Among the finest of Poole's 18th Century buildings, The Mansion House was built by one Isaac Lester a short walk from the historic quayside where the cod which was the source of his wealth was landed. Sadly, he died before his new residence was completed, and it was finally occupied by his younger brother Benjamin who had hitherto been occupied at the Newfoundland end of the family's affairs.
Today The Mansion House Hotel retains all its original grace and charm, with public and private rooms carefully decorated to reflect the marble pillars and chandeliers of its Georgian construction, and with a particularly noteworthy and elegant sweeping staircase greeting guests on their arrival. Attention to detail is paramount, and an equal care has been taken to provide the modern facilities expected by contemporary visitors. The international cuisine interspersed with traditional English dishes of the beautiful Club Dining Room, which makes excellent use of the wealth of fresh local ingredients, has established a reputation which is rapidly gaining nationwide acclaim; the less formal JJ's Bistro offers simpler yet equally enticing fare.
An important Channel seaport since Roman times, Poole offers excellent facilities for sailing, fishing, and diving, one of Europe's cleanests beaches at Sandbanks, and is centrally placed for exploring Hardy Country and historic Salisbury, Winchester, and Stonehenge.
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The Mansion House
Thames Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1JN
Location: in a cobbled mews off the quayside in Poole old town
Tel: +44 (0)1202 685666
Fax: +44 (0)1202 665709
All rates include early morning tea, newspaper, breakfast, & service