A SOMERSET venue has been named as one of the top 50 family hotels in the UK.

Frome's Babington House has earned the title after being visited by expert reviewers from The Telegraph, who were hoping to find the perfect selection of family-friendly hotels.

The venue features a kids' club, multiple pools, a football pitch, tennis courts, and a spa, to name just a few of the facilities on offer.

The Telegraph's description of the hotel reads: "When the place opened in 1998, the idea of ripping out the stiff chintz from country house hotels, and replacing them with louche, luxuriously decorated furniture, seem genuinely revolutionary.

"The velvet sofas and shabby-chic vintage finds all look rather less cutting-edge and more familiar now, but Babington still does it all with an unusual attention to detail (see the artwork by Tracey Emin and Polly Morgan in the bar) while the house and its glorious setting imbue it all with an added grandeur.

"Service is relaxed but delivered by achingly hip staff with an ethos of 'whatever you want, whenever you want it'.

"Valet parking and room service aside, you can thus have anything from the menu, at any time, delivered to anywhere you fancy it, be that a lounger; the deli bar; the pool.

"Speaking of which, there are two pools. One outside and overlooking the lake, the other housed inside a cavernous stone barn. Both are heated and back onto a pool house in which you’ll find steam and sauna rooms, luxurious changing facilities, and a cinema that seats 45 and hosts free screenings every day.

"Elsewhere in the grounds there are tennis courts, a football pitch, gym, bikes, kids’ club and the Cowshed Spa, housed in a former (you guessed it) cow shed, proffering luxurious treatments and backing onto a pretty walled kitchen garden."

With a 4.5 star rating on Tripadvisor, it seems that the venue is a hit with many customers, with one saying: "Very relaxing birthday weekend stay at Babington. Not our first visit, and will not be our last.

"The place is stunningly beautiful, the staff are ever helpful, the spa and pool areas relaxing, and the food is delicious."