Delightful staff make you feel welcome with their smiley efficiency and local lad Matthew Street, MasterChef contestant and finalist in the prestigious Roux Scholarship, heads up the kitchen. The food is great and as much thought goes into the children’s menu as it does to the seven-course taster menu and the vegan menu. You eat in the restaurant overlooking the walled garden.
Elegant Sherborne is there to delve into and you can walk everywhere. The Abbey is stunning and the castle gardens (landscaped by Capability Brown) are inspiring. While away an afternoon browsing independent shops; stop in a café for tea and cake.
Return to a comfortable lounge, sunny morning room with magazines and games and a library for loafing which you can also hire for special dinners. The walled garden is set in an acre of mature trees and plants; treat yourself to a stay in one of the garden rooms (there are five) and a pampering session in the mini spa.