We wanted to combine a weekend away in Dorset with a family tree tracking mission. Needing to be near to Sherborne and Yeovil for our investigations we chose The Grange at Oborne as our base. Tucked away on the edge of the pretty village of Oborne, very rural, transport essential, we could not have chosen a better location.
We are mature travellers and prefer hotels with history and character. When we arrived, we were made to feel very welcome and it was explained to us that under covid-19 rules there would be minimal contact e.g. no use of paper menus. Our spacious room overlooked the quiet front courtyard, with free car parking at the side of the hotel. We liked the aesthetic design of the furnishings in the room itself, particularly the huge sleigh bed. We made use of the ironing board and iron to remove wrinkles acquired on route before hanging our clothes in a wardrobe with plenty of hangers. Facilities to make tea or coffee in our room were enhanced by the addition of a seating area. The room was complimented by a modern bathroom, robes, slippers, and toiletries.
The public areas of the hotel were quirky using old documentation and the history of the hotel (when it was two private dwellings) as areas of interest to adorn the walls.
On both evenings we ate in the hotel restaurant and were not disappointed with the quality and presentation of the food. Breakfast was of an equal standard. The vegetarian options were not disappointing either. Everything was freshly cooked and well presented.
Oborne itself is a short drive to Sherborne, which is an historic market town. We enjoyed nosing around the Saturday street market and delightfully different small shops. We were however disappointed not to be able to visit the Abbey and the Museum, once again due to Covid-19.
We found all the staff at the hotel very friendly and accommodating and we would not hesitate to recommend The Grange to anyone who was thinking of staying in the Sherborne and Yeovil area. less