The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock, Dorset

There's more than an air of Cape Cod about this white clapboard hotel above Chesil Beach, which could have come straight out of an Edward Hopper painting. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s more than an air of Cape Cod about this white clapboard hotel above Chesil Beach, which could have come straight out of an Edward Hopper painting. Mary-Lou Sturridge and Tony Mackintosh left London’s Groucho Club to create this cool Jurassic Coast bolt-hole, with sea-facing bar and restaurant opening on to a terrace. Regulars tell us it’s ‘as good as ever, always a joy to visit’. The stripped-back interiors are enlivened with marine salvage, nautical paintings and antique-shop finds. The dashing young officer whose portrait hangs above the fire in the library is Mary-Lou’s grandfather; the furniture is from her mum’s house. Bedrooms, all in sight and sound of the sea, have a Roberts radio, books, a great bathroom with claw-footed bath and walk-in shower, but no TVs to detract from the views. If you fancy champagne or a cappuccino just pick up the retro dial phone. At lunch and dinner, short menus are devised by Alastair Little with new head chef Seldon Curry to appeal to all tastes. Maybe venison with beetroot ketchup; lemon sole, clams and chard; beetroot and onion tart. And how about cocktails or a cream tea outside?

Hotel details

Address

Cliff Road
Burton Bradstock
Dorset
DT6 4RB
England

Telephone

01308 897205

Bedrooms

9.

Open

all year.

Facilities

cocktail bar, restaurant, library, function facilities, in-room TV on request, civil wedding licence, terrace, lawn, parking, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

classical music in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £30.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (no charge unless an extra cleaning fee is warranted), bar, library, on terrace, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £220, singles from £200. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings refused Sat.