The Priory

Wareham, Dorset

Idyllically situated by a Saxon church with gardens bordered by the River Frome, this 16th-century priory has cast off its monk’s habit to become a characterful hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Idyllically situated by a Saxon church with gardens bordered by the River Frome, this 16th-century priory has cast off its monk’s habit to become a characterful hotel. Each beautifully styled bedroom has its own charm, some with beams, sloping ceilings, and antiques, perhaps up steep staircases tucked in the eaves with river views, others looking on to the garden or courtyard. All have binoculars, fresh fruit and milk. The most opulent are in the waterside Boat House, where Mallard mini-suite has a four-poster, a balcony, a spa bath and walk-in shower, and Swan has a lounge with French doors to a riverside veranda. ‘Even in February, walking the short distance to the restaurant was not a chore,’ writes a trusted reader. Dinner is no longer served in the ‘rather gloomy’ Abbot’s Cellar, but in the ‘light, modern’ garden restaurant, where Stephan Guinebault’s menus include dishes such as loin of Purbeck venison with thyme jus or beetroot and goat’s cheese risotto. ‘Dinner was excellent, and breakfast equally good’ with freshly squeezed juices, grilled kipper, smoked fish, crushed avocado on sourdough toast. (ML, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Church Green
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND
England

Telephone

01929 551666

Bedrooms

17. Some on ground floor, 4 suites in Boat House, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

sitting room, drawing room, snug bar, 2 dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), spa treatments, 4½-acre gardens (croquet, river frontage, moorings, fishing), parking, EV charging, restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

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

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £220, singles from £176. Fixed-price dinner £57.50. 1-night bookings refused high season, peak weekends.