss. Breakfast fabulous and the £19 all-in option a no brainier as you get as much as you like of everything. Great value and quality. Main problem was with the veggie main courses at lunch and dinner - two different options totally unbalanced: roast celeriac was 90% a massive celeriac; and beetroot salad also 90% beet (and of the hazelnuts mentioned just one). You can’t eat that much of a single veg, so on both occasions half the meal left and diner hungry. Needs more variety. We mentioned it to the wait staff so hopefully message received by chef. Starters, puds, pizzas and meat meals good. So be careful with your choices 2x veggie starters might be better than 1x veggie main.

Overall had a great relaxing stay but can only score 4/5 due to price to value/service balance.

Fantastic anniversary trip - Rooftop room
mariasL6212RT

Absolutely stunning - I want to come here on a regular basis. Food excellent, very relaxed atmosphere, lots of different activities on offer including the pashley bikes or wellies for country walks. Cowshed spa amazing. Room tip: rooftop room is divine - has an outdoor tub so best in Spring or Summer. 10/10