We stayed at the Priory Hotel for a weekend in early July. In town, but set apart, the hotel really is a little country house, with a comfortable lounge area, pleasant and efficient service, and fine meals.
As a traveling couple (both living in the US although my partner is originally from England), we thoroughly enjoy the 'country house' experience--where you begin your meal in the lounge with a drink and perhaps an appetizer, the menu to peruse, then a leisurely walk to the dining room for dinner, then coffee back at the lounge. We have enjoyed it at other country house type hotels in the UK as well (Gilpin Lodge and Losehill House), and it makes the dinner hour a relaxing and wonderful one.
The dinners were excellent--fine soups and appetizers, well prepared main dishes, and a particularly nice wine recommendation.
The mini suite we stayed in was in the boathouse, and although our room didn't look out on the river, we had a lovely view of Lady St. Mary Church and the grounds of the hotel. The room was spacious and the large, beautifully equipped bathroom had both a shower and a wonderful tub with jets. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The only very minor negative is that the bedroom was a bit dark (heavy woods, dark red colors and low lighting). That's not really a problem, as I bring a portable reading light because I need good light to read.
Because the weather was particularly bad (heavy rains) the one full day we were there, we did not get to enjoy the grounds as much as we would have liked, eating breakfast outside facing the river or having our pre dinner drinks on the patio. Still the comfort of the lounge, the pleasant and excellent service in the breakfast room and the fine dinner made it worthwhile. NOTE for those of you who find a rainy day in Wareham--there's a fascinating tank museum (yes, tanks) just a few miles away, and we ended up spending a few hours there learning much about WWI and WWII history.
I highly recommend the Priory Hotel if you are looking to enjoy a lovely country house experience with comfortable rooms, fine food, and attentive service. I hope we get a chance to return.
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- Also Known As:
- Priory Hotel Wareham
- The Priory Hotel Wareham, Dorset