13. 4 in coach house, 4 on ground floor.
hall/reception, lounge, bar, sun room, conservatory, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, ¼-acre walled garden, terrace, unsuitable for disabled.
in public rooms.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 2 bedrooms and lounge, not in restaurant (£15 per dog per night)
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £100–£280 (single occupancy rates, 7 days’ notice required). A la carte meal £40.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In March 2018, the then owners sold what was Bridge House to Silvana Bandini and Chris Staines, she a former general manager at The Pig near Bath, he a one-time executive chef at the Abbey Hotel, Bath. And if that sounds like a grand game of musical chairs, now that the music has stopped we expect good things. A proposed redecoration should be well advanced, and the hotel has become more restaurant-led (Mr Staines held a Michelin star in London). Bedrooms are individually styled, with good linens, waffle robes, organic toiletries. The building is characterful, with mullioned windows, flagstone floors, beams. The ‘biggest drawback’ is the road that runs past the door, yet traffic noise was not a problem, say Guide inspectors. In the crepuscular dining room, Mr Staines ‘gives modern British cooking a Dorset focus’ in menus that include small plates, interesting vegetarian choices (broccoli orzo ‘risotto’, charred purple sprouting broccoli, kale, toasted almonds). ‘Breakfast in a nice garden room had a small buffet with delicious apricot and prune compote, excellent pain au chocolat and croissants, a good kipper.’ ‘Everyone was so friendly.’ Reports, please.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.