Originally opened in the 1860s by Eldridge Pope, a Dorchester Brewer, it served Fordingbridge Railway Station, one of the stops on the newly built Salisbury and Dorset Railway. It had seven rooms to rent and a livery stable.
The line was closed in 1964, and the Railway Hotel became The Load of Hay for a time, then was named after a local artist, Augustus John.
We have now restored the Railway Hotel to its original elegant Victorian form. We have five spacious, luxury en-suite rooms and a self contained two bedroom cottage, set around a characterful courtyard and the original livery stables. Guests and locals can relax and enjoy a meal in our restaurant and Pullman Carriage.