Plumber Manor

‘One for traditionalists,’ write trusted Guide readers, of this child-friendly, dog-friendly Jacobean ancestral home in Thomas Hardy country, run by owners Richard and Brian Prideaux-Brune, with Richard’s wife, Alison. More

Contact details

Plumber Manor
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 2AF
England
01258 472 507

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), restaurant, lounge and toilet wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 courtyard bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Diners, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £115-£145, double £160-£240. Set dinner £30-£38.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘One for traditionalists,’ write trusted Guide readers, of this child-friendly, dog-friendly Jacobean ancestral home in Thomas Hardy country, run by owners Richard and Brian Prideaux-Brune, with Richard’s wife, Alison. The welcome is famously warm. Interiors are filled with paintings and antiques. The portrait gallery hosts a grand piano and probably the largest, lumpiest sofa you will ever sit upon. The lovely gardens and house are ‘immaculate’, and – traditionalists take note – four main-house bedrooms have recently been updated with contemporary Farrow & Ball tones, new carpet, and fresh bathroom with a walk-in shower. ‘No avocado bath,’ we are told. Our readers stayed in the converted stone barn where rooms still offer a more dated style. Before dinner, guests drink aperitifs by the log fire as Richard Prideaux-Brune makes lively conversation. In the kitchen, brother Brian, with Louis Haskell, cooks a daily-changing menu of such ‘good, honest fare’ as partridge breast, smoked bacon, apple bubble-and-squeak. Devotees come for the hospitality, the craik, the cooking, the sense of ‘true escape’, the shooting if that’s their bag, the authentic country house experience. (Chris and Erika Savory)

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Plumber Manor
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 2AF

Guest comments

'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
'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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Tourist attractions

  • Brownsea Island

    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-brownsea_island/

  • Hardy's Cottage

    Thomas Hardy was born in this small cob and thatch cottage.

  • Corfe Castle

    One of Britain's most majestic ruins, which was once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills.