We recently stayed at The Chetnole Inn for 3 nights last week and were very impressed. Chetnole is a small village which adds to the 'get-away-from-it-all' charm of the Inn - being woken up by birdsong rather than the sound of the motorway was a very nice change! Having said that, it is only a few minutes from the main road down to Dorchester and we got down to Weymouth within 30 minutes.
We stayed in 'Tess' which was a lovely room complete with view across to the village church & house martins nesting just outside the window. As other reviewers have mentioned, there are some lovely little touches here (I think this stems from the owners, Mike & Jude, thinking about what they would like to find in a hotel room) - fresh cafetiere coffee in a hotel is a first for me! (I tried to pick some up from the suppliers on our way home, but couldn't find them). Unlike a previous reviewer who thought the bed was too hard, we thought the bed is perfect - soft beds breed chronic back problems.
The food is absolutely fabulous and very varied, from Mussels & French fries (trust me, they looked lovely), to Chef's pie (very, very tasty), to Belly of Pork (my wife's favourite), to Fillet Steak on a Granite slab (one of the best pieces of steak I've had in this country). Desserts were also gorgeous - my wife raved about the pannacotta, and the chocolate brownie, complete with ice-cream & popping candy, was great. During our 3 nights, we sampled almost the entire menu between the 2 of us (they focus on 5-7 dishes for each course) and every one of them was a real winner.
I recommend a pre-dinner drink in the pub garden, watching the pet rabbits, the horses in the next door field, & the sun going down.
Breakfast is also lovely and there is a varied menu, including the Full English.
Everyone working in this establishment clearly knows they are working in a good quality place and it shows in their demeanour - relaxed and happy in their work.
Highly recommended - in fact, I've already recommended it to 2 groups of friends since returning. I'm sure we will also return at some point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award winning country Inn set in the Dorset countryside a short distance from the historic town of Sherborne. We have flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, fires, good selection of real ales ales, fine wine list, beer garden with our family of chickens...Our rooms our 4 Start Gold rated and all are en suite with sofa's, flatscreen televisions, dvd players, free wi-fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chetnole Hotel Chetnole
- The Chetnole Inn Dorset