Postcards from Babington House

I’ve just returned from a little British holiday at Babington House, in Somerset.

I absolutely meant to take a hundred photos and share it all with you… but Babington has this funny effect on people.

As soon as you step on to the grounds you sort of forget yourself. Forget everything you’re supposed to do and just slip into this relaxed, jelly-like state.

So the simplest excuse I can give for the lack of thorough blogging, is that I plum forgot!

Here are a few of the snaps that did make it out of Somerset’s Bermuda triangle:

Checking into our gorgeous room (and the last time we would see it so tidy!)

Straight into swimmers and a race to the pool, swiping a couple’a’cocktails on the way…

One Piece – UK // US

Bikini Version – UK // US

Watching the sunset in the steam together.

Tucking the pup in while we went to the main house for supper.

My favourite Soho House cocktail, “Grey Goose Le Fizz”.

35ml Vodka

25ml St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

20ml Freshly squeezed lime juice

75ml Soda water

After supper we retired to our room, where we slipped on lingere for a pillow fight and ate strawberries, kicking our feet in the air… sort of.

^ Anna swears byย these PJs.

When morning came we pulled on wellies and went for a long walk around the grounds. Returning for baths and breakfast.

Followed by a good seeing to at the Cowshed Spa.

If you haven’t tried Cowshed products, you have to give them a go.

They’re all based on moods (Grumpy Cow, Horny Cow, Knackered Cow, Lazy Cow… and so on).

The Spearmint Scrub is my favourite, it polishes skin leaving it tingling, fresh and beautifully moisturised. They do a whole range for chaps, too.

Between treatments we stretched out in the spa’s sitting room. Yawning like snoozing cats between the fireplace and the sunlight streaming through the windows.

Sipping on cups of ginger and honey tea.

Loosened up, scrubbed and smoothed, we headed for lunch at the main house.

And celebrated having the place practically to ourselves!

We sat chatting until the sun dipped below the hills, and walked into the dusk.

Eventually retiring to The Study to put our feet up.

Skipped supper all together and went right for pudding!

Sticky toffee pudding, no less.

On our final morning, we steamed, we swam and we planned our assault on the breakfast buffet.

Sat happily together, watching the morning mists roll away.

Before locking ourselves inย The Cowshedย once more, for facials and a little work on our hooves.

It was the most blissful break we could have asked for, and just what the doctor ordered.

By the time we left, it felt like we’d abandoned the shells of ourselves back in the room and were heading back to London fresh, rejuvenated and reborn!

Ready for whatever February has to throw at us.

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  • This looks HEAVENLY! I’m a big fan of the staycation and have had my eyes on Babington for a while. Seems like a perfect mother/daughter retreat weekend if you ask me! Also a huuuge fan of the Cowshed products, I’m addicted to their Grumpy Cow range for mornings where I’m not as perky as I’d like to be!

    Lauren xx

    • Rosie

      Staycations are SUCH a great idea! We felt like we were on another planet… but it was still just an easy drive home! Ideal. xxx

  • Amy

    This looks like pure bliss! Plus cowshed products have the effect of making anyone feel like a princess!
    Amy x

    • Rosie

      Absolutely, Amy! Their candles are beyond relaxing, too! xx

  • Heather Rachel Chalmers

    This looks phenomenal! I could sink into chairs any day! I escaped the city this weekend as well in Norfolk for a friends 25th. Long walks and black tie dinners were order of business. Then Iceland this weekend! SO excited to go to the Blue Lagoon and explore the waterfalls! Love the blog ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    • Rosie

      Oh my goodness I’m so jealous Heather, I’ve never been to Iceland! On my list for sure. xx

  • Olivia S

    That bathroom is perfection, the perfect little hotspot for a birthday break! And and I just say, I also swear by Rosie silk Pj’s… they are the best. The swimming costume is beautiful too. Xx

    Olivia –

    • Rosie

      I got a bit confused and thought you meant my silk PJS!… which would be nice!

  • ninegrandstudent

    That looks gorgeous – and I am a huge fan of Cowshed products. In desperate need of a pamper weekend right now!

  • Rebecca

    And Babington is officially on the list of “Places I MUST visit” when I finally get back across the pond again….it looks heavenly!

    • Rosie

      You will love it Becs! xx

  • Ooh! I’m thinking of taking my mom on a staycation in March when she comes to visit, may just have to make a booking me-thinks!

    • Rosie

      Lucky mummy!

  • Looks like a little slice of heaven! I’ll be sure to take a look at their website. The things I do for a mini break!

  • Love your swimsuit so much! x

    • Rosie

      Me tooooo! Navy AND lace, two of my favourites in one! xx

  • I love Babington House! Such a lovely getaway! I wonder if they would accommodate a vegan?

    Katy x

    • Rosie

      Good question.
      I saw a lot of salads and veggies on offer, and the chefs seemed pretty happy making substituions. Might be worth emailing? xx

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks amazing and so relaxing, you lucky thing! xx

  • Rosie W

    Just minutes from my house. Weird

    • Rosie

      I should have popped by for a cuppa! Rosie to Rosie!

      • Rosie W

        haha yes!

  • Le Fizz is my favourite tipple!
    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      The best!

  • I think you still did pretty damn good with the photos, although it’s good that you got to take a bit of a break too! I love Cowshed, great names and the option I have smells gorgeous! xx

    • Rosie

      Thanks Laura! xx

  • I love Babington too…as I remember they’re not too keen on lots of photos in the public area, so that’s a good excuse to unwind and not take too many photos! Loving the comfort food, wine and cocktails.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • The breakfast buffet looks Devine! I’ve heard so many good things about Babington House, I must go there one day!

    • Rosie

      Certainly deserves a spot on your list! xx

  • I am so in need of one of these weekends!! Looks so relaxing!!

  • Jeannie C

    The best vacations are ones that you entirely lose yourself

    • Rosie

      Agreed! x

  • This looks positively dreamy!!! Love the photos of Mr Custard too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alana

    I can relate as just spent a fabulous long weekend at Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire which is equally stunning especially as the sun came out in full force on Sunday so we could also swim outside. I’ll keep dropping hints about a birthday treat at Babington xx Alana

    • Rosie

      Oh that sounds lovely Alana. Will look it up for our next jaunt! x

  • Looks absolutely incredible!


  • Babington looks beautiful, I love the vibe the spa has, more of a countryside spa & those salads look gorgeous!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Me too Adele, nice that it fits in with the local countryside! xx

  • I need a weekend like this! By any chance do you have a recipe for sticky toffee pudding? It is one of my husbands favorites whenever he goes to England for work.


    • Rosie

      I’ll work on one Erin! x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    This looks lovely & makes me want to schedule a massage with my masseuse! xx, Ada

    • Rosie

      Do it Adeleta! They make you feel so much better. I thoroughly believe that they’re worth the investment. x

  • Hannah Lane

    This looks incredible! Perfect Mum & Daughter weekend away trip IMO! x

    • Rosie

      For sure! I shall have to take mum next time! x

  • Your trip sounds so relaxing! No wonder you slipped into a “jelly like state”. I hope you enjoyed every moment ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      Thank you Emma, you gorgeous creature! xx

  • Love a nice girls’ getaway!

    I’m headed to Luxembourg, Epernay and Brussels in a few weeks time with one of my girlfriends. Any suggestions on things to do in those areas?? Struggling to find good ideas for Lux and Brussels….we all know what to do in Epernay!

    • Rosie

      I have no idea I’m afraid V! Let me know what you get up to though! xx

      • Right, so…back from Luxembourg and it’s a beautiful little city but…it’s the kind of the place you want to visit for 1 or 2 days max. Here’s what we got up to:

        And then I buggered off to Paris for the day! Angelina was fab. Thanks for the recommendation!


  • Holy shit. Off to propose marriage to that breakfast bar ASAP!

    Michelle Marie

    • Rosie

      I’ll fight you for it Michelle! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Emma and Emily

    I really really want to go here! I’ve heard rumour of free afternoon tea too? I hope you indulged in that as much as possible. I’ll live vicariously through your free scones?

    • Rosie

      UMMM… WHY wasn’t I informed of this?! I can’t believe we missed out!

  • Everything looks so relaxing! and that pudding… oh my goodness.

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

    • Rosie

      So, so good Monica. You can’t beat sticky toffee.

  • A spa day (or weekend – even better!) really does the trick in my mind, you always feel reset and ready to start afresh. This place looks so tranquil and relaxing!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

    • Rosie

      A much needed revamp Lauren! Feel so much better now! xx

  • Now this is a weekend break done right, looks heavenly!

  • A Little Freckle

    As always, fabulous photos! This looks like such a rejuvenating weekend away ๐Ÿ™‚ I really want to try some cowshed products, I’ve only heard good things!

    Emma xx

  • Elena Gray

    This looks like the most amazing place ON EARTH!! The lunch salads look like the perfect meal (as do the breakfasts…and everything else edible in this post…I love food). This is now on my ‘to visit’ list, thanks Rose! x

  • I completely understand why you forgot to take millions of pictures. It looks like you were swept away into a pampered-wonderful-beautiful heaven! This looks like the perfect get away after a crazy week. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Rosie

      So pleased you enjoyed Anna! xx

  • There’s nothing I would add. There’s nothing I would take away from this place. It really does looks like a little spot of heaven on earth!

    • Rosie

      It really is Joanna! xx

  • I’m feeling more relaxed just looking at this! Sometimes nothing is better than to just disconnect from the real world…and massages, those definitely help too.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Lovely!! The decor looks a bit old where you stayed, sometimes I feel that makes the place feel dirty. How was it? Did they strike the right balance of character and clean? x

    • Rosie

      Immaculate! x

  • Ohh this looks divine, and making me want to book a little break somewhere!

    Annabel โ™ฅ
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Kari Guastella

    I am absurdly jealous! That sounds amazing!

  • This is on my places to visit, I have to ask was the pool hot?

    Petite Side of Style

  • this is amazing! what was the temperature like while you were there? Those bathing suit photos make it seem like summer…even tho I can imagine it’s not quite as warm as it is here in LA.
    Custard is so adorable, did you find the place very pet friendly in terms of their service?

    I would love to bring my little Tuffi there too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      Nice and frosty! But the pool is hot, like a bath so fun to get in and out of! x

  • This sounds so perfect right about now! ……. the funk so brothers haha

  • Glow On

    This place looks amazing! I love your photography…and your swimsuit.

  • Hey Rosie, could we possibly trade lives? Just for a weekend would be fine with me! You can have all the delicious coffee and ice cream San Francisco has to offer ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Rosie

      That sounds ideal Caroline! SOLD! x

  • The spa looks great and that bath is absolutely fabulous! Sometimes a little detour from reality is all you need.

    Rossi |

    • Rosie

      So glad we’re on the same page Rossi! xx

      • Oh, wow! A reply from Rosie herself! ๐Ÿ™‚ My day is complete. Best wishes from Italy.

  • Steph Marston

    I’ve always wanted to go here – looks so luxurious! Was it easy to get to from London? Steph x

    • Rosie

      Yes super easy. Though my parents live nearby, so I’m used to it! x

  • Looks amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rosie

    If it was a sponsored post, I would have said it was a sponsored post (as per ASA guidelines).

  • Rosie


  • This looks so great. I need a vaca like this stat!

  • GG

    Great trip! amazing photos! I wonder why I am not getting any of this feed on my email anymore… makes me very sad.

  • That bathing suit and that bathtub? Both amazing!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Babington looks utterly dreamy! I’ve been wanting to treat my mum to a little weekend away for so long, she would just love it there, I know it. Better start saving the pennies, me thinks! Those salads you had for lunch look gorgeous, too. Was that butternut squash I spied? Yum-a-lum.

    Rosie x

  • charlotte

    This place is so dreamy.. that sticky toffee pudding!!!

  • Amy Lau

    Awwwh this is heavenly.

    I feel a staycation coming in my direction :}

  • It looks like you had such an amazing time there, no wonder why you ‘forgot yourself’ haha! I love the bathroom its so pretty x

  • Need a holiday!! Looks amazing. Think a staycation if def in order

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Looks amazing!


  • Larissa

    Hi Rosie! First of all, I just came across your blog today and have easily been scrolling through it for the last 3 hours (I love sundays!) I love your style and the fact that you post such an incredible amount of pictures along with every post. Anyway, this hotel looks uh-mazing and I’m definitely bookmarking it for my England road trip that I’ve planned this summer! Also, do you use vsco for editing you photos? If so, which pack and filter do you use? I just love the feel of your pictures so much! Lots of love from Norway, Larissa

  • What a lovely looking place! Such a great idea for a girls’s making me miss the UK though! I’ll check out the cowshed products right now ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • This looks heavenly. Must book in when back in UK. Thanks so much for the inspo Rosie

  • TheGivingBride

    This looks like the prefect little holiday!

  • What a nice pictures story! It looks like heaven! I love your swimsuit btw ๐Ÿ™‚

    x Aurora

  • Sarah- Jane

    I have stayed there a few years ago, and I totally agree, you do forget yourself and totally relax. I never got chance to go to the spa, so wish I did. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures and reminiscing about our trip. I want to go back now.


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  • The pet is so cute!

  • penny milne

    gorgeous pup. Could you tell me the breed please. Maltese? looking for one just like it to cuddle and love.

  • penny milne

    Gorgeous pup. What breed is it? looking for one just like it to cuddle and love.

  • penny milne

    what breed is the pup in photo at babington?