Situated a few minutes’ walk from Sherborne’s beautiful high street, the Eastbury is a beautifully quaint building. There is off-street parking round the back but found parking on the street not a problem. Sherborne itself is also delightful to stroll around, be sure to visit the abbey, but our high expectations of this hotel - gained from previous reviews - were not entirely met.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed and escorted to the ‘quinze’ room, a four bedded family room (the separate bunkroom was locked) on the first floor, overlooking the gardens. The bedrooms are nicely furnished although the beds have soft mattresses. Acknowledging that it was January, we struggled to get the room warm despite the radiators being hot to the touch. Our biggest gripe about the room came from the fact that it is situated directly above the bar, as well as the outside terrace used by smokers. As we were only staying at the hotel for one night I determined to put up with the noise – which carried on until 01:30am. On checking out the next morning, I mentioned this on being asked “was everything ok?” The measure of a good hotel, I feel, is the way in which it deals with the things that don’t go quite to plan. My complaint about the noise was sadly met with indifference “it can be a bit disorientating waking up to noise” – for £139 per room per night, I should not have expected to be woken up by noise.
On a positive side, the breakfast was plentiful and a wide choice of dishes was available, from continental to smoked kippers or salmon. Request a room away from the bar and restaurant area and your experience of this hotel may be more in line with other reviewers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Georgian Town-House Hotel dating from 1740, located near Sherborne's train station, historic castles & Abbey. Typical of the period, it has graceful, light and spacious rooms which offer home-from-home comfort throughout. Located in the heart of historic Sherborne, you can relax in our walled garden while only being a short walk from all the town's shops and amenities. Our Conservatory Restaurant is award winning, having achieved 2 AA Red Rosettes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastbury Hotel Sherborne
- The Eastbury Hotel Sherborne, Dorset