16. 10 on ground floor in courtyard.
all year except Feb.
snug, bar, dining room, gallery, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre grounds (garden, tennis, croquet, stream).
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 4 bedrooms, not in public rooms.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £160–£240. Set dinner from £30.
Good Hotel Guide Review
An ancestral home under the care of the Prideaux-Brune family, this ‘wonderfully quiet’ 17th-century country house in ‘lovely, well-cared-for’ gardens has been a hotel since 1972. Its many devotees love its eccentricities and the unfailing warmth and bonhomie of Richard Prideaux-Brune as front-of-house. ‘Richard welcomed us and looked after us beautifully.’ There is ‘a timeless feel’ about the faded, old-fashioned setting, all log fires, antique sofas, and portraits in gilded frames: ‘It is indeed a true escape.’ Less liked is a sense, shared by some guests, that the house has escaped the modern world. ‘One of the charms of Plumber is its lack of “smart” or “chic”. However, “genteel dilapidation” can be taken too far.’ ‘Comfortable’, staunchly traditional bedrooms are floral and homely, with shortbread biscuits. The formal dining rooms remain ‘exquisite’. Here, Brian Prideaux-Brune’s daily-changing menu, which might include roast guineafowl, black cherries, cinnamon, is ‘fantastic’ – like the house over its many years, ‘the chef hasn’t changed, either’. (Humphrey and Frances Norrington, and others)
New Year Break Special Offer
A three-night New Year break. Jacobean manor house, log fires, Dorset countryside, bracing walks, homemade scones and fruitcake, dinner each night and New Year”s Eve black tie dinner and dancing. Three nights from £400 per person, sharing a superior twin or double room, inclusive of cream tea, dinner, bed and breakfast and New Year”s Eve special dinner.
Please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide