The Eastbury Hotel
Traditional but with a modern touch, this is a really comfortable hotel with great food in the historic Dorset town of Sherborne.If you've ever fancied yourself as an 18th century gentleman (or gentlewoman for that matter) then the Eastbury might just be the place for you. Situated in genteel Sherborne, the ancient capital of Dorset, it's about as homely a luxury boutique hotel as you'll find: a beautiful Georgian house, with a spectacular garden, a terrific 2-AA-rosette restaurant and most importantly 26 guest rooms that couldn't be more comfortable. Not only that: its new and forward-thinking owners they added a spa in 2019, equipped with sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, a gym and outdoor hot tub and lots of treatments, deep in the heart of the surrounding woodlands. Really, coming down to Sherborne for the weekend couldn't be more enticing.
The Eastbury's rooms range from cosy doubles with wooden beams to larger luxury doubles and 5 suites fashioned out of the garden's 'Potting Shed': with moss and sedum roofs, en-suite wet rooms and private terraces, these are spacious and contemporary and also dog-friendly. Each bedroom is individually decorated, and the decor is traditional without being fussy or old-fashioned – think big comfy sleigh beds, pastel shades, antique dressers and Lloyd Loom armchairs; all rooms come with Egyptian cotton sheets, robes and slippers, flatscreen Freeview TVS, tea- and coffee-making facilities and homemade biscuits; a few have four-posters, and some have free-standing baths in the rooms, while they all have en-suite bathrooms equipped with White Company toiletries.
Most importantly all the rooms are comfy and spacious, and like all good country hotels the Eastbury has plenty of public spaces in which it's impossible not to relax – a couple of lounges, a library and billiard room, not to mention the glorious walled garden outside. There's a contemporary yet extremely domestic feel to the property, where nothing is too much trouble but where you are also left to your own devices to do, well... nothing in particular. You definitely won't go hungry or thirsty: the hotel's restaurant, appropriately entitled 'Seasons', serves a variety of menus showcasing everything from hearty brasserie fare to fine dining, with sandwiches and afternoon teas in between; they have a local chef who's mad about local produce but it's a restaurant that also moves with the times, with a modish look and feel in both the food and the surroundings; they also have a cocktail bar decorated with unique modern artworks and a glass pod in the garden that acts as an intimate private dining room – a great place for a romantic get-together or special celebration with friends.
Sherborne is lovely place to stay, an ancient market town known mostly for its posh school but with lots of other things to see, including its originally Saxon abbey, two castles (one ruined, one not) and a thoroughly delightful, incredibly well preserved old centre full of winding streets with shops to browse and pubs to linger in – the sort of place that gets used regularly as a film set (you may recognise it from the most recent film version of 'Far from the Madding Crowd'). You're also uniquely well placed for seeing not only the delights of Dorset to the south but some of the best of Somerset to the north. Really, though, the hotel is so comfy, and Sherborne such an alluring yet undemanding town, you might want to just stay put. We would!
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Rooms26 bedrooms including single, double & family rooms available and they also have a variety of suites available. Their newly refurbished rooms are called Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suites. 2 accessible rooms - Verbena (£265 per night) and Mint (one of their new rooms) at £325 per night.
PricePrices are from £135 for a single room and from £195 for a double room (both based on Bed & Breakfast). Prices from £174 for a single room (B&B) and £273 for a double room (DB&B).
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