Plumber Manor

An ancestral home today under the care of three members of the Prideaux-Brune family, this Dorset-stone 17th-century country house has been a hotel since 1972. More

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Plumber Manor
Sturminster Newton
DT10 2AF
01258 472507

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16. 10 on ground floor in courtyard.


all year except Feb.


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

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in 4 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

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all major cards.


[2016] per room B&B £160–£240. Set dinner from £30.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

An ancestral home under the care of the Prideaux-Brune family, this ‘wonderfully quiet’ 17th-century country house in ‘lovely, well-cared-for’ gardens has been a hotel since 1972. Its many devotees love its eccentricities and the unfailing warmth and bonhomie of Richard Prideaux-Brune as front-of-house. ‘Richard welcomed us and looked after us beautifully.’ There is ‘a timeless feel’ about the faded, old-fashioned setting, all log fires, antique sofas, and portraits in gilded frames: ‘It is indeed a true escape.’ Less liked is a sense, shared by some guests, that the house has escaped the modern world. ‘One of the charms of Plumber is its lack of “smart” or “chic”. However, “genteel dilapidation” can be taken too far.’ ‘Comfortable’, staunchly traditional bedrooms are floral and homely, with shortbread biscuits. The formal dining rooms remain ‘exquisite’. Here, Brian Prideaux-Brune’s daily-changing menu, which might include roast guineafowl, black cherries, cinnamon, is ‘fantastic’ – like the house over its many years, ‘the chef hasn’t changed, either’. (Humphrey and Frances Norrington, and others)

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Plumber Manor
Sturminster Newton
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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