England – Babington House, Somerset

England - Babington House, Somerset

The Somerset outpost of Nick Jones’s Soho House group is the UK’s original contemporary country-house hotel. Set in 18 acres of grounds, the hotel and private members’ club has 32 retro-hip bedrooms in the main house, coach house, lodge and former stable block, and three more in the spa. Facilities include five tennis courts, a cricket pitch and croquet lawn, as well as a cinema, restaurant and crèche. Bistro-style food (ham hock with dumplings and tarragon; partridge, peas and bacon) is served in the House Kitchen. The Cowshed spa has two pools in the Active wing, and treatment rooms in the Relax section.

X-factor ‘This is still the boho-luxe country bolthole of choice for Londoners at play,’ says Gold List contributor Sally Shalam. ‘After nearly 13 years, that’s some kind of cool.’

Source: cntraveller.com