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Summer Lodge Country House

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Why We Love It

  • Beautiful, historic country house hotel
  • A showpiece 3-AA-Rosette restaurant & outstanding wine cellar
  • Stunning garden dotted with sculptures
  • There's an indoor pool, spa, croquet lawn & tennis courts

"Hard to beat" -- The Daily Telegraph

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Map & Directions

The property is in rural Dorset and is best accessed by car. It's a 20-minute drive from Yeovil and Dorchester and an hour and 20 minutes from Exeter. You can also take a train from Waterloo station in London to Yeovil Junction station (two and half hours, no change), which is 10 minutes by taxi from the hotel. Alternatively, it's an hour by taxi from Exeter International Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

A Relais & Chateaux hotel, Summer Lodge is "a country house hotel of sumptuous, indeed fabulous, excess" says The Independent. The pretty Georgian property overlooks a 600-acre deer park and has an unlikely heritage -- it was remodelled in 1893 by the acclaimed writer (and architect), Thomas Hardy. Today, there's a pretty spa, indoor pool, award-winning restaurant and "smart, effective" service (Michelin Guide).

Named in the Tatler Restaurant Guide in 2013, the 3-AA-Rosette restaurant is the hotel's showpiece. The dining room may be full of embroidered pastels and floral decor, but the food is remarkably unfussy. Be sure to try chef Steven Titman’s signature dish of roast lamb and shepherd's pie. A highly regarded, well-stocked wine cellar (described by The Daily Telegraph as “hard to beat”) and a lengthy list of whiskies and cognacs rounds off the experience to make dinner here a real treat.

There are just 24 rooms -- some in the main manor and a few in neighbouring thatched cottages -- and each is prettily decorated with floral prints, a profusion of patterned carpets and gilt-framed pictures. All have huge, comfy beds, and some have private terraces. Homemade shortbread, scented candles and hot water bottles in the winter are thoughtful extras.

The pretty grounds, dotted with sculptures, are also home to a bountiful produce garden, croquet lawn, giant chess and an impressive water feature -- not to mention a swimming pool and tennis courts. You're also within easy reach of a range of Dorset's local attractions including the neighbouring Melbury Estate & Deer Park, Furleigh Estate vineyard, Weymouth and the Medieval town of Sherbourne.

From the press:
  • "For connoisseurs of drink, Summer Lodge is hard to beat" -- The Daily Telegraph
  • "It's worth arriving in time for the excellent afternoon tea", "Steven Titman's menus are streaked with invention, and he certainly stocks up on quality produce -- The AA Hotel Guide
  • "Smart, effective service" -- Michelin Guide

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Video games on request

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Policies

Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: The Hotel accommodate children over the age of seven, although availability of suitable rooms is limited and portable beds may need to be used where such accommodation is sought. The hotel will determine whether a room is suitable for the purpose of this offer. Portable beds are available on request in the Suite, Principal (Coach House) and Summer Lane Cottages only.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £50.00 per day. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are on request and must be requested upon booking.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.
Children up to the age of 12 years are welcome in the swimming pool up to 10.30am and then from 4.30pm.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (based on availability) and will be charged at £20 per day. Dogs are welcome in rooms in the Coach House or Summer Lane Cottages and into the Whiskey Lounge only (max 2 dogs per room). Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Minimum stays may apply on Saturdays during high season and some holidays.

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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