Hermanus, Western Cape
Cradled amid the hills of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley,
Bouchard Finlayson is widely acclaimed as one of South Africa’s leading boutique wine cellars.
With a terroir defined by both ancient soils and a cool maritime climate, the vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson are famous for producing award-winning
Pinot Noir, elegant Chardonnay and terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, while inspired blends showcase the depth of skill and innovation in our winemaking team.
The Bouchard Finlayson cellar is conveniently located a scenic 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, close to the world-famous whale-watching centre of Hermanus.
Built in 1798 as a dower house by the 2nd Earl of Ilchester.
Expect warm smiles at every turn, a host of thoughtful touches, sumptuous rooms and suites, and delicious cuisine, all set within the rolling hills of Dorset.
Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset and our village of Evershot is commonly referred to as Evershed in Hardy's novels. Few people know that Hardy was also an accomplished architect... The Drawing Room at Summer Lodge was designed by Thomas Hardy.
With our sister pub The Acorn Inn just across the village, we are delighted to offer the best of all worlds... An elegant fine dining restaurant as well as a relaxed gastro pub; a world-class sommelier and amazing real ales; a luxurious drawing room and a cosy bar; croquet and tennis as well as skittles and darts.
Every one of our team members is empowered to make a real difference, offering remarkably considerate service and discrete attention to detail. From freshly-cut flowers in the suites to personalised gifts for special occasions, it is no surprise that guests often remember the names of our staff and ask after them when they return.
Exceeding expectations at every turn, our historic hotel has a team who take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service. Set within the enchanting village of Evershot, enjoy delicious cuisine in the Restaurant, a traditional Dorset Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room, and relaxing moments of rejuvenation in the Spa.
We pride ourselves on our carefully designed and memorable experiences for guests to enjoy. From outdoor pursuits to healing therapies, our knowledgeable team ensures every stay is as seamless and personalised as possible.
From mouth-watering seasonal flavours developed by Executive Chef Steven Titman, to carefully selected wines from renowned sommelier Eric Zwiebel, our dining experiences deliver on gastronomic standards.
"It is our pleasure to introduce you to Evershot in beautiful West Dorset and to Summer Lodge, which has welcomed guests since 1980, when Nigel and Margaret Corbett bought an old dower house and converted it into a hotel. We have been proud members of the Red Carnation family since 2002, when Mr and Mrs Tollman fell in love with the hotel.
Alex and I met while working at Summer Lodge in 2003 and, now married, have been General Managers since 2017. We are delighted to have retained such exceptionally talented and dedicated members of the team for such a long period of time. So many have over 15 years of service and they are what makes the hotel such a special place to visit.
We are especially proud of our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment around us. We exist in such a beautiful part of the world, and we believe we should tread as lightly as possible by using only local suppliers, reducing waste, growing our own, eliminating plastics and husbanding our beehives.
While you are here, take time to enjoy the walks around the area, sample some of the delicious wines from the local vineyards, experience the amazing Jurassic coast, consider a balloon tour above the Dorset landscape, and enjoy the fabulous regional produce in the restaurant.
We wish you the most fantastic time with us and we look forward to making your stay a very special one."
- Alex and Jack Mackenzie, General Managers