Thursday, 6 November 2014

Somerset: Babington House

A family wedding bought me and my hubby to Babington House in the depths of Somerset in October. Easy to find, we meandered down the long drive towards the grand house and little church, parking up along with other wedding guests in the car park. The grand Grade II listed house sits within manicured grounds opposite its sweet little Grade I listed church. Part owned by actor Neil Morrissey, we were excited to be spending a night here.

Although rushed off her feet, the friendly lady on the front desk booked us into our room and took us over to our little cottage where we would be staying. 

Situated out the back of the main house, a quaint row of cottages make up some of the places that you stay here. Ours was the one on the very left. Stepping inside it was presented beautifully.


A huge sea blue velvet sofa sat in the front room along with a huge tv, espresso machine, home made cookies and many more welcoming touches. At the back downstairs was a tiny room housing bunk beds, but the show stopper awaited upstairs.


A huge bed with mounds of pillows, classical music wafting from out of nowhere and a bathroom the size of my downstairs at home! Double sinks and a shower head the size of a small country topped it off. It is one of the most amazing places we have ever stayed, and the most expensive.

Dressed in our glad rags, we all proceeded over to the church for the wedding and then later had drinks on the lawn followed by dinner in the orangery. Overall a great wedding in a fantastic location.

The next day, those of us who had had an early night made it to breakfast at a reasonable hour. The orangery had been transformed back into a breakfast room so taking a table by the window, we sunk into the comfy leather chairs and studied the menu. A huge selection was on offer from a full cooked breakfast to museli and eggs Benedict, and once decided a friendly waitress took our orders.

As well as the extensive menu, there was a large buffet where you could help yourself to a eye popping array of foods. A bowl of fruit and yogurt later, my main breakfast of Eggs Benedict Florentine arrived. As you would expect from such a glamorous and sophisticated establishment, the food is top class. I polished my scrummy breakfast off washed down with lemon and ginger tea.

The Verdict?
Amazing! A truly luxurious experience which we hardly ever get the opportunity to experience. Right from the start you are treated like VIPs by the staff, nothing is too much trouble. Our cottage was extremely comfortable and very quiet, unlike some of the guests who stayed in the main house who were kept up until the wee hours by the hardcore revelers! The open kitchen allows you to take a peek at the chefs busy at work on the scrumptious food and the breakfast was top notch. The house and grounds are very well kept, not a blade of grass out of place. If we had more time I would have loved to have made use of the outdoor heated pool and the Cowshed spa.