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

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!

Delightful when the sun is shining
MDAsia53

Lovely escape full of modernised country house aesthetics. However found the common areas a little soulless and uncomfortable. Especially when it was raining. Summer holidays means more kids so could t chill by pool. Rooms lovely. Food lovely and bar vibing which for the country is a bit of a treat.

A Curates Egg
Bobdensley

.....good in parts!

Fabulous room and facilities, excellent food and lovely hard working staff (Boris a real star!).

Shame about the inefficient service (no answer for over an hour on the reception phone, long waits for drinks in the bar, vegetables that came a long time after the main meal had been served, half an hour wait for 2 ice creams) and a bar that really needs to up its game to be comparable with an ordinary cocktail bar let alone the rest of the quality that is Babington.