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

'It must be 30 years since we last stayed but it hasn’t changed a bit – this is a compliment. Setting, ambience and gardens possibly the most attractive of any hotel we have stayed in. It is generous in its public rooms. Breakfast was great, dinner adequate, not sensational. ' - Robert Cooper - September, 2016
'We stayed 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. A comfortable four-poster bed, a sofa, two armchairs, table and chairs , ample wardrobes; fruit, bottled water, 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; breakfasts up to the usual standard. ' - 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. Many guests are on return visits, and the atmosphere is exceptionally friendly, as are the owners. Staff are admirable. Food is of a high standard and the menu is interesting if somewhat dated. I’m pleased to report, that apart from a pianist in the lounge on some evenings, there is no ‘muzak’. ' - Bill Bennett - January, 2015

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