Good Hotel Guide Review
The whitewashed, thatched exterior of this former tannery-turned-ale house does little to betray its ‘stunning, modern’ interiors, nor the ‘warmth and charm’ that welcome visitors and locals. The once derelict early 18th-century building was saved by a group of villagers determined to recreate it as the hub of local life. The result: ‘The most elegant, comfortable pub we have ever visited.’ The airy bar and dining areas brim with squashy sofas, modern art and wooden furniture handmade by a local artisan. ‘Everything has been chosen with flair and perfect taste.’ Chef Jonny Sutcliffe serves seasonal fare in the oak-beamed conservatory (‘the jewel in the crown’); perhaps stalkers’ pie, seasonal vegetables; ricotta dumplings, rocket pesto, plus a glass from the ‘well-judged’ wine list. Away from the bustle, ‘wonderfully restful’ bedrooms are ‘faultlessly appointed’. In each, proper coffee, fluffy towels and ‘excellent lighting’ are de rigueur. Win Green, framed by dual-aspect windows and a beamed ceiling, can be twinned with Wardour to create a generous family suite. Comfortable Cranborne is dog-friendly. Breakfast includes home-made granola, a home-baked bacon bap, a full English.
6. 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, but no accommodation 25 Dec evening.
lift, bar, dining room, Oak Room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden with outdoor seating, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
‘friendly, well-behaved’ dogs allowed in 1 bedroom, public rooms except Oak Room (treats, towels provided).
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £100–£150. À la carte £33.