Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa In Evershot
5 star, luxury, listed Georgian country house set in 4 acres
Summer Lodge feels like home because that's what it was built for. With four acres of landscaped gardens, a croquet lawn, a heated indoor pool, and a health spa, Summer Lodge becomes your own private world – a secluded escape from the pressures of everyday life. This is a tranquil Wessex haven full of courtesy, charm, character, calm, and cuisine.
Life in our peaceful corner of the Dorset countryside is quietly addictive. Despite the lure of nearby attractions, visitors to this listed, 5-star country-house hotel are reluctant to leave. The food and wines are superb (both the restaurant and our sommelier are award-winners); the staff, outstanding; the surroundings, idyllic. When Harpers & Queen fell under our spell, they listed us among the 100 best places in the world.
In a luxury break, it's the little extras that make the difference – the fresh fruit in your room on arrival, a ready-drawn candlelit bath, the affection we lavish on your pets. From the moment you arrive, we make you and your famil feel cared for and special.
That's why each of our rooms and luxury suites are individually designed. To put you at your ease, we decorate each room as an individual statement of style and comfort.
Each of our 20 guest rooms and four luxury suites is different. Each has a warm and inviting style of its own.
We have rooms to suit every mood and occasion – and every type of relaxing rural escape. There are numerous thoughtful touches: rich fabrics and elegant furnishings, crisp Belgian linen warmed with hot water bottles, soft and enveloping bathrobes, Penhaligons toiletries, fresh fruit, scented candles, and homemade shortbread.
In these cosy rooms, it's easy to immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of Dorset rural life. Of course you don't have to leave the 21st century completely behind. Each room has its own plasma-screen TV, DVD player, radio, air conditioning, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi connection.
Dorset is a gourmet's paradise, fuelled by an abundance of superb local ingredients and wonderful home-cooked food. Within this inspiring environment, our chef, Steven Titman, has developed a cuisine of international fame. His menus meet and exceed the exacting requirements of the Relais & Chateaux’s gastronomic standards.
Fine dining and impeccable service go hand-in-hand at Summer Lodge. You can enjoy both in our light and airy conservatory, the elegant Dining Room, or the warm and clubby cosiness of the bar. In fine weather, you can dine on the terrace, while our scrumptious traditional Dorset afternoon tea is served every day in the Drawing Room.
Eric Zwiebel, our cellar master, has made his mark too. In 2007, he was runner-up in the Best Sommelier of the World competition. Wine Spectator said that his was one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. Our wine dinners, hosted by Eric, have become famous for his inspired pairings of food and wine, his fund of oenological information, and the outstanding service from this Relais & Chateaux jewel.
Summer Lodge was voted No. 1 in Dorset, No. 2 in South West England and No. 27 in Britain in 'The Sunday Times Food List – Top 200 Restaurants in Britain' 2010.