The Priory Hotel
Situated in the market town of Wareham, this is a country hotel with its own special charm. Steeped in history, The Priory remains true to its heritage as a monastery and the history of the property alone is reason enough to visit. Situated in a conservation area, the Grade 2 star listed building dates back to as early as 809. We think this is pretty special and makes us one of the oldest hotels in Dorset. Naturally, you can expect plenty of quirks and uniqueness from your stay at The Priory.
The Priory Hotel stands in over four acres of carefully and lovingly cultivated English cottage gardens, on the banks of the River Frome. Explore the gardens whatever the season or simply enjoy your coffee, afternoon tea or lunch alfresco while taking in your surroundings. Doesn’t it just sound perfect for relaxing holidays in Dorset with your nearest and dearest?
Head Chef Stephan Guinebault’s own personal ethos lies at the heart of all that he does. When Stephan joined The Priory in 2006, he brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, which all stemmed from growing up on his grandmother’s (grand-maman) farm in the Loire Valley, and her cooking! Motivated by his love of (her) food, he first started work as an apprentice chef whilst simultaneously attending catering college. He progressed through both ‘Michelin’ and ‘Relais & Chateaux’ establishments in France, gaining invaluable ‘classical’ training and an understanding of regional dishes and techniques. Today, Stephan’s passion for food is as evident as ever. He thrives on obtaining quality produce, with a guaranteed provenance, using fine, locally sourced, ‘seasonal’ produce, whenever possible. He is inspired by both European and International cuisine, along with traditional French and English dishes, which all translate perfectly to the plates of our discerning customers.
Our new restaurant brings the outside in, come rain or shine you will dine with views over our lawn and down to the river. With ceiling height windows that open fully, green oak beams and luxury mulberry interiors, we hope to bring you one of the best dining experiences in the whole of Dorset.