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Situated in the delightful village of Evershot, the hotel is perfectly placed for guests to explore the Dorset countryside, the setting of so many of the novels by Hardy. The towns of Sherborne, Dorchester and Lyme Regis are all nearby, as is stunning coastal scenery. The Yeovil Junction railway station can be reached in some 15 minutes by car. The hotel is a beautiful manor house that was designed, in part, by the author Thomas Hardy and built in 1789. With extensive private gardens, a croquet lawn, tennis court, indoor heated swimming pool and spa, this luxurious four-star deluxe hotel lives...More details
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Reviewed 27 december, 2021
We have stayed at Summer Lodge on many previous occasions but with our children elsewhere for the festive season we decided to spend Christmas at the hotel. What makes this hotel so special is the level of personal service you receive throughout your stay. Under the leadership of Alex and Jack the entire team at Summer Lodge make it their priority to give every guest an un forgettable stay. We arrived on Christmas Eve to afternoon tea, a wine tasting session followed by dinner in the evening. Christmas Day started with a champagne breakfast followed by a traditional lunch and later an evening buffet. Boxing Day started with brunch and concluded with a formal black tie dinner. If you arrive hungry you'll leave having enjoyed the most delightful food and wine - we spent each morning in the swimming pool in a vain effort to lose a few calories before the next meal arrived in front of us. Summer Lodge is what a 5 star hotel should be - one in which staff are attentive but not intrusive; one in which your preferences as a guest are prioritised and one in which each and every member of staff treats you as an individual. Christmas for us was totally relaxing, enjoyable and well worth the expense. It was a delight to visit Summer Lodge again and we would certainly recommend a stay. You will not be disappointed!
Exactly the relaxing visit I needed!!
Reviewed 12 december, 2021
I visited Summer Lodge for the first time yesterday - despite living so close. I went into the main hotel for a coffee before my spa visit. I was greeted by a very friendly and attentive concierge / receptionist who showed me into the beautiful drawing room with an open fire. I then went to the spa. As I have not swam in a pool or been in a sauna for almost 2 years it was absolute bliss - but the very best was yet to come. My therapist -= Rosemary was amazing. She took the time to talk to me and find out that I really wanted to relax and deal with recent anxiety. She then tailored the massage for me. It was probably the best massage I have ever had - I could have stayed there all afternoon!! I will def be back -thank you Rosemary!!
The best hotel experience we have ever had!
Reviewed 5 december, 2021
We booked this pre-Covid - it twice had to be postponed but staying the first weekend in December was even more special as the hotel was beauitfully decorated for Christmas - a grotto of twinkling Christmas trees on the walk to reception, wreaths on all the doors, and best of all, the spherical box hedges dressed as Christmas puddings! Everything was done to perfection, from the warm welcome, room service where the kettle was filled when the room was prepared, to the fabulous food and wine, and an amazing massage - it really couldn't have been better. It is, without doubt, the best hotel experience we have ever had! Thank you - especially to the lovely Bea!
A lovely country hotel beautifully run with excellent dining
Reviewed 4 december, 2021
Two nights with my wife to host a family celebration for 9 people. A pleasure organising everything with the manager, and excellent advice on wine from the sommelier.Delicious dinner with 1st class service. A great location for a break in beautiful countryside with very courteous , helpful staff.
Lovely cozy stay
Reviewed 7 november, 2021
We went for 3 nights and I chose the cottage of which there is one. Many of the rooms are in buildings around the sort of courtyard. A really good welcome and the same type of service was received from all of the staff the whole time we were there. It felt a really friendly and homely place and it became clear during our stay that quite a few guests had been there a few times before. There is a nice lounge and a nice seating area by the bar. The restaurant is very nice and it has an added on conservatory looking out to the grounds. We ate in the restaurant one of the nights and it was really good. Breakfast had a substantial buffet of cold offerings and there was a good selection of hot food for ordering. One afternoon we had sandwiches and scones in the lounge, with a pot of tea, which we really enjoyed. Our cottage was lovely. It was out the back door, down the rear pathway and out onto a road full of cottages and ours was just there. It was two storey with a large bathroom and bedroom upstairs and a lovely lounge with a gas wood effect fire. We didn’t use it given the season but there were two loungers in the small patio area at the back and also a hot tub in a small building. We really enjoyed our stay and would very much recommend it.