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

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

Superb wedding
BucklesCorner

Babington house is simply superb - fantastic setting, beautiful historic buildings, great team and delicious food. I really enjoyed staying there with friends to celebrate a magic wedding. Highly recommended.

Gorgeous retreat
leotravelleruk

We enjoyed a wonderful stay with our 2 year old. The stable block rooms are perfect for families and we couldn’t have been better looked after! Babbington have thought of everything from children’s supper to babysitting into the evening and an on site playroom. Perfect!