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The Priory Hotel
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed in the Kingfisher suite (top of the boathouse) with lovely views over the river and fields beyond. It was our wedding anniversary and the hotel was suitably romantic. The gardens are stunning, a real pleasure to walk through and admire. Service was good, food was good but not quite michelin star standard. Loved the location. Bird life was fantastic and we were treated to the sight of a couple of goldfinches in the tree right next to the balcony. Definitely a place to return to.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank AQuinsman
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from a break at this lovely hotel. Although in the centre of the market town of Wareham in Dorset, you feel as if you have stepped into a Thomas Hardy novel as the hotel is situated beside the church with beautiful lawns and gardens leading down to the River Frome. We felt sublimely relaxed as we breakfasted and lunched on the terrace, watching the sailboats and small yachts wend their way down the river. Our bedroom at the top of the house was very nicely decorated with both modern and antique touches, and what a luxury to have a pot of coffee (excellent coffee) and the daily newspaper delivered to our door early each morning. Our evening meals were served in the Cellar Restaurant, which was both atmospheric and relaxing - our compliments to the chef as his food is to a very high standard and we thoroughly enjoyed every course with the 'piece de resistance' being an excellent cheeseboard. Although a comprehensive wine list was offered, we were rather disappointed to find that quite a few of the better wines were unavailabe, which is a shame, as we felt this let the wonderful food down. However we had a most relaxing break and were warmly treated by all staff, in particular Lorraine in the Cellar Restaurant and Yasmin upstairs. We would highly recommend this wonderful hotel to anyone wanting a peaceful break with good food and service.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mariem60
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

I f you are looking for good food, good service and a quiet get away from it all hotel this is the one.
We stayed in the boat house in the suite upstairs, the river frome flows quietly pass and the sound of the birds is very relaxing. Upon arriving we drove through the electric gates into the wisteria clad wonderfully stocked private gardens it is a real gem of a find. All the staff were tip top thank you for a great stay.

1st Class if you want to get away from it all in stlye, this is the place!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank pockettime
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

Hotel lived up to expectations in terms of elegance, charm and location. Very old traditional house filled with antiques and stylish charm, set in beautiful gardens alongside the river. Staff friendly and discreet. Accommodation a let down - although having wonderful views over the river, the accommodation was very cramped - we had to moved the table and chairs in order to open the wardrobe and then back again to get into bed! - despite being called a suite. The bathroom also small had recently installed shower over bath but the circular shower curtain was a disaster as it stuck to your body. Old plumbing meant water drained away very slowly so you were paddling ankle deep in water too. The restaurant was in a lovely cellar but food not to our taste - very heavy on salt and cream and generally tasteless. However, I did hear others commenting that they enjoyed the food so maybe it was just that we are used to lightly cooked mediterranean style food with lots of herbs and flavour. Staff were friendly and helpful at all times. Did not see anyone young staying here - think it relies on well-heeled middle aged/elderly guests to fill the hotel and restaurant. Very sedate and traditional with expectation to dress for dinner - most male guests wearing shirt and tie.

Room Tip: Ensure good sized room
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JillWestMidlands_10
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

I have recently returned from a reunion break with 3 friends. We were in 4 rooms, 1 of which was "superior" The rest of the rooms were clean and well decorated, if rather small if we were staying with a partner. (however, old Priory, so we were not expecting large dimensions.) The only real disapointment was only two of our rooms had baths, so if this is important to you, be sure to ask when booking. Bottled water and fresh fruit replenished daily. Correct newspaper delivered every morning.
The service was very good, nothing was too much trouble, the staff lovely, friendly and unpretentious.
The grounds lovely. well cared for, and full of Spring flowers.
Food was good, though a little disapointed the menu did not change during our stay( and high surcharge on 3 of the 7 dishes). Price of wine very steep.
However dispite these quibbles, we had a wonderful time, and would definately go again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank drizzler
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