We booked the Eastbury hotel through Living social as part of a special deal £114 for the two of us for one night stay with breakfast and a 7 course tasting menu evening meal,
A BARGIN we thought not to be missed.
The Eastbury hotel is in the lovely location of Sherborne Dorset.
Car parking is available directly outside the hotel but there wasn't a space available when we arrived but there is a large gravelled car park directly at the back of the hotel. You can access the hotel from here by walking through the garden.
On arrival the young receptionist greeted us with a smile, checked us in and personally escorted us to our room. My first impression was how beautiful this hotel smells. I assumed it might be scented diffusers, we asked but it’s just a product they use to clean with.
All the rooms at the Eastbury are named after flowers. We stayed in the Michaelmas room.
The room was located at the front of the hotel, it was not double glazed but being in a village there wasn't much traffic travelling through at night so road noise is not a problem here.
So what do you get for your buck!
A nice spacious room with exposed beams , Plenty of storage space , trouser press , full length mirror in wardrobe door, hair dryer , plenty of sachets of tea, coffee , hot chocolate and milk , a lovely touch was a jar of homemade biscuits and a tea pot for those who prefer to make their tea in a pot rather than in a cup .
Flat screen TV with Freeview (perfect picture) a very large king size bed, on first inspection this appeared to look quite lumpy but upon taking the bedspread off we discovered perfect white crisp linen, both pillows and duvet are feather filled explaining that lumpy look . It was very comfortable.
In contrast to the room which was traditionally furnished the en suit bathroom was very modern. Plenty of toiletries supplied, Shampoo & conditioner, soap and body milk. Good quality White fluffy towels and flannels, Heated towel rail, a very deep bath. The only downside for me was the lack of a shower but there was a hand held one in the bath , not a huge fan of these but we had only booked to stay one night so not a problem .
After nibbling on the biscuits we decided to have a look around the grounds which are beautiful. Loved the fact that they have their own beehives .We ordered a pint and sat outside under a very large parasol that covers several tables and cleverly incorporated heaters and lights. So you won't go cold here sipping on your sundowners.
We later decided to walk into the town centre which was literally two minutes away. It was teaming with rain and the lovely receptionist offered us an umbrella perfect!
Village is very pretty, lots of shops, pubs restaurants galleries etc....
Later that evening we ate at the hotel as the package included a 7 course tasting menu with accompanying wines if you so wished for an extra £20 p/p
The dining room is lovely wrapped around by windows with views of all the outside areas lit up, this made for a pretty setting . The meal was fantastic and very tasty, every dish a delight, with an air of humour especially desert of which there were two of. First was a chocolate mousse shaped into a mouse with little almond ears, second was a large sharing platter so it was war with the spoons! I have to say the staffs at this hotel are wonderful and played a big part of the experience. We finished our meal after 9.30 and made our way up to our room.
We were greeted by the same young receptionist who asked if we had a nice evening ,please note the staff work such long hours and still manage to be pleasant and attentive to their customers a fantastic accolade to their employers .
Breakfast menu is fantastic with a choice of cereals, thick set yoghurts and berry compotes, traditional full English with fried bread and various types of bread for toast. Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Grilled kippers with Lemon and Chervil butter. Hot porridge with sugar and cream or platters of West Country cheese and home baked ham. So something for everyone!
We opted for the full English which came with a cafeteria of coffee and a hot chocolate.
Toast was promptly brought to us whilst we waited for breakfast. We did wait for a while for this to be served but it is cooked to order so perfectly acceptable and in my view much better than buffet style where food has sat drying out under hot lamps for god knows how long. You do however have the option to pre order breakfast if you need it at a certain time on the dot either in the dining room or in your room (for a small fee) a great service if you’re on a tight schedule.
P.S if you’re the type of person who likes to know where your food comes from the Eastbury provides this information brilliantly. Everything is also sourced as locally as possible.
A big plus is the free Wi-Fi offered throughout this hotel even in your room!
PPS sorry for lack of breakfast picture, I dived in without thinking :0)
SO would we stay here again?
Not sure we would stay anywhere else, perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Georgian Town-House Hotel dating from 1740, located near Sherborne's train station, historic castles & Abbey. Typical of the period, it has graceful, light and spacious rooms which offer home-from-home comfort throughout. Located in the heart of historic Sherborne, you can relax in our walled garden while only being a short walk from all the town's shops and amenities. Our Conservatory Restaurant is award winning, having achieved 2 AA Red Rosettes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastbury Hotel Sherborne
- The Eastbury Hotel Sherborne, Dorset