Summer Lodge

Evershot, Dorset

A Georgian dower house extended to designs by Thomas Hardy, this luxury hotel and spa (Relais & Châteaux) stands in landscaped grounds adjoining a deer park. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A Georgian dower house extended to designs by Thomas Hardy, this luxury hotel and spa (Relais & Châteaux) stands in landscaped grounds adjoining a deer park. ‘We are big fans of this lovely hotel,’ write regular visitors. ‘Bedrooms are all different; all beautifully and traditionally furnished.’ They have gentle touches of humour – a print of Lowry’s The Schoolyard, vintage political caricatures. Even the smallest rooms have fresh fruit and flowers, and REN toiletries. You can take a cream tea in the beautiful drawing room, the conservatory or whisky lounge. In the restaurant, Steven Titman’s locally sourced menus range from pasta to such dishes as Lyme Bay gurnard and king prawn with lobster risotto; for vegans, chickpea and roasted red pepper chilli. Under-12s can dine in the conservatory and it’s a short walk down the road to The Acorn Inn (previous entry), also part of the Red Carnation group. Special praise this year goes to joint general manager Jack Mackenzie. ‘When a guest was taken ill after 10 pm, he insisted on driving him and his wife to A&E, waited with them, and returned them to the hotel.’ (Ian Dewey)

Hotel details


9 Fore Street


01935 482000


24. 6 in coach house, 3 in courtyard house, 5 in cottages, 1 on ground floor suitable for disabled.


all year.


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

Background music

in bar/whisky lounge.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms, whisky lounge.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B double £235–£690. Fixed-price dinner £58–£75, vegetarian £47–£60, à la carte £38 (conservatory). 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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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide