The last time I headed to Dorset I was 18 months old and with my grandma and grandad on a long weekend away.
I’ve always been told how beautiful it was, but had never thought to make a return – mainly due to the lengthy car journey.
But I’m so glad I did, with the boyfriend and me heading down to Evershot last month for a much-needed getaway.
The drive is about five hours, but soon enough we had found our way to the secluded village of Evershot and the Summer Lodge Country House.
This 5-star country house hotel is a tranquil idyll, allowing you to forget the outside world and any cares.
We arrived at 5pm, just as the summer sun was beginning to cool, and it was the perfect time to see other couples and groups friends lounging on the sprawling lawns with gin & tonics and glasses of fix. It was bliss.
Our room overlooked the gardens, with fields for as far as the eye could see containing horses and ponies, and the only outside noise coming from people laughing on the outdoor terraces.
Traditionally yet exquisitely decorated, our bedroom was delightfully comfortable, and we soon freshened ourselves up for a meal in the hotel restaurant.
We arrived for dinner at 7.30pm, slightly earlier than planned, in order to enjoy an aperitif – gin & tonic, naturally – while perusing the menu in the lounge area.
We even had a sommelier on hand to help us choose a bottle for the table, and it’s a luxury I could do with more often.
The restaurant was full but with a cosy, intimate ambience, and we were soon brought a basket of beautiful, homemade breads.
The meal was outstanding, with starters including roasted quail with hazelnut puree and crab tortellini with a silken veloute, and mains of roasted lamb and spring chicken with pea risotto.
Dessert saw him go for the cheesecake – quelle surprise – but I hadn’t taken my eyes off the cheese trolley all night, and I could tell there was a perfectly ripe brie with my name on it.
The beauty of Summer Lodge is that after dinner we were able to walk it off around the gardens, breathing in the midsummer air and relishing in the lack of traffic noise or light pollution.
It was heavenly, and also dog friendly, meaning I got my fill of stroking plenty of pooches while walking through the grounds.
After a fantastic night’s sleep with no noise from any roads or headlights shining through the window, breakfast was held in the summer conservatory, and saw a display of cured meats, cheeses, smoke salmon, Dorset granola and so much more.
For cooked breakfast, I opted for the eggs benedict, which were perfectly light, while the boyfriend tucked into a hearty full English with locally sourced produce.
We didn’t want to leave, and made sure we stayed until the exact moment of check-out in order to soak in the sunshine and more glorious views, as well as a peak around the local bakery opposite.
With a spa as well, I can’t wait to return to Summer House Country Lodge to ease the stresses of everyday life.
Summer Lodge Country House
- 9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester DT2 0JR
- Call 01935 482000
- Visit www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk