An early Georgian gentleman’s residence that shows its handsome brick façade to Long Street in the historic heart of Sherborne, The Eastbury is an award-winning, boutique townhouse hotel, recently refurbished by new owners Peter and Lana de Savary. Guests keep returning for its understated charm, friendly staff, comfortable rooms, acre of lovely gardens and stand-out restaurant, and who can blame them? The 22 bedrooms are split between those in traditional period style and others which are fresh and contemporary with bold colours and abstract paintings. In all of them, the fabrics are of superb quality and the bedlinen is crisp Egyptian cotton. Guests in the Yew Suite can enjoy a semi-detached bolthole to themselves, with a private patio and fountain. Executive chef Matt Street’s stand-out dishes on the à la carte menu include creative, delicate hake and cod of marvellously delicious proportions, while in summer nothing beats al fresco drinks and dinner among the walled garden’s vines and herbaceous borders.
Doubles from £170
+44 (0)1935 813131; theeastburyhotel.co.uk
Any trip to Sherborne must involve a visit to its magnificent abbey. The building is renowned for its ceiling – a fan-vaulted construction – which is surely one of the best examples of its kind in the country.
Seasons at The Eastbury Hotel is an award winning 2 AA Rosette Restaurant. Executive Chef Matthew Street was a quarter-finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals, and a finalist in the Roux Scholarship. As the restaurant name suggests, the menus reflect the changing seasons. Matt and his team gather together the freshest and finest ingredients to create a tantalising variety of traditional dishes each with their own innovative twist.
Sherborne has a great high street, full of small independent shops, antiques houses & art galleries. Circus, Melbury Gallery, Vineyards, Ginger & Pickle, Just Bears, Cilla and Camilla, Hello Silly, D’Urberville, Edward Oliver, Winstone’s, Diva, Artichoke, The Courtyard, Upstairs Downstairs Interiors, Jerram Gallery and Victoria Young Jamieson.
CLAIM TO FAME
Sherborne is world famous for its schools.‘Old Shirburnians’ include Hugh Bonneville, Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Irons, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Sophie Kinsella.
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