Plumber Manor

Sturminster Newton, Dorset

For close to 50 years the Prideaux-Brune family have welcomed guests to their ancestral Jacobean manor house in an English country garden with the Divelish stream skipping through. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

For close to 50 years the Prideaux-Brune family have welcomed guests to their ancestral Jacobean manor house in an English country garden with the Divelish stream skipping through. An upgrading programme is now complete, with old bathrooms rooted out and decor refreshed, but the interiors retain their traditional feel, with antiques and blazing fires, and a grand piano in the gallery hung with ancestral portraits. The ambience is of a much-loved home. As well as main-house bedrooms, some with window seats where you can look out over the garden and stream, there are ten spacious rooms in a restored stone barn surrounding a topiary courtyard. Four are dog-friendly; the Prideaux-Brunes’ black Labradors make canine visitors feel at home. Richard curates the wine list, while his brother Brian, with head chef Louis Haskell, cooks a varied menu of dishes such as brill with dill and Pernod, carré of lamb with redcurrant jelly; sweet potato, beetroot and spinach Wellington. Relax in a deckchair on the lawn, or bring your gun and join a shooting party. ‘A charming oasis in the midst of a hectic world.’

Hotel details

Address

Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 2AF
England

Telephone

01258 472507

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except Feb.

Facilities

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 wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed for under-13s £30.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £180, singles from £140. Fixed-price dinner £38–£45 (2/3 courses).

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Special offers

Spring Three Night Special Offer

Spring Three Night Special Offer. Enjoy a three-night stay at Plumber Manor Country House Hotel for a special offer of £170 per person per night for a Superior Double/Twin Room including 3-course dinner, bed and breakfast, available from 3 March to 30 April 2023 (saving you £100). Located in Thomas Hardy’s ‘Vale of Little Dairies’, Plumber combines the traditional feel of an ancestral Jacobean home with updated interior and facilities. It is run very much as a family affair, and is renowned for its genuine hospitality, refined restaurant, and quality wine list. This is a lovely time of year to visit Plumber with the spring flowers blossoming and the beautiful gardens and surrounding Dorset countryside coming to life. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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