Escape to Summer Lodge in the heart of Hardy country for a beautiful country-house retreat with a group of friends, family or colleagues.
Our collection of unique experiences can be combined to create a bespoke itinerary, with exceptional spaces for private dining, from our Drawing Room designed by Thomas Hardy to the Dorchester Suite, and activities that explore our stunning surroundings.
Embark on an introduction to mindfulness with Verity Woodgate, whose programme, Zenna, was created to help businesses develop healthy workplace environments. Take a walk amongst our walled gardens and enjoy a healthy, seasonal lunch.
The Jurassic Coast is spectacular and all the more breathtaking when viewed from the sea. Plan your own skippered charter to sail along this World Heritage Site on a luxurious yacht, with a coastal tour that's tailored to your requirements.
Put your skills against each other in a lawn game of croquet in the beautiful and restful surroundings of our manicured gardens. Allow our wonderful team to bring you refreshments as you learn the rules to this quintessential English game.
Discover the ancient sport of falconry and watch as these majestic Harris hawks swoop and soar overhead with impressive speed and agility. Take Bertie, Titch and Bumble on a stroll and watch as they leave and return to the glove.
Create a beautiful floral arrangement under the expert guidance of our Resident Florist Robyn Semple-Dower, the creative talent behind the stunning displays in our hotel. Learn how to incorporate foliage and seasonal flowers from our gardens.
Allow our head gardener Michael Francis to guide you through our grounds. Discover a spectacular water feature, herbaceous borders, wide green lawns and shaded nooks, as well as exceptional kitchen gardens filled with seasonal produce.
Explore Dorset's first gin distillery - from its Juniper-led dry gin with Dorset notes of gooseberries, samphire and handpicked gorse flowers, to the cold brew coffee liqueur - or take a tasting journey of local gins at The Acorn Inn.
Don a pair of Wellington boots and explore the 600-acre Melbury Estate and Deer Park, with a delicious picnic to enjoy among the scenic landscape, or capture the beauty of the area with paints, brushes and easels that we will provide for you.
Go behind the scenes of Mapperton House, which dates back to the 16th century, with formal gardens, a beautiful orangery, topiary yews and a lily pond, leading to an informal area planted with ornamental shrubs and views over the countryside.
Venture across the village to the charming Acorn Inn, the inspiration for The Sow and the Acorn in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles. You'll find flagstone floors, a log burner and an original skittle alley where you can play with wooden skittles and bowling balls.
Our boutique spa facilities and all-weather tennis court are at your disposal, including our heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and studio gym. Recline on loungers in a soft bathrobe and slippers, as water trickles over a marble orb fountain.
Enjoy a bespoke whisky tasting experience, guided by our bar manager Jonathann Cocogne.
We have an impressive choice of the finest whiskies on offer, from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA, South Africa and further afield. You’ll learn all about the history of whisky and whisky distilling, before savouring a tasting under Jonathann’s expert guidance.
Take a wine masterclass with resident expert sommelier and cellar master Eric Zwiebel. Enjoy this exclusive experience as Eric guides you through some of his favourite wines, as you sample a Champagne, two whites, two reds and a dessert wine.
Eric’s knowledge is world class, having won Summer Lodge’s wine list a coveted Best of Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator every year since 2005.