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The Priory Hotel stands in over four acres of carefully, and lovingly cultivated English cottage gardens, on the banks of the river Frome – an idyllic location where peace and tranquility prevail. Wareham is not a noisy town and the hotel is in a quiet corner with superb views of the river, valley and hills beyond.

The building’s history stretches back 1,300 years, give or take a century. For five hundred years there were monks in residence and before that a convent of nuns. Today, it’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, with 18 luxury ensuite bedrooms, from romantic suites opening on to the river, to smaller (but no less romantic) bedrooms overlooking the gardens. Accommodation is available both in the main house and in the hotel’s boathouse.

Lunch is normally served in the delightful Garden Room, or outside on the terrace in summer. Dinner is served in the hotel’s Abbots Cellar restaurant, which offers an atmospheric setting in which to sample the delights of elegantly presented cuisine, accompanied by a selection of fine wines.

Children over 14 years of age accepted (adult rates apply); we are unable to accommodate pets (guide dogs only).

View The Priory at Wareham’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide

Need to Know


Check-in at 2.00pm.


Check-out at 11.00am.

Also Worth Knowing


Children over 14 accepted (adult rates apply).

Guests arriving by boat

Moorings are available for guests arriving by boat.

Hotel Facilities

4 acres of gardens, terrace, dining room, wedding receptions, conference facilities, 1 meeting room for up to 18 delegates, Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.


At hotel-Traditional board games, reading books and croquet. Nearby-The Priory Hotel lies in the southeast corner of the ancient market town and port of Wareham, and it is ideally placed for exploring Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, ‘The Isle of Purbeck’. Five minutes away are historic Corfe Castle (ruins) and the village of Corfe, beyond which is the seaside town of Swanage. The National Trust’s nature reserves and beaches of Studland are nearby, and the surround countryside provides numerous opportunities for walking, cycling, horse-riding, and golfing.


Abbots Cellar Restaurant

Dinner is served in the hotel’s Abbots Cellar Restaurant – situated in the original stone cellars which offers a unique and extremely ambient setting in which to sample the delights of elegantly presented cuisine. Lunch is normally served in the delightful Garden Room. However, in the summertime on fine days, lunch is served ‘alfresco’ on the terrace under dappled shade, overlooking the River Frome and adjoining countryside.

Hotel bar

Pre-dinner drinks and home-made canapés can be enjoyed in the Cloisters Bar or Drawing Room.

Restaurant dress code

A preference for gentlemen to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. However, ‘smart’, casual clothing is quite acceptable, particularly at lunch-time during the summer months.

Opening times

  • Lunch: 12.30-1.45pm, daily
  • Dinner: 7.00-9.30pm, daily

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 36
Cost per night: £8200
Min cost per person: £228
18 double bedrooms on a dinner bed and breakfast basis, exclusive use of the hotel, from 12 noon on day of arrival to 11am the following day.


Guide price: Double room for two persons per night including dinner and full English breakfast from £220-£380.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929



By Road

Wareham is on the A351 to the west of Bournemouth and Poole; the hotel is on the River Frome at the southern end of the town, just off the quay.

By Air

Bournemouth International Airport (1/2 hour away)
Southampton International Airport (1 hour away)

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Attractions Near The Priory Hotel

East Devon’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset and is one of England’s first natural World Heritage Sites. Walking along the coastline and its trail means you are literally walking through time and seeing over 250 million years of the Earth’s history within its sheer cliffs and eroded rocks formations. Guided walks do take place or you can enjoy at your own leisure following the acorn symbols as you make your way along the path.

Devon’s Bovington Tank Museum

Less than 15 minutes’ drive away is the Tank Museum in Covington which showcases the world’s best collection of tanks and live displays bringing to life the history of tanks and its crew. The exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War I right up to the present day. The museum is open daily.

Monkey World in Devon

Open every day, except Christmas, and a mere 10 mins drive from the hotel, Monkey World is an educational day out for the whole family and a great way to learn about the protection of primates from the wild. The centre offers personal guided tours as well as events throughout the year.

Devon’s Corfe, Castle & Studland Beach

Make a day of it visiting Corfe and Studland. Just 10 minutes from the hotel the small village of Corfe offers a unique range of independent shops pubs and restaurants, museums and the Castle. A further 10 minutes from Corfe is the glorious Studland natural coastline in Purbeck where you can take advantage of the water sports available or just enjoy the four-mile stretch of golden beach, taking in the views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.

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Weddings at The Priory Hotel

The Priory Hotel is a quintessential country-house hotel in a idyllic location on the riverbank, with a personal service offering the best of English hospitality where nothing’s too much trouble, and attention to detail is paramount. Our hotel boasts four acres of beautifully tended cottage-style gardens, the most wonderful backdrop for your special day.

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Facilities & Features

Weddings at The Priory are tailor-made around your individual requirements. and allow you to choose from a range of our finishing touches including wonderful styling, musical accompaniment and a fairy-tale arrival by boat.

Cellar Restaurant – max. 42 guests

Features of this room include beamed ceilings and a grand medieval feel

Marquee / Marquee Lawn – 43+ guests

The marquee opens out on to the stunning lawns and riverbank

Garden Room Restaurant – max 24 guests

This room contains an intimate atmosphere with beautiful views of the hotel gardens

Moorings are available for guests arriving by boat, from Poole Harbour.

Luxury Boathouse four-poster mini suite, with vaulted beamed ceiling available for ‘honeymoon-night’, as per the hotel’s room tariff.

Menu Options

Please call The Priory Hotel for more information.


Our bespoke wedding packages incorporate all the classic, traditional qualities of the perfect English wedding with our magnificent venue and location. All facilities and services are co-ordinated by our restaurant manager personally. Tailor-made weddings are around £45 (per head).

Civil Ceremonies

The Priory Hotel is not licensed for civil ceremonies. However, the adjoining Church of Lady St Mary can perform ceremonies and blessings by separate arrangements.

Planning Services

Planning services are not available.

Meetings at The Priory Hotel

Day delegate rate: from £50
24-hour delegate rate: from £190

Max number of delegates:
24 (boardroom style)
30 (theatre style)