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Babington House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Babington
Certificate of Excellence
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“Excellent at every level”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

This hotel is cool yet relaxed, luxurious yet comfortable, and caters outstandingly to families with children. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the clientele varied and refined, and the food is outstanding both in quality and value. No further elaboration needed - high quality at reasonable prices in a calm and tranquil setting.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

I have read a lot about this place, but nothing quite sums it up adequately.This is like no other hotel you will have stayed at. We had the fabulous Playroom in the main house, a gorgeously well appointed room with huge bed, which was so divinely comfortable you may never want to get out of it .Also in the room is a fabulous large claw foot bath situated in front of a log fireplace, great for winter afternoons in with a bottle of champagne.The bed looks out over three large Georgian windows onto the fabulous grounds,there is also a super comfy sofa at the bottom of the bed, placed in front of a large TV.The room itself is massive and houses a rainforest shower cubicle, a separate old fashioned style toilet cubicle and twin vanity sinks.In room amenities include tea and coffee makings, great Cowshed products and even a hot water bottle and drinks cabinet! I think this room has everything you could want on a retreat away from everyday life.
The house itself is like a friendly country house where everyone is intent on having a great time, loads of rooms to sit and read or relax in,(some child free zones) loads of access to food and drink around the house, in fact one of the best house rules ever for this type of hotel is order whatever food you like and eat it in whatever room you like! genius.The bar is really buzzy, with huge sofas and seats spread around a main horseshoe shape bar, with great views out over the grounds, the restaurant in the orangery is light and airy with what I would describe as wholesome gastro pub style food.The T bone steak is awesomely large!!!breakfasts just great choices with loads of great pastries and granola and yoghurt.
Afternoon tea is complimentary between 3 and 5, scones jam and cream and fabby cakes, just yummy and everyone sits around eating, drinking afternoon tea and chattering.
The cinema facility is fabulous, we watched Gravity in 3D on the Saturday evening in a gorgeously appointed 40 seater private cinema room, and the top joy, no one munching on popcorn and no ones head blocking the view!
The pools both indoor and outdoor are heated.
We took the hotel bikes out for a ride, they are a bit rickety but did the job for a little tootle out round the countryside.
It just conveys a sense of a massive club , which you are privileged to belong to but which you will be welcomed back into whenever you can come back. The staff are great, enthusiastic about their jobs and the place they work.
We are definitely going back, as soon as we can, and look forward to testing out a different atmosphere in a different season, any excuse really, must be tried in all seasons!!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We stayed here in January when high winds and floods were battering the country. We couldn't think of a better place to be holed up for a few days.

Like many of the other reviews, we agree that it's the many small touches that make this a cut above other 5 star hotels we have stayed in and warrant the very expensive price tag.

These touches can be seen eveywhere from the decor and furnishings of the hotel (rustic, stylish and luxurious yet not bling or OTT), the attentive service, the cinema and spa, free afternoon tea and cakes, the Wellington boots for walking, the bycicles, to the fantastic breakfast in bed. The wooden trunk arrives with basically a full scale breakfast buffet inside it and is a real treat.

We stayed in one of the upstairs stable room which was a beautiful split level room consisting of a Lounge and bathroom downstairs with a bath and shower and loads of cowshed products, and a mezzanine level in the eaves with a massive bed with several cushions. Lovely decor in keeping with a luxury country house plus modern touches like sky and a DVD blue ray player in the lounge and bedroom and a retro Roberts radio.

We has dinner in the restaurant. Very nice and very reasonably priced.

We also used the cinema one evening, the pool area and the spa where my wife had 2 treatments which we absolutely loved.

The hotel was packed and there were plenty of families so seems very family friendly.

Overall, would definitely recommend babington house for a special treat. It really is a fabulous place for some rest and relaxation.



  • Stayed January 2014
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London
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We spent another wonderful weekend with our children and our little dog at Babington House. We absolutely love it there and our kids too! It's just the perfect escape from London! Thank you for yet another great weekend!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

Babington gives you everything you expect and more. The service is impeccable and the staff can never do enough for you - from the moment you walk in to the bar staff.

They simply tick all the boxes. Yes, it is expensive but what you get for your money is beautifully appointed rooms, an informal yet subtly grand atmosphere, good food and delicious drinks, wonderful public areas (both inside and out), one of the very best spas and a real sense of being away...it is a home from home.

We were also actually fortunate enough to hold our wedding here last year (May 2012) and there aren't enough superlatives.

This is the creme de la creme of UK country hotels.
We have been to a few on a similar level but this is very few and far between.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

To be honest I was left feeling a little bit disappointed after a recent visit to Babington House.

While there was absolutely nothing bad about the experience, and the service was fairly good, I just felt for the money we paid, we could have got a lot more. I have paid less for overnight stays at places like Pennyhill Park where, I believe, the service is better, the spa facilities more extensive and the food much nicer.

Just as an example, as somewhere with a spa you expect to be able to sit and relax at the pool side. This is not an option at Babington - the pool house literally houses a pool and nothing more. The Cowshed spa where you go for your treatments is in a totally separate building so wandering between your treatments in your robe or taking a shower immediately after your massage just isn't an option.

Additionally, at dinner I ordered a rare steak which arrived well-done. When I sent it back and ordered another one, also rare, the same thing happened again and the second steak was also well-done. You just don't expect this from a place like Babington House - you would think they would be able to cook a steak to order. And, even after this happened, they didn't knock it off the bill despite my not eating it at all.

Having said all this though, the rooms themselves were absolutely amazing and we couldn't have asked for much more. The surroundings are also stunning, it is just some of the facilities and service that do not match the hefty price tag. I'm glad we experienced it but I definitely won't be rushing back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 December 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

It's tricky to find fault with Babbington. It does what it does with ease and simplicity, comfortable rooms, good solid food and warm - if occasionally inattentive service. It's been doing it for a number of years now - and knows not to mess with a winning formula, and while others attempt to match its skills, somehow they all fall short.

Nowhere else can quite pull off an afternoon of cricket on the adjoining ground and have people lounging around the bar in whites and stripes for the rest of the evening. Nowhere else can conjure up the majesty of the main bedroom with bow window and bed the size of a small chapel...

Occasionally the age of the staff means a lack of maturity in understanding their guests requirements, but Babbington was the first of the Soho House establishments outside London and its reputation for comfort, peacefulness and restorative solitude - a getaway-from-it-all pleasure dome remains unrivalled.

You will find over indulgent yummy mummies with children who run free - because "Johanna is a free spirit darling - she must draw on the walls if she feels like it" and public schooled bankers who don't know the strength of their own voices "Had to leave the McLaren in the garage - bloody Somerset potholes bugger up the wheels you know..." but it as long as you are happy to watch the wildlife - it rarely disturbs you specifically....

Go, enjoy and relish a bygone age of the house party at its finest.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Babington House
Address: Babington BA11 3RW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Babington
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Babington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Babington House 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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