Babington House in SomersetView map
With Orangery and Cowshed Relax Spa
f you like your romantic countryside hideaway to come with a cutting edge private members’ feel, Nick Jones’ Babington House has to be on your list.
It broke the mould of what a country house hotel could achieve when it opened 11 years ago with its clever styling, both dressy and informal all rolled into one.
There are just 32 rooms each with its own style. Couples have the run of the main house with its fabulous House Kitchen and Orangerie restaurants, Bar, Library, Pool Room and Study. It’s even possible to come here with kids and have a romantic weekend as The Little House crèche will keep little ones occupied while you escape for a couples’ treatment in the Cowshed Spa and a dip in the indoor/outdoor pool built in an old barn.
There’s even a cinema if you fancy watching a soppy movie. In the grounds you can simply laze around the lake or play game of tennis. For a seriously romantic treat, book at balloon ride over the Somerset countryside or borrow some bikes for a ride along the picturesque bridle paths.
Bath is just down the road if you want a pretty city to explore.