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An elegant 24-room hotel in a pretty village surrounded by bucolic beauty and close to the coast. It's pleasingly old-school, with lofty ceilings, handsome fireplaces and highly-polished antiques. There's a spa, complete with indoor pool overlooking the manicured gardens. Expect superb attention to detail, an excellent restaurant and outstanding service.

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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.



Summer Lodge is in the centre of Evershot, a village so attractive it featured in the 1996 film adaptation of Emma. The hotel sits in four acres of grounds, so it's private and peaceful. A half-hour drive will take you to some of the best parts of the Dorset coast. The charming village and unspoilt surrounding countryside are worth exploring on foot, and the coast is 30 minutes by car.

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. Book trains to Yeovil Junction.

By plane: Bournemouth Airport (44 miles)

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Summer Lodge fully embraces classic English country-house style - plush furnishings, four-poster beds, giant oil paintings and elegant antiques. It complements the historic house perfectly and feels like you're a guest in a friend's smart country home rather than a hotel. Although children are welcome, the atmosphere is sophisticated and grown-up.


Facilities are excellent: perfectly groomed grounds to wander, a fine-dining restaurant, a well-stocked bar and cosy whiskey lounge, plus a tennis court, spa with Elemis treatments, indoor pool, and gym. The service is excellent - attentive but discreet. Children and pets are made extremely welcome - pets even receive their own welcome pack.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Gardens
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


If you're partial to a touch of old-fashioned grandeur, you'll feel right at home. It's hard not to feel spoilt when you're surrounded by opulent fabrics, four-poster beds, chandeliers and antique furniture. As well as rooms and suites in the main house, there are self-contained cottages.

Room types: Cosy Double, Classic King, Superior King, Principal King, Courtyard Suites, Master Bedroom, Garden Suite, Cottages

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, coffee and tea facilities, biscuits, fresh fruit, TV, fresh flowers, free Wi-Fi


The dining room may be very traditional but the menu has a contemporary twist, making the most of local produce and the hotel's vegetable gardens. The resident sommelier will assist you to pair the perfect wine with each dish. Make time for one of the hotel's excellent afternoon teas.

The restaurant: classic English and modern European dishes, fine dining, extensive wine list. Open for dinner, 6.30-8.30pm and Sunday lunch 12.30-1.30pm. Mains from £27.

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