Plumber Manor

Sturminster Newton, Dorset

In the same family since it was built in the early 17th century, this manor house in Thomas Hardy's 'vale of little dairies' has a timeless appeal – but change has been afoot. More

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In the same family since it was built in the early 17th century, this manor house in Thomas Hardy’s ‘vale of little dairies’ has a timeless appeal – but change has been afoot. Bedrooms, in the main house and a converted barn, have been updated, as avocado bathrooms fade from memory, and some now have a bath and super walk-in shower. Not that loyal fans should fear: the look remains traditional, the welcome warm as ever, from Alison and Richard Prideaux-Brune and their Labradors, with the ambience of a much-loved home. Interiors are furnished with antiques, the gallery is still hung with ancestral portraits. Richard’s brother Brian continues to cook alongside head chef Louis Haskell, serving traditional British fare. At night Richard tours the dining rooms, making sure that diners – including ‘lots of locals’ – are enjoying their wild mushroom millefeuille, lemon and rosemary chicken, or brill with orange and chives, from a short but varied menu. ‘Wine very reasonably priced,’ writes a reader. The waiting staff are ‘lovely and very efficient’. In all, a ‘very pretty house, nice gardens, lovely planting’.

Hotel details


Sturminster Newton
DT10 2AF


01258 472507


16. 10 on ground floor in courtyard, 2 suitable for disabled.


all year except Feb.


snug, bar/lounge, dining room, gallery, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 14-acre grounds (3-acre garden, tennis, croquet, stream), EV charging, restaurant, lounge and toilet wheelchair accessible.

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all ages welcomed, cots £10, extra bed £20.


allowed in 4 courtyard bedrooms (no charge), not in main house bedrooms or public rooms.

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Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £170, singles from £130. Fixed-price dinner £36–£40.

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Comments about Plumber Manor

W had our dog with us so were unable to stay in the main house, but located in the nearby courtyard where four rooms are for such guests. The gardens are immaculate as is the main house .Our room was spacious with the usual features including a Crosby trouser press! The decor is very much of the 1980s, with avocado bathroom. Although well maintained the artificial flowers and heavily dated furniture this restaurant-with-rooms ps one for the traditionalists. Nothing has been updated since it opened and one senses that it never will until there is a major event. Difficult to fault but not a place to visit more than once if one is looking for contemporary service and facilities to match. - Chris & Erika - December 2017
Wonderful hotel. Staff cannot do enough for you. Food amazing. We willl be back for this level of care and comfort - June robson - July 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide