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May 11

Babington House, Somerset

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Where can you find bathrooms that are as large as any living area, a cinema, library, pool room and a first class orangery all under one roof? Or how about lounging in an old fashioned roll top bath or enjoying the comfort of a spacious walk in shower...sounds like every girls dream, eh?

And in case you’re wondering boys, it is possible to watch the widescreen television whilst reclining in the king sized bath tub.  Babington House has got it all. Babington House is a private members club and is part of the Soho House group and is their countryside retreat set in 18 acres of parkland. Upon arrival there is absolutely no need to leave, as they have everything that you could possibly need for a weekend of repose and leisure. 

The house itself dates back to the old Georgian era and has its very own restaurant and chapel, and most importantly, one of the most relaxing bars you could ever wish to chill in. The décor throughout the complex is strictly sympathetic to its surroundings whilst the furniture and funky features give it a fresh neo-Georgian feel.
Each room in the house has been completed in contrasting vibrant styles, giving every bedroom a personality of its own. I stayed in the Coach House, where the bed rested upon a mezzanine floor and boasted crisp white sheets. The windows are large and sweep across the rural scenery. This allowed me to lie in bed and look out over the beautiful countryside, whilst enjoying a cup of tea.
The ground floor consists of a big sofa dressing table, walk in closet and a hot drinks making facility. There is a lovely array of antique chairs, so that it’s possible to sit and chat whilst your partner is getting ready. When venturing to the spa for your treatment, you are taken down a little winding path that leads you through the trees and down past the lake. It is here that you are given your own little Cowshed hut to completely relax and enjoy your spa experience and the surrounding Somerset countryside.
What’s more the Babington staff are incredibly well informed and make you feel 100% comfortable the very moment that you walk into the hotel. From delivering unexpected gifts to a lucky partner, to automatically remembering your favourite bottle of wine. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Undoubtedly, one of the best points of Babington House is that you are always made to feel like you are the most important person wherever you decide to wonder.  
As for the wonderful food in the main restaurant. I had pigeon and red cabbage, which was cooked to perfection and definitely up to the standards that you would expect to receive in a top London restaurant. The food is all seasonal and fresh, which is a welcome treat. I stayed for three evenings and didn’t feel like leaving. I felt the hotel had everything I could possibly want or need in terms of both food and service. This is pure luxury.
The extravagant interior of Babington House mixed with the quality of service throughout the hotel ensures that the interior of this grand building is a match for the breathtakingly stunning surroundings. Be certain to soak in the view from the one of the many bespoke sofas in the conservatory; it’s a truly delightful experience. What’s more, make sure you check out the boot room, grab yourself a pair of wellies and head off for a ramble through the picturesque countryside. The front desk can suggest a multiple number of different walks available for you to try and luckily enough there’s plenty of pubs to stop off at and have a rest before you eventually head back to the house.
The fact that Babington House has an in-house chapel makes it an ideal choice for those of you who are currently planning a wedding. But equally if you just fancy a break in a remote location far from the madding crowds then Babington House also presents itself as the perfect place for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Top Tip: Try the after eight cocktails in the bar post dinner, they are absolutely wonderful and I guarantee that you will be addicted by the time you leave. I’m not promoting alcoholism or anything...but they are pretty wonderful.
Babington House,
Babington near Frome,
BA11 3RW,
United Kingdom
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