Places to Stay in Sherborne
If you are planning to stay in Sherborne you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you opt for the the elegant Georgian Eastbury Hotel in the town centre with its 23 gorgeous bedrooms and award-winning restaurant, or one of the town’s many smaller guest houses, B&B’s, inns with rooms and holiday rentals including The Britannia Inn Hotel, Picton House luxury B&B or Sherborne Cottages & Apartments, you’ll be assured of a warm welcome.
Just outside the town centre, Sherborne’s surrounding villages offer more holiday cottages, farmhouse B&B’s, pubs with rooms and camp sites including The Grange at Oborne luxury country house hotel, Alweston’s Munden House, The Hunter’s Moon at Middlemarsh, Penny Cottage Yetminster and The White Post at Rimpton. Contact Sherborne Tourist Information Centre for details and availability of accommodation or visit www.sherbornetown.com and Visit Dorset for local information on accommodation, shops, businesses and travel.
Out and about
It’s easy to while away the day in Sherborne, with its many tourist attractions, shops, restaurants, parks and places to discover including Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne Museum, Sherborne Castle and the English Heritage Old Castle. If you fancy going further afield, the neighbouring market towns of Shaftesbury, Dorchester, Wimborne and Beaminster are all within easy reach by car or you could pop on the train from Sherborne to Salisbury or Exeter if you hanker after the bigger town experience.
Dorset’s coast is within an hour’s drive and a walk along the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast is a lovely way to spend some time before coming back for a relaxing night’s stay in Sherborne. On the way you’ll pass Minterne House just outside Sherborne, home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620, and a unique place to explore.
You’ll enjoy the many National Trust gardens, houses and beauty spots in Dorset including Cerne Abbas, Corfe Castle, Burton Bradstock and Hardy’s Cottage (not to forget Montacute House which is just over the border in Somerset, but well worth the trip, as is Stourhead in Wiltshire too).
Much of Dorset’s countryside and coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty… and all within a short distance of Sherborne for a day out. Visit the AONB’s website for all you need to know about walks, wildlife and the geography of Dorset and as you are out and about look out for its iconic fingerposts pointing the way!
As you are on your travels, remember to look out for locally-produced food and drink at Dorset’s farmshops, deli’s, markets and restaurants. Visit www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org for everything you need to know about local Farmers’ Markets, Food Festivals and events and for contact details to buy direct from more than 90 local producer members.
You might find the following websites useful for planning your trips: