Plumber Manor

Richard and Brian Prideaux-Brune, with Richard’s wife, Alison, run their Jacobean ancestral home as a characterful – some say eccentric – hotel where guests are ‘cosseted and cared for’ by ‘charming staff’. More

Contact details

Plumber Manor
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 2AF
England
01258 472507

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except Feb.

Facilities

snug, bar, dining room, gallery, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre grounds (garden, tennis, croquet, stream).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £160–£240. Set dinner £30–£38.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Richard and Brian Prideaux-Brune, with Richard’s wife, Alison, run their Jacobean ancestral home as a characterful – some say eccentric – hotel where guests are ‘cosseted and cared for’ by ‘charming staff’. In a ‘timeless setting’ of log fires, gilt-framed portraits and antique sofas, the hosts, and their Labradors, extend a warm welcome. Some guests find the large old house showing its age (‘like the rest of us’), but fans come for the good humour, the hearty food, the sense of ‘true escape’ – the authentic country house experience. Bedrooms are comfortable, if dated, with liberal use of floral fabrics, and ‘lovely views’ of the ‘well-cared-for gardens’ and surrounding countryside. Each is provided with home-made shortbread and (the height of modernity!) ‘colour television’. Ten, in a converted stone barn, have views of the river and topiary courtyard. All is ‘wonderfully quiet’. Front-of-house man Richard Prideaux-Brune mixes a mean Bloody Mary; his brother, Brian, cooks ‘excellent dinners’ (‘though we would have liked more variety’) and Sunday lunches – perhaps roast pork, apricot, rosemary jus; halibut gratinée with chorizo. (H and FN, and others)

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Plumber Manor
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 2AF

Guest comments

'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
'The food remains excellent. ' - Robert Greenhill - September, 2016
'It is wonderfully quite - in fact we were the only people staying there on the Monday. Richard Prideaux-Brune welcomed us and looked after us beautifully. Our room and bathroom were comfortable and had lovely views of the garden, which is well cared for. Dinner was excellent both evenings, and the staff were lovely. ' - Humphrey & Frances Norrington - March, 2016

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