I haven’t done a hotel visit for a while and this one was almost accidental. As part of ArtCan I’m participating in Wanderlust, a group show currently held in the public spaces of The Ollerod, a 4 star boutique hotel run by Chris Staines and Sylvana Bandini.
More accurately a restaurant with 14 rooms, it’s a haven of serenity in the picturesque village of Beaminster, Dorset. I swear relaxation begins as soon as you walk through the door. I even did a spot of therapeutic weeding in the garden within 5 minutes of arriving (and I wasn’t even a resident!)
One of my paintings (sold at the opening) is on the left in the sitting room below.
Despite not actually staying at The Ollerod, I did spend most of my long weekend there and ate my way through most of the menu, which was the best restaurant food I’ve had for a very, very long time. The main dining room below is just one of the spaces to eat.
The bar is intimate and cosy, connecting directly to the sitting room, great for a chat and nightcap after dinner.
They even have a treatment room off the garden.
I’m not in the habit of gushing but I really loved this place.