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History, character and beautiful gardens leading down to the River Frome combine to make this former monastery a special place to stay. The rooms are elegantly furnished and there's an excellent restaurant serving local fare. The atmospheric ruins of Corfe Castle and stunning Studland Beach are a short drive away.

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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.



The Priory lies on the banks of the River Frome, close to the centre of the historic market town of Wareham, so independent shops, cosy pubs and beautiful riverside walks are on the doorstep; stunning beaches are a short drive away. Ten minutes by car are the hugely atmospheric ruins of Corfe Castle, towering over the village of the same name.

By car: over 3 hours from London, 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from Birmingham. Free parking available.

By train: trains from London Waterloo to Wareham take over 2 hours. The hotel is 15 minutes' walk. Book trains to Wareham.

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Sturdy walls of local golden stone and a crooked tiled roof hint at the building's age. Inside, antiques and plush soft furnishings create a feeling of grandeur. The restaurant is a striking modern extension of Purbeck stone, oak and glass with views across the garden to the river.


The hotel has old-school charm but feels well cared for throughout. The restaurant offers a top-notch dining experience with beautiful views and excellent service. If, while relaxing in the garden watching the boats passing by, you're tempted to get out on the river yourself, you can hire a boat nearby.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The rooms are spread across the main house and the boathouse, those in the historic main house are full of character, but boathouse rooms have the advantage of being on the water's edge. They are particularly spacious and have French doors leading to a veranda overlooking the river.

Room types: Courtyard Room, Classic Room, Superior Room, Superior Classic Room, Mini Suite, Boat House Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Molten Brown toileries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi


The contemporary oak and glass restaurant has views of the river. Chef Stephan Guinebault's childhood in the Loire Valley comes through in the menu. Dishes are presented with French flare but the ingredients are very much local. If the weather is fine, enjoy breakfast outside on the terrace.

The Garden Room: smart casual restaurant, garden views. Classic French/British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, Fri-Sun for lunch. Evening set menu from £70.

The Drawing Room: Afternoon tea served daily, 3:30-5:00pm.

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