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Telephone: +44 1935 48 2000

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Country Pursuits

Guests at Summer Lodge have access to the adjacent 600 acre Melbury Estate and Deer Park, and we will be delighted to provide Wellington boots in all sizes as well as maps of the best walks and jogging routes. If you’d like, we’ll provide a picnic for you to enjoy among the scenic landscapes, while for the artist in you, we’ll provide complimentary paints, brushes and easels with which to capture the moment as your special personal keepsake of your time with us.

A little further afield is the World Heritage Coastline which includes some of England’s best beaches, snug coves and sheltered bays, among them the world-renowned Chesil Beach. Around 45 minutes away by car, we’ll be delighted to make all the arrangements for a day trip, including transportation and refreshments.

Within the Dorset countryside there are many outdoor activities to enjoy such as cycling, horse-riding, country walks, fishing, while for those interested in arts and crafts, needlecraft and antiques, this is an area that abounds in specialist shops and suppliers.

Among the activities we can arrange are:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Personalised sightseeing tours
  • Shooting/hunting parties
  • Horse riding - local stables 10 miles away
  • Horseracing - Wincanton 30 miles away
  • Bowling
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Paintballing 
  • Watersports - all based in Weymouth, 35 minutes drive including fly fishing, sea fishing, water skiing, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, surfing

Looking for a specific experience? Our preferred partner, Jurassic Coast activities, can provide a range of activities which are suitable for families. 

Simply ask for more information at reception, email or give us a call on +44 (0) 1935 48 2000. 

Dry Fly and Trout Fishing

Wrackleford offers some four miles of Dry Fly Fishing on the River Frome, divided into individual fishing beats, most with their own small fishing hut. Each fishing beat is rented by the day, with full availability shown on our website - your Receptionist would be able to confirm availability immediately.

We can now provide complete fishing equipment, from rods and waders to flies and leader, and given a little notice we can offer a fully guided day with instruction.

This section of the River Frome does have a reputation for being of the highest quality. It does not have the "River Test" name attached to it, but on a smaller scale compares favourably.

The possibility exists for individual fishing on the river, or for organised groups of up to 12 who specifically come for fishing. Please visit or call 01305 267 643 for more information.

Trout fishing only five miles away: the lakes at Flowers Farm are situated in an attractive natural environment with views overlooking the Blackmore Vale. The fishery comprises five lakes, stocked with high quality Brown and Rainbow trout. Tuition can be arranged. Tackle can be hired. Please visit or call 01300 341351 for more information. 


Came Down Golf Club, DT2 8NR. (18 hole)  | 01305 813494
Pro shop (For tee reservations) 01305 812670
Tee reservations should be made the day before playing
Handicap certificates preferred but not essential.

Sherborne Golf Club, DT9 4RN  
Higher Clatcombe (18 Hole) 01935 814431
Pro shop (For Tee reservations) 01935 812274

Yeovil Golf Club, BA21 5BW | 01935 422 965
18 Hole and 9 Hole Courses
Pro shop (For Tee reservations) 01935 473 763
Non-members must provide their handicap certificates for the Old Course (18 holes).