Summer Lodge country house hotel is a fine Georgian listed house in the picturesque village of Evershot, West Dorset. The privately owned country house hotel is set in 4 acres and offers facilities such as croquet lawn, heated indoor pool, all-weather tennis court, spa facilities and an award-winning restaurant. The hotel adjoins a 9000 acre deer park offering excellent walking and an abundance of wildlife and flowers throughout the year.
There is a large, indoor and heated swimming pool, take tea and croquet on the lawn or perhaps a game of tennis. For something more adventurous the friendly staff will happily organise a range of country pursuits.
Overlooking beautifully manicured lawns and pergola, the stunning award-winning restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. If the weather is fine, tables are available on the terrace. The cellar is stocked with a superb choice of fine wines and Eric Zwiebel, Champagne Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year 2004, and his team are on hand to provide recommendations and suggestions. Summer Lodge has recently been awarded 'Best of Award of Excellence' for 2006, by the American magazine 'Wine Spectator', stating that this luxury boutique hotel has one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. A traditional Dorset afternoon tea is served every afternoon in the Drawing Room and lighter meals can be enjoyed in the cosy bar.
Accommodation at the Summer Lodge, Dorset is exceptional with 20 bedrooms, 2 one bedroom suites and 2 two bedroom suites. Each room at this English Country House Hotel is individually decorated and comes complete with the latest in state-of-the-art technology including large plasma screen TV and DVD, air-conditioning, Satellite TV and WIFI.
Rooms and suites are not only available in the main house of this small luxury hotel but also in the Coach House. These rooms feature their own onservatory or balcony overlooking the pool and spa area, as well as in one of Summer Lodge's 3 cottages including the romantic Ivy Cottage which is perfect for honeymooners. Room One, their Master Bedroom was originally designed by Thomas Hardy himself and offers a magnificent open fireplace and overlooks the perfectly manicured English country gardens that frame the house beautifully.
How to get there?
EVERSHOT is 1 mile west of the A37 about halfway between Dorchester and Yeovil. The hotel entrance is in Summer Lane.
From London (3 hours):
Take the M3 to the M27. Exit onto the A31 and after approx. 31 miles, you will reach the A35 (at the Bere Regis Roundabout) follow Dorchester signs onto the A35. Once you pass Dorchester Exit, follow the A37 towards Yeovil and after 26 miles, turn left at the sign for Evershot.
An alternative route from London takes the M3 until Junction 8, then exit onto the A303 and after approximately 65 miles (at the Sparkford Roundabout) follow Sherborne B3148 onto A359. At Yeovil take the A37 for Dorchester and after 9 miles turn right at the sign for Evershot.
Ample parking is available.
From Bath (1hr15)
Take the A367 to Shepton Mallet, then A37.
From Bristol (1hr15) A37.
From Midlands and North
Take the M5 to Taunton, exit at Junction 25, follow signs to Yeovil - A35, A303 and A3088.
From Exeter (1hr15) and West
Take the A30 to Crewkerne, then A356 towards Dorchester - left turn for Evershot is signed after 8 miles.
From Heathrow (2hr30) and Gatwick (3 hours)
M25, M3, M27, A31, A35, A37.
There are fast services (approx. 2hr30) from London Waterloo to either Dorchester (South) or Yeovil Junction. Contact the hotel to arrange a transfer from either station. A taxi takes approx. 20 minutes.
Bristol Lulsgate serves many British and European airports and is about 1.5 hours drive. Exeter and Bournemouth (Hurn) International Airport are approximately a 1 hour drive. Arrival by helicopter is possible by prior arrangement. Please contact the hotel.
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