Tag Archives: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa

Five Beautiful Walks in Dorset

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Whether you’re relaxing in the 16th century Acorn Inn or enjoying a sense of nostalgia at the Summer Lodge, you’ll relish the old world charm and tranquillity of Dorset, and the friendly village atmosphere that follows you wherever you go. But it is worth venturing out beyond these historic hotels… [read more]

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Exploring Thomas Hardy Country

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Whilst there, make sure to take the opportunity to explore what has been fondly dubbed Thomas Hardy Country. Here, visitors can learn about the area’s close connection with the renowned literary figure and understand the rich heritage and historical landmarks of this beloved rural setting.
Your first stop should be… [read more]

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How to Cook Game: Tips from Summer Lodge Hotel Chef Steven Titman

The Restaurant at Summer Lodge

Those staying at the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in bucolic Dorset will be greeted with all the benefits of its countryside setting: gorgeous surroundings, peace and quiet, and top-quality cooking in the Summer Lodge Restaurant. Helmed by accomplished chef Steven Titman, who first made a name for himself at… [read more]

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Our top 10 West Country British Cheeses


The cheese trolley at Summer Lodge (there are too many to fit on a single board!) never ceases to amaze, and was named Winner of the ‘Best British Cheeseboard 2010′ by The British Cheese Awards.   Virtually all of the cheeses are from farms relatively local to Summer Lodge and Executive… [read more]

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A Day of FOSSIL HUNTING … the best way to enjoy the Jurassic Coast


Bill Verkaik, Founder of Junior Geo loves living on the Jurassic Coast. After 20 years of working in the oil business in London, Bill and his family have returned to Dorset to rekindle the romance with his first passion – fossils!
We asked Bill to share what he loves about… [read more]

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Well brewed – the gentle art of preparing traditional Afternoon Tea


The ritual of “Afternoon Tea” began in the 1840s when Anna Maria Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained that the long gap between breakfast and supper gave one a “sinking feeling” in late afternoon.  She started to take a light meal of tea (usually Darjeeling), cakes and sandwiches alone in… [read more] Continue reading

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Top 10 tips to prepare your garden for Spring


John Eke, Head Gardener at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, shares the English passion of creating and maintaining beautiful green spaces for guests to enjoy. Within the hotel’s meticulously tended grounds you’ll find a spectacular water feature, the produce garden which provides fresh fruit, herbs and seasonal vegetables for the… [read more]

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Wine Trends for 2013


As the month of ‘detox’ comes to an end we’ve asked award winning sommelier Eric Zwiebel from Summer Lodge to share his thoughts on what this years wine trends will be:

Whilst not a wine,  i think we will start to see Sake will be much more widely enjoyed. Whereas… [read more]

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The art of making your own Christmas Wreath


John Eke, Head Gardener at Summer Lodge, loves to do that little bit extra to surprise and delight guests, whether that’s creating his legendary Halloween displays or making the Christmas wreaths that festoon the hotel at this festive time of year. He also enjoys sharing his skills and here he… [read more]

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Adventures in food – seafood forage with John Wright


Some time ago I read about the food foraging adventures being organised by Summer Lodge in Dorset and made a mental note to attend.  Then I caught a few minutes of River Cottage and saw John Wright gathering mushrooms and thought “what an interesting chap”.  So when I was invited… [read more] Continue reading

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