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OVERVIEW

A smart, family-friendly boutique hotel in the centre of the charming Dorset town of Sherborne. There's plenty to see within walking distance, including Sherborne's stunning abbey and two castles. Retreat to the hotel's pretty walled garden, make use of the hobbit-house spa and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant.


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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The Eastbury is close to the centre of this charming Dorset town. Sherborne Abbey, two castles, art galleries and antique shops are all within walking distance. The surrounding countryside offers superb walking, the coast is under an hour's drive away and London is a couple of hours by train. The ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh, are worth a visit - they're hugely atmospheric.

By car: around 3 hours 15 minutes from London, 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from Birmingham. Free parking available.

By train: trains from London Waterloo to Sherborne take 2 hours 30 minutes. The hotel is 10 minutes' walk. Book trains to Sherborne.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Constructed in the 18th century as a gentleman's townhouse, the building has classic proportions and style, but an extensive renovation in 2018 means it feels up to date. There are a couple of cosy sitting rooms to relax in, a snooker room and a pretty walled garden.

THE FACILITIES

The walled garden is a pleasant spot for croquet and drinks on a sunny day. The spa is small but a nice bonus and for a fee, you can book exclusive use of the facilities. The hotel staff are professional and the service in the fine dining restaurant is slick.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Games room
  • Spa
  • Family-friendly
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms in the main house vary greatly in size but all feel homely. The pick of the accommodation is the new garden suites. They're inspired by Victorian potting sheds, and have modern interiors with masses of natural light, wet rooms and small private terraces. Sadly, they don't have a bath.

Room types: Executive Room, Luxury Room, Superior Luxury Room, Garden Deluxe Room, Suites, Eastbury Cottage

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Dishes arrive looking like works of art on the plate and don't disappoint when it comes to taste. Push the boat out and go for fine dining, or opt for the less expensive set menu. Chef Matthew Street grew up and trained locally and uses local ingredients wherever possible.

Season's Restaurant: 2 AA-Rosette restaurant, fine dining. Seasonal menus, local produce. Dishes include pork belly, sea bass and lamb rump. All-day menu, open daily.

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