The Priory

‘Definitely one to go back to. More

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Church Green
BH20 4ND
01929 551666

Hotel information


17. Some on ground floor (in courtyard), 4 suites in Boathouse, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


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

Background music

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


not under 14.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £176–£304, double £220–£380, D,B&B double £265–£430. Set dinner £50. 1-night bookings refused high season, peak weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Definitely one to go back to.’ This ‘super hotel’, housed in a 16th-century priory on the River Frome, continues to gather fans. New visitors give it ‘top marks for its very attractive setting and buildings’. They join returning guests in praising the ‘excellent service, lovely ambience in its stylish public rooms and delightful gardens’. Afternoon tea is taken in the drawing room or, in clement weather, on the river terrace with commanding views of the Purbeck hills, while the cosy Cloisters bar serves pre-dinner cocktails. ‘Comfortable’ rooms, in the main house and converted boathouse, are each different, but all have fresh fruit, a minibar, things to read. ‘The Boathouse’s spacious Kingfisher suite was so comfortable and quiet, with river views from a balcony. The bathroom was sleek and warm.’  In the new wood-and-glass dining room, Stephan Guinebault’s modern French-inspired English dishes were ‘well cooked, well presented and amply portioned (although the only vegetarian option didn’t change)’. Breakfast is ‘great’: eggs ‘just right’, ‘delicious’ porridge. (Philippa Parker, Max Lickfold, and others)

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The Priory
Church Green
BH20 4ND

Guest comments

'Check-in went smoothly. The room was quite large, well-furnished in a rather old-fashioned way. The modern bathroom had an excellent walk-in shower. Downstairs is a large, beamed drawing room, comfortable but rather dated. The new dining room, light, modern, looks over the garden to the River Frome. Dinner was truly excellent. Breakfast equally good. Staff well trained. ' - Bill Bennett - March, 2019
'This hotel is amazingly charming. The staff are all helpful and polite. I cannot praise them too highly. The food is excellent and served and served graciously. We enjoyed out bedroom with its view of the River Frome: plenty of chairs and not too many unnecessary cushions. Wareham is a charming small town. ' - John Barnes - November, 2018
'The restaurant is a delight, spacious, great scenery of the garden out of large windows, coupled with excellent service. I’ve visited occasionally over 20 years, and it maintains its standard. One member of staff, Nick, has been there all that time. The room standard is modern with classic touches, and the lounges are welcoming. The garden is delightful and well maintained. A great place to stay - usually with a mature clientele. ' - Max Lickfold - August, 2018
'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

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  • Dorchester

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  • Corfe Castle

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

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide