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Summer Lodge: Escape to Dorset on a two-night, five-star retreat
Summer Lodge is set in the quiet village of Evershot in Dorset. It's the perfect location for a luxury escape, complete with an indoor pool and a pampering spa.
Built as a splendid dower house in 1798, Summer Lodge has been reimagined as a collection of inviting guestrooms that warmly welcome guests with fresh fruit and flowers and cosy fireplaces.
Blend time relaxing at the hotel with exploring the area, hopping on one of the hotel's bicycles to cycle around the surrounding countryside or simply taking a peaceful stroll. In the hotel's four-acre garden, there's a croquet lawn and tennis court, or you can disconnect with a mindfulness class.
Summer Lodge's beautiful restaurant is the heart of the hotel. Dining is a farm-to-table affair where the chef relies on excellent local produce, including regional cheeses and Dorset truffles. The dishes are perfectly matched with selections from Summer Lodge's resident sommelier.
£390pp for a two-night stay in a Cosy Double
- Two nights' accommodation in a Cosy Double with breakfast
- Dinner both evenings, with a bottle of house wine on the first night
- Access to the hotel's spa and swimming pool
Reasons to visit Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
Relax and disconnect
Stay at a timelessly beautiful hotel
Enjoy fine dining
We love the peaceful location, close to the coast but without the crowds, and the stunning walks right on the doorstep.
Summer Lodge is a five-star country house hotel in the heart of Hardy country - the sleepy village of Evershot, in the Dorset countryside.
By car: The hotel is 3 hours from London and Birmingham and just under 4 hours from Cambridge. There is plenty of parking on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Yeovil Junction train station takes 2 hours 20 mins. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi from the station. thetrainline.com
By plane: Bournemouth Airport (44 miles)
Style & Character
The hotel makes a peaceful and romantic retreat for couples, but children and dogs are also made very welcome. The sumptuous drawing room occupies an extension designed in 1893 by author Thomas Hardy, who originally trained as an architect.
Service & Facilities
The pool is glass covered, making the most of the views of the surrounding, classically English gardens. Pets are pampered, with dog beds, bowls, towels, dog-food menu, 'dog in room' door hanger and a list of walks.
- Swimming pool
- Family rooms
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The splendid garden suite comes complete with a private courtyard garden and a conservatory with bar and private dining area. Sunggle into soft Belgian linen with a fire crackling in the grate, snacking on the chef's homemade shortbread.
Cosy Double, Classic King, Superior King/Twin, Principal King, Courtyard Suites, Duplex Cottage Suite, Master Bedroom, Ivy Cottage, Garden Suite, Bea's Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, luxury toiletries, coffee and tea facilities, biscuits, mineral water, fresh fruit, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, TV, desk, fresh flowers
Food & Drink
Chef Steven Titman's dishes are creative but not too complex, letting the locally sourced ingredients shine. The Lyme Bay brill fillet, basmati rice, sautéed king prawn and Thai lobster curry sauce is our favourite dish - fresh local fish and bold flavours.
The restaurant: classic English and modern European dishes, fine dining, extensive wine list. Mains from £27. Open for dinner, 6.30-8.30pm and Sunday lunch 12.30-1.30pm.