Dream Days at Babington House
A photo diary from three dreamy days at Babington House in Somerset back in July…
Babington House is one of those rare hip countryside places perfect for a little British holiday, staycation without the hassle of air travel. Extremely easy to get to from Central London: simply catch a train to Bath, then hail a cab for a short 30min drive!
The whole place is effortlessly romantic, from walks in the grounds, champagne on the lawn, breakfast in the orangery to strolls through a walled garden drinking in the intoxicating aroma and colours of the abundant flowers…
Babington House is a gorgeous Georgian manor house surrounding by 18 acres of grounds, converted into private members’ club and hotel by Soho House’s founder, Nick Jones, at the end of the 90s.
The hotel features 33 bedrooms and a indoor and outdoor pools, Cowshed spa and fitness studio, deli bar, orangery, bar, library, a 45-seat cinema, study, tennis courts, cricket pitch, lake, Victorian walled garden, and a charming Grade I listed chapel, where many wedding ceremonies are performed. In a nutshell, all you need and more for a idyllic country getaway!
I stayed in the main house, in a spacious, lavishly-designed bedroom with its windows overlooking the grounds. With a bed so sumptuous and all the fresh country air, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful sleep!
My bathroom featured a large marble bathtub and there were ample Cowshed products in the bathroom are there to use throughout the stay.
A view from my bedroom…The food at Babington House was absolutely divine! The menu here consists of British dishes with Italian influences using produce from their walled garden. In the photo above, is the most delicious green soup I have ever tasted!
The lake adds a sense of wilderness to the hotel groundsEnjoying some morning sunshine on one of the huge sunbeds by the lake…
The outdoor swimming pool, which was in high demand during our stay there as we managed to coincide our stay with the hottest two days in July!One day we decided to cycle to Somerset Lavender Farm, tucked away in a small village of Faulkland a few miles away. Somerset Lavender is 5 acres of lavender fields grown for lavender essential oil and for dried lavender flowers, and we spent some time walking around the fields, taking lots of pictures and drinking in the sweetly intoxicating lavender scent…I have a real weakness for flowers, so the Victorian walled garden hidden behind Cowshed spa was perhaps my favourite spot at Babington House!As well as a colourful explosion of flowers here, many fruits and vegetables used in Babington House’s dishes are grown here!
Like this delicious broccoli and kale side salad…Or the juicy tomatoes on top of creamy buffalo mozzarella!Outside tables perfect for al fresco dining on a balmy summer evening!
A mighty oak tree by the lake…A tiny chapel which has been used for endless wedding ceremonies
Inviting and comfy seats at the bar…Enjoying some bubbles from the old-school champagne coupes
A wood-fired pizza oven used for barbeques on Sundays
Before departing back to London, we decided to play “a few games of pool”, only to give up after the first one which took us more than 40 minutes because we were so awfully bad at it!
Favourite breakfast of avocado and poached egg on sourdough toast…
And here is delicious, albeit rather fishy, kipper with poached eggs!
Chicken (from a local farm) and barley salad
Enjoying a glass of wine under my favourite oak tree, which was a perfect shelter from the rain!The DIY bar in the corner of my room…left untouched since I am no mixologist but still very pretty to look at!A lovely trail along the perimeter of Babington House grounds perfect for stretching your legs!
Another, final look at my gorgeous and extremely comfortable bed!