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January 2014
Contact: Arnelle Kendall
Telephone: (561) 330-0850

Summer Lodge Hotel Launches New Gourmet Wellness Weekends in 2014
~ Shaping Lifestyles in a Healthy, Positive Way ~


Dorset’s Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa has combined its calming and luxurious surroundings with the expertise of Dr. Dorian Dugmore, CEO of Wellness Academy and one of the world’s leading well-being experts. The result is an immersive, indulgent weekenddesigned to analyze, educate and encourage discerning couples regarding their health and well-being while revealing how to enjoy life’s pleasures and maintain a balanced lifestyle.The first Gourmet Wellness for Couples weekend runs at regular intervals starting on Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the stunning property located in the charming village of Evershot, just two and a half hours from London.The Gourmet Wellness weekend will begin with an informal Welcome Dinner Friday evening.Saturday morning starts with a measurement of participant’s vitals including cholesterol and blood sugars, heart rate and biological age, followed by a country walk through the beautiful Melbury Estate and Deer Park. After a refreshing breakfast, guests will participate in a number of sessions with Dr. Dorian and his expert team focusing on key lifestyle risks that influence the health and well-being of couples. Topics include the science of the feel-good factor, techniques for managing stress and reducing tension, and simple dietary changes that maximize energy.

There will be additional wellness activities, including a wine tasting with Summer Lodge’s award-winning Sommelier Eric Zwiebel who shares the secrets of choosing a “healthier” tipple. The surprising health benefits of chocolate will not escape the attention of even the strictest health-conscious connoisseurs. Finally, on Sunday morning couples work together to develop individual wellness plans and explore the potentials of building a healthier lifestyle, assisted by the Wellness Academy team.

special menu has been designed for the Gourmet Wellness weekend, utilizing the abundance of locally-sourced fresh produce and combining the skills of Head Chef Steve Titman with the knowledge of Dr. Dorian’s nutrition experts. They have created a mouth-watering epicurean arrangement, served with recipe cards that inform guests of the ingredients and health benefits of each dish.

The weekend aims to instill guests with a positive attitude and confidence for the healthier road ahead, featuring countryside walks through the neighboring 600-acre Melbury Estate and plenty of free time to indulge in Summer Lodge’s exquisite Spa. The path to well-being is far from boring or daunting, and Dr. Dorian provides a plethora of practical tips for guests to improve their everyday lives.

The Wellness Weekend package includes: 

  • Two nights in a beautifully appointed room
  • Full English Breakfast daily
  • Wine tasting with award-winning Sommelier Eric Zwiebel
  • A three-course dinner with wine
  • Lunch at the Acorn Inn with drinks
  • Black Tie Gala Dinner with wine
  • Wellness Program of Events

Priced from $2,900 for two people staying in a Classic Room for two nights on March 7th and 8th. Additional nights are priced at our Best Available Rate. Treatments in the spa are available to book at an additional cost. This package is valid on selected dates only and is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For details and reservations, please contact Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa at +44 1935 48 2000, email:, or visit us online
About Dr. Dorian Dugmore
Dr. Dorian Dugmore is a world-renowned expert in cardiovascular health, preventative medicine and wellness. He has been working in this field for more than 30 years, and during this time his programs have won both World and European Best Practice Awards. He is one of the first Englishmen to be awarded a fellowship to the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation for his work in cardiovascular medicine. For the last nine years he has served on the European nucleus for sport cardiology, helping to promote new approaches and inroads to the world of sports performance. His work also entails assisting the Barclays Premier League football managers, closely linked with the Football League Managers Association (LMA). In his personal life, Dorian has completed 24 full marathons and chaperoned the former Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn in his successful completion of the 2005 London Marathon. As well as being CEO of the Wellness Academy, Dorian is Director of Corporate Wellbeing for Perform at the famous England Football Centre, St Georges Park.

About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is a member of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, an award-winning collection of five- and four-star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach, South Africa and Ireland. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture, and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards – splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service, and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.

For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, please call toll free from the USA/Canada at 1.877.955.1515 or from Europe, Australia and New Zealand at + 800.1698.8740. Visit us at or email
About The TreadRight Foundation
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: .

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