Summer Lodge

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. More

Contact details

Summer Lodge
9 Fore Street
Evershot
Dorset
DT2 0JR
England
01935 482000

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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.

Background music

'easy listening' in bar/whisky lounge.

Children

over 7 welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, whisky lounge.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £215-£795, D,B&B £335-£915. Set dinner £54-£68.

Other reviews

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)

Map

Summer Lodge
9 Fore Street
Evershot
Dorset
DT2 0JR

Guest comments

'Trying to be grand. Staff friendly, but lack of English-speaking staff. Food fussy. ' - Julia de Waal - June, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • The Acorn Inn

    A 16th-century coaching inn that Thomas Hardy called 'The Sow & Acorn' in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'.

  • Hardy's Cottage

    Thomas Hardy was born in this small cob and thatch cottage.

  • Stonehenge

    A prehistoric monument at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

  • Abbotsbury Swannery

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