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After an easy crossing yesterday evening we made the trek from Dover to Somerset. Matchsticks in the eyes we arrived at home at 11.30pm. This morning we contemplated the task ahead of unpacking and washing everything, this was interrupted by the discovery that Coco, one of our ...
All packed and ready to go, we headed down to the train station. We caught the 9:45 from Wool to Poole, where we then picked up the coach to London Heathrow. I dropped Lucy off at the station entrance and left her looking like a bag lady for fifteen minutes while I dumped the car back at home then had a brisk walk back to the station. Our 3396 mile trip to the Big Apple has begun... South West trains did us proud ...
... our challenge and promptly donated to our cause. After this interlude, we progressed onwards but by now the rain was getting heavier. At several points, we would have been drier if you had turned a hose on us. As a result, the rest of the day (11 miles) was a slog, The only respite came when the landlady of the Sexeys Arms in Blackford took pity on us and kindly opened up to give us a cup of tea. The last highlight of the day came ...
... truly cannot do it justice. But look at them anyway.
By the time we left Wells it was after five, so we only had time for one more stop: the Neolithic standing stones in Stanton Drew -- the third largest group of standing stones in England. They're not as massive as Stonehenge (in one of the pictures, Ben helpfully provides some scale), but neat to see nonetheless, as we were in the area.
We plan to spend tomorrow in Cheddar. Expect to hear about cheese.
... barmaid, all trying desperately to make conversation and plying Charlie with 'tastes' of several different beers. The landlord has hinted twice now that he doesn't start drinking till 9.00pm, so I think he's expecting Charlie to go back and have a few pints with him after that! There have been several dozen vehicles go past the door, and EVERY one is a tractor! Feels a bit like the movie Deliverance. C feeling very ...
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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.
We can't wait to return and also to try other Red Carnation Hotels.
Thank you Summer Lodge.
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.
The food is absolutley amazing and has to be eaten to be believed, probably the 2nd best restaurant I have ever experienced. They also have a spa where i received one of the best massages i have had.
I would recommend going in summer as it is a country location and the good weather opens up more possibilities for daytime activities, walks etc.
The only negative points, which are why i have not given this hotel a full 5 points were: (1)On our first evening there was no reliable supply of hot water so a decent shower was not possible, apparently due to a faulty shower but the truth was that their boiler could not cope when many rooms use their showers at once. (2) We ordered a wine having decided betwen two on the Sommeliers recommendation. When it was bought to our table it was opened but after tasting turned out to be the one he didnt recommend, when we pointed this out the Sommelier was quite short with us and made us feel like it was our error when clearly it was his mistake.
These are small negative points but when you pay top money (£500+ for a weekend) you expect every detail to be perfect, that said go, you wont regret it!
The most unscrupulous hotel ever
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.
I then had a call from my credit card company regarding suspected fraudulent activity on my card regarding unathorised sums taken by Summer Lodge. I called Expedia who advised that my credit card was just to guarantee and they had not been advised of any deposits. I rang Summer Lodge who told me that they could take a deposit without advising me, again I wasn't very happy about this.
It is now mid January and I have been told by Expedia that my deposit has been withheld by Summer Lodge as a cancellation fee - even though I cancelled well within the time. My relaxing break has now proven to be rather stressful and may yet become a small claim court action. Shame on you Summer Lodge!
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!
Best hotel I've stayed at in the UK for ages!
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.
We arrived on Friday evening and were welcomed by name in the car park as we pulled in, and then assisted with our luggage into Reception.
Our room (classic "boutique hotel" style, decor wise) was on the second floor of the main building and was equipped with two bathrooms - one containing an enormous bath, the other a huge walk in power shower. Nice touches included 200 thread count linens, multiple towels, a flat screen wall mounted digital TV, Penhaligon toiletries, home made shortbread and fresh coffee to go in the mini cafetiere. The room price also included our choice of complimentary newspapers each day and tea or coffee brought each morning (with home made biscuits) at an agreed time. The bedroom was well equipped with the above amenities plus a fruit plate (cherries one day, peaches the next), still/sparkling mineral water and ice.
The staff were without exception pleasant, charming, friendly and helpful; many of them seemed to be French or German but they all spoke excellent English.
We didn't dine in the restaurant, but the breakfast was excellent, as were the complimentary canapes served with our bar drinks (£5 for two soft drinks seemed a little steep, however ...). Leisure facilities were also excellent, with bicyles and wellington boots available on loan, together with a list of suggested walking or cycling routes. We used the pool, admired the gym and I particularly enjoyed a lovely pedicure and massage with Rosemary in the spa.
And as a final last touch when we checked out: they gave us a "bon voyage" goody bag containing mineral water, apples and a napkin - rather sweet.
This hotel feels like a real "find" to me - we stumbled upon it completely by chance and are so glad that we did.
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!
Probably Best in Summer
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.