Travel Blogs from Evershot
So, what was needed was a plan and over a few weeks this evolved. We both knew that this year off hadn’t cured any travel bugs and that we wanted to go away again, maybe more than once and experience more of the world, its people and cultures. This isn’t going to be possible without saving up again so inevitably we are both returning to work to save like mad so that we can turn our plan into a reality. Within ...
... Regis to meet a friend of Sheree's who lives nearby, Becca. Lyme Regis is a great seaside town with rows of beach huts in different colours. It is famous for its fossils (tempting to make a Pete joke here). We walked/stumbled over rocks, stones and mud along the beach for quite a way until we came upon an ammonite graveyard. Hugely impressive and exiting and we even found some fossils. A fossil ...
Selina adventures to weybitza to sort out some of the trip and meet one of our other companions zoe has become a laugh a minute!! I've set this up and let's hope we can keep it updated and learn before we travel. Welcome to our life for the next year or so....!!!! Lots of love Abbie, natalie and selina ...
We walked up the main street and had breakfast at a little place called the Horse with the Red Umbrella. Glenn, Leonie and Rod had Bread Pudding for breakfast which is a typical southern English breakfast. We then booked out and went to an old Roman Fort called the Maumbury Rings. There wasn't much left of the fort but the town had preserved the area well. Then off to do the washing, lucky Glenn onm his birthday and all! We went into ...
An early start was in order today as we knew we had to get to Hilltop as it opened to get on the car park. After a brisk journey, including the sight of some early morning skinny dipping, we arrived and queued. Very excited and impressed with the whole thing, the house and garden were amazing. The house is like a time capsule and you can see her inspirations at every turn. If you visit, don't forget to look out for her books opened to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Summer Lodge Evershot
I could rave on about this little gem for hours but instead will keep it short and sweet.
Stay here if;
You want to be made to feel you're their only guests (met by name as we arrived in the car)
You love excellent quality food and wine
You love privacy and attention to detail
You want to be pleasantly surprised at their additional little touches (tea candles all lit in the jacuzzi room on our return from dinner)
Don't stay here if;
You're looking for a cheap break - it can get pricey!
All in all I would recommend it to everyone - can't wait to go back!
Stayed one night in March 06 and were both extremely impressed - particularly with the service throughout the hotel and restaurant. The food was incredible as was the choice of wines. The room (principal room) was very comfortable. Room 5 was on the top floor and as such the ceiling was low but had a clever use of mirrors to give a feeling of space. Lots of thoughtful touches made the stay even more special. Candlelit bath, good quality toiletries, homemade shortbread and fresh plums all added to the stay. We met the owner when there and her genuine enthusiasm and eagerness to see her guests enjoying themselves came through. The staff seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs and their welcome was sincere.
My fiance took me here for my birthday in October 2005. As soon as we parked up we were greeted by the owner and sat down for afternoon tea & cakes which was a nice touch. The hotel and room were very nice and manage to feel both homely & luxurious at the same time. Before dinner you are ushered to the drawing room with an open fire where we enjoyed the quite ambience with a pre-dinner drink and canapes.
I cannot say I've stayed at the Summer Lodge, I made a booking and have lived to deeply regret it. I thought a relaxing 2 night break would be great between Christmas & New Year. I booked a special rate on Expedia with Summer Lodge. I then called the hotel to discuss dinner and was advised "that they would not be honouring my confirmed Expedia rate", suggesting a charge of £390 per night rather than the £230 I had booked. This didn't sound like the relaxing break that I was after and I decided to cancel on the 23rd, the cancellation deadline was 25th.
In January 2005, I treated my wife to a long weekend break as a birthday present. Sheer bliss.. from the moment we arrived to our (much regretted) departure. The hospitality, our suite, the incredible breakfasts, afternoon teas and dinners, the wine (thanks to Eric, the sommelier) - all in the fairytale setting - could not be faulted. Dreaming of going back!
My husband and I spent the weekend here and had a truly fabulous time in every respect. We booked directly with the hotel, as we found this to be cheaper than going via laterooms.com etc, and paid £150 per room per night for B&B. It's clear from reading the older reviews on this site that the changes made by the new owners have more than paid off and we are already planning our return trip.
Excellent from top to bottom - the staff could not have been nicer or more helpful - the grounds, rooms, food and wine were top notch - would highly recommend - we plan to return.
New owners making their mark
I wrote a review in June 2004, just after the new owenrs had taken over. At that time the hotel was in a state of flux. We returned in April 2005 for one night, and these new owners are getting a grip.
The general service is now excellent: attentive and efficient, with plenty of staff always on hand. The hotel's crowning glory, the resturant, remains very good - if you do go use the services of the sommelier who, despite winning awards, avoids condescension and wants to inform and enthuse.
The rooms and public areas are beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean, and our stay as pleasant and comfortable as you could wish for.
Great hotel, perfect service
After a long drive from London, we arrived in at Summer Lodge in late afternoon. We were immediately whisked into the drawing room (designed by Thomas Hardy) & served with fabulous teas & a range of scones, cakes & sandwiches.
Beautifully furnished communal rooms, wonderful restaurant & all set in an area abundant with field walks, deer park & within a 45 minute drive to the coast. They also have a spa with an impressive pool - although we did not partake this time.
Most of all it was the service & the staff that really shone - they were just perfect. We had a young boisterous dog with us & they were extremely accommodating of all his foibles. Overall, very very strongly recommended!
We went for a relaxing New Years break, 2002/3 so we bought the hotel' s New Years package. Upon arrival we were disappointed with our bedroom which was rather small and cluttered. It did not have a view but there were lots of small homely touches, like a vacuum flask of fresh milk etc.We felt the accommodation very overpriced although there were some nice linens and good toiletries. The bathroom was small and badly lit. the shower curtain and attachments collapsing when I slipped over...ouch. Bedrooms badly need upgrading and given a style. The ubquitous green and pink chintz being very outmoded and predictable. We were awoken at 6 45 am by the sound of vacuuming right under our room on our first morning and 7 15am on the second. Public area are at least characterful, with beautiful old windows. We thoroughly enjoyed generous teas by the fireside.Gardens are delightful but the swimming pool area looks rather in need of refurbishment before the next Summer Season. When the host Nigel Corbett is in attendance Summer Lodge is at it's best, sadly for us this was not very often during our stay. Our meals varied from less than adequate to exceptionally good on New Years Eve. Wine list is first class.Breakfasts, were very high quality. Service good, mostly by a young French staff who come over to England to improve their English via the affiliation of Relais and Chateaux. All in all I can't recommend it, but if the refurb and identity seeking/finding go ahead then it will be another story.