The Priory

‘The setting, ambience and gardens are possibly the most attractive of any hotel we’ve stayed in, anywhere,’ writes a Guide reader this year of the Turner family’s country hotel, in a 16th-century priory on the River Frome. More

Contact details

The Priory
Church Green
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND
England
01929 551666

Hotel information

Bedrooms

17. Some on ground floor (in courtyard), 4 suites in Boathouse.

Open

all year.

Facilities

sitting room, drawing room, snug bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 4½-acre gardens (croquet, river frontage, moorings, fishing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

pianist in drawing room Sat evenings ‘and special occasions’.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £220–£380, D,B&B £265–£430. Set dinner £49.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The setting, ambience and gardens are possibly the most attractive of any hotel we’ve stayed in, anywhere,’ writes a Guide reader this year of the Turner family’s country hotel, in a 16th-century priory on the River Frome. Its fans, who praise the ‘delightful riverside gardens’, ‘admirable staff’ and timeless charm, agree. ‘It must be 30 years since we last stayed, but it hasn’t changed a bit – and I mean that as a compliment.’ Guests have a choice of ‘well-equipped’ accommodation in the main house and a converted boathouse. Individually styled, each room is supplied with fresh fruit, a minibar, books, magazines; robes and high-end toiletries in the bathroom. Boathouse suites on the river have a balcony or veranda: while away the hours watching life on the water. The ‘attractive’ drawing room, where French doors open to the river terrace, is a winning place for afternoon tea; at sundown ask for a drink, over canapés, in the cosy Cloisters bar. In the oak-beamed Abbots Cellar and the newly refurbished Garden Room restaurant, Stephan Guinebault’s modern dishes take inspiration from French and English traditions. (Robert Cooper). The Priory is also a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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The Priory
Church Green
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND

Guest comments

'Lovely ambience with the style of the public rooms. The new dining area is a great success. Excellent service as usual. The Priory is super in summer and winter - warm and cosy in winter, lovely terrace, garden and river in summer. Half boad ids good value. ' - Max Lickfold - September, 2017
'Super hotel. Because it's in an old priory the rooms are a bit cosy but food and service were excellent. The luxury of a fully served breakfast - no buffet!. Wonderful gardens, great staff. definitely one to go back to. ' - G Griffiths - July, 2017
'It must be 30 years since we last stayed but it hasn’t changed a bit – this is a compliment. Setting, ambience and gardens possibly the most attractive of any hotel we have stayed in. It is generous in its public rooms. Breakfast was great, dinner adequate, not sensational. ' - Robert Cooper - September, 2016
'We stayed in Mallard, a mini-suite on the first floor of the Boathouse. It had a small balcony overlooking the garden and a side view across the river to the bridge. A comfortable four-poster bed, a sofa, two armchairs, table and chairs , ample wardrobes; fruit, bottled water, tea-making provisions. Modernisation has resulted in some excellent bathrooms. The gardens are as delightful as ever. A log fire in the lounge is another winter delight, and service of before-dinner drinks and post-dinner coffee was as perfect as ever. Dinner was excellent; breakfasts up to the usual standard. ' - Elizabeth and Richard Pratt - March, 2015
'The decor is rather old-fashioned and the rooms are not large, but they are quite well equipped, and comfortable. Many guests are on return visits, and the atmosphere is exceptionally friendly, as are the owners. Staff are admirable. Food is of a high standard and the menu is interesting if somewhat dated. I’m pleased to report, that apart from a pianist in the lounge on some evenings, there is no ‘muzak’. ' - Bill Bennett - January, 2015

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