Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
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Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is an exquisite example of intimate country house charm. This Grade II listed property sits elegantly within the glorious countryside and picturesque village of Evershot, Dorsetshire.
Situated within four acres of perfectly manicured grounds and with just 24 individually designed rooms and suites, the Summer Lodge is a rarity in providing all the country house hotel charm and comforts whilst on a desirable small scale with modern luxuries.
Summer Lodge is also an award winning, Relais & Chateaux property, ranking amongst the finest country house hotels in England and is home to world class Sommelier, Eric Zwiebel, who has created his own wine cellar at Summer Lodge which is a source of wonder for wine lovers. The property also boasts award winning dining with resident Executive Chef, Steve Titman, and his team serving traditional English dishes tempered with a twist of modern European. Steve and his talented team prepare their dishes with ingredients sourced from the wealth of fine produce found in the locality and the hotels own gardens.
The Spa at Summer Lodge was created to provide the ultimate destination to soothe, refresh and rejuvenate the body and mind and boasts an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, beauty treatments and an air-conditioned gym where a personal trainer can be arranged at prior notice. This hotel is half-way between Yeovil (11 miles) and Dorchester (10 miles)
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Floors Number: 24
- In Room Safe
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Complimentary Newspaper
- Cable/Satellite TV channels
- Treatment Rooms
Bar and Restaurant
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 4.5 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 4.5 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 4.0 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 4.5 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 808 reviews
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Stay Date: 17/08/2016, a customer aged 45-64 who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
For our first meal despite appearing on the wine list, the wine we ordered was "unavailable". Our first breakfast the next morning (a Thursday at 8 am) had nobody in attendance (for a good 5 mins) so we had to find our own way around! Having been out… See more
For our first meal despite appearing on the wine list, the wine we ordered was "unavailable". Our first breakfast the next morning (a Thursday at 8 am) had nobody in attendance (for a good 5 mins) so we had to find our own way around! Having been out for the day on the Friday (and been at the hotel for 2 days) as we drove into the car park a man in a Panama hat jumped out and asked us whether we were residents before he would allow us to park...! There are ways and means of dealing with residents and non-residents, but this was particularly unprofessional. The room whilst clean, tidy and generally comfortable (with some nice touches e.g. Earl grey tea, fresh fruit and shortbread) had a hole in the floor underneath the carpet (presumably a broken floorboard). The hot water in the basin was excruciatingly hot. Also whilst we are dog lovers, we were not made aware that we would have dogs in the room next door. Every move we made was accompanied by barking! All in all a disappointing stay. Whilst the hotel was pleasant and the food very good the service, in particular, was disappointing. So didn't feel the hotel was worth the premium price and certainly won't be recommending it to family or friends. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 3 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 3 out of 5
- Lyme Regis: 4 out of 5
- Chesil Beach: 5 out of 5
- Abbotsbury Swannery: 5 out of 5
Excellent country hotel
Stay Date: 08/08/2016, a customer aged 45-64 who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
This hotel is excellent. The rooms are very well appointed and spacious. The service is first class - this is a dog friendly hotel and all the staff knew our dogs name! One of the best hotels we have stayed in. See more
This hotel is excellent. The rooms are very well appointed and spacious. The service is first class - this is a dog friendly hotel and all the staff knew our dogs name! One of the best hotels we have stayed in. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 5 out of 5
- Destination: 5 out of 5
- Sleep: 5 out of 5
- Breakfast: 5 out of 5
- Staff: 5 out of 5
- Sculpture by the Lakes: 5 out of 5
- The Acorn Inn: 5 out of 5
- Summer Lodge: 4 out of 5
Lovely Pre-Christmas break
Stay Date: 12/2016, JJV60 wrote this review.
We stayed here in mid-December last year for a relaxing pre-Christmas break; the hotel looked fabulous outside festooned with hundreds of tasteful lights and I loved the hedges made to look like Christmas puddings. Our room in the main building was … See more
We stayed here in mid-December last year for a relaxing pre-Christmas break; the hotel looked fabulous outside festooned with hundreds of tasteful lights and I loved the hedges made to look like Christmas puddings. Our room in the main building was lovely with a spacious bathroom, large wardrobe and we had our own Christmas wreath on the door! Breakfast was excellent, served in the light and airy conservatory, with a good choice and plenty of hot dishes cooked to order - I had the kippers which were delightful. Overall service was good but there is a problem with non-English speaking staff; we asked for mince pies with our afternoon tea only to be told by the waiter he had never heard of them, however, a manager sorted this out and they were well worth waiting for. Dinner a tad disappointing, the table d'hote menu included in our package was more or less the same as the a la carte and was the same each night. The prices are certainly not cheap (especially wine) so I would have expected a slightly better dining experience. However, there were many nice touches included which saved the day, lovely homemade bread, good amuse bouche, nice glasses, cutlery and napery. They have a friendly concierge who patrols the car park to help you with luggage, directions, parking, and even cleans your car if you wish. When we paid the bill it contained items we didn't order (including 4 diet cokes at 1.00 am - as my husband said, do I look like the sort of person who drinks diet coke after midnight?) and forgot things we had ordered, but luckily it was finalised at around the figure we expected so we left it at that, and the cokes were most graciously removed. We enjoyed our stay and would probably visit again, especially at Christmas as it was quite magical. Collapse
A very sad experience
Stay Date: 12/2016, VivaKermit1 wrote this review.
I was invited for lunch at Summer Lodge Country House UK a Relais et Chateaux. I had the great pleasure to visit few R&C and I have always kept a fond memory of my visit. I expected the same pleasurable lunch. Well, it was not to be. When we arrived,… See more
I was invited for lunch at Summer Lodge Country House UK a Relais et Chateaux. I had the great pleasure to visit few R&C and I have always kept a fond memory of my visit. I expected the same pleasurable lunch. Well, it was not to be. When we arrived, as we were booked for lunch (a large party) I would have expected a corner of the lounge to be ready to receive us for pre-dinner drinks: nothing. We had to find our own chairs etc.. move flowers. The waiter could hardly speak English and his understanding even worse( a normal state of affair in a pub, but not a Relais et Chateaux) They was only two other small tables for lunch. The waiters were average. The French sommelier, perhaps uninterested, did not give the wine to be tasted by the host! I know the man who guided him in the UK, ex-owner of the Hotel du Vin and superb hotelier. Not a good student. The food was very good, good presentation, perhaps more flavour? To pay the bill, the reception staff was totally disinterest. Not a good experience except for the chef. I know the owners from way back, Sidney and Bea Tollman, in Johannesburg, at their flagship hotel in 1972 hate or love them, Bea Tollman would have never accepted such service in her days. Not a Relais et Chateaux service. The best period to assess a hotel is between Christmas and New Year, when the staff needs real supervision, obviously they do not get it from the management. Collapse
Christmas birthday in warm setting
Stay Date: 12/2016, hannahe86 wrote this review.
We were staying in Evershot to celebrate my 30th and booked here for dinner. The hotel was very quiet, warm and suitably festive for the season. After drinks in the lounge we were taken to the table where there was a lovely birthday card and some s… See more
We were staying in Evershot to celebrate my 30th and booked here for dinner. The hotel was very quiet, warm and suitably festive for the season. After drinks in the lounge we were taken to the table where there was a lovely birthday card and some special chocolates laid out for me with a rose! It was very sweet! The setting was again very homely and warm (maybe could have done with a little refresh) but just what you would expect from a country village hotel. We all had starters, mains and desserts as well as cocktails, red and white wine, all of which were tasty but the undoubted favourite was the banana soufflé which is a dessert must. Prices were high, maybe too much, but only slightly more than the local pub. Lovely winter dinner in a lovely atmosphere. Collapse
Stay Date: 11/2016, Jackie D wrote this review.
We stayed two nights on a Secret Escapes deal, which included a superior room, breakfast and a set dinner. Amazing value for the standard of hotel. We decided against the set menu on both evenings because we wanted to try so many items on the A la cr… See more
We stayed two nights on a Secret Escapes deal, which included a superior room, breakfast and a set dinner. Amazing value for the standard of hotel. We decided against the set menu on both evenings because we wanted to try so many items on the A la crate and enjoyed the fantastic food so much on the first evening. The public areas are lovely - full of character and not at all stuffy. Our room was in the coach house - a few steps away from the main building across the courtyard. There are plenty of umbrellas to use at both ends if the weather is poor. The room was large with lovely views over the gardens and very comfortable. There's a turn down service in the evening and everything was spotless. We used the swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. My partner used the small gym and we both had a spa treatment. All excellent. We ate both breakfasts in the conservatory with lovely views of the garden. We would love to return and explore the gardens, village and local area. Probably in the spring or summer to see how wonderful the grounds must look then. An excellent hotel, with great service. Special mention to the sommelier who recommended some lovely wines that we would never have tried on our own. Collapse
A lovely village location
Stay Date: 06/2016, Margaret W wrote this review.
I’m surprised by the consistent level of reviews for the Summer Lodge and felt I should offer an alternative view? We had a lovely stay in June, but would not put this up there in the Top 50 Hotels in the world! We planned to stay for our wedding a… See more
I’m surprised by the consistent level of reviews for the Summer Lodge and felt I should offer an alternative view? We had a lovely stay in June, but would not put this up there in the Top 50 Hotels in the world! We planned to stay for our wedding anniversary and always treat ourselves to something special. We checked in at the main house and the Receptionist showed us to our room which was in a cottage a short walk across the garden from the main house. We’d been told about the walk when making our reservation, so this wasn’t a surprise. What did surprise us was that the Receptionist was new and unfamiliar with the room and facilities! Our room was incredibly spacious with a huge bathroom with REN products and a comfortable sitting area with a gas open fire – sadly we didn’t know how to use the fire so didn’t use it – yes, it was June, but it was wet and cool. The bed was a lovely King-size with great quality linen and a good nights’ sleep assured. Tea and coffee tray was similarly welcoming with ground coffee, tea selection, home-made biscuits and fresh fruit! All sounding good so far! Being uber- critical, the room is very dark with only a small window onto the roadside – if you leave the net curtains open, then walkers will be looking straight into the bed! And it is also noisy when there are guests entering and using the bedroom upstairs! On one night we had neighbours with a dog. I’m sure that rooms in the main house will be quite different and had we stayed there, our experience would be different too. We loved the grand drawing room where we had pre (and post) dinner drinks and ate dinner a couple of times - trying both a la carte and the tasting menu. Food was all delicious and the staff attentive as befits a restaurant of this quality. Breakfast for couples (tables all set for 2) was served in the bright conservatory and always seemed that the tables were far too small for the amount of crockery and other breakfast items – little space for all of the tea posts, coffee pots, toast and other breakfast paraphernalia. I am sure we could have asked to be put on a larger table in the main dining room, but we didn’t really think about this until each morning food started to arrive and the juggling begins. Leaving the hotel by the 'front door' we walked down the pathway and into a beautifully historic Dorset village. We had a couple of lovely walks around the village and surrounding area recommended by the hotel and also ate a couple of times in the village pub, a very short walk away, which has connections with the hotel – it was nice to have the balance between formal and informal dining on our 4-night stay. We also used the spa, and took tennis rackets, but didn’t have the best weather to enjoy all facilities. As mentioned at the start, we had a lovely time and no specific ‘complaints’, just not the best hotel we’ve stayed at. Collapse
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