When I traveled with my mom from London to Dorset years ago, I had no idea that the English country house we stayed at then (and absolutely loved) would evolve into a family-friendly luxury hotel and spa. But that’s exactly what happened.
Voted the second best hotel in the UK in 2017 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Summer Lodge is now a full-fledged five star Country House Hotel, Spa & Restaurant for the entire family.
Located in Evershot, a village in the English county of Dorset, Summer Lodge is just 140 miles southwest of London.
Dorset county boasts a breathtaking coastal area that will have you pulling out a painter’s easel.
And villages such as Abbotsbury make for a lovely day out.
Yes, Summer Lodge has matured like a fine wine, a result of getting things right from the very beginning – extraordinary meals, superb wine list, utterly satisfying afternoon tea, delightful accommodations, excellent service, and a kind, helpful staff.
It’s why even years later, mom and I get very enthusiastic talking about Summer Lodge: “Remember the soups… absolutely delicious meals… what about the gorgeous flowers… the best clotted cream I’ve ever had… the staff was so kind…” Then we laugh about all the cows we ran into when we went out for a walk and about the massive number of flies that got into our room one night because we left the windows open….
I encourage you to visit Summer Lodge. You will create memories that years later, fill your heart with gratitude for having spent time at this very special place. Head over to Booking.com and plan you visit!
Summer Lodge is a privately owned Relais & Châteaux country house hotel.
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