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“A relaxing and rejuvenating short break.”
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The Eastbury Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sherborne
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A relaxing and rejuvenating short break.”
Reviewed October 29, 2010

My mother and I enjoyed a two night stay in Quince, a spacious double/twin room. The beds were super comfy and the room had plentiful storage space with lots of ledges to put things on! Lovely hot water in the bathroom and choice of bath or shower with generous supply of good quality toiletries and big fluffy towels. The rooms were very clean and quiet. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent and service was efficient and discreet. The food was plentiful and delicious. The hotel staff were very obliging and went out of their way to help promptly and effectively with any requests.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

Having read the previous few reviews this looks like being a cut and paste jobs from most of them.

Check-in was a very pleasant experience, nice not being treated like a potential moonlight flitter and asked for the usual credit card swipe the minute you walk through the door. Big room at the top of the main building with what seemed like a king sized bed and recent refurbished bathroom with separate, if somewhat erratically powered, shower. Very small window though which left the room very stuffy and airless, even for late October. The town was however very quiet with no noise coming up from the road outside.

Reading their blurb and website they appear to have been awarded a gold star in the South West restaurants awards. Whilst I have no doubt that there is some real cooking ability in the kitchen there were some silly mistakes which, if spotted by the inspectors, ought to have delayed this for a while. Deep fried cod fillets still with large bones embedded in them simply smacks of laziness and lack of attention to prepping in the kitchen; triple cooked chips were OK but looked and tasted a bit greasy which made me wonder if they were put into oil that was too cold for their first fry. Loin and slow cooked belly of pork and the steak were however spot on as was the locally sourced cheese, excellently presented and knowledgably introduced by the Maitre d’ who clearly knew what he was doing.

Breakfast was actually quite disappointing. The cold selection consisted almost entirely of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, which would have been fine for anybody who had lived as a budgie in a previous existence, and no fresh fruit apart from a couple of lonely looking pineapple chunks and some slices of apple. Bacon and sausage, despite being locally sourced, were really not very good and served with a probably under ripe grilled tomato with nothing but woody core (why do restaurants insist in cutting them through the middle instead of top to bottom?) and thick juiceless skin. Oh, as a final moan, it would be useful to ensure that one of the waitresses was actually in the room at all times helping to seat and deal with customer rather than standing in the kitchen talking to her colleagues. This indicates a lack of instruction and training from the top.

These are however just minor gripes bourn from a frustration at seeing what could otherwise be a very good hotel missing some comparatively minor tricks. For the price, which is not cheap, they should be ironed out and, when they are, this will be somewhere worth looking out for.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sussex England
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

This is a lovely hotel situated in a beautiful town. Reception was professional. We were taken to our room. Yew.... a well appointed large ground floor room with it's own walled garden. Farrow & Ball paint...Osbourne & Little feature wall paper. A large double bed with good linen. Flat screen television...comfortable seating area and seating on the patio area in the private garden. The Bathroom was well appointed with nice fluffy towels but for the money we were paying £175 per night I would have expected a seperate shower enclosure....not having to stand in the bath with a white plastic shower curtain for company.
We ate with friends in the dining room. We were shown the bistro menu that was O.K. but not a great choice. We were not told there was anothe menu until after we had ordered. Had we had been aware we would have probably ordered from the more expensive menu. A missed opportunity for maximising profits for the hotel.
The wood pidgeon I had to start was overcooked and therefore chewy...no alternative was offered when I mentioned this. My fish pie was under seasoned so consequently tasted bland. Breakfast was a different matter. Excellent Bacon & eggs...fresh juice
good quality toast. The staff were all excellent and very friendly. We got the feeling that as nice as the room was it was over-priced and the food did not reflect the room rate.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Salcombe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

The owners of the Eastbury are really trying to put the hotel on the map and how well they are doing. The quirky hotel is a delight. The staff excellent and although I did not have dinner as I was at a reunion the breakfast must rate as among the best. They use all locally sourced produce and it really shows. I would highly recommend you stay at the Eastbury.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

We stayed in the jasmine room, which was lovely, but there was an industrial size chimney for the kitchen outside the room so there was a constant dull rumbling noise in the room. The hotel ensured it was turned off at 9pm but it was started at 7.30am for the breakfast. There was also a wedding on, which wasn't a problem, but meant the afternoon tea I booked for my friends 30th birthday could not be held in the garden or restuarant. I think the hotel should of notified us on booking. There was also no parking in the hotel's car park or outside so we had to park in the public car park down the road. Again this wasn't a problem but we had to get up at 8am to extend the ticket, however we were woken up at 7.30am! The overall experience wasn't very relaxing or value for money. On checking out we raised these points with the receptionist however we were recommended to book a more expensive superior room next time or one not near the kitchen. I don't think that was the answer and for £135 you would expect a good nights sleep. A disappointing experience.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Scotland
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Reviewed July 22, 2010

Booked on the strength of Trip Advisor reviews, we were not disappointed. We were allocated the Lily Room, which had ample space, and a comfortable four poster bed. The hotel is centrally located, and within easy walking distance of Sherborne town centre. There are some minor negatives, such as the lack of air conditioning, and some very noisy and squeaky floor boards. The bathroom was more than adequate, but as with other reviewers, we found the bath with 'hand held' shower a little disappointing. But then again, this is an historic building in Sherborne, and the positives far outweighed these small inconveniences. There are beautiful gardens, with an external canopied seating area (with heaters and leg blankets for cold nights). The conservatory acts as breakfasting area, and restaurant, and there is also a tastefully decorated bar area. Breakfast was excellent, with a wide choice of fresh and locally sourced produce. We also had the pleasure of dinner one evening, and this was well presented and of a high standard. In relation to the food, the only negative we could find, was the overpriced petit fours, which were not particularly special, and added nothing to our meal experience. Finally, a mention must be made of the staff, who were very customer focused, friendly, and helpful. Thank you for a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2010

This is the second time I have written a review of this hotel, last time I was just a little disappointed with the location of the room - this time (after telephone discussion of our requirements) it was perfect. The staff could not be more helpful, the setting with the 'town garden' is delightful, the room was exceptionally clean and well equipped - we were given a free upgrade. Our dogs were catered for (2 small bowls with biscuits every night).

There was a wedding on the first night however we were forewarned of it - and in the event it caused virtually no disturbance to us. The full room rates are not cheap - but the value for money is exceptional. Food was first rate - all produced from local and 'green' produce.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Eastbury Hotel
Address: Long Street, Sherborne DT9 3BY, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Sherborne
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sherborne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Eastbury Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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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