Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant
THE CHARMING VILLAGE OF EVERSHOT IS HOME TO THE FIVE-STAR SUMMER LODGE COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & RESTAURANT, RUN BY DELIGHTFUL GENERAL MANAGERS ALEX AND JACK MACKENZIE.
This quintessential country-house escape in the town made famous by novelist Thomas Hardy presents guests with an enviable quandary – spend time in the heated indoor pool or spa, practice yoga in the garden, or venture into the countryside for walking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, golf and exploring the Jurassic Coast. Thankfully, it’s easy to do it all when staying at the Grade II-listed estate, where exemplary service, warm smiles, and individually decorated guest rooms add to the timeless appeal. English traditions are lovingly upheld, including a delicious Dorset Cream Tea with scrumptious, freshly baked scones, specialty teas, and Champagne. Later, guests dine on innovative cuisine and classic signature dishes based on local ingredients, such as Dorset Vinny Blue Cheese and Dorset beef. Renowned sommelier Eric Zweibel recommends impressive wines, including those from the hotel’s award-winning sister South African vineyard, Bouchard Finlayson.
- Closest Airport
London Heathrow (122 miles / 2.5 hour drive)
- Closest Train Station
Penn Mill, Yeovil (11 miles / 20 minute drive)
- Number of Rooms
18 rooms, 7 suites, Summer Lane Cottages has 4 rooms (1 cozy, 1 superior king, 1 family room, and 1 duplex suite)
- The Restaurants
The Acorn Inn
- Amenities and Facilities
- Family Friendly
- Historic Landmark Building
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Studio Gym
- Swimming Pool - Indoor Heated
- Rebecca Recommends Amenities
A personalized welcome from senior management and a tour of the property with the Hotel Manager.
- Rebecca Recommends Secrets
In 1893, the 6th Earl of Ilchester commissioned his friend Thomas Hardy, a local architect by profession, to draw up the plans for an extension to the house that would later become the Drawing Room at Summer Lodge. Thomas Hardy is, of course, now known as one of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history; perhaps most notably as the author of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, which was published in 1891.
Today, Summer Lodge has been named “one of England’s finest country-house hotels” by The Times in 2021. This country house hotel has so much to offer – set within four acres of beautifully tended gardens, with mindfulness and wellness retreats, a spa and indoor pool together with award-winning dining and an extensive wine cellar.
- Combination Stay/Why Visit
Just 2.5 hours drive from London Heathrow, Summer Lodge should be combined with any Red Carnation London hotel stay for the most perfect London and English Countryside visit. Evershot Village is what your clients will expect a delightful English countryside village to look like.
Situated on the doorstep of the Melbury Estate, with miles of scenic countryside to explore to include the infamous Jurassic Coastline of Dorset, there is so much to do within easy driving distance.
Summer Lodge is just 67 miles from Southampton making this a fabulous pre or post-stay cruise experience too.
For those clients wanting to explore the Southwest of England, Summer Lodge is just 142 miles from The Nare Hotel in Cornwall providing even more opportunities for your clients to truly explore the coastlines of England.
- Fact Sheet