Plumber Manor, the archetypal Dorset country hotel, is a fine Jacobean country house, still owned, and now run as a luxury hotel, by the same family that built it in the early 1600s, located in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s ‘vale of little dairies’, one of the most beautiful parts of Dorset. Here, it’s so easy to create an interesting and absorbing holiday in Dorset.
This is a hotel that’s so ‘far from the madding crowd’, you could be excused for believing time is at a standstill and that Plumber Manor is the natural order of things.
Plumber Manor is one of the most dog friendly hotels in Dorset and the South West. Our pet friendly policy that dogs are always welcome is because there is always at least one lovely resident black Labrador. We have four ‘dog friendly’ bedrooms with direct access to the gardens and easy access to the car park, so it’s easy to take your dog out for a quick walk whenever necessary.
Talking of walking, dogs love it here. Their excitement when they’re preparing for a long country walk is always in sharp contrast to their return, often completely exhausted!
Plumber Manor defines ‘Dorset country hotels’; a country house that’s also a hotel, owned and managed by true country people. Plumber was a family home when Thomas Hardy was living in nearby Sturminster Newton. Plumber was built by Charles Brune in the early 17th century and has remained a family home of the Prideaux-Brunes ever since.
The hotel is very much run as a family affair; Richard is front of house and the ultimate host, alongside his wife Alison and brother Brian, who accompanied by Head Chef Louis, know exactly how to look after you. The family team will make you feel at home with their genuine hospitality.
The Prideaux-Brune family has been entertaining guests at Plumber Manor for over 400 years! Hardly surprising, therefore, that the manor is now home to one of the most popular restaurants in Dorset, a particular favorite of discerning Dorset residents.
“Our guests are our friends and we cook for our friends” is Prideaux-Brune philosophy, much appreciated by residents and local diners alike.
We would like to thank you for making our wedding party nothing short of sensational. It is really nice to work with people who show great flexibility and where nothing is too much trouble.
All of our guests said it was the perfect venue.
I would like to thank you and your staff for their hospitality and excellent service during our stay, the meeting was a success and everyone enjoyed their time there, so much so I believe our CEO is planning to stay with you again in the future.
We have just returned from our wonderful anniversary weekend at Plumber Manor. Everything was perfect and so many of our guests praised the location, the food and the service from the staff. Truly an event we shall remember for a long while to come.
Very many thanks to all who contributed to making it such a special weekend.