“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
“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.”
"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)
"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)