Somerset, United Kingdom

Lord Poulett Arms

Rates per night from$88.88

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP70.83), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

The art of the country pub

Setting

Handsome Hinton Saint George

In the scenic Somerset village of Hinton Saint George, the Lord Poulett Arms is the newest property from the purveyors of fellow perfect pubs, the Beckford Arms and the Talbot Inn. The esteemed namesake earl lived up the road from this historic inn, which has been offering refuge to weary travellers since way back in 1680. Today, an artful mix of antiques, cosy corners and hearty British food (with all the fireplaces and flagstones intact) keeps the visitors coming, though we’re guessing the bedrooms are probably a little more comfortable now.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Two 50ml bottles of Bramley products

Facilities

Photos Lord Poulett Arms facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Six, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $88.88 (£71), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast for adults (children, £10 each).

Also

The inn has a terrace and garden where you can play civilised games from petanque to pelota.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, wellies to borrow. In rooms: TV, tea- and coffee-making kit, and Bramley bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Room 6 is perfect for families, since there’s a set of bunks in the corner; grown-ups will appreciate the super-king-size bed, the roomy walk-in shower and the vaulted ceilings. Anyone with a fear of public nudity should probably avoid rooms 2 and 3, since their private bathrooms are a short dash away, across the corridor.

Packing tips

Blend in with the locals by bringing a boat-load of Barbour, Dubarry and Le Chameau wares.

Also

There’s a ramp up to the main communal areas, but no specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are welcome. Extra beds can be added for no charge, but not all rooms are big enough. There’s one family room that has two bunk beds that can be used for £50 (including breakfast). There's a children’s menu, and highchairs are available.

Food and Drink

Photos Lord Poulett Arms food and drink

Top Table

For peak cosiness, opt for one of the tables for two by the fire, or request a fair-weather table out on the terrace.

Dress Code

Leave the sequins at home.

Hotel restaurant

This is Great British pub grub with a quick detour around the world: expect dishes to include trout spring rolls with soy and sesame dressing and compressed cucumber; rump of Mendip lamb with boulangère potatoes and spring leeks; tonka bean crème brûlée with pistachio ice-cream. The furniture has been sourced from antique markets all over the country, the mood lighting (care of candles and table lamps) is excellent, and there’s a fuzzy chatter filling the room and making it even more inviting.

Hotel bar

The pub and restaurant are open plan. Make time for a drink first so you can have a chat with the locals as you work your way through the craft beers on tap, most of which come from the nearby Butcombe Brewery.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am until 9.30am, after which the pub stays open until 11pm (10.30pm on Sundays).

Location

Photos Lord Poulett Arms location
Address
Lord Poulett Arms
High St, Hinton Saint George TA17 8SE
Hinton Saint George
TA17 8SE
United Kingdom

You’ll find the Lord Poulett Arms on the high street of the Somerset village of Hinton Saint George.

Planes

Exeter’s airport is closest, roughly half an hour away by car. Heathrow is a two-hour drive from the hotel.

Trains

The closest rail station is Crewkerne, a 10-minute drive away. Direct trains from London Waterloo take two and a half hours with South Western (southwesternrailway.com).

Automobiles

You’ll want to get out and see some of the glorious Somerset countryside, so your own wheels will be useful. Yeovil is the closest town, a 20-minute trip by car.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once you’ve worked your way through the list of local ales and had a chat with a few of the friendly villagers propping up the bar, have a snoop around historic Hinton Saint George, which has a Grade I-listed church dating back to the 13th century. There are also plenty of walking paths that set off from the village, including one that passes by the centuries-old Spreading Oak TreeAdmire some impressive Elizabethan architecture in the form of Montacute House, a 20-minute drive up the road. Or take in the dramatic Jurassic Coast, the poster town of which, Lyme Regis, is 35 minutes away by car. Head up to Pass Vale Farm on Burrow Hill, which has been pressing cider for 200 years and has 180 acres of orchards. The lewder-minded will enjoy a trip down to see the Cerne Giant (and its famous appendage).

Local restaurants

Stop for a coffee once you’ve stockpiled the produce on offer at the Udder Farm Shop on Manor Farm, which has a deli, butcher and fishmonger showcasing wares. If you’ve ventured down into Dorset, stop by for lunch at The Digby Tap in Sherborne, where you can keep going with the local-beer tasting. And for superb seafood overlooking the Jurassic Coast, book in at Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis.

Reviews

Photos Lord Poulett Arms reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Somerset and unpacked their farmshop fare, a full account of their bucolic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton Saint George

Forget the grandes dames of the hotel world: the Lord Poulett Arms is the grand daddy, welcoming weary travellers and offering them a place to lay their heads since 1680. Today, the duo behind the Beckford Arms and the Talbot Inn – both also pub-with-rooms perfection – are the custodians of Lord Poulett’s lair, and it’s as inviting as ever. Along with all the fireplaces, cosy corners and vaulted ceilings you could possibly hope for, there’s mismatched furniture a-go-go, thanks to the owners travelling far and wide to bring their newfound treasures to a room near you, with Berber rugs, local artworks and feature lamps filling in the blanks. The garden is split into three sections, with a Basque pelota wall and Provencal petanque court added for extra cultivation. It’s a casual affair, with check-in taking place over the bar counter (locally brewed beer, anyone?), but the Great British pub doesn’t get much better than this.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Lord Poulett Arms’s Guestbook below.
No Smith members have posted their reviews of Lord Poulett Arms yet. You could be the first!