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“Lovely garden but tired room”
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Plumber Manor
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“Lovely garden but tired room”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

The exterior of the hotel and the reception rooms are lovely. Our room was spacious but very tired. The bathroom was very small with terrible plumbing. The toilet took 15 minutes to refill and the shower made a noise like a vacuum cleaner. The wallpaper in the bathroom was stained. It is a nice place to go for a special meal but staying there was a disappointment.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We live locally to this hotel, We had our daughters Christening and booked our family in from Surrey, Wow they said beautiful setting, their rooms were perfect !
We joined them in the evening for a meal, again wow exceptional meal and service, thank you Richard and family everything was perfect
Living close by, we have only been a few times but with everything we have here in Dorset, don't appreciate what's on your doorstep literally!
Realise that a truly independent manor hotel owned by the same family for generations is the best English hotel you can go to !

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The location,the setting, the staff and the management were all excellent. (even the resident dogs could not be better behaved).
The gardens are unbelievably beautiful.
The restaurant more than lived up to its reputation
Thank you for having us.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

If you want perfect food and service, with luxury accommodation, in a setting that is quite idyllic , this is the place.For a family break, special occasion, or just to relax in a beautiful garden, this is the place. Situated in the rolling countryside of Dorset, it cannot be beaten, you feel like part of the family, the staff have got it just right, friendly and courteous. Everyone was so helpful in every way. We all loved it, that's eleven of us.

Room Tip: The courtyard rooms are ideal for a family get together , perfect to be all together.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Par, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

well this hotel is a bit behind in time beds have blankets no duvet room a bit tired décor a bit tired bathroom needs up dating carpet in the bathroom a bit bad. Stained around the toilet.Shower a bit out dated walls had stains on them very over priced room.Stayed in a lot better room for a lot less money .Food ok .Prices moved with the times but not the accommodation and facilities .would i stay again NO sorry

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

My first visit although my wife last dined here 12 years ago. A warm and friendly welcome in an upper crust sort of way, drinks in the bar and plenty of time to choose from a perfectlly Adequate lunch menu and a sensibly priced wine list. Two seafood starters (trio of shellfish and trout) suited us well and they were generous portions and very tasty. Rare beef was assured and it was to perfection, tender with a selection of fresh vegetables including roast and boiled Jersey Royal potatoes. Piece de resistance undoubtedly a wonderfully crowded sweet trolley with a selection of all things creamy, fresh fruit, cheesecake et al. Cheese and biscuits or a hot toffee pud also offered.

The staff, young and old were charming and attentive to match the ambience of the house, grounds and heritage of the place.
A thoroughly enjoyable few hours immersed in the sort of old world charm that hardly exists today - with delicious food of course.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We have never visited this part of the country before and Plumber Manor had been recommended to us. The reason for our visit was to attend a big family celebratory Ball and we were part of a large party staying at the hotel. It is undoubtedly a lovely looking hotel with beautiful gardens and we were greeted with a warm welcome. Our room was in the courtyard and was a large, clean, comfortable room although somewhat dated with its general décor and avocado bathroom!!

The reason for our real disappointment? We had had a very long journey down in Friday traffic, followed straight away by a late night so we were very tired. Also it was one of those rare occasions when we did not have our young children with us so we did not have to get up as early as we normally do! We woke, not too late, to discover we had missed breakfast. Most of those in our party also missed it. We had not been informed of breakfast times on arrival, I believe some of our party had been? Breakfast is served only until 9.30am even at the weekends?? My husband called to ask if it would be possible to still have breakfast at approx. 9.45 only to be met with a negative response. We have to admit we found this response very unaccommodating bearing in mind our room was very expensive and bearing in mind we had a long journey home. How long does it take to fry a few eggs and grill some bacon and tomatoes? We got a cup of tea in the lounge but I am afraid Richard did not 'effortlessly' look after us as he appears to have looked after other guests as mentioned in other reviews! We regularly stay in 4* hotels and have never come across anything like this before, all the others we have stayed in have extended breakfast hours at the weekend (10 at the very least, 10.30am for our favourite hotel) and I believe they would not turn us away even if we were slightly later!!

Luckily our lovely hostess from the party had arranged a wonderful and tasty hog roast from Else Family Butchers of Stalbridge. So we went there for breakfast but honestly it should not have been necessary should it?

Room Tip: One of our friends stayed in the main hotel and they said that even though their room was smaller th...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Plumber Manor
Address: Sturminster Newton DT10 2AF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Sturminster Newton
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sturminster Newton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Plumber Manor 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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