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“We are local members and love the place. !!” 5 of 5 stars
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Babington House
Babington BA11 3RW, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Babington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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91 reviews 91 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“We are local members and love the place. !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Having read some of the bad complaints I was truly shocked ! Yes it can be full of media and advertising types but that just makes it interesting and yes some of the badly free running children are called Sky and Rubella but they are now more controlled by the Hotel. We find it relaxing and interesting whether sunbathing with the yummy mummy's by the pool or chatting in the bar star watching all night. Helicopter landings add to the excitement !! Ducks in the swimming pool and restaurant ! Who cares. This is not a place for miseries who really should stay at a travel lodge ! The food is excellent and most of the staff are charming even when stressed by very high maintenance guests. Love it here. Visit as often as possible all year round. And yes I was a media type but in the 70's !!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saint-Egreve, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Such am amazing place, we stayed for two nights in the cabin...wow. Every detail was amazing... Surroundings just beautiful, spa amazing. Staff catered to every need without a second thought and although this place is super pricey for non members, if you want something truly special, this is it. Set in a truly beautiful part of England. Take me back....

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reigate, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

I love this place. I've been there twice now and would not hesitate to recommend he it to anyone (apart from my octogenarian aunt perhaps). Effortlessly hip without being pretentious. We had one of the first floor rooms which was wonderful with just about everything you could need. We are definitely coming back.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were looking for a fun relaxing stay for our wedding anniversary where our objective was to crash out and relax as my parents were looking after our 18 month old
The property and grounds are fantastically well maintained and you are welcomed with a friendly tour of the house and facilities, check in is normally 3pm but we arrived a bit early so went down to the pool to wait for the room to be ready. We were given a glass of champagne each when the room was ready which was a very nice touch.
The rooms are very well furnished and ours was nice and big with lovely wooden floors and a very large bathroom.
Our favorite part was the steam room, sauna and pool which gave us the perfect way to crash out and enjoy what was a very hot weekend!
The only areas i would say that were a bit of a downside was that we found the restaurant service to be rather slow and a bit disorganized while the other areas of the hotel were spot on from a service level point of view. The price is overall on the high side but we had an excellent time so it was all worth it.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 15, it was nice and big with a great walk in shower and separate bath
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This has been my top rated hotel since i first stumbled across it 7 years ago. I've either visited on or near my birthday ever since as it has been the one trip of the year i've always looked forward to and saved for.
This year, I treated my other half (who has never wanted to visit on the principle of cost) but conceded on this occasion as it was also his birthday present!
So, I had booked an attic room, which was the smallest i've ever stayed in. Nice, but quite cramped if you're tall and certainly very warm. Great to visit Babington at such a sunny time of year but the rising heat did us no favours at night. The room had a fan but the necessary open windows meant we were awoken each of the 3 mornings by a dredger, clearing out the lakes. One of the most peaceful places in the world and from 9am til nearly 6pm every evening, the noise droned on and on. Not very restful when trying to lie by the pool in a rural retreat.
The second worst thing was nearly stepping into or seeing dog foeces on 5 separate occasions. This was the first time i've ever come across this problem at Babington and it really ruined my (and my partner's) impression of the place.
Having had problems with our reservation in the first instance and being charged 3 nights in full rather than the one night as advised by the receptionist was already a bad start. The little extra birthday touches previously received at Babington were then also missing (other than 2 cupcakes belatedly placed in our room).
These issues cumulatively put a dampener on our stay. My partner has not been converted and wonders why I have banged on about how wonderful the place has been over the years.
The staff were as usual pleasant, professional and apologised for the issues. We received a complimentary breakfast for the booking over charge, which was appreciated. The spa experience was lovely (excepting the building work noise in the background) and the food/drinks were great too. The setting is sublime and the sense of space is great. Lots of families were there though it didn't feel over-whelming as a couple.

Overall for the price, we expected pure luxury and tranquility. We would have booked alternative dates had we been made aware of the maintenance work planned through the duration of our stay. Very disappointed.

Room Tip: The garden cottage is the best place i've stayed at Babington, followed by the coach house, with...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montecito, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

What a lovely spot! Beautiful house and grounds,sweet small church,excellent staff..especially Lauren,and mostly well appointed rooms. Our room was a walled garden room with charming views into the garden.The negatives were that you entered the room through the bath...that had a "vintage " toilet like a wooden bench with a lid..silly and did not really feel clean.Also the small bedroom was upstairs so night time access was a pain.Also we each had one drink in the bar and the bill was $35 ! Dinner dishes looked much better than they tasted..no depth of flavor..and also silly expensive. But to the positives,the swimming pools were excellent during adult hours.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Babington with our 6month old on our way to Devon. The majority of staff were warm and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We took advantage of their baby sitting service in the evenings which worked really well. The sitters were experienced and friendly.

The food was excellent and just what we needed. The amenities were first class and pools lovely and warm. Our room had everything we would want and more. We stained in the coach house which is adjacent to the main house.

Unfortunately my wife is going to want to make it a regular stop over when ever we drive down to Devon.

Thanks Babington, see you again

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Babington House

Address: Babington BA11 3RW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Babington
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Babington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 28
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