Abbot’s Hill Farm nestles in the heart of the West Dorset countryside, but it is more than a simple farmhouse with a beautiful view. It is home to Lesley Waters' family and cookery school. Abbot’s Hill is about fresh, simple ingredients and creating great food. It’s not just about the cooking though. It’s the whole day; meeting people and enjoying the atmosphere where you can relax learn and laugh. We will be happy to make arrangements for classes and transportation to any of our guests wishing to attend.
For 28 years the legendary artist Patrick Mavros has been producing sterling silver sculptures from his workshop in Africa. Silver crocodile belt buckles, camel cufflinks and hippo paperweights lie alongside Giraffe & Acacia Tree Candelabra's and Vervet Monkey Lamps. Whilst Patrick Mavros' pieces adorn the tables of many of the world's most recognised individuals,including the King of Spain and JK Rowling, the flagship store on Fulham Road boasts a fusion of contemporary and timeless collections in an atmosphere quite unlike anything else in London.
Dorset Cereals make unadulterated breakfast cereals that are honest, tasty and real. They believe life’s too short to settle for second best and using the best possible ingredients, create delicious muesli, porridges, granolas and cereal bars from their base just a few miles away in Poundbury, Dorset. We’re pleased and proud to serve their fantastic products to our guests at Summer Lodge.
Summer Lodge works closely with Harvey’s Literary Tours to explore the relationships between the region’s authors and the landscapes that inspired them and how each brings depth, perspective and meaning to the other. With walks and talks conducted by acclaimed locally based authors, they bring literature and landscapes to life within a context of literary appreciation and a passion for the land.
Described as one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the United Kingdom, Sculpture by the Lakes marries the soft beauty of nature’s wild river landscape with the more formal presentation of monumental outdoor sculpture. A fantastic place to visit during your stay at Summer Lodge, and as our guest you can receive free entry. Pre-booking required by calling us on +44 (0) 1935 48 2000 or emailing email@example.com.
Just 30 minutes from Summer Lodge in Sparkford is the Haynes Motor Museum which houses the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. There are 10 huge display halls with over 400 amazing models charting the evolution of the car, and bike, from the dawn of motoring to the present day. There are the style classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces, exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220 and the not-to-be-missed Red Room.
Just a short drive from Summer Lodge in Dorset is River Cottage, made famous on British TV for the Presenter's ethically sound approach to sourcing and preparing seasonal produce. Visitors can now also learn some of the basic techniques themselves. Whether its catching, filleting and cooking some of Dorset's variety of fish or curing and smoking meats with lessons in basic butchery; you will leave with a new approach to food.
If you want to charter a luxury skippered yacht on the South Coast between the Solent and Weymouth then look no further. Summer Lodge has teamed up with Carey Yachts, a leading charter firm in the area to allow you the freedom to plan your own skippered charter from start to finish! Whether for private parties or corporate charters, we'll organise the lot. Their luxurious yacht 'Misfa' is a 2004 built Ocean Yachts 56.1, with skipper and crew, can accommodate up to 12 guest for an exciting day on the ocean waves.
Darphin is a luxury skincare brand with a unique story. In 1958, Pierre Darphin created his first Parisian Institute providing skincare treatments with unrivalled efficacy. More than fifty years later, Pierre Darphin’s approach remains at the very heart of the brand. The spa at Summer Lodge offers a range of Darphin treatments. Because everybody’s skin is unique, Darphin has created solutions adapted to every skin’s needs. Active formulas are mixed with precision to create formulas with refined textures, subtle scents and colours, all in perfect affinity with the skin.
In keeping with our green and sustainable credentials we’ve teamed up with Guy Mallinson’s wonderful Woodland Workshops at Holditch, about 15 miles West of Evershot. Their green woodworking courses are suitable for everyone: novices and experienced woodworkers; interested amateurs or anyone just keen to try out something new. Projects range from carving a bowl or spoon to making a chair from a tree. Their location is idyllic, in woodland that's cool and shady in summer, warm and cosy in spring and autumn. They’ve even provided one of the locations for the BBC’s ‘Mastercrafts’ series. They provide all the materials needed, locally sourced as much as possible. For the more experienced woodworker, there's also the option to hire a fully equipped 'bodger's shelter'.
The tank was a British invention that changed warfare for ever when it was introduced in World War One – and Bovington, just a 40-minute drive from Summer Lodge, has been the home of the tank ever since. From the Somme to Tiananmen Square or D-Day to Desert Storm the tank has played a part in shaping history – and it continues to do so today. The Tank Museum is the only place where many of these rare and historic vehicles can be seen. Fresh from a £16m investment in new exhibitions & facilities, with almost 200 vehicles on display in 6 large halls, you will come face-to-face with tanks that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th century. The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset.
William Holland baths and basins are handcrafted from copper and brass with each individual piece taking their skilled craftsmen up to 120 hours to create. One of their many amazing features is that they retain the heat which is perfect in a cold climate. Depending your personal preference, William Holland baths can be finished in a numerous ways including tin, nickel, patina and even gold or silver. William Holland is housed in a stunning 17th Century thatched Tithe barn in Dorset, UK. The barn has an amazing showroom, displaying all the possible finishes. Try a William Holland bath at Summer Lodge before buying your own.