A POPULAR pub and hotel in Studland will temporarily close its doors after being “cut off from civilisation” during major roadworks.

The Bankes Arms in Manor Road will close for two weeks from Monday, November 14, until Saturday 26 due to travel constraints brought on by the closure of the B3351 and the temporary cessation of the Sandbanks Ferry service.

As reported, a large diversion route will be in place for motorists in Studland for Wessex Water’s five-week water main replacement project along the B3351 Studland Road.

At the same time, Sandbanks Ferry will stop operations for four weeks of routine maintenance work.

Bournemouth Echo: Diversions set for B3351 in StudlandDiversions set for B3351 in Studland (Image: Daily Echo)

This was described as a “double whammy” by Studland Parish Council, who publicly called on Wessex Water to delay the roadworks until January - expressing concerns that local businesses would suffer.

Wessex Water, meanwhile, stressed all affected businesses had been notified and no issues had been raised.

Despite this, The Bankes Arms recently announced its upcoming closure on social media and cited both the road diversions and ferry closure as the main reasons.

A spokesperson for the country inn said: “Just a heads up for next month when The Bankes Arms will be temporarily closing both the pub and hotel for two weeks.

“During this period, the Sandbanks Ferry is having its annual refurb and will not be running, and Wessex Water have decided that this is the best time to close the B3551 road to Corfe for major works.

Bournemouth Echo: Pub garden of The Bankes Arms in StudlandPub garden of The Bankes Arms in Studland (Image: Google)

“So, since we're going to be somewhat cut off from civilisation for a fortnight, we've decided to take some time out, draw breath and recharge.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused but will look forward to seeing you all again soon.”

Wessex Water previously told the Echo: “Following advice from Dorset Council, work has been timed to take place away from the busy summer holiday season and during a period in which the Sandbanks chain ferry is closed for maintenance so there’s less traffic passing through.

“We contacted parish councils in both Corfe Castle and Studland, as well as businesses and organisations directly affected, to advise them of the closure and no concerns were raised.”

The Bankes Arms has been approached to comment further.