Plumber Manor

Sturminster Newton, Dorset
+44 (0)1258 472507

Delicious country food, an old-school feel, dog-friendly rooms and a fine terrace for afternoon tea - a comfortable family-run hotel


16 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Plumber is old school, it pays no heed to passing fashions, it just gets on with doing what it does so well – looking after guests, pouring fine libations, serving delicious food. It is suitably lost in Dorset’s mazy lanes. A fine old pile of golden stone that dates to 1650 and it sits in a couple of acres of green and pleasant land with the river Divelish flanking one side. Outside, there’s a terrace for afternoon tea with beautiful magnolias on show in summer. Inside, a pair of labradors rule the roost. There’s an open fire in the sitting-room bar, fresh flowers, old clocks, a snug in cherry red. The first-floor landing has an enormous sofa, a gallery of family portraits, a grand piano for good measure. Bedrooms are split between the main house and converted barns; the latter are big and welcome dogs. Décor is dated – 1980s florals – as are bathrooms, though several now sparkle in travertine splendour. A family triumvirate oversee it all: Brian in the kitchen, Richard behind the bar, Alison everywhere. Hearty food waits, perhaps crab mousseline, rack of lamb, lemon meringue pie. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner £33-£40. Sunday lunch £30.


Nightly price
from £160
Singles from £120.
6 Twin/doubles
From £160
10 Twin/doubles
From £240



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from June Watkins

  • In the heart of Thomas Hardy's 'vale of little dairies', Plumber is a Dorset country break idyll. Masses of books of tell of nearby walks, pubs, churches, pretty villages and views. Glorious gardens, both public and NGS, await your visit. Pure therapy.
  • Plumber is your grand house in the country, if a little eccentric, with very large attractive rooms, beautifully decorated in a traditional country house style. Beds and armchairs in the rooms are oh so comfy and tea with cake and biscuits is complimentary
  • Help yourself to a deckchair and place it anywhere you choose, by the river, under the trees, out on the lawn, sit on the lovely benches and look at the views or on the terrace and read your book. Toby, the Labrador, will probably join you!
  • After your delicious breakfast, ask us for an itinerary for the day; we can recommend a perfect day out to suit your particular requirements. End your day with a chat with Richard at the bar and a delicious dinner cooked by his brother, Brian.
  • Plumber is very dog-friendly You are most welcome to bring your dog(s) to four rooms in the courtyard which are especially put aside for pets...and they'll love it!
  • Popular with those touring the west country, Plumber is now a popular stopover for some travelling west. Here's a quote from our guest book: "Wonderful stopover with the family on the way to Cornwall."