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Summer Lodge is an oasis set in the heart of the countryside – drift down country lanes, the only evidence of the stresses of everyday life in the rear- view mirror and breathe a sigh of relief as the gates to this beautiful hotel, restaurant and spa engulf you... at last!
Of the five areas that we will be enjoying, the first of course, is the magnificent hotel itself – a listed Georgian building built in 1798 by the 2nd Earl of Ilchester. In 1979, Summer Lodge opened as a hotel and the first guests paid £10.50 for dinner, bed and breakfast!
Today the Relais & Châteaux hotel is under new ownership and part of the impressive international Red Carnation Hotel collection.
There are 18 guest rooms and five suites in the hotel set in the second of the star assets of the hotel – the four acres of mature, classically English gardens, croquet in the summer and border shrubs dressed as Christmas puddings in the festive season – a real delight. A vegetable and herb garden provides the third star of Summer Lodge – the restaurant, and head chef Steven Titman – with core ingredients that help to keep the restaurant in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants
in the UK. The menu is sophisticated – nine starters,
nine mains to choose from and a selection of inspired desserts. And of course – ‘The Best British Cheeseboard’!
Our fourth shining star is sommelier Eric Zwiebel. His wine list has received the ‘Best Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator every year since 2005 and completes
a sublime dining experience, which can be preceded by apéritifs or followed by digestifs in the drawing room or Whiskey Lounge.
The Summer Lodge afternoon tea is somewhat of a tradition with hotel guests and visitors, and can be enjoyed in the hotel lounges or in the charming conservatory or gardens of course.
What break could be complete without a wellness experience to cater for the body and the mind? The fifth star in the Summer Lodge constellation is the luxurious spa – there are the soothing and rejuvenating treatments, indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, a gym and sauna. The spa makes for a fabulous day-experience at the hotel and includes a two-course spa lunch.
Another option to consider is the Lazy Sunday – enjoy a massage and the use of all the spa facilities including the tennis court and either a morning Pastry Basket or Dorset Cream Tea – such a considerate package – which just about describes any Summer Lodge experience.
This is a hotel that puts guests first and has earned its success and popularity by its impeccable standards.
In a sky full of stars, Summer Lodge shines the brightest.
www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk
01935 482000
Summer Lodge, 9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset DT2 0JR
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