"Crunching on to the gravel drive of Babington House, the tiny outline of St Margaret's church was just visible over the floodlit lawn, you could be forgiven for thinking this was just another English country house hotel. Large, intimate rather than grand, the Grade II listed building looks out over Somerset fields.
The front door leads into a hallway more family than hotel. What follows is a complete rethink of what a hotel in the country should be. Gone is the chintz and the over furnishing.The room is a deep dark blue, the oak floor has not a rug in sight. Bang in front of the working fireplace is a large stand-alone bath. Modern sofa, modern chairs, modern desk. The bathroom has a large wood and stainless steel shower. Large glass bottles of shower gel and shampoo sit in a custom-made wooden rack. Music comes from discreetly located mini speakers. The television, in a stylish chrome finish, is wide screen and comes with a digital video disc machine."
Hugo Arnold, Financial Times 1999
45 seater cinema - health club - indoor and outdoor swimming pools - sauna, steam and treatment rooms - gym - cricket pitch - croquet lawn - floodlit hard and grass tennis courts - 11/2 acre walled garden - chapel - Little House for children - art studio - bar and two restaurants
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Babington, near Frome, Somerset BA11 3RW
Location: near Frome, 12 miles south of Bath
Tel: +44 (0)1373 812266