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The Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Sherborne, Dorset
Sherborne is blessed with architectural beauty and a wealth of history, thanks to its honey-coloured stone buildings, stunning abbey and two castles. You can explore it all on foot from The Eastbury, which occupies a Georgian townhouse close to Sherborne's centre. There are homely rooms in the main house, more modern suites in the garden and a characterful 17th-century, three-bedroom cottage will appeal to families wanting to self-cater. It's far more peaceful than you'd expect from a town centre hotel, with a tranquil walled garden at the rear. A hobbit house in the grounds contains a tiny spa. The restaurant is a highlight and serves modern British cuisine featuring local, seasonal produce. Children and dogs are made extremely welcome.
The town centre location is convenient but the hotel is surprisingly peaceful, particularly in the garden.
Sherborne is a pretty market town. Within walking distance you'll find the castle and gardens; the famous Cerne Abbas Giant is a little further out.
By car: around 3 hours 15 minutes from London, 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from Birmingham. Free parking available.
By train: trains from London Waterloo to Sherborne take 2 hours 30 minutes. The hotel is 10 minutes' walk. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel's central location and the town's rail link to London make it an easy car-free weekend destination. The Garden Suites offer the best of both worlds - private, modern accommodation a short walk from the historic main house.
Service & Facilities
A spherical glass pod nestled under trees in the garden is a memorable location for an intimate dinner. Pets are pampered, receiving a bed, bowls, treats, toy, even a welcome letter. They can also eat in the restaurant.
- Games room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
If you don't mind a shower instead of a bath, opt for one of the potting shed suites. Little touches like sloe gin and homemade treats in the room on arrival make it feel special.
Executive Room, Luxury Room, Superior Luxury Room, Garden Deluxe Room, Eastbury Suite, Garden View Suite, Garden Suite, Family Suite, Potting Shed Suite, Eastbury Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The seven-course tasting menu is a treat for a special occasion, especially when accompanied by the wine flight. Dorset produces some excellent meat and the local lamb with Moroccan spices is a standout.
Season's Restaurant: 2 AA-Rosette restaurant, fine dining. Seasonal menus, local produce. Dishes include pork belly, sea bass and lamb rump. All-day menu, open daily.