Plumber Manor

Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Standing amid flower-filled gardens, with the Devilish stream skipping through, this dog-friendly, child-friendly Jacobean manor house is traditional with a capital T. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Standing amid flower-filled gardens, with the Devilish stream skipping through, this dog-friendly, child-friendly Jacobean manor house is traditional with a capital T. It is a family affair, having been in the same family since it was built; today it is run by Alison and Richard Prideaux-Brune, with Richard’s brother Brian in the kitchen alongside chef Louis Haskell. Antique-filled rooms have a timeless air that cuts both ways. ‘It does not seem to have changed since the 1980s, and many of the clientele are delighted with that,’ write readers. Some who felt that it was looking too dated should rejoice that they have been refurbishing: the courtyard annexe bathrooms have been upgraded, and we hope now never to hear the word ‘avocado’ except in a culinary context. ‘A jolly lady behind the bar served G&Ts with gusto’ while, in the dining room, ‘Richard was very friendly, talking tennis and golf, and checking that everyone was enjoying dinner’. The nightly-changing menu comprises ‘very good if old-fashioned’ dishes from, say, chicken liver pâté to a trolley of desserts, by way of fillet of beef (‘really enjoyed’).

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), 14-acre grounds (3-acre garden, tennis, croquet, stream), restaurant, lounge and toilet wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed (cots, high chairs and children's menus available).

Dogs

allowed in 4 courtyard bedrooms, not in main house.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £120–£150, double £170–£250. Set dinner £33–£40.

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