The Priory

‘Delightful’ riverside gardens, ‘stunning’ views, ‘excellent’ meals and an ‘exceptionally friendly’ atmosphere keep guests returning to this well-loved country hotel in a former 16th-century priory. More

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The Priory
Church Green
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND
England
01929 551666
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

18. Some on ground floor (in courtyard), 4 suites in Boathouse.

Open

all year.

Facilities

sitting room, drawing room, snug bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 4½-acre gardens (croquet, river frontage, moorings, fishing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

pianist in drawing room Sat evenings ‘and special occasions’.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £220–£380, D,B&B £265–£425. Set dinner £48.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Delightful’ riverside gardens, ‘stunning’ views, ‘excellent’ meals and an ‘exceptionally friendly’ atmosphere keep guests returning to this well-loved country hotel in a former 16th-century priory. It is owned by the Turner family; ‘staff are admirable – however do they manage to remember all the guests’ names?’ ‘Well-equipped, comfortable’ bedrooms are in the main house and a converted boathouse on the riverbank. ‘Our mini-suite had a four-poster bed (without fussy drapes); armchairs and a sofa; ample wardrobes in a separate dressing area; a bowl of fresh fruit. The balcony overlooked the garden; to the side we could see across the river to the bridge.’ After canapés in the bar, in the beamed drawing room or alfresco on the terrace, tuck in to chef Stephan Guinebault’s much-praised modern dishes, served in the ‘atmospheric’ Abbot’s Cellar restaurant. A typical dish: loin of rose veal, truffle cream potato, roasted root vegetables. ‘Breakfast in the Garden Room was very good indeed: eggs just right; delicious porridge.’ Lush gardens lead to the River Frome; in spring, ‘bulbs flower anywhere they can get a foothold’. (E and RP, BB). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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The Priory
Church Green
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND

Guest comments

'We have stayed in a variety of room types over the years. This time we spent three nights in Mallard, a mini-suite on the first floor of the Boathouse. It had a small balcony overlooking the garden and a side view across the river to the bridge. We had a comfortable four-poster bed without fussy drapes, a sofa, two armchairs, table and chairs and ample wardrobes; a nice bowl of fresh fruit, bottled water, the usual tea-making provisions. Modernisation has resulted in some excellent bathrooms. The gardens are as delightful as ever. A log fire in the lounge is another winter delight, and service of before-dinner drinks and post-dinner coffee was as perfect as ever. Dinner was excellent on every occasion; breakfasts were up to the usual standard. All in all it just keeps getting better. ' - Elizabeth and Richard Pratt - March, 2015
'The decor is rather old-fashioned and the rooms are not large, but they are quite well equipped, and comfortable. A high proportion of guests are on return visits, and the atmosphere is exceptionally friendly as are the owners. Staff are admirable – however do they manage to remember all of the guests’ names? Food, in the atmospheric Abbot’s Cellar, is of a high standard and the menu is interesting if somewhat dated (e.g. sorbets in between courses). And I’m pleased to report, that apart from a pianist in the lounge on some evenings, there is no ‘muzak’. ' - Bill Bennett - January, 2015
'My overall impression of the hotel is that it is a bastion of the best sort of country house old-fashionedness, in ambience, service and food. The riverside location and pretty gardens are an undoubted draw. My rooms were quirky. One had three steps down to the bathroom, and sloping celilings which meant I couldn't stand under the shower. Another was more regular but was above the kitchen so was hot and rather noisy. Many of the staff have been there a long time, some over 30 years, and I felt very welcome and not at all awkward though staying on my own. Several times I was greeted by name in the grounds or public areas. Anyone looking for a peaceful retreat with good service and high quality but unfussy food with a decent wine list should be well satisfied. ' - Sara Hollowell - August, 2014

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