Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa9 Fore Street Dorset,
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel is set in the thatched Dorset village of Evershot and is a superbly romantic English Country House Hideaway. Discreet and thoroughly charming, this delightful Relais & Châteaux hotel has everything required for the perfect rural honeymoon retreat. Every one of the 24 guest rooms, suites, and private cottages has recently been individually and beautifully redecorated – “chic and utterly gorgeous” – and fitted out with everything needed to ensure that nothing interrupts the peace and tranquility of your stay. Private hot tubs and beautifully finished, candle-filled bathrooms ensure that this really does offer everything that the romantic couples could wish for. Combine this with a standard of personal service throughout the hotel that continually sets new benchmarks for excellence, a brand new Spa facility offering a gym and beauty treatments, an indoor heated pool, tennis court, croquet lawn and magnificent landscaped gardens, it’s almost impossible not to relax and enjoy every moment. To give the last word to Tatler’s report, Summer Lodge is “country-house comfort as you’ve never experienced it”.
Whilst Summer Lodge itself is an oasis of romantic calm and tranquility, the area surrounding it offers a huge variety of things to do and see within half an hour’s drive of the hotel. These range from the spectacular Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site offering fabulous beach or cliff-top walks and sunsets, to English countryside largely unchanged in the 140 years since Hardy’s novels were written.
Short listed in two categories of the recent Tatler Restaurant Awards – ‘Best Out of Town Restaurant’ and ‘Best Sommelier of the Year’ as well as winner of the ‘Dorset Restaurant of the Year 2007’ award, a stay at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa also offers an outstanding dining experience. Executive Chef Steven Titman has been gaining fans from around the world with his fresh, locally sourced and stunningly prepared dishes. Add to this gustatory excellence an award-winning wine list prepared by one of the world’s finest sommeliers – runner up in this year’s world championship, as it happens – an airy and beautifully decorated dining room looking out onto the Summer Lodge gardens, and a standard of service that few can match. It’s no wonder that the Andrew Harper Hideaway Report recently named Summer Lodge as ‘2007 Grand Award Winner’. It really is in a world of it’s own. If you haven’t yet enjoyed this local gem in picturesque Evershot, maybe now’s the time.