4.5
Very Good 560 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 560 Reviews
With children, without children Babington is equally as good.
Reviewed 10 hours ago

We've stayed at Babington a couple of times.

The first was a child free romantic getaway in 2015. As a last minute booking we had to change our room mid stay and so got to see a variety of room types. All were well appointed and well equipped. The spa was excellent and we spent our time having treatments and driving around the area enjoying the scenery. Staff were friendly and food was a relaxed affair.

Fast forward a couple of years and we are due to return with two children in tow in March 2018. Due to unscheduled amounts of snow fall the hotel gave us the option to cancel our booking on the day of travel and rebook for another date at no extra cost. The way in which they dealt with this issue was no less than impressive and an hour later we had seemlessly rebooked our stay to co inside with a charity event we were attending later in the year in December.

Thankfully our December date was not called off by snowfall. We had booked a stable block room and our twins were in awe of their bunk bedded room complete with books, blackboard and a selection of toys and child towelling robes. We enjoyed the privacy of the layout with the children's bedroom, shower room and lounge downstairs and master bedroom and ensuite upstairs. We ordered lazy breakfasts to our room each morning and made the most of the kids club allowing us to use the spa and pool. The children enjoyed the cinema and almost having the pool to themselves during the family swim time. Everything about our stay was laid back and relaxing with service en pointe. The only thing we did notice was that maybe the shabby chic look that made Babington House so famous is looking more shabby than chic nowadays but none the less this didn't distract from the fact it was an excellent stay.

A Midweek Wedding
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here midweek for my husband's cousin's wedding. We stayed in a beautiful room and enjoyed of the facilities on offer including the heated pool,restaurant and spa.

The wedding was also beautiful and coordinated very well. The couple are members of Soho House so we were given the VIP treatment 😉

Really good but not great
Reviewed 1 month ago

Babbington House is a really nice place to spend a few days away, it has a relaxed atmosphere and like so many hotels, styles itself towards the shabby chic look that I really like and certainly suits this old house. The difficulty comes with the balance of shabby/chic and I believe that no one does this better than the chain of Pig hotels unfortunately Babbington doesn’t quite get this difficult balance correct. The problem is it’s definitely more shabby than chic, our room was nice but very dark and the corridors leading to our room didn’t make you feel that you had arrived in a luxury hotel. To be honest if I had paid the high season rate for our room I would of been a little disappointed. The staff are all helpful and professional but again as a comparison not as friendly or as helpful as other hotels already mentioned in this review. The food was superb we had lunch an evening meal and breakfast and the standard was excellent, the pork lemon ravioli was truly outstanding! Unfortunately we didn’t have time to make use of the spa so I’m not able to leave a review for this.
Would I stay at Babbington House again ? Well, yes I definitely would but I would only stay out of the high season because I believe it would be difficult to justify the higher (double) the room costs that we paid in March.

Delicious Luxury
Reviewed 1 month ago

We are lucky enough to live not too far from Babington House and when we can and need to escape the frantic buzz of a big city this can only be THE place to head. Set in the most beautiful, tranquil grounds, Babington House epitomises old time luxury and relaxation. We have stayed in both the main house and in the cottage and the level of housekeeping is just perfect. Food and drink is prepared with care and attention and if you are there in the afternoon you really must try the afternoon tea -it is just to die for!
The most perfect of places.

Without children
Reviewed 2 months ago

Lovely place, just sat around doing nothing and did not feel guilty - love the whole space. Only disappointing aspect was England being beaten by Wales - but at least it was watched in a lovely place!

Service was excellent, staff happy to be there and help you. Such a relaxing a couple of days - we will be back , when we can get someone to look after the children again!!