‘You’re never too early to check in here’ says the receptionist with a smile – we’re off to a good start. What they don’t warn you though is that you’ll never want to check out.
Escape The City
Babington House part of the Soho House Group is a true escape. Opened in 1998, the house is nestled in the middle of nowhere in Somerset. Designed to ‘revolutionise the Country House Hotel’, that it did. It’s heaven in a boutique hotel where the ever friendly staff can’t do enough to help make your stay just perfect. Follow winding roads through the countryside before turning down their grand, tree lined driveway and you really never want to leave.
Set within 18 acres of landscaped parkland, the hotel is split into a number of room options so you can choose from.
Grand rooms in the main house – think four poster beds and beautifully patterned fabrics. Cosy, intimate Attic Rooms. The split-level, private Walled Garden Rooms which have hot tubs! The Coach House rooms which have a inviting yet grand feel to them due to the double weighted ceilings. The Stable Block Rooms for families and finally not forgetting The Lodge and The Cabin if you fancy an entire house during your stay.
One of the hardest parts of the process (other than leaving), is choosing the room. Even though they all have a different feel to them, the good news is you could never be disappointed with your choice. The best method is to choose a different one each time so after seven trips you’ll know!
Well-Heeled For Well-Wellied
Amongst the chilled atmosphere you’ll find a croquet lawn, tennis courts as well as indoor and outdoor pools to keep you entertained. Forget your wellies? Don’t worry – they have plenty to borrow for exploring. Or bikes too if you want to take for a spin around the countryside. Want to put your feet up and relax? Head to the Cowshed spa for heavenly treatments. Fancy a round of golf or perhaps some horse riding? They can arrange this for you off site too. There’s also a cinema with complimentary screenings.
We stayed in one of the Coach House rooms. A mere 30 seconds walk from the main Babington House. The room was huge! With the biggest sofa you’ve seen, the most incredible rainfall shower which could’ve easily fitted ten people. In addition, there was the most glorious roll top bath. Finally, to top it off a heavenly bed nestled in the eaves. When a room makes you instantly wish that you had booked for two nights, you’re onto a winner.
Food Glorious Food
We hope you’re hungry when you wake up as the breakfasts are as big as the rooms – huge! Expect a seriously good buffet, and to follow – delicious lunches and dinners. If you’ve got room, there is also a complimentary afternoon tea around 4pm to indulge in too. We recommend trying the cocktails. Barman Leszek and his friend have both been working there for more than a decade and will rustle up anything you fancy. Just don’t ask for a camomile tea past 9pm – if you really want one, go to your room.
All in all it was pure bliss. We wanted to stay at Babington House forever and can’t wait to go back.
TAKE IT FROM US
ONE WORD REVIEW: BLISS
BEST ROOM: We highly recommend Room 22, the biggest Coach House room and apparently Fatboy Slim’s room of choice. Also the pink room directly above the reception is wonderfully feminine, bright, airy and romantic. Splash out on the Playroom or the Cabin for a true wow.
RATES: Starting at £200 per night (breakfast not included) but keep an eye out for the Spontaneous Stay deals, if you’re a member, where you can get a room for as little as £150 a night.
CHECK IN: 3pm
CHECK OUT: Midday
WHAT TO WEAR: Whatever you fancy although as it’s a member of the Soho House Group they stick to the policy of guests not being suited and booted.
ACTIVITIES (INC. SPA/TENNIS/SPORT/WALKS): A Cowshed Spa, Gym, Swimming pool (indoor and heated outdoor), Games Room, Tennis Courts, A Lake to walk or cycle around (wellies and bikes provided).
BEST LOCAL ATTRACTION: No idea as you don’t want to leave once you’ve arrived and there’s more than enough to do on site. Drive past Stonehenge on your way to tick this box.
HOW TO GET THERE: It’s very easy to drive and the trip from London takes about 2.5 hours. By train you change at Bath and head to the local station Frome where you can grab a cab.
Babington House: Babington, near Frome, Somerset BA11 3RW