Stay Here: The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne By Suzi Malin
Looking for an amazing break in the UK? Discover The Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, for comfort and elegance, wrapped up in West Country charm. Here’s what you need to know:
Moments from the lively, historic Abbey town of Sherborne, The Eastbury Hotel is a charming boutique Georgian period listed townhouse hotel set within a spectacular walled garden. Under new ownership – the hotel was recently acquired by Peter & Lana de Savary – this is a warm, happy and welcoming hotel infused with a homely, personal touch and exceptional service.
In our view, there can be no more wonderful break than at The Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne. It’s got all the personal touches you would hope for in an English country hotel, with warm, smiling staff that can’t do enough to make the visitors feel welcome and at home. Design-wise, the hotel has been newly refurbished in luxurious but relaxing style and those who feared the new ownership might change the very popular Eastbury Hotel need not have worried – it’s even better!
Sherborne is a town with bags of charm and history, and there’s nothing more pleasant than wandering through the quaint streets, enjoying the shops and market stalls. If you’re planning a trip, Sherborne Literary Festival is coming up from 23-25 October and The Eastbury Hotel is sponsoring the event with Ziauddin Yousafzai – find out more here.
Named after traditional English flowers and trees, there are 26 delightful rooms and suites at The Eastbury, including their new Victorian Garden Potting Shed suites. All the rooms are tastefully designed with the comfort and style you’d expect in a luxury boutique hotel. We loved the Victorian Garden Potting Shed; offering up privacy and lots of charm, they provide the perfect escape from the hurly burly of today’s world. Expect Egyptian cottons, fine furnishings and a range of in-room facilities for the finishing touches to ensure the most peaceful stay. We stayed in a suite in the grounds with a divine four-poster bed and its own little garden. Total bliss.
Looking out over the hotel’s pretty walled garden is their award-winning restaurant Seasons, which boasts 2 Rosettes for culinary excellence. It’s the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the surroundings, as every table comes with a garden view and there is a lovely terrace for al fresco dining in the summer months. It’s all about quality and provenance here; all their produce comes from local suppliers and they use fresh herbs from their own kitchen garden. Open from breakfast through to dinner, you’ll love the food prepared by chef Matthew Street. Our picks? Try the delicious Viper gin cured trout, made from locally distilled gin prepared in an 1860’s copper pot with crab apple, spice and citrus notes. The pudding are amazing too – try the olive oil cake with yoghurt and rosemary honey. The restaurant has great service (the whole hotel does, to be honest) and a lovely peaceful aspect, too.
This September The Eastbury is also opening the Woodland Spa. This exciting new addition to the hotel will offer guests the luxury of the ultimate indulgence – the spa will be set into the wooded area of their walled gardens, with the trees and wildlife creating a magical feel. Dip your toes into the hydrotherapy pool, enjoy a rejuvenating deep tissue massage or one of their many invigorating treatments, detoxify in the sauna and then curl up with your favourite herbal tea in the relaxation room. Sounds heavenly.
We loved The Eastbury Hotel so much; everything from the 5* service to the little touches of creature comforts, makes you feel so welcomed and at home. With its delicious restaurant, stylish bedrooms and soon-to-be spa, we think it’s the perfect hotel for a little mini break in the UK.