BEST WESTERN Dorset Oborne The Grange Hotel,  Sherborne

4.5/5  - based on 463 guest reviews.
Oborne, DT9 4LA, Sherborne, Great Britain - See map
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The Best Western Dorset Oborne The Grange Hotel is a beautiful, 3 Star country house hotel, amongst the rolling hills of West Dorset. Once a manor house, the hotel now offers luxury, family owned and run rural accommodation with 18 bedrooms and a delightful restaurant overlooking floodlit gardens. The calming countryside setting means guests can enjoy peace and quiet day and night! If you want to explore the wider area though, Dorset, Somerset and historic Wessex are full of things to do with Stonehenge, Longleat Estate and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens as well as shopping in Sherborne or Bath, horse riding, shooting and hot air ballooning all worth considering! Enjoy your stay.

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BEST WESTERN Dorset Oborne The Grange Hotel,Sherborne
  • 5
    « A delightful experience at The Grange »

    This is the second time I have stayed at The Grange and on both occasions the staff were welcoming, friendly and thoroughly professional at all times. The room was exceptionally comfortable and clean with a generous hospitality tray - various teas, coffee and biscuits - and toiletries provided. The dinner menu choice was excellent and cooked to perfection, as was the breakfast. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, situated in a beautiful location and surrounded by open countryside, but within walking distance of the town of Sherborne, with its variety of interesting shops. I'm looking forward to my next visit.

    5
    « Attentive service »

    I was the conference organiser for both an evening and a breakfast event and our team stayed at the hotel overnight. Jon and his staff were thoughtful- changing rooms for a disabled team member and attentive- adapting our food orders for the events right up until the last minute. The food was presented attractively and tasted wonderful- highly recommended.

    5
    « Business breakfast »

    We were there this morning, as a guest, for a business presentation which included breakfast. The location is rural but very easy to access from the A30, the venue was very nice, a superb full English and continental breakfast and very pleasant staff. I would definitely recommend this venue for any such meeting or even just popping in for an afternoon coffee!

    5
    « Delightful but need more staff »

    We had a wonderful overnight stay. Not sure if we were upgraded but the room was far better than I would have expected for a standard double with patio doors leading to the garden. The staff were very friendly and the receptionist took us to our room, which was just as well as it would have been difficult to describe the route! The restaurant had a very good menu and food was delicious. The only criticism would be that it was run with only one a half staff. This was for the bar (which was in a separate room), the lounge where we had our pre-dinner drinks and studied the menu and the restaurant itself. We had quite a wait before we could order our drinks and the service slowed down considerably after we were served the main course. Breakfast was well organised with most things done on order. No pastries though!

    5
    « Our Sons Wedding »

    After researching various places to host our sons wedding we realised as soon as we spoke with Jon, the manager of The Grange, that this was the venue to settle on. We were not disappointed. In fact, the whole event, wedding ceremony,reception etc was above and beyond our expectations. This was made possible by Jon's enthusiasm, insight and experience with such occasions. He made us feel relaxed,whilst he explained what was on offer, pitfalls to be wary of and positive suggestions to ensure the weekend was a success. Nothing seemed too much trouble, and Jon gave as much of his time as was needed to answer our queries. During the wedding day Jon,Jenny and team were always on hand to give advice and assistance. The staff worked with precision, were thoughtful and friendly. We were made to feel very much at home and calm at what can be a stressful time. My husband and I cannot stress enough what a fantastic setting The Grange is,and what is more important, what a wonderful and competent team it has! The accommodation was faultless, spotless, and so comfortable. Thank you Jon, Jenny and team for an experience not to be forgotten!

    5
    « Ticked All Our Boxes! »

    I found this hotel after much research. We needed a country hotel with good facilities for the disabled, particularly with a wet room equipped with all the aids to assist safe use of the bathroom. This proved to be the case when we arrived and made use of the roomy ground floor bedroom (with the requested twin bed arrangement). Despite arriving at the end of a busy Sunday lunchtime, we were swiftly and warmly welcomed and shown to our room, which was immaculate. We were soon at home in this well run family owned hotel. Jenny and Jonathan were very professional, friendly and helpful and all the staff reflect this attitude to the guests. The service throughout was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    5
    « Great intimate wedding venue »

    We had a great time here for a friend's wedding. Staff were very friendly and felt like nothing was too much trouble. Did a great job making sure reception dinner ran smoothly and breakfast in the morning was lovely. Thoroughly recommend, rooms were very clean and comfortable

    5
    « Pleasant surprise »

    We arrived after travelling over 3 months throughout Europe & Uk staying in various levels of accommodation along the way. We were pleasantly surprised when the receptionist said we've upgraded you as we're not that busy tonight. Lovely large room with balcony fireplace all amenities and comfy bed. Dinner was line dining in beautiful surrounds. Staff very helpful only regret was not being able to stay longer. Definitely return to explore the area.

    5
    « Country comforts »

    I stayed at the Grange for a school reunion. It is in a small village only a mile or so outside Sherborne. The Grange is certainly one of the better hotels in the Best Western group, Bedrooms were spacious and well equipped. The quality of food in the restaurant for our evening meal was superb. We strolled round the attractive gardens which are tastefully lit at night and are visible from the conservatory-style restaurant, We were well looked after at breakfast and all our tastes were catered for. We hope to come again another time.

    4
    « Three day break »

    We had a lovely few days away at The Grange. We wanted to visit family in Bruton,Dorchester & Weymouth, so the Hotel was situated just about in the best area for our visits. We had room 3 on the first floor, with our own private terrace. It was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Our only criticism was the lighting, which was very dim. It was almost impossible to read at night, so a brighter bedside lamp would be nice. This didn't spoil our stay though. We booked B&B but they managed to accommodate us for evening meals, probably as it is out of season, may be difficult during the summer months . Breakfast was very good ,lots to choose from and set us up for the day. Our evening meals were fabulous. The staff all extremely pleasant and helpful. We wouldn't hesitate to go back again.

  • 5
    « Welcoming and comfortable hotel »

    We stayed at The Grange overnight on our way back from Cornwall as a half way point. I booked a ground floor disabled room. The only disconcerting aspect was that the room faced directly onto the hotel entrance,where cars were being unloaded directly under our window. That aside the room was spacious and comfortable with the bonus of a tea tray provided in the room. There was a very comfortable 6' bed and a large wet room with the facility to add hand rails as required. We had booked dinner,bed and breakfast and it was good value for money. Our food allergies were easily dealt with,and all the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. Would definitely return for another visit if we were in the area again.

    5
    « The best hotel we have stayed at for many years. »

    Position and facilities are superb and the hotel is too good to use as just an overnight stop en route to Cornwall as we did, indeed we wish we had stayed longer. The bedroom we occupied was excellent and very comfortable and could not be faulted at all. The Management and staff were without exception very helpful and did everything they could to make our stay a pleasant one. We would also recommend the restaurant which served us dinner providing us with good food in very comfortable surroundings. All in all a delightful hotel.

    5
    « What a marvellous place to get married! »

    Our guests and ourselves had a fabulous time and enjoyed a very delicious all vegetarian wedding meal.The chef made the delicious cake (more Italian than English) that I wanted and the whole staff were wonderful and friendly.We could not have had such a perfect day without Jon the manager because he was so supportive and meticulous.We really recommend it.

    5
    « Three day break in Dorset »

    A lovely hotel set in the quiet hamlet of Oborne. The hotel is superb. The staff were all extremely helpful...nothing was too much trouble. The room I had was lovely with views out over either side. Lovely decoration. Huge double bed. Very clean and tidy. The hotel has an extraordinary amount of information about local attractions with leaflets and also write ups by the staff. A library of info rather than the usual rack of leaflets. The food in the hotel restaurenty was superb. Beautifully presented andf cooked to perfection. The mango Eaton mess was out of this world! The menu changes every day. If you are looking for a base from which to explore Dorset then you won't find better than this. Someone in our group needed a ground floor room with disabled access and they said their room was equally as good. The lounge, bar area and dining room are all step free access from the drop off outside the hotel main entrance. I certainly hope to go back.

    5
    « What a delight! »

    We had an overnight stay here en route to North Devon. I tend to choose Best Western hotels as we reckon they are of a good standard. We were not disappointed...the approach through the delightful village was a pleasant experience, and We received a very warm welcome on arrival. When we return I would ask not to have Room 5. It is a lovely room overlooking the garden, but there is noise from the kitchen fan. Yes, it goes off at ten pm, but I would prefer a quieter room. We enjoyed a very pleasant dinner, and a very good breakfast. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

    5
    « Pefect wedding day! »

    We got married here aug 26th and our day was perfect. John the manager was so accommodating with all our requests and nothing was ever to much. He was always happy to meet with us and discuss plans for the wedding day, even at short notice. The day ran so smoothly and was everything we wished for. The food was fantastic we had 4 choices on our wedding menu all of the guests commented on how much choice there was and the food was cooked to perfection. Even breakfast in the morning was delicious. The hotel is very clean and tidy and in a beautiful location. The garden in stunning for photos and very well kept. John the manager is always one step ahead - making the day run perfectly. The staff decorated our tables, and set up the room exactly how we asked. He even wore a pink tie to fit in with our colour scheme. The grange is a family run business johns wife jenny was also lovely, she came to collect the bridal party from the room when we were ready and reassured the groom and guests as I was 40 mins late for the ceremony(due to hair and makeup overrunning). Even though I was late john allowed us extra time for our photos and he was really laid back about the delay. Being such a friendly, laidback couple allowed us to enjoy our day and made us feel really relaxed. I wish I could do the day all over again as it was such a lovely venue, brilliant food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Thank you Jenny and John for our perfect wedding day xx

    5
    « Great Find »

    What a gem! We were warmly welcomed into two comfortable rooms which overlooked both the gardens and the delightful countryside beyond. The food was excellent and the choice of menus suited us exactly. Despite the hotel being clearly busy, the staff found time to do those thoughtful extras that make all the difference. The surrounding countryside is lovely and for those with a a fondness of the English countryside at its best let the Sat-Nav take you there. The Dorset lanes and byways come from a different age. Overall highly recommended. We will be back.

    5
    « Repeated visits still delight. »

    It is always a very pleasant feeling to be recognised when you return to a hotel and to discover that yes, the whole experience is as good as you remember. Jon and his team sort out special requests without fuss and consequently friends who have joined us here in the past are also returning. Well appointed rooms are maintained properly and just in case anything should go wrong, a note to housekeeping will solve any problems. Forgotten something? A 'treasure chest' on the landing provides a selection of toiletries. Menus can be adapted to suit dairy-free etc. and the whole experience is a pleasure. Previously we stayed here as a group of 12 using rooms right across the price range and everyone was happy. Well done to the team!

    5
    « Excellent family hotel. »

    Delightful family run hotel in tranquil surroundings. A beautiful garden. Excellent accommodation, food and customer service. Very good disability accessibility with very good wet room for disabled people.

    5
    « A real GEM »

    I stayed at this hotel for business and although there was no phone signal and the internet was weak this is certainly not down to the hotel itself. I loved the quirkiness of the hotel which was immaculately clean and the staff were delightful. Dinner was really good too and the restaurant didn't feel imposing as a lone lady traveller. Great for a break to explore the area - I suggest having Whatsapp on your phone to make and receive calls.

  • 5
    « Suprise overnight stay as a treat »

    We go to this hotel regularly because we like it. We decided to book a room as well this time and it was wonderful. We had a private balcony with wicker furniture and Wisteria around the handrailings. We overlooked the gardens which are lovely. The meal was great although I had steak which I found difficult to chew but my wife said my teeth are rubbish because she could eat it perfectly well. Breakfast was of course very nice. I had a half bottle of Beaune with my steak which is always very nice here,

    4
    « Nice »

    Nice hotel in a very very calm city All personnel is very kind and Jon is there for managing everybody. Breakfast : you have to order and it can be long so if you have in a hurry come early Diner : restaurant is always full as the food is nice , check availability Room : clean , big as well as the bathroom

    5
    « Weekend break »

    From the moment you enter the Hotel you are made to feel like an old friend. From the Managers Jennifer and Jonathan and all the staff you are made to feel very, very welcome. The room was very clean and tidy, a large comfortable bed. The bathroom is of a good size, again very clean and tidy. The room altogether was of a very good size, plenty of room to move about. The food is of a very high standard, from evening dinner to breakfast. Good quality ingredients cooked to perfection. The Hotel has a nice private garden to sit out in plenty of chairs and tables. The bar area is small but there is plenty of seating in lounges around the bar. All in all an excellent hotel to stay.

    5
    « 4 night stay at The Grange, Oborne »

    This gem of a hotel just five minutes drive from Sherborne in Dorset was a real find. Lovely room, wonderful food, friendly, helpful and professional staff. If you want to be cosseted in a lovely country house style hotel, set in a in an idyllic and beautiful rural location, with all that Dorset has to offer within easy reach. Then this is the place for you. Throw in the best food we can remember having in a English hotel - then the Grange at Oborne is the place for you.

    5
    « Excellent throughout »

    Absolutely nothing to critise. Location; Reception ;Staff;food excellent. Room spacious with a wet room shower and toilet all very well maintained Used to come here many years ago still the same not even effected by change of hotel brand Best Weston

    5
    « A wonderful break »

    This hotel is a gem. Our first stay in Dorset and we were delighted with our choice. Our superior room was large, clean and well maintained with a queen bed. Staff were friendly and most helpful throughout the hotel. Breakfast was fine; no complaints. The evening meal was cooked to perfection. It deserves its reputation. Would we stay here again? Most definitely. Thank you all the staff we met.

    5
    « a great place to stay »

    lovely hotel with great staff will try and fit another stay here, only had a one night stop but hotel room was big ,clean and overall look was good ,even when you leave could have a snack and hot drink to go ,nice touch,

    5
    « A real gem »

    Tucked away in the Dorsetshire valleys this gem of a boutique hotel has everything going for it. It didn't disappoint. The staff were welcoming and the bar and restaurant services were exemplary. ideal base for seeking out local tourism attractions and national trust properties.

    5
    « The awesome geange »

    I am a delivery driver and have been since January. I spend three nights a week in hotels and The Grange is by far the best hotel I have stayed in and that is not just for the amenities which are great but the staff and owners bend over back words to make your stay as comfortable as possible! Nothing is too much for any of the staff! The hotel is sat in spectacular surroundings and I would like to thank the hotel and staff for making my stay not just pleasurable but memorable! Thankyou john,Rudy,Georgie and Natalie AWESOME p.s this hotel is on a quiet road so sleep like a log too

    5
    « What a gem!!! »

    I needed a hotel around the Yeovil area at short notice due to an unplanned meeting. What I managed to find was this little gem tucked away in the middle of nowhere! Fantastic peaceful setting with the most polite and attentive staff you could wish for. My room was lovely and the finishing in the wet room / bathroom was of the highest order. However this was nothing compared to the food on offer. Dinner was superb, the quality, presentation and overall service in their restaurant was worth the 220 mile trip alone! The 2 young ladies serving were a credit to themselves and the hotel, they were polite, funny and willing to engage in conversation - not really that common in my opinion in most hotels here in the U.K. Breakfast again was of the highest quality and again the service was excellent. Without a doubt I will stay in this hotel again, just not soon enough!!!!

  • 5
    « Excellent 4 night break »

    This is a gem of a hotel in a tiny village about a mile or so from the historic town of Sherborne. I am slightly disabled and was given a large ground floor room with fully accessible bathroom with all the necessary facilities. The room was spotlessly clean and there was plenty of drawer and cupboard space for both of us. All the staff were lovely and could not have been more helpful and friendly. There are two disabled car parking spaces near the front door, but most guests must park in a adjoining car park which means a short walk. There is a small bar and comfortable lounge where you can enjoy a drink. The restaurant overlooks the hotel gardens which are beautifully maintained. The dinner menu had variety, but was not extensive; there were few items for those with a smaller appetite. We would certainly stay here again and have no hesitation in recommending the hotel and its excellent management.

    5
    « Daughters Wedding Weekend 28th May. »

    What a wonderful venue for a wedding. Our daughter and son-in-law got married bank holiday weekend and Jon and Jenny, along with their lovely staff, did us very proud for the reception and a two night stay, along with a lovely meal on the Friday night before the wedding. Everything was just perfect and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. Jon paid so much attention to all the details and had it 'spot on'. The food was outstanding. The venue itself with its lovely garden was so personal, and the service was impeccable, always so polite and with a smile. The rooms were lovely with everything you would need. Everyone had a wonderful time and all told us so. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

    4
    « Attractive hotel »

    Lovely hotel in the middle of nowhere, but 6 miles from Yeovil. Well-appointed and well-maintained rooms. Mobile reception difficult in room but OK in car park - free internet compensated. Would definitely stay again if in area and might try the food!

    4
    « luxury hotel at a affordable price »

    we arrived late due to Friday traffic greeted with a friendly smile from lady booking us. in very helpful .the room was amazing huge .i am 6 ft 3 .The bed was bigger than a king size. very swanky en suite nice views from our bedroom window.. you sit down drinks served on a sliver tray/ before you enter the restaurant another gem. we had 3 courses huge portions waiting staff on the ball making your dining experience memorable, in the morning . the breakfast fit for a king so much choice. f i

    5
    « Our amazing wedding at The Grange »

    We cannot thank Jon, Jenny and the staff enough, for all they did not just on the day, but in the planning and preparation of our wedding. We had the most amazing day with friends and family and we took over the entire hotel!! We had wonderful rooms, delicious food and fabulous service. The hotel is stunning and surrounded by peaceful countryside, the ideal place for a Dorset wedding!! We thank you ever so much and look forward to our next visit to The Grange.

    5
    « 5 star wedding with 5 star service »

    John and Jenny at The Grange have just arranged the most beautiful wedding for our daughter. Nothing was too much trouble, the staff were amazing and the food was to die for. We had the whole hotel to ourselves and everyone loved their rooms and the setting. Our families have sent me so many compliments about the venue, the service and the food. We could not have had a better wedding if we had been royalty. My huge personal thanks to Ken, Karenza, John and Jenny for making us all feel so special and welcome. If you are planning a wedding in beautiful Dorset, look no further than the Grange at Oborne. They will do you proud.

    3
    « Disapointed »

    Stay regularly. Staff very friendly and welcoming. Beautiful surroundings. Disapointed with the food. Requested healthy options but none. Not a chicken breast in sight! Couldn't even have a salad as none available without dressing. If they could sort out a low fat/calorie option it would make me very happy as genuinely like this hotel.

    5
    « A wonderful wedding weekend »

    The Grange recently hosted the wedding reception for my daughter and her husband. We had the whole hotel for the weekend and what a wonderful weekend it was! Many of us arrived on the Friday afternoon and from then on, nothing was too much trouble for Jon, the manager, or any of his staff. All of the staff without exception were wonderful ? cheerful, accommodating and happy to provide anything that was needed. The Grange is a most wonderfully comfortable hotel ? it felt as though we were holding the wedding reception in our own home and gardens! The food was superb, both for the wedding breakfast and during the evening barn dance. Many of our guests who are not familiar with Dorset asked where we had managed to find such a wonderful venue! In fact, we were made to feel so relaxed that on the Saturday when the photographer came to take pre-wedding photos, he wondered if he had come to the right wedding as everyone was so happy and calm. The Grange was a marvellous venue for my daughter and son-in-law's wedding and I would thoroughly recommend it. A massive thank you to all the staff for helping to make it such a perfect weekend.

    5
    « Feel at Home at the Grange. »

    This was the second time we have stayed there and would stay again. The Hotel and all the Staff make you feel just like you are staying at a friend house where nothing is too much trouble. Would I recommend the Hotel to friends? well that's an easy one... Yes To the Staff all I can say is thanks for making our night there and good night and keep up the hard work :-)

    5
    « Always a real treat. »

    Sunday lunch was a real treat as usual. Food and service were excellent. The beef was tender, the pork melted in the mouth. This time we managed it all - so the dog was out of luck! We will definitely be back again.

  • 5
    « Home ...home on The Grange »

    The Grange is ideally situated to take advantage of the beautiful rolling countryside and charactful villages. Shaftsbury ( Hovis advert village ) and Sherbourne are close by. Sherbourne founded in the 8 th Century has mpuch to offer. Very helpful information in reception at the Grange. Research of their library over a juice or a gin and tonic or a pint of Wadworth in the garden is time well spent. John and his staff were very helpful in planning our days in the area. All the staff were well motivated and seemed happy in their work. One of the staff had a birthday party dinner and it was testament to all concerned that they had decided to have it at The Grange. From an accommodation perspective ,they are a busy wedding venue, so this should be taken into account if looking at weekend stays. Some of the rooms have sliding door access on to the garden. But all the rooms are beautifully finished and immaculately kept. Dining at he Grange must have a good local reputation as it was well supported each of the nights we were there. The menu was good, and included local produce. Generous meat portions. Although the the Grange was 2 miles from two delightful villages we decided to eat in for the 3 night stay. If you eat out a car would be essential. We will return to this hotel.

    5
    « Wonderful location for a wedding »

    We were booked into The Grange for my niece's wedding for two nights. We had room 7 and it was very comfortable with an enormous bed and lovely views looking over the village and Dorset countryside. The food for the whole weekend was well prepared and presented, especially as the wedding reception was a sit down meal for over 80 guests. John the manager went out of his way to be helpful on every count, and all the staff made our stay very enjoyable.

    5
    « Superb country hotel. »

    A fantastic hotel with dedicated and accommodating staff. Stayed for a wedding and nothing was too much for the team. Stayed in room 5 which was comfortable and had ample space for 2 bridesmaids to get ready! Thank you for a memorable and enjoyable weekend

    5
    « A real rural gem »

    Lovely rural location, yet convenient for local attractions to suit all tastes. Rooms are spacious, well presented and clean, with classic furnishings and yet have all the necessary modern facilities and equipment. Quality food is freshly prepared and served from an interesting menu, both for dinner and at breakfast-time.

    3
    « Good and sometimes average »

    Sat Nav does'nt want to take you to hotel but it is well sign-posted from village. Welcome was a little too laid back as not much info given and no Wifi code in room. Went back to Reception who said it wasn't that good and they were right. It's definitely a "food place" as there was an unpleasant cooking oil smell on arrival but luckily this hadn't made it to the room. The room was pleasant but a little old fashioned. The tea and coffee tray was very nice. The stand out from the visit was the breakfast - excellent cooked breakfast. I wouldn't stay at the hotel again but would definitely go back to see if the restaurant in the evening was as good if in the area as the breakfast made that much of an impression!

    4
    « which plonker »

    This is a lovely hotel with great friendly staff and super food. The hotel is situated off the beaten track, but is easily found curtsey of sat nav and good signposting off the main road. Friendly welcome at reception and shown to room. Room 7 was bright and clean and welcoming. Large comfortable bed. note sheets and blankets which was a novel experience ....but a comfortable nights sleep We ate in the hotel, the restaurant was busy with both residents and visitors which spoke volumes. The food was excellent and good portions. The wine list was comprehensive and reasonably priced ...we had a great Dorset english white wine. All staff were charming and efficient. They displayed sense of humour and genuinely seemed to be enjoying their work. We observed a couple who had dietary requirements which was handled in a very professional manner, with all options explained including provision of non menu items. breakfast again matched expectations set the previous night. a couple niggles that prevented the perfect score not being provided automatically with the internet wifi code - especially when no mobile signal ...hey was in the depth of rural countryside and sheep aren't customers yet! missing tea and coffee sundries from room but promptly rectified when mentioned to member of staff ....quote I will check which "plonker" hasn't put them in room! the over bath shower head ...a cheap B and Q special which shot water over end of bath straight on floor.. investment on a better quality shower head will save on future maintenance saying that overall experience was excellent, the staff demonstrating great customer service and we felt valued guests. would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel

    5
    « Superb »

    I stayed for a Sunday birthday party function with about 50 guests, half of whom stayed the night. The whole day and night from what I could see ran incredibly smoothly. The hotel is lovely and in a beautiful setting. The food was excellent, the staff were great. I would have liked to stay for breakfast but had to shoot, however I hear from ohther guests that it was of a similarly very high standard. My bedroom was lovely - beautifully furnished and the bed was extremely comfy. There were a few touches that weren't quite right in the room such as a broken shower fitting and a lamp not working. Also the clock radio went off, untuned-in crackle, at full volume at about 5am, and then again half an hour later. Hell of a shock it was. Everything else was so good it's worth 5 stars, but with that little more attention to the room being right it would have been one of the best hotel stays I've ever had. Still very highly recommended.

    5
    « A truly memorable party! »

    The Grange is sited in the delightful hamlet of Oborne, just outside Sherborne. The building is characterful and has a tranquil atmosphere. We decided to use this venue for a party to celebrate a special birthday for my Mum. It turned out to be an outstanding decision, as I can only congratulate Jon, Jennie and their team on what has become a day that we and all of our friends will remember for a long time. The function room was comfortable for the 48 guests that enjoyed a most excellent, well conceived buffet lunch that would rival many other establishments. The standard of presentation of the food and drink, along with the amazing service ensured that everybody thoroughly enjoyed the event. The attention to detail shown by the hotel, and the ease with which the day progressed made everything so pleasant and relaxed. I would make special mention of the staff, who go the extra mile to ensure that their guests want for nothing. Whilst many of them are very young, it is refreshing to see that they are well schooled in service and are happy to offer help, efficiently and professionally at all times. I have to be honest that I have stayed at other Best Western hotels in the past, and been rather disappointed at the quality of the rooms, the food and the general service levels. This cannot be levelled in any way at the Grange who really do make efforts to see that their customers and guests really do have a great experience. The rooms are well appointed and maintained, offering a delightful "country house" style feel. The bathrooms are modern, clean and well lit. If you are thinking of visiting the Sherborne area, make sure you consider this hotel as some of the others in the area appear to offer similar facilities, but in my opinion fall rather short of the high standards of the Grange at Oborne. Treat yourself!

    5
    « Oh, so peaceful! »

    Our third stay at this hotel, which we love for the peace & quiet. This time we celebrated our Pearl Wedding Anniversary, then my birthday a couple of days later. Our son & daughter-in-law came with us this time and loved the place too. We both had lovely rooms on the ground floor. We ate in on two nights, and in Sherborne on my birthday. The hotel arranged the restaurant and taxi for us, which was so helpful. Choice of menu in the hotel is a little restricted but well prepared. Breakfast - especially my bacon sandwich complete with firework candle and singing staff! - was lovely.

    5
    « Couldn't ask for more »

    After making the mistake of booking the bakehouse in Selbourne we escaped to The Grange. Even their smallest room was excellent, all the staff were so helpful and engaged. Breakfast was awesome and dinner superb. Can't rate them highly enough. Special thanks to Sam who really went out of her wat for us. We will be back.

  • 5
    « An annual weekend away for a group of friends »

    We have organised a weekend away for friends for the last 22 years and this was one of the best. From the beginning Jon, the manager went out of his way to accommodate us. We all had very good rooms, some with lovely views of the attractive garden. The food was delicious and the staff extremely polite and helpful. Oborne itself is a pleasant little hamlet with the stream running through, certainly a place to go back to. Thank you all. Sally and Tony

    5
    « Perfect in every way for a group of old friends »

    A group of sixteen old friends, we have shared a few days away for the past 22 years and this was certainly one of the very best. The hotel is charming and very comfortable and we were all very happy with our rooms. The bathrooms were well fitted and we appreciated the warmth everywhere especially as it was very cold outside. We were given a room to ourselves for our dinners so we could make as much noise as we liked! Both the breakfasts and dinners were excellent although the portions were on the large side for us oldies. The owners and staff were brilliant and could not do enough for us. On a personal note, I went down with a bug and they did everything they could to help me through a difficult 36 hours. Rating: between very good and excellent.

    5
    « Fantastic, a gem »

    We arrived on Friday with 3 ,80 ish parents in tow , hoping to give our parents a lovely time as they had a rough year last yr including loss of my Dad ,mums 1st trip without him. From the moment we arrived nothing has been to much trouble, the food excellent, presentation wonderful, Staff fantastic warm friendly happy and very sociable. Mostly young staff and they have been brilliant with our parents in a time when you have to question the attitude of some of younger generation, these guys rock and do the hotel proud . We're here till Monday and have loved staying here . Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable .

    5
    « We love it. »

    Had Sunday lunch a couple of weeks ago for Mothers' Day. Very friendly welcome and pre-lunch drinks were arranged quickly. I had the prawn cocktail with a twist and it was delicious. The main was roast pork which was beautifully tender, the crackling was crunchy, the vegetables were cooked well. My only very minor niggle was the roast potatoes which could have been a bit crisper. As it was a large portion I just couldn't fit in a dessert, which I had been hoping to do. We will be back later when I can find an excuse.

    5
    « A Faultless Wedding Venue »

    My Wife and I had the pleasure of both celebrating our wedding day at The Grange at Oborne, we choose the venue for it's charm, location and the little country hotel feel. It did not disappoint as our wedding day was truly faultless, much thanks to Jon and Jenny who made the day so incredible, as with all the staff at the Hotel. We can't thank Jon & Jenny and all the staff enough helping to create a memorable day for us. The hotel is a fantastic place to get married, the food was amazing and the rooms clean, comfortable and homely.

    4
    « Lovely setting for this Edwardian hotel »

    We stayed here for four nights. The rooms were lovely - I say rooms because we had to change the first one because the bed was too hard for us. The rooms were well appointed and spacious. Breakfasts were good,plentiful and tasty but the dinners left something to be desired. A nice touch was an appetiser before the meal but the mains generally suffered from being piled up in a column and overwhelmed with strong sauce. vegetables were in there somewhere but I missed them. The difficulty I had was due to being allergic to cheese and,like so many restaurants these days, it seems four fifths of the dishes have cheese in them. The steak dish was okay as the sauce came separately and it was served with chips. I had to ask the staff for help and I could choose from the lunch menu after a day or so . The staff were helpful and friendly.

    5
    « Very enjoyable overnight stay »

    We stayed one night in this lovely hotel for a visit to Sherborne School. We were warmly welcomed by friendly staff and enjoyed a drink in the bar followed later by an excellent dinner in the attractive restaurant, and enjoyed the best chips we have had to compliment a perfectly cooked steak. The lounge was inviting with big sofas and an open fire, very welcome on a cold evening. Our large comfortable room was enhanced by a well equipped bathroom, towelling robes and good toiletries. Plus a cafetiere for fresh coffee and great shortbread biscuits! Also, an unusual and extremely thoughtful touch, fresh coffee is available in reception to take away on departure. Great idea!! Highly recommend this charming hotel.

    4
    « Really nice place to stay »

    We spent one night here on a quick visit to Sherborne. Could definitely have stayed longer. Delightful dining room with carefully prepared and presented food, served by friendly young and well trained staff. Quirky decorating touches made for interesting surroundings in the bar area, and the open fire was a welcome sight on a cold evening. Our room was well supplied with toiletries, had a very comfortable bed, and a large walk in wet room shower. Perfect. The only minor down side to our lovely stay was the underfloor heating which took ages to warm the room. Lovely staff too. Well done The Grange ..... we hope to be back!

    5
    « Excellent!! »

    A short stay for a couple of nights and the hotel service and room stay was just superb ... A lovely hidden find which was really unexpected tucked away quietly but close to Sherborne. The car park can be busy but it's close to hand, the room was lovely and comfortable with a very peaceful sleep. A good bathroom and nice amenity touches including a good shortbread and fresh fruit ... Dinner was really well done with a good selection of wines and choice of whiskies afterwards ... Breakfast is good. Altogether a very good find - you'll be very comfortable here. I will be back. Thank you!

    5
    « A Really Enjoyable Stay »

    Yesterday my wife and I stayed at The Grange at Oborne Hotel. We were made most welcome by the staff. Our room, complete with a large balcony overlooking the pretty garden, was spacious, very well appointed and comfortable and spotlessly clean. Dinner was a delight - a sophisticated menu, very well presented and faultlessly served by the excellent young staff. (A large party of French visitors at the next door table told us how much they were enjoying their evening; praise indeed!). Breakfast was also substantial and good. We were very impressed by The Grange and enjoyed the atmosphere of an obviously happy place. We would have no hesitation in strongly recommending this well run establishment to visitors to this part of Dorset. Sir Robert Corbett.

  • 5
    « BEST WESTERN HOTEL, THE GRANGE AT OBORNE, DORSET »

    The Grange at Oborne is a small country hotel. The décor is older, traditional in style but very pleasant. Our large room was excellent & very clean. Nice large bathroom with bath & shower. nice complimentary toiletries etc. Good selection of teas, coffee & Cadburys hot chocolate. Lovely biscuits, apple juice, fruit & bottles of water. This room had a very big balcony/patio. There were garden table & chairs for when weather is nice enough!!! I would highly recommend The Grange & definitely the room that we had. The restaurant was very pleasant & the food was excellent. Again staff were very professional & pleasant. We had a lovely, relaxing 3 night break.

    5
    « Fantastic »

    Why this has been rated 3 star I do not know we could not fault it food rooms staff all excellent nice little touches like de-icer by the door lots of little extras like that we found giant bisects bottle of apple juice and fruit left for us when we left by the management second time hear and it just gets better

    5
    « Perfect »

    This hotel is one of the best we have stayed in. All of the staff were helpful and polite, the food was amazing and the room was lovely. The hotel is graded as a three star, but far outreaches this standard. We would definitely recommend this hotel and we will certainly come back.

    4
    « Good Value Hotel »

    Located down some narrow country lanes, the hotel is warm and welcoming, with pleasant bar and restaurant. The rooms are comfortable and clean with all the necessary amenities, although I would personally prefer a duvet to blankets/bedspreads. Staff members were very friendly and attentive, and the restaurant serves excellent breakfasts (both hot and cold choices), and good evening meals. There is a car park adjacent to the hotel, although this gets quite full when they have functions, and is also a short outdoor walk from reception. Wi-fi is free, although the internet/wifi connection is desperately slow. There are more positives than negatives, it's a good value hotel, and I would certainly use again.

    4
    « Weekend Break »

    Warm welcome, warm environment, comfortable room, good food and attentive staff. And the only hotel that has accepted newspaper vouchers in payment for my morning paper! All in all, a great weekend. After booking a two night stay only sorry I noticed the three for two night offer too late! Only downside is dull lighting but sadly this is all too often the case in hotels today.

    5
    « Full of character »

    I was booked into this hotel by work so I hadn't done any prior research. The hotel was really lovely, the rooms were spacious and well designed. The hotel had a cosy lounge area with a fire place and comfy furniture. The food was delicious; there was plenty of choice so it catered for everyone. I also really enjoyed the breakfast, having a menu to choose from was refreshing. I will definitely stay here when I'm next in the area.

    5
    « Christmas Day meal »

    Lovely welcome with champagne and canapés. Excellent service throughout, with attentive staff. Delicious food and good care taken to provide alternatives at each course when appropriate, for a dairy-free diet. It felt totally relaxed and was a real treat which was enhanced by being able to relax in the lounge afterwards with coffee.

    5
    « The most fantastic Christmas break!! »

    My wife and I spent the Christmas break 2015 at The Grange; it was our first Christmas away but we immediately felt at home! The hotel was decorated most beautifully and the staff and owners could not have been more welcoming. We were so impressed with all the thought that had gone into the details, from the small tree in our room to the gift left by Santa outside our door in Christmas morning to the smell of Christmas that pervaded the hotel - just wonderful. Every meal was excellent, the filling breakfasts, fantastic lunches, dinners and buffets. Our room, indeed the entire hotel, was wonderful, clean, well equipped and well maintained. We have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and have to say that this is one of the best hotels we have discovered. Most highly recommended and we look forward to a return visit sometime.

    5
    « christmas break »

    hotel was very comfortable and very clean the staff were very friendly as were the other residents the owners were great hosts and very obliging, anything you asked for was got and with no fuss. probably the best small hotel I have stayed in the food was very good and more than enough for you to eat. I will be going back there again this year for a weekend break.

    5
    « A wonderful Christmas break »

    We had never spent Christmas in a hotel before and didn't know quite what to expect. The Grange was wonderful. The staff were all the perfect combination of friendliness, warmth and efficiency. The food was excellent, though after our very large Christmas lunch I couldn't do justice to the evening buffet! All the public rooms were beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the whole feel was welcoming. The hotel is in a tiny, pretty village. A summer break here would be lovely. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Grange.

  • 5
    « The best Christmas stay at an hotel! »

    This was our third Christmas away at an hotel and the Grange at Oborne surpassed all expectations. The owners were Wonderful hosts & very much hands on. The young staff were extremely efficient very friendly & nothing was too much trouble. The service was the best we have encountered anywhere. The public rooms are delightful, airy and yet cosy and ideal for spending time in with plenty of comfortable sofas & chairs. The outlook is over the lovely gardens with beautiful shrubs & trees which are all lit up at night. The meals were superb with plenty of variety ( also helped by the way they alternate where you sit between the two dining rooms at the different meals over our three night stay.). All the food is locally sourced and delicious- they obviously have very good chefs. There is a good choice of wines as well as real ale and Guinness on tap. Attention to detail is superb throughout the hotel. Our bedroom was lovely and roomy with a comfortable sofa and a large screen TV. We slept very well all three nights. The hotel is in a charming Little Dorset village with good walks and lovely lanes right outside the door. The beautiful historic town of Sherborne with its splendid Abbey is just five minutes drive away as are various splendid National Trust properties within easy reach. We had a lovely walk around Stourhead between breakfast and a splendid lunch back the hotel on Boxing Day!

    5
    « Christmas Party Success »

    We had our Christmas Party here on 19th December 2015.. and it was GREAT! The staff were lovely, the whole production of providing for 100+ people was amazing, the way they served the food, got it out whilst it was still warm and so we could all eat together and also to have such lovely well cooked food! The DJ was great and also it was nice to have space for dancing but also to be able to use the other room for talking if you wanted to be away from the Music. Everyone that stayed at the hotel, enjoyed there room. It was a delight to have our Christmas Party with you and we will be back next year! :) The hotel and staff were superb!

    5
    « Lovely Hotel in quite location »

    My Room was spacious, comfortable, nicely laid out and had a big wet floor bathroom! I had dinner which all good and breakfast was excellent! Its a lovely quite location and hotel has a real homely feel, if you want a relaxing evening I would recommend this hotel

    4
    « Beware the question "are you eating with us this evening?" »

    Our second visit. The room was large and peaceful, very clean and comfortable. Our only issue was that when we were asked "are you eating with us this evening?" we assumed that they meant "in the restaurant". Apparently they also meant "room service". When we twigged we were given 15 minutes to choose from the menu (at about a quarter to 6pm) and give our room-service order or wait 3 hours (9pm) before we could do so because the restaurant was full with a Xmas party. It did make us feel as if we were being treated a bit as second-class guests.

    5
    « 21 st November 2015 »

    Very enjoyable stay will recommend to friends, professional and caring staff. The room we had was very comfortable and the food was excellent. The area around the hotel was beautiful and a wonderful spot for exploring Dorset.

    5
    « Perfect setting for a Special break »

    I have stayed and dined at The Grange many times since the present owners bought it in 2003.But this was a particular poignant 3 day break as I accompanied my 98 year old disabled father on what was probably his last visit to the area to see all his old remaining friends. The Staff in general were exceptional in making our stay comfortable and enjoyable with the two front of house receptionists Sam and Teresa particularly helpful in ensuring the disabled room and facilities were all suitable for my father's needs. We had a stream of visitors over the three days and they all enjoyed the hotel's hospitality and comfortable lounge complete with roaring log fire. All the food was of a high standard and sourced from local suppliers which is always nice to see. The young servicing staff have been well trained and are a credit to themselves and the hotel management with Agnes and Rudi deserving a particular mention. So a big thank you to Jennifer and Johnathan for making this potentially difficult visit for my father a great success. Your hotel and staff are a credit to you !

    5
    « Best 'Best western' of the lot »

    Beautiful hotel, friendly and helpful staff, superb restaurant, stunning countryside, excellent! I was staying for just one night, working in the area, but I'll more than likely bring my wife soon for a longer stay.

    5
    « Grange Hotel, Oborne, Sherborne, Dorset »

    My wife and I and nine guests enjoyed an excellent lunch on 6th November. The staff were very attentive yet unobtrusive. The food was beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. All our guests have written to us to say how much they enjoyed the occasion. We would not hesitate to visit the Grange again and will recommend it to others..

    5
    « Better than I expected »

    Everything has been excellent - the room, the food and the service. Will definitely stay here again when in the area next. Surprised by having a wet room for a bathroom, pleasantly so. Also so pleased to find a good beer on draught.

    5
    « A Real Find! »

    A beautiful location. The hotel not only has character but has excellent facilities, sumptuous dining, splendid staff and a very welcoming atmosphere. It was good to be in a restaurant with a wide diversity of diners, which engendered a really good atmosphere.

  • 5
    « A Gem in the countryside »

    A first visit, we stayed at the Grange for two nights. A very warm welcome, staff very pleasant. Local knowledge was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. Excellent accommodation, very comfortable bed. The breakfast choice was amazing and freshly cooked. The evening meal was excellent with a variety of choices. Just one mile from Sherborne, it was convenient yet quiet and comfortable. Would definitely consider booking again.

    5
    « Just what we needed »

    Went to the Grange for a three night break with the object of doing nothing and not going very far! I had booked a deluxe room as a surprise for my husband as this provided us with more space and a nice area with a sofa and a view of the garden. We were not disappointed in the room, which had a 6ft bed (although on reflection I wish we had asked for feather pillows as the standard ones provided did not suit us - our fault for not asking as the option was provided) and a lovely completely separate bathroom. The shower was a slight let-down as it was not at all powerful but, hey, I got wet! We had visited this hotel last year when they were renovating the lounge and were very disappointed as we had been looking forward to the open fire. This time it was all beautiful with comfy chairs and sofas and a very nice dining area. We sat playing cards each evening in comfort after having eaten some lovely meals and enjoying some nice wine. The menu is not extensive and may have been a bit limited if you were staying for any length of time, but it was beautifully prepared. My steak on the last night was cooked 'rare' to perfection! This is an hotel in a wonderful position in a small hamlet really, rather than a village, with fields all around yet near enough to Sherborne and other places of interest to provide interest for those who want it. We popped into Sherborne but that was it. We had our much needed rest!

    4
    « Another pleasant stay »

    We have stayed at this hotel before and this recent stay was almost equally pleasurable. We didn't get a room upgrade on this occasion so had a standard room. The room was ok but not as good as the rooms overlooking the garden. The service was generally excellent and the food good. The only area for improvement is the very poor Internet speed. Perhaps the usual guest demographic is not concerned with Internet access but it is becoming more important to many guests.

    5
    « A quiet oasis »

    We had a short break at the hotel over a weekend and cannot praise the hotel enough. The hotel is down a country lane but there are signs to indicate the way. Although the car park is not directly in front of the hotel you can park in front when booking in and unloading luggage. There is, however, an entrance into the hotel from the car park.The staff were extremely friendly and helpful; the food was excellent and the rural setting perfect. The hotel garden was attractive. We enjoyed being able to have a pre-dinner drink in the lounge while making our choice from the menu. It is now one of our favourite hotels.

    5
    « Fantastic Find!!! »

    Stayed here with the husband whilst in the area for a conference but we will certainly come back for a holiday. Wonderful country house hotel beautifully presented, fabulous friendly helpful staff, great food and a beautiful room. Nothing too much trouble! 10/10 on every front!

    5
    « Weekend break »

    Very comfortable and hospitable hotel. Staff helpful without being intrusive. Excellent food and rooms. There are lots of historical buildings and towns in the area without having to drive too far. I would recommend the area and definitely the Hotel.

    5
    « Five Star Food at a Three Star Price »

    This hotel and restaurant had been highly recommended to us by our next door neighbours. Had a two night stay, ate in the restaurant on both nights, we thought the restaurant food represented fantastic value, we have stayed in 5 star hotels which offered far inferior food at twice the price. The Grange's dinner menu offers 2 courses for £28 or 3 courses for £35. The hotel is fairly small, just 18 rooms, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in the quality of the warm and welcoming staff. We thought our stay was very relaxing, so have already made another booking for a 3 night Christmas stay. We would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay near Sherborne, or wanting a really good meal at a reasonable price.

    5
    « Wedding venue »

    We had our wedding venue at the grange and it was absolutely amazing. The service was great, the food was great. We had support from the staff throughout the lead up to the wedding, they met all of our needs.

    5
    « Great place for a break in Dorset »

    Located just outside Sherbourne, this hotel has a great rural location in the countryside. The food was exceptional and the staff very friendly and helpful. Our room was on ground floor with direct access to the garden which was perfect for us. Thoroughly recommenced.

    5
    « A luxurious Three-Star Hotel with Five-Star service »

    A beautiful and lovely hotel in a wonderful quiet part of the world. The hotel has beautiful peaceful gardens. They have two excellent rooms on the ground-floor front of house with first-class disability facilities. Also disability parking spaces at the front of house. Oborne is a mile from the historic city of Sherborne with its country houses. The quality of food at the lovely restaurant was superb. This is a family hotel and all the staff were very professional and friendly. In our view this is a Three-Star Hotel with Five-Star service. A deservedly Best Western Hotel.

 

Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: The north A303. At Wincanton, travel toward Sherborne on the B3145. After several miles, turn left at the toll house. From the east - A30: Through Milborne Port, travel two miles, then turn right onto Oborne. From the west - A30: Through Sherborne, travel a half mile then turn left onto Oborne. Arrive at the Best Western Dorset Oborne The Grange Hotel.