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Extraordinary experiences

Explore our collection of extraordinary experiences, exclusively curated with our treasured local partners.

Award-winning Dorset wines

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Discover the award-winning wines at Furleigh Estate, set in the stunning Dorset countryside, just five miles from the Jurassic Coast.  

Your two-hour tour will include a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by a stroll through the vineyards and a description of the history of English wine, before moving into the production facility and barrel maturation room. Guests will then enjoy a seated tasting of four still and sparkling wines, accompanied by a sharing platter of local cheeses and charcuterie. 

Price: £25 per person. 


An insider's look at Evershot

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Discover the history of Evershot with a personal guided tour by local history expert Ray Wilton.  

You’ll enjoy an insider’s view of the second highest village in Dorset, which is the source of the River Frome, and known for its inclusion in author Thomas Hardy’s literature, including Tess of the d’Urbervilles.  

Home to only 200 residents, of which Ray is one, Evershot is a quaint, historical place that Summer Lodge is proud to be a part of. 

Price: £10 per person. 


Sculpture by the Lakes

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Visit sculptor Simon Gudgeon’s haven of peace and tranquility with an afternoon at Sculpture by the Lakes, an oasis for art lovers and collectors.

Nestled within 26 acres of Dorset countryside, the park is home to more than 30 of Simon’s largest sculptures. His wife Monique has also created a serene botanical garden to explore, inspired by plants from the UK and further afield. Sample locally grown produce from the kitchen garden with lunch at the Gallery Cafe, or simply enjoy the surroundings with a pot of tea and a slice of cake.

Price: £10 per person. 

Take a distillery tour

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Sample the only vodka distilled from milk at the Black Cow Distillery tour. On this one-hour experience, guests will enjoy a guided visit of the distillery, with the opportunity to try the vodka and enjoy a complimentary cocktail. 

Discover the smooth creamy taste of the vodka, created by co-founder and dairy farmer Jason Barber in 2012 at Childhay Manor Farm, near Beaminster. Those wishing to extend their experience can also enjoy lunch at the distillery’s Bar + Kitchen.  

Price: £25 per person. 


Bespoke wine tasting

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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. 

Price: £120 per person. 


Whisky lovers' experience

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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. 

Price: £25 per person. 



Falconry in the garden

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If you’re fascinated by birds of prey, try your hand at casting off one of our resident Harris hawks, Bertie, Titch or Bumble. Under the watchful eye of Paul, our resident falconer, you’ll learn all about these majestic animals, before having a go yourself.  

After a short introduction, you’ll take a 90-minute stroll around the grounds of our hotel, watching as the hawks leave and return to the glove on command, swooping and soaring overhead, with impressive speed and agility. 

Price: £50 per person.