Moonfleet Manor

Fleet, Dorset

There is much to fire the young imagination at this 17th-century manor house above Chesil beach, the setting for John Meade Falkner’s 1898 tale of smuggling, Moonfleet. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There is much to fire the young imagination at this 17th-century manor house above Chesil beach, the setting for John Meade Falkner’s 1898 tale of smuggling, Moonfleet. Owned by Luxury Family Hotels, with ‘two swimming pools, a huge games room’, football pitch, fossil hunts and more, it has ‘everything children could want’. The service and welcome are ‘brilliant’, though a reader found occasional communication problems with the ‘keen-to-please’ staff. ‘Bedrooms were very good, beds comfortable, every extra you could need.’ An Ofsted crèche frees parents for pampering in the spa – or a glass of fizz on the terrace. At night, ‘You could have the children eat between 5 and 6.30; the hotel then provides a listening service, while adults go down and have a nice meal’. A nice meal, indeed. Michael Culley sources local ingredients for such dishes as pan-fried Lyme Bay scallops; Jurassic Coast lamb rump, dauphinoise potato, golden beetroot, kalettes, red wine jus. A hot buffet breakfast, ‘but they would also cook you individual dishes from a menu. A good choice.’ Picnic hampers are available for the beach. This family hotel ‘did exactly what it said on the tin’. (CH, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Moonfleet Manor Hotel Ltd,
Chickerell
Fleet
Dorset
DT3 4ED
England

Telephone

01305 786948

Bedrooms

36. 3 in coach house, 3 in villa, 3 ground floor.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, snug, restaurant, playroom, crèche, cinema, Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, indoor swimming pools, terrace, 5-acre garden (play areas), public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, last entrance for children in dining room 7.30 pm.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, on lead in public rooms, not in restaurant, play areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £109–£549, D,B&B £179–£619. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.