The Priory

‘Definitely one to go back to. More

Contact details

The Priory
Church Green
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND
England
01929 551 666

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

sitting room, drawing room, snug bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 4 1/2 -acre gardens (croquet, river frontage, moorings, fishing), restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

pianist in drawing room Sat evenings 'and special occasions'.

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

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.’ Two slight niggles, however; no real milk or turn-down. 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
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4ND

Guest comments

'The restaurant is a delight, spacious, great scenery of the garden and hotel out of the 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; always nice to see such loyalty . The room standard is modern with classic touches, and the lounges are welcoming/ The garden is as delightful as ever, 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
'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

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