Step into our polished marble lobby and immediately notice the warm and personalised service that defines The Chesterfield.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari. This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile our guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters. But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris in Botswana, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
Expect warm smiles at every turn, a host of thoughtful touches, sumptuous rooms, 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...
Visit our sister hotel Summer Lodge for delicious cuisine and impeccable service.
Renowned sommelier Eric Zwiebel will be on hand to offer the finest suggestion of wine to accompany your meal. Dine in our light and airy conservatory, the elegant Restaurant, or in the warm cosiness of the Whisky Bar, with around 300 whiskies.
Afternoon Tea is served every day in their Drawing Room and Conservatory. In the summer months, dine al fresco on Summer Lodge's terrace.
Led by General Managers Natalie & Rich, this is a family of passionate people, with a warm, inclusive ethos that embraces every aspect of our guests’ experiences. Our warm and welcoming team provides the perfect introduction to genuine village charm, and every one of us is deeply committed to giving the very best in all we do.
Exceeding expectations at every turn, our Inn has a team that take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service. Set within the enchanting village of Evershot, enjoy delicious cuisine in our traditional country pub, a lively bar and real ales. Not to mention, our restaurant which has won top accolades for its exceptional gastro experience.
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.
"The Acorn boasts a fascinating history. Built as a coaching inn in the 16th century, it was originally called the Kings Arms and brewed its own ales with water drawn from the source of the river Frome. When The Acorn was built, there were six pubs in the village; now, we are the only one remaining. Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ is set in the area and The Acorn is the pub mentioned as ‘The Sow and Acorn’.
We began managing The Acorn in 2017 and we are extremely proud of our longstanding team members, who are so passionate about what they do. Our team have helped us earn some fantastic awards, such as Dorset Pub of the Year and Chef of the Year. The hotel works as one department and guests are always impressed at how well we get along.
Sustainability is always one of our top priorities. We grow our own herbs and vegetables, are involved in numerous recycling projects, volunteer for beach clean-ups and collect any unused water to nourish our garden.
The Acorn is all about local produce and guests love our pub classics such as local beer battered fish and chips with a lovely local pint of ale. Our area is also an attraction in itself, with beautiful green rolling hills packed with stunning walks and impressive beauty spots.
We look forward to welcoming you to our village pub very soon."
- Natalie and Richard Legg, General Managers