A glorious country house built 200 years ago of stone from the Purbeck Hills, situated within its own beautiful, formal gardens

Popular Venue for Weddings, Parties and Business

Who we are, our history, what we offer and how to contact us.

Who's Who at The Grange

The hotel is owned by Karenza and Ken Mathews together with their daughter Jennifer Fletcher and her husband Jonathan.  Jennifer and Jonathan Manage the hotel on a day-to-day basis.  Karenza was a well-known table tennis player who represented England more than four hundred times; she was twice Women’s Champion of England.

Jennifer obtained a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at The University of London while Jon graduated in Environmental Science at Kingston University.  Having travelled around the world together, Jennifer and Jon returned to Brighton and managed the family hotel there.  The family bought The Grange at Oborne in July 2003.  Both Jennifer and Jon have qualifications in management, they hold qualifications from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and Jon holds the British Institute of Innkeeping's National Certificate for Licensees.

Simon Clewlow is Head Chef at The Grange.  Simon trained at Thanet College, Kent before working at Goodwood Park where he became Sous Chef. He spent several years working in Bermuda under Anton Mossiman, followed by a spell as head chef of small family-run business in Brittany.  In 1997 he settled in the South West and was Head Chef at the 2 Rosette Bridge House at Beaminster and later at The Farthings at Hatch Beauchamp.

History of The Grange

The present house is thought to be about two hundred years old; it is also believed to have been the principal farmhouse of Oborne and to have been the largest in the surrounding area. As far as we know The Grange continued to be a working farm until it was bought for residential use in the early 20th century; by that time much of the farmland had been sold and only a few acres remained.

The Grange as a Hotel

In 1976, Mauro Lupi, an Italian businessman looking for a suitable site for a new restaurant, bought The Grange. The conversion took quite some time, not least because mains water and electricity had to be installed. The Grange Restaurant opened later that year, serving traditional Italian cuisine. The Grange was a huge success and it soon gained a reputation throughout Dorset and Somerset; many guests would even arrive by helicopter! Soon afterwards, Mauro realised the tremendous potential for a hotel in the area and in the early 1980's he converted the first floor of the house to four hotel bedrooms. Within weeks the rooms were full with Italian businessmen who were visiting Westland Helicopters at Yeovil.

The Grange Today

Thirty years on, The Grange has grown and evolved; still a popular local restaurant, it now has eighteen bedrooms and two function rooms, and is a popular venue for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and business meetings.

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