Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
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- Parking On Site
Located in Dorchester (Evershot), Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is within the vicinity of Mapperton Gardens and Cerne Abbas Giant. This 5-star hotel is within the region of Mangerton Mill and Sherborne Abbey.
Make yourself at home in one of the 24 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring DVD players and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and an outdoor tennis court. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and tour/ticket assistance.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Planning an event in Dorchester? This hotel has facilities measuring 291 square feet (27 square meters), including a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.
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As always we have had a wonderful stay at Summer Lodge. We stayed in our favourite accommodation Ivy Cottage which is cosy and romantic. The staff always make our stay special by giving us impeccable service and wonderful food!! Thank you to all at Summer Lodge who yet again made our stay PERFECT!!
Spent two nights here and thoroughly enjoyed the calm, delicious food, and beautiful countryside surrounding the hotel.
Summer Lodge is located in a tiny village with thatched cottages and lots of meadows and country lanes all around. There are many footpaths nearby which the hotel provides a good guide to: we did a great walk through the local manor’s deerpark and sheep pastures, and another across some hilly fields with beautiful views across Dorset.
This is a hotel best suited to a lazy stay, I think. While there are sight-seeing attractions within driving distance (we enjoyed visiting Corfe Castle and Weymouth, Abbotsbury also isn’t that far), it’s in a pretty quiet part of the countryside and Summer Lodge’s garden chaise lounges and Evershot’s pretty rambles encourage you to just relax.
The hotel I would most compare this one to is Sharrow Bay up in the Lake District. They have a similar cozy hospitality and decor style (in Summer Lodge’s case, the whole place is choc-a-bloc with prints of horses and hounds and pheasants). The hotels feel less formal and grand in scale than places like Hartwell House and Middlethorpe Hall. You never feel like you should be tiptoeing around, even though it’s a luxury property.
We were very happy with the food, both at Summer Lodge and the Acorn (the village pub which they also manage). The staff were very welcoming and accommodating. We wouldn’t hesitate to return should we be in Dorset again!
We were greeted on arrival by the most disgusting smell, unfortunately, we decided that the local farmer must have decided to muck spread that day and the whole village was encased in the obnoxious fumes. This was not, of course, the fault of the hotel, just our bad luck! We had to live with this awful smell throughout out stay and it was particularly bad in our room at night. So not the start we were expecting for our romantic get away, though the beautiful gardens and grounds with their wonderful scented roses were special and certainly tried to make up for it!
Our room door was at the top of the stair case by a few inches, so a bit noisy with anyone passing by. There were no views apart from over some flat leaded roofs or into the rooms opposite which was a shame. The bed was small, we are used to a 6' king size bed at home, but it comfortable with good linens. The decor was rather behind the times with padded fabric walls (last saw those in the 1990's - perhaps they are now cutting edge again and I have not noticed yet)! Our fruit bowl consisted of two apples and there was no standard Nespresso machine here, which you now expect in a 5 star hotel -' Limewood' or 'Chewton Glen' it is not, but the prices are not that far apart! The basic bathroom had a shower in the bath but it did have good pressure and had overhead and hand shower which I think all the ladies prefer if there is no bidet (take note male bathroom designers)!
There were funny little nooky holes either side of the bed which encroached into the wardrobe space as there was not enough room for bedside tables! Although the furnishings were of good quality they looked a little bit too dated I am afraid, especially for the pricing category. This was especially so in the conservatory which had lovely views but an awful carpet and no blinds on the ceiling so must be unbearably hot in the summer unless they used air con which would have been a little 'non eco' in this day and age in that particular setting as would have to work at full pelt!
We ate at the Acorn Pub which is also owned by the hotel and a two minute walk away. The meal was good there, we wanted a fairly relaxed meal and it rang all the right bells.
The breakfast in the hotel was good, orange juice was freshly squeezed but could have been colder as warmed up quickly in the conservatory! The staff were all very pleasant but I did have to ask a couple of times for my soya cappuchino, I was pleased they had soya milk so couldn't fault that!
Everything in the garden was lovely but I would hide the messy skip in the utility yard on departure if at all possible and remove the plastic box balls under the windows - yuk! Would be far better to just have ornamental grills if you do not want the fuss of going up ladders with real plants - same with the plastic palms in the indoor swimming pool area! The spa and pool area were adequate and I liked the water quality in the pool as it did not sting your eyes (meant to ask what they used), it was lovely and warm but afraid still not a five star spa. There were a lot of strange black stains on the bottom of the pool. It was housed in something resembling a greenhouse and the shower cubicles were not at all private and were rather misplaced. It looked a little bit like a retro fit. Most of the relaxing chairs were in an area behind another glass wall which looked odd as it was a bit of a squeeze to walk past them. There was a Nespresso machine here but no cups or coffee pods!
To sum up, the staff were all well trained and very pleasant but the fabric of the hotel, in some places, needed updating to compete with other hotels in the same category.
We stayed here for 3 nights during their 3 for 2 b&b special. The master bedroom had 2 bathrooms! What a treat to have a his and hers ensuite bathroom. The room had an ample welcome fruit basket that was refreshed daily, complimentary water, tea, coffee service and an evening turndown service. Expected a piece of chocolate but got lip balm? The only fault with this amazing room with 4 poster bed is the position of the tv which made viewing from bed impossible and the only fault with the service was the £10 room tray charge.
For the third night we stayed in a suite which had its own rooftop terrace with sunloungers. The tv was better positioned opposite the superking size bed (2 twins put together). Really lovely decor.
Both rooms had air conditioning, a must when it gets hot. The spa is outside in a conservatory beyond the car park but you can walk in your room robe and slippers. The jacuzzi and sauna were super hot the way I like it. Unmanned before 9 am but that was okay as there were ample towels in the changing room.
We asked for advice on what to sew locally and hotel reception kindly gave us a map and suggested West Bay beach and dining at the Hive on the beach. Really enjoyed the Dorset Coast.
On the last morning it took 3 visits to our room for staff to figure out how to clear our room service breakfast as the first 2 times they came with no tray. The hotel surprised me by removing that morning's £10 tray charge for the incompetence of their staff. That was nice and earned them the 7th star for stellar customer service.
My wife and I spent our 50th Wedding Anniversary at Summer Lodge. Everything was just perfect! The staff were delightful and made a fuss of us including giving us an Anniversary card. The hotel and grounds are beautiful and the restaurant was first class. Our stay was memorable in spite of poor weather. A sincere thank you.