Babington House - Somerset, England
About this Chic Retreat
Recently refurbished, Babington House is a small boutique hotel set in 18-acres of Somerset parkland. This stylish Georgian house is one of the Soho House Group portfolio, and following in the footsteps of its well-known city predecessor (Soho House) Babington House has brought London-chic to the country. Rooms & suites have been wonderfully put together with gorgeous print fabrics, exposed brick work, original wood beams and free-standing Victorian tubs and the welcoming staff create a convivial atmosphere, informal yet attentive service in a highly luxurious setting. Guests of all age are equally catered for in this chic retreat. Be pampered in the Cowshed spa, take a swim in the large indoor or outdoor pools, take the kids to the crèche or cinema, have a drink in the child-free martini bar and dine in the fantastic brasserie-style restaurant. This country-chic hotel is perfect for a romantic holiday or family trip.
The 32 individually-styled rooms & suites are spread between the Main House, the Coach House, the Stable Block where the family rooms are situated, the Lodge and the Walled Garden by the spa. All of the rooms are large so no disappointments concerning space and interiors feature plump seating, large Georgian windows, wooden flooring in some, chandeliers & four posters in others and original wood beams in the attic rooms. All rooms have Sony LCD TVs with DVD players and WiFi access. In most of the bathrooms there are stand-alone baths (although some sit in the bedrooms themselves) and large rain showers and there is a range of delicious Cowshed bath products.
For larger groups or families, the two-storey Lodge is ideal, with 3 bedrooms including a double, a bunk and a double/twin room, a fully-equipped kitchen with a dining table that seats 8, a sitting room with open-fireplace and 2 bathrooms. Room service is also available here so guests can decide just how independent they wish to be. The Lodge is set at the top of the driveway, a 6-minute walk from the main house. The Stable Block has 2-level family rooms each with a large bedroom, bunk room for the kids, a large tiled bathroom, wet room and separate toilet, a cosy sitting room and an outdoor terrace. In addition, the rooms have a lot of extras including baby products, a microwave and a small roll-top bath.
For those who really want to be pampered, check-in to the Walled Garden Rooms which are next door to the Cowshed Relax spa. With the addition of private treatment facilities, steam rooms and outdoor space with soaking tubs for 2, this is made for those who want a weekend of pure indulgence. The king of all the Babington rooms is The Playroom on the 1st floor of the Main House. It is the largest of the Main House rooms at over 65 sqm and has spectacular views of the parks & lake. The bathtub is big enough for 2 and in addition to the walk-in shower there is a powder room. The huge four-poster bed has a white canopy and the chandelier, chaise lounge and other furnishings lend the room a sense of elegance. Enjoy use of the Playroom complimentary bar.
Babington House has a spa and fitness area, Cowshed Relax and Cowshed Active. Let off some steam in the fitness area which has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness studio and gym with a Technogym kit, and steam, sauna and aroma rooms. Additionally there is a floodlit hard tennis court, 4 grass courts, a football pitch, croquet lawn, cricket pitch and bicycles for guest use. Cowshed Relax offers treatments from scrubs and soaks to mud wraps and massages.
Kids are well-catered for with a crèche for children from 1 years old free of charge for guests and there are specially arranged children's swimming hours when swimming lessons can be arranged. The 45-seat cinema shows films from old favourites to children's films and pre-release screenings. Ask the concierge about off-site activities such as rock climbing, horse riding, ballooning, golf and shooting as they are happy to arrange it all or simply take off with a picnic along the footpaths and explore the beautiful natural surroundings.
The Babington House restaurant offers dining in the Log Room, the House Kitchen, the Orangery and out on the terrace, with a choice of ambiences from the light & airy House Kitchen to the elegant Orangery. As with the hotel itself, there is a perfect mix of elegance & irreverence. This brasserie-style restaurant serves a varied menu including simple favourites like pizza and sumptuous dishes of cornish crab, pigeon, sea bream and vegetarian meals such as aubergine, lentils, ricotta & balsamic dressing. They also serve a kids menu. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of fine wine with dinner or have a night-cap in the grown-ups only Martini Bar.
There are a variety of cooked options for breakfast including smoked kippers and a full English and the breakfast buffet has a variety of cereals, pastries, fruit and yoghurt.
Rates at Babington House are per room per night and discount rates are offered to Soho House members only. The playroom rates include breakfast. A minimum stay of 2 nights applies for bookings from Friday to Saturday. Higher weekend rates apply (Thursday to Sunday inclusive). Children are not accepted in the main house. Extra beds/bunks/cots are complimentary.
* Rates in GBP
- One night deposit is required to confirm all reservations.
- Cancellations made 10 days prior to arrival will not be charged a fee.
- Cancellations made within that time will be charged the full amount if the booking is not resold.
- Nearest Airport: Bristol.
- Distance from Airport: 45 minutes.
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