Dream Days at Babington House

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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…

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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.

_DSC4495 copyThe 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!

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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.

_DSC4432 copyA view from my bedroom…_DSC4546 copyThe 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!
_DSC4153 copyThe lake adds a sense of wilderness to the hotel grounds_DSC4238 copyEnjoying some morning sunshine on one of the huge sunbeds by the lake…
_DSC4474 copy_DSC4449 copyThe 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!_DSC4291 copyOne day we decided to cycle to Somerset Lavender Farmtucked 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…_DSC4342 copy_DSC4477 copyI have a real weakness for flowers, so the Victorian walled garden hidden behind Cowshed spa was perhaps my favourite spot at Babington House!_DSC4514 copy_DSC4509 copy_DSC4467 copyAs well as a colourful explosion of flowers here, many fruits and vegetables used in Babington House’s dishes are grown here!

_DSC4549 copyLike this delicious broccoli and kale side salad…_DSC4179 copyOr the juicy tomatoes on top of creamy buffalo mozzarella!_DSC4217 copyOutside tables perfect for al fresco dining on a balmy summer evening!

_DSC4260 copyA mighty oak tree by the lake…_DSC4111 copyA tiny chapel which has been used for endless wedding ceremonies
_DSC4064 copyInviting and comfy seats at the bar…_DSC4058 copyEnjoying some bubbles from the old-school champagne coupes
_DSC4045 copy _DSC4383 copy _DSC4401 copyA wood-fired pizza oven used for barbeques on Sundays
_DSC4574 copy _DSC4462 copy _DSC4472 copy _DSC4528 copyBefore 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!
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Favourite breakfast of avocado and poached egg on sourdough toast…_DSC4457 copy

And here is delicious, albeit rather fishy, kipper with poached eggs!

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_DSC4552 copy _DSC4494 copy _DSC4567 copyEnjoying a glass of wine under my favourite oak tree, which was a perfect shelter from the rain!_DSC4209 copyThe DIY bar in the corner of my room…left untouched since I am no mixologist but still very pretty to look at!_DSC4134 copyA lovely trail along the perimeter of Babington House grounds perfect for stretching your legs!
_DSC4092 copyAnother, final look at my gorgeous and extremely comfortable bed!

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