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A characterful former monastery offering luxurious accommodation, excellent food and the chance to relax in beautiful gardens leading down to the River Frome. Stunning beaches are just 20 minutes away.

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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.



On the banks of the River Frome, The Priory is close to the centre of the historic market town of Wareham where you'll find independent shops and cosy pubs. Riverside walks are on your doorstep.

Dorset's stunning beaches are a short drive away, while 10 minutes by car is the village of Corfe and the atmospheric ruins of its castle.

By car: over 3 hours from London, 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from Birmingham. Free on-site parking available.

By train: London to Wareham takes over 2 hours, after which, it's a 15-minute walk to the hotel. Book trains to Wareham.

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This historic building has a golden stone façade and a crooked tiled roof. The interior gives a feeling of grandeur, with antiques and plush soft furnishings. The restaurant is in a striking modern extension and offers views across the garden to the river.


Expect a top-notch dining experience in the restaurant, with beautiful views and excellent service. You can hire a boat nearby and the hotel has hotel has moorings on the river. Overall, the hotel has old-school charm but feels well cared for throughout.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms can be found in both the main house and the boathouse - the former are full of character, while boathouse rooms are more spacious, have the advantage of being on the water's edge and have French doors leading to a veranda overlooking the river.

Room types: Courtyard Room, Classic Room, Superior Room, Superior Classic Room, Mini Suite, Boat House Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Molten Brown toileries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Expect river views and dishes presented with French flare in the restaurant. Local ingredients bring to life Chef Stephan Guinebault's childhood in the Loire Valley. We recommend the pheasant breast wrapped in pancetta with oyster mushroom and thyme jus.

The Garden Room: classic French/British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, Fri-Sun for lunch. Evening set menu from £70.

The Drawing Room: afternoon tea served daily, 3:30-5pm.

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