Summer Lodge

Evershot, Dorset

Staying in this Georgian mansion in ‘flower-filled and perfectly tended gardens’ is 'a pretty faultless experience', with 'every detail properly attended to but the atmosphere still friendly and relaxed', say readers. More

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Staying in this Georgian mansion in ‘flower-filled and perfectly tended gardens’ is ‘a pretty faultless experience’, with ‘every detail properly attended to but the atmosphere still friendly and relaxed’, say readers. Tea in a drawing room designed by Thomas Hardy arrived with complimentary ‘home-made cookies, the best we’d ever eaten’. Rooms range from a cosy double with fine fabrics and a print of L S Lowry’s ‘A Cricket Match’, to a beautifully presented cottage with an original Matisse. All have fresh fruit and flowers, shortbread and luxury toiletries. One reader’s spacious first-floor room had ‘a super-king bed, an armchair, a chaise longue, great garden views, some interesting art’. At dinner, Steven Titman’s locally sourced menus include dishes such as lamb loin with Jerusalem artichoke and kale; for vegans, maple-roasted pumpkin risotto with curry spice and coconut. ‘Dinner was impeccable, with the bonus of a separate menu for vegetarians.’ For simpler fare pop out to sister property The Acorn Inn (previous entry). ‘Not a cheap stay, but worth every penny.’ ‘A genuine luxury hotel.’ (Ian Bronks, B and ID, JC, and others)

Hotel details


9 Fore Street


01935 482000


25. 6 in coach house, 4 in courtyard, 5 in cottages, 1 on ground floor suitable for disabled.


all year.


lounge, drawing room, restaurant (vegetarian/vegan menu), conservatory, meeting room, in-room TV (Sky), indoor pool, spa, civil wedding licence, 4-acre grounds (tennis), EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar/whisky lounge.


all ages welcomed, cots 
£25, extra bed £50, children’s menu.


allowed in some bedrooms 
(£20 per night), whisky lounge.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £265. 
À la carte £85. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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Comments about Summer Lodge

A return visit was another delight. This hotel is extremely well managed. Staff are professional, friendly, eager to assist, without being in your face. Our room was superbly furnished in true country house style. Downstairs, the attention to detail is commendable. Pool facilities still excellent. Covid precautions equally so. Gardens worth a visit in themselves. We again ate very well at dinner and breakfast. A pretty faultless experience; not a cheap stay , but worth every penny.! - Barbara and Ian Dewey - December 2020
My 93-year-old mother and I loved our stay at Summer Lodge, perfection without pretension, and impeccable service by all staff. The welcome at reception was warm and was sensitive to Covid safety. We had a twin premier room. In the Coach House, the only one of that kind on the ground floor. The beds were supremely comfortable. The bathroom was splendid. We took tea in the beautiful drawing room; Leaf tea was served charmingly, and the fine china made it special. Dinner was impeccable; a bonus was a separate vegetarian menu with interesting choices. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Breakfast too was lovely. - Jill Cox - November 2020
These standards achieved in room quality, service and dining are of a high order. Rooms are different in size and aspect, but without exception are beautifully and traditionally furnished. Staff are exceptionally well trained. A real a rare example of all-round quality. . - Ian Dewey - January 2020
Good as previous visit. Wonderful Christmas decorations in the grounds. Dined on the seven-course tasting menu - a memorable meal. Service top class too - Staff so professional, well trained and friendly. All pretty faultless! - Ian Dewey . - January 2019

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