The history of Cumberland House goes back many centuries, but it has been thoughtfully transformed into a spacious, clean and comfortable place to stay, with just a couple of oddities.
One cannot park a car in front of Cumberland House, even to unload, because the pavement is several feet higher than the road. The parking area is behind the house and is accessed along a narrow lane. From the parking area one walks down through the back garden to the back door, but the path through the back garden includes three sets of stone steps and so I do not think this accommodation would be suitable for disabled or unsteady people.
I had the "Double Bedroom with Private Shower Room", which means that the shower room is separate from the bedroom, a few yards along the landing. The bedroom had a large firm-but-comfortable double bed with plenty of space around it. The high ceiling and light-yellow painted walls gave the room an airy feel. The only oddity in the bedroom was the doorway, which had a frame that was not quite rectangular and a shed-style door with a lifting latch. The house has a good heating system, and even during a snowy week in January there was plenty of warmth available.
The bedroom overlooks the "Greenhill" section of the A30 road through Sherborne and so traffic noise is inevitable, but the secondary glazing helps to muffle the traffic noise.
Along the landing I encountered another oddity: a surprisingly-low beam just before I reached the shower room. The shower room contained a toilet, wash-basin and shower-cubicle and was very clean. Plenty of towels were provided, along with some toiletries.
Sandie, the owner, is a very friendly well-spoken lady who is easy to chat to. I would be happy to stay at Cumberland House again next time I need accommodation in Sherborne.
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- Also Known As:
- Cumberland House Sherborne, Dorset