Summer Lodge West Dorset

“A Hardy-esque country house turned hotel, surrounded by lovely gardens and spectacular countryside. Luxurious rooms boasts elaborate floral fabrics and plush furnishings. The gourmet restaurant is not to be missed, nor the extensive bar. A cosy countryside base, complete with pool, spa and tennis. ”

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“This is Hardy country, and the man himself, as a local architect, enlarged the 18th century manor in 1893. Today it’s a deeply spoiling and generous country house hotel filled with a profusion of fabrics, gilt mirrors, brass fenders, globes, tartan cushions, swags and fringes galore, plus a world-class sommelier, a spa and electric buggies for the luggage. If the public rooms are a tad fussy for some, the bedrooms are deliciously pretty and supremely comfortable. A fulsome cream tea is laid out in the afternoon. Hardy-esque? Perhaps not; luxurious: most certainly.”

Written by  Fiona Duncan

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They say

“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
People are drawn to the intimacy of Summer Lodge which reflects the finest English country house charm. The Grade II Listed Relais and Chateaux property sits elegantly within the glorious countryside and picturesque village of Evershot, Dorsetshire, which featured prominently in Thomas Hardy novels. With beautifully appointed rooms and exquisite cuisine, guests return time and again.

What is there to do in the area?
Outside of the hotel spa and leisure facilities, the surrounding area lends itself perfectly to wonderful walks with incredible views all year round. For those that like to explore the coastline provides outstanding natural beauty, with Studland Bay, Portland Harbour, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach all within close proximity. For those that like to keep active, you can enjoy horse riding, cycling and an abundance of water based activities.

What kind of breakfast do you offer?
At Summer Lodge you are well taken care of when it comes to cuisine. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we offer a vast selection of choices whatever your preference from cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, pastries, smoked salmon and an array of delicious hot options including a traditional full English breakfast.

Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Our award winning restaurant, led by acclaimed Executive Chef Steven Titman, serves exceptional lunch and dinner menus, using fresh, seasonal produce sourced locally – even from our own vegetable and herb garden. Choose from the a la carte, surprise dining or tasting menu for a truly memorable dining experience. Serving traditional English dishes tempered with a twist of modern European flavours and ingredients, our passionate team produce dishes to satisfy any palette. Of course, our deliciously indulgent Afternoon Tea and traditional Dorset Cream Tea is served daily, with an array of tempting treats on offer. The nearby award winning Acorn Inn, is situated a few minutes walk from the hotel and is a fine example of traditional English pub cuisine.

Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Each of our beautifully appointed rooms and suites are individually designed, showcasing elegant style combined with 5* modern amenities. Some have views overlooking the garden or quiet village and our quaint Ivy cottage even has it’s own private garden and secret hot tub.

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Ranking amongst the finest country house hotels in England, we’re confident that Hotel Guru readers who appreciate fine hospitality, elegant style, warm service and exemplary cuisine will be left with memories to treasure.”

Other reviews

Summer Lodge

"The drawing room, designed by Thomas Hardy himself, is admirably classic in style, now painted a pretty blue, and the bedrooms are divinely pretty and comfortable."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

"It's now a country house hotel of sumptuous, indeed fabulous, excess: its décor and furnishings so plumped and primped, so louche and luxuriant, that you find a tut-tutting puritan lurking in your conscience, muttering: "This is too much."

Originally published by Independent (view article)

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Facilities

Private Hot Tub
Ivy Cottage features a private outdoor hot tub.
Fireplace
Wedding license
Bar
Family Suites
Parking
Safe
Free wifi
Wifi
Four poster beds
In room DVD
Outdoor dining
Good wine list
Top class sommelier
Sit-out Terrace
Massage
Cots available
Meeting Room
Sauna/Steam
Internet
In room music system
Satellite / Cable TV
Gym
Small gym
Garden
Four acres of immaculate lawns
Swimming Pool
Restaurant
Spa
Pet friendly
Concierge
Hot Tub
Indoor jacuzzi
Suites
Disabled access
One room on the ground floor
24 Hour room service
Room service
Sitting Room
Child friendly
Child menus and plenty of things to do including outdoor activities, plus wii and playstations with games!
Air conditioning

Activities

Other Activities
Indulge yourself with spa and massage treatments, followed by a dip in the indoor pool.
Croquet
For a true English country house experience, guests are advised to hit the Croquet lawn with drink in hand.
Cycling
Take one of the hotel bikes out for a spin around the country lanes.
Great walks
Borrow wellies for strolls around the English garden or the adjoining deer park teeming with wildlife and natural beauty.
Tennis
Guests are welcomed to use the hotel rackets for a Sunday afternoon knockabout on the courts.
Wine tasting
The cellar boasts over 1 400 wines, 300 whiskeys and 100 brandies.

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24 rooms from $352 per night

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Recommended for

Foodies
The dream team of Head Chef Steven Titman and world-renowned Sommelier Eric Zwiebel make dinner an unforgettable experience.
Romantic Break
Let your romantic side out with candlelit jacuzzi sessions, in room champagne and rose petals on the bed.

Activities

Other Activities
Indulge yourself with spa and massage treatments, followed by a dip in the indoor pool.
Croquet
For a true English country house experience, guests are advised to hit the Croquet lawn with drink in hand.
Cycling
Take one of the hotel bikes out for a spin around the country lanes.
Great walks
Borrow wellies for strolls around the English garden or the adjoining deer park teeming with wildlife and natural beauty.
Tennis
Guests are welcomed to use the hotel rackets for a Sunday afternoon knockabout on the courts.
Wine tasting
The cellar boasts over 1 400 wines, 300 whiskeys and 100 brandies.

Other highlights

Private Hot Tub
Ivy Cottage features a private outdoor hot tub.
Wedding license
Family Suites
Free wifi
Romantic
Four poster beds
Luxury
Good wine list
Top class sommelier
Sit-out Terrace
Country House
Gym
Small gym
Restaurant
Spa
Antiques
Pet friendly
Traditional
Wellbeing
Disabled access
One room on the ground floor
Child friendly
Child menus and plenty of things to do including outdoor activities, plus wii and playstations with games!

Hotel size

24 rooms
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