Full of character and charm, and all things quinessentially English.

The Priory is a small, luxury, country house hotel in South West Dorset, located on the River Frome in Wareham, near Studland and Poole. The setting is beautifully idyllic, and somewhere where ‘the past is always present’, and where peace and tranquillity prevail. Steeped in history, with open views of the countryside, the hotel is much sought after by those wishing to enjoy the comforts and ambience of a quintessential English country house hotel. The Priory is (we think) the finest, independently owned, hotel in Dorset, and is a member of the highly regarded ‘Pride of Britain’ hotel collection; an exclusive consortium of luxury, privately owned hotels.

The River Terrace

The River Terrace enjoys a picture perfect view over The Main Lawn, River Frome and countryside. It’s an idyllic setting in summertime to while-away-the-time with family and friends; the perfect setting for any occasion. Breakfast and lunch are served ‘al fresco’ on fine, sunny days, as are light snacks, morning coffee and afternoon tea. At sunset, pre-dinner aperitifs are served with dainty, home-made canapés.

Private Functions & Special Occasions – We are happy to serve lunch for guests on The River Terrace (overlooking The Main Lawn), but as this is outdoors, and weather dependent, there must always be the option of being inside; The Garden Room Restaurant (10-28 guests), The Abbots Cellar Restaurant (30-42 guests).


Ideal For


  • 10-28 covers/30-42 covers
  • Birthday/Anniversary Luncheons
  • Afternoon Tea Celebrations
  • Small Wedding Receptions
  • Minimum age 8 years (unless by special arrangement)


The Garden Room Restaurant

This is a lovely, traditional room dominated by two tall mullioned windows and large, open fireplace. It is soothingly decorated in a palette of sage green and offers guests an extensive Breakfast Menu and accomplished A La Carte Lunch Menu; a two/three course Table D’Hote Lunch Menu is also available in Autumn and Winter. In the Summer, guests have the choice to take Breakfast and Lunch ‘alfresco’ on The River Terrace. We accept children over the age of 8 years.

Private Functions & Special Occasions – The Garden Room is located on the ground floor adjacent to the Drawing Room. Depending on table layout it lends itself to smaller, more intimate occasions, and private meetings.


Ideal For


  • Private Lunch or Dinner (10-28 covers)
  • Meetings (18 maximum boardroom)
  • Minimum age 8 years (unless by special arrangement)


The Abbots Cellar Restaurant

The unique setting of the beamed Abbots Cellar Restaurant, offers guests a ‘fine dining’ experience to savour. Intimate, candle-lit tables, dressed with crisp white linen, silver tableware and delicate glassware, makes every evening feel like a special occasion. An outstanding selection of wines are available to complement the subtle and inspired blend of English, European and International dishes on offer.

Private Functions & Special Occasions – Located, as its name suggests, downstairs, the beamed Abbots Cellar Restaurant is full of character and lends itself well to a u-shaped table layout.


Ideal for


  • Private Lunch or Dinner (30-42 covers)
  • Small Wedding Receptions
  • Minimum age 8 years (unless by special arrangement)


The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room reflects The Priory’s period ‘Country House’ interior with its feature stone fireplace, array of ornately frame paintings, antique furnishings, and small piano (Saturday evening pianist). Best enjoyed by guests for morning coffee, afternoon tea, and aperitifs; light snacks are also available in The Drawing Room or The Cloisters Bar. French doors open on to The River Terrace and Main Lawn, which slopes gently down to the river’s edge.

Private Functions & Special Occasions – The Drawing Room is located on the ground floor with access to the garden and is suitable for small gatherings, with standing space and seating.


Ideal For


  • 20-40 covers (informal standing/sitting)
  • Drinks Reception
  • Minimum age 8 years (unless by special arrangement)


The Purbeck Lounge

T he Purbeck Lounge is a bright and airy room enjoying picture windows overlooking the Main Lawn, River Frome, and open countryside. A peaceful place where guests can be relatively undisturbed to read or enjoy a quiet pastime; a selection of books, magazines, board games, cards, and (a list of) DVDs for guests’ use. There is also a computer with ‘free’ access to the internet should guests’ choose to do a little bit of ‘browsing’!

Private Functions & Special Occasions – The Purbeck Lounge is located on the first floor and is suitable for small gatherings, with standing space and some casual seating.


Ideal For


  • Drinks Reception (20 maximum)
  • Morning Coffee (6-10)
  • Afternoon Tea (6-10)
  • Minimum age 8 years (unless by special arrangement)


The Cloisters Bar

A cosy, bijou, mulberry coloured room with matching soft furnishing and church settles, evokes the inner sanctum of a small study from a bygone era, particularly when lit with candles and low lights for pre-dinner aperitifs and canapés; light snacks are also available during lunch-times. A discerning selection of alcoholic beverages adorns the wooden, mirror backed, glass shelving, from some of the best known spirits to fine malts, liqueurs and digestifs.

Private Functions & Special Occasions – The Cloisters Bar is a small, intimate room and can sometimes be used when a ‘cash’ bar is required for a private function.