13. 4 in coach house, 4 on ground floor.
hall/reception, lounge, bar, sunroom/conservatory, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, ⅓-acre walled garden, terrace (alfresco dining), unsuitable for disabled.
light jazz/classical in most public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £160–£230, D,B&B £230–£310. 1-night bookings refused weekends and bank holidays.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A nice welcome’ and ‘an excellent dinner’ await at this ‘very pleasant place’, a stone-built former priests’ house by the River Brit, deep in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. The owners, Joanna and Mark Donovan, ‘make you feel welcome the moment you arrive’. Within, find cosy interiors seemingly unchanged since before Hardy’s time – low ceilings, oak beams, inglenook fireplaces – all with ‘plenty of modern comfort’. Choose from ‘well-furnished’, individually styled bedrooms in the 700-year-old main building and a converted coach house. Some are remarkably spacious; all have Italian linens, waffle bathrobes, high-end toiletries, a modern bathroom. The quietest rooms overlook the walled garden. Travelling with family? Two suites easily accommodate children. At dinner (Geraldine Gay has been promoted to head chef), tuck in to brasserie favourites with a twist, perhaps sweet potato and coconut beignets, tomato and coriander gazpacho, avocado-lime mayonnaise; braised ox cheek, horseradish mash, herb dumplings. At breakfast, breads and preserves are home made. ‘A good base for west Dorset; strikingly attractive market towns and good walks are nearby.’ (Mary Woods, and others)
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