Countryside Hunting & Shooting Breaks

Owners’ Jo and Mark Donovan welcome you to Bridge House, a historic country house hotel on the doorstep of West Dorset’s finest country estates and shooting events. Local estates include Mapperton, Symondsbury Estate and The Honeycoombe Shoot at Sherborne Castle Estate.

If you’re looking to enjoy some country pursuits such as shooting game or deer stalking we’re pleased to offer our shooting guests the following VIP offer:

Coach House & Deluxe rooms

£125 per person dinner, bed & breakfast

Superior and Four-Posters

£145 per person dinner, bed & breakfast

The above rates include accommodation, a full English breakfast and a 3-course evening dinner and are based on single occupancy.

About Bridge House Hotel & Restaurant

Bridge House is a 700 year old Dorset country residence full of character - the product of generations of history passing through its doors. Originally a home for a dozen priests, the hotel now has its own unique, boutique style, sympathetic to its heritage as well as contemporary comfort.

Bridge House has 13 bedrooms, each decorated in its own original style and all en-suite with modern bathrooms. All rooms have the finest Italian Frette linen, waffle guest robes, Molton Brown toiletries, flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, digital telephones, tea and coffee making facilities.

Once the building’s stables, the Coach House was converted in 1995 and is a pretty, detached building at the rear of hotel offering country style accommodation.

The hotel’s public rooms reflect the building’s fascinating history from the medieval lounge to the Georgian panelled dining room. There is also a beautiful dog friendly walled garden and heated outside terrace. The bar serves drinks throughout the day and evening, with an extensive wine and spirits list, and a cocktail bar on weekend evenings.


Bridge House is flanked by the River Brit and is at the heart of Beaminster - one of the most perfectly situated of all Dorset towns. Deep in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, the hotel is also on the doorstep of a World Heritage Site - The Jurassic Coast, with its 95 miles of unspoilt coast, crammed with 185 million years of fossil history. The nearby bustling market town of Bridport boasts many individual shops and a vintage quarter for antiques and collectables.  Just six miles away is the quirky fishing harbour at West Bay, made popular following the ITV series ‘Broadchurch’.


Our wine supplier is renowned London-based merchant Corney & Barrow, who have helped create an extensive and evolving wine list at Bridge House. However, if there is a particular wine or vintage you would like to drink during your stay, please contact our restaurant manager Alex Thomas who will be happy to assist:

Cocktail Masterclasses

Our resident mixologist Lloyd Brown is available for private cocktail masterclasses. For an additional £25 per person you will be able to sample 4 cocktails created from locally produced Dorset spirits and mixers. A minimum of 6 people per booking is required for private masterclasses

Our sample Menu

Your stay with us includes a 3-course dinner from our seasonal al la carte menu . Please find
below our sample menu to give you an idea of what our
two AA rosette restaurant can offer


Carpaccio of Salt Beef, rocket, radish, parmesan, balsamic
Smoked Salmon & Crayfish Tail Salad, Marie rose, pickled beetroot
Chesil Smoked Duck Breast, duck liver parfait, cherry jam
Terrine of Grouse, Partridge, Guinea Fowl & Pigeon, damson chutney

Main Courses

Bridge House Steak & Ale Pie, creamed potato, tenderstem, jus
Beer Battered Catch of the Day, triple cooked chips, pea puree
Confit Pork Belly, black pudding hash
Chickpea and Spinach Jalfrezi, – spiced mushroom and halloumi samosa, coriander rice,
coconut and lime dressing


Date Sticky Toffee Pudding, toffee sauce, Baboo vanilla ice cream
Bridge House Lemon Tart, clotted cream, raspberry coulis
Warm Triple Chocolate Brownie, chocolate sauce, chantilly
Local Cheese Board, quince, caramelised onion chutney

Local Estates

If you would like to discuss your shoot party requirements in more detail please contact Mark & Jo Donovan on 01308 862200 or email

South West Tourism Highly Commended Dorset Small Hotel of the Year Dorset Eating Out of the Year Taste of the West 2017 Gold AA 2 Rosette Open 4 Business recommended by Food and Drink Read the Good Hotel Guide review