The old-fashioned charms of this former 16th-century priory in beautiful cottage gardens sloping down to the River Frome in the centre of Wareham are not lost on readers, who conclude that ‘the hotel is a delight’.
The old-fashioned charms of this former 16th-century priory in beautiful cottage gardens sloping down to the River Frome in the centre of Wareham are not lost on readers, who conclude that ‘the hotel is a delight’. Bedrooms are deliciously different, from one on the ground floor with a walk-in drencher shower to another with river views, up steep stairs in the eaves, full of crooked character. Steps away, a room in the Boathouse was ‘beautifully decorated and appointed. Its location by the river is rather special.’ Ground-floor Boathouse suites also have French doors to a veranda. The drawing room may be ‘rather dated’, but the restaurant is in a light, modern conservatory. Here, Stephan Guinebault’s cooking ‘maintains its high standard’. Typical choices include Portland crab salad, Devon Farm beef fillet or wild mushroom risotto. Background music is ‘gentle and pleasant’, service ‘excellent, friendly and attentive’. ‘Going for a long, bracing walk by the coast after a Priory breakfast, then back for tea, scones and the fire makes for an excellent winter’s day.’ (Max Lickfold, BB, and others). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain.
Church Green Wareham Dorset BH20 4ND England
17. Some on ground floor, 4 suites in Boathouse, 1 suitable for disabled.
sitting room, drawing room, snug bar, 2 dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), spa treatments, 4½-acre gardens (croquet, river frontage, moorings, fishing), restaurant wheelchair accessible.
pianist in drawing room Sat evenings ‘and special occasions’.
not under 14.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £176–£304, double £220–£380, D,B&B double £295–£455. Fixed-price dinner £55. 1-night bookings refused high season, peak weekends.
Festive Staycation Three Nights for the Price of Two Special Offer
Plan your festive staycation with the peace of mind of not having to commit to a date just yet. Book your stay at the picturesque Priory Hotel, Dorset set in 4 acres of beautifully tended gardens for 3 nights Bed and Breakfast and only pay for 2! That is £640 for 3 nights instead of £960. Your stay includes a delicious breakfast each morning served in the Garden Room Restaurant overlooking the lawn and with views of the river. Based on a Superior room (room upgrades available subject to availability and additional cost upon arranging arrival date). Offer valid for 18 months from date of purchase and visit can be moved. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and excludes Christmas, New Years and extras during your stay. Offer expires 3rd December, ie you can book any time up until 3rd December, for bookings any time up to 12 months from date of purchase). To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide.
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
Comments about The Priory
The hotel is a delight. Our bedroom was beautifully decorated and appointed, and extremely comfortable. Food maintains its high standard. Plenty of space between tables, quiet for good conversation. Staff continue to give excellent service.
- Max Lickfold - January 2020
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
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