24, 6 in coach house, 3 in courtyard house, 1 in honeymoon cottage, 1 on ground floor suitable for disabled, plus 4 in other cottages.
ramps, whisky lounge, drawing room, restaurant, conservatory, meeting room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), indoor swimming pool (11 by 6 metres), spa, civil wedding licence, 4-acre grounds (tennis), public rooms wheelchair accessible.
‘easy listening’ in bar/whisky lounge.
over 7 welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms, whisky lounge.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B from £215, D,B&B £335–£915. Set dinner £54–£68.
Good Hotel Guide Review
It had ‘that “special” feel of a very good and well-run hotel’, found a visitor to this country house hotel and spa (Relais & Châteaux) in deepest Thomas Hardy country. It is owned by Bea Tollman’s Red Carnation group (see previous entry, Acorn Inn, Evershot) and, indeed, Hardy himself had a hand in extending what was then a dower house. Our reader was impressed by the welcome from manager Jack Mackenzie, and by a bedroom overlooking the gardens, which was ‘beautifully furnished, with expensive drapes’ and an ‘excellent bathroom’. Extra touches included fresh flowers, fruit, shortbread. In the ‘tastefully decorated’ lounge ‘a great log fire’ blazed. The staff were ‘helpful, courteous, professional, always with a smile’. In the dining room, Steven Titman’s cooking was ‘sheer joy and of such quality’. A typical dish: roast loin of Dorset lamb, braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’, savoy cabbage, rosemary jus. Breakfast in the conservatory was ‘a delight’, with freshly squeezed orange juice, spiced and marinated dried fruit, breads and pastries from the village bakery, local bacon and sausages. ‘There is a lovely spa and pool, kitchen garden and formal garden.’ (Ian Dewey)
A 16th-century coaching inn that Thomas Hardy called 'The Sow & Acorn' in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'.
Thomas Hardy was born in this small cob and thatch cottage.
A prehistoric monument at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
This is the only place in the world where you can walk through the heart of a colony of nesting mute swans.