Somerset is trending, so make your base at Babington House

Head to the UK’s Babington House for the ultimate countryside break | Soho House

Bruton and Frome in south Somerset are having a moment (according to The New York Times). Here’s our ultimate guide to the surprise new place to be in the UK

Wednesday 17 August 2022       By Anastasiia Fedorova

In 2014, The New York Times ran an article celebrating the arrival of south Somerset on the global art scene, by way of the opening of Hauser & Wirth. Since then, house prices have skyrocketed in Frome, Bruton and the local areas, increasing by up to 40% between 2019 and 2020. Most commentators attribute that rise to the great urban exodus precipitated by the pandemic, but here at Soho House we like to think it’s because the world has cottoned on to the fact that Babington House is just down the road.

A 30-minute drive from Bath and a Picante’s throw from Frome, Babington House is surrounded by 18 acres of English countryside – making it ideal for afternoon walks, a long bike ride or sitting by the lake with a book, as well as the local attractions.

Back to Babington, the elegantly decorated bedrooms, Cabins, Lodges and Attic rooms located in the 1705 Grade II-listed manor make it a perfect home away from home. But to make your stay even better, we’ve rounded up all the best activities and day trips for you to enjoy.

Head to the UK’s Babington House for the ultimate countryside break | Soho House
Head to the UK’s Babington House for the ultimate countryside break | Soho House

1. Set out on a hike 
Explore the grounds whatever the weather: there are bikes and wellies to borrow for all your hiking needs. Fancy exploring further? A short drive away, The Newt in Somerset country estate has woodland and gardens, farmland and cider orchards to roam around.

2. Go on a day trip to a nearby town 
Head to Frome, Somerset’s much talked-about town on the rise, for architecture, an emerging art scene and The Frome Independent market on the first Sunday of each month, which takes over the streets like an outdoor festival. Visit Bradford-on-Avon for walks along the canal and the 14th-century Tithe Barn, or take a trip to Bath for some shopping.

Head to the UK’s Babington House for the ultimate countryside break | Soho House

3. Enjoy a contemporary art fix 
The Somerset branch of Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery is located in a restored, working farm with a programme of exhibition and events, an artist residence, and a restaurant. 

4. Get spiritual 
The surrounding Somerset countryside is rich in ancient spiritual history, including the internationally renowned Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor, which used to be a site for pagan rituals. Looking to replenish your divine energy? Either way, it makes an entertaining day out.