Moonfleet Manor

Once used to billet D-Day troops, this revamped early 17th-century mansion now hosts ‘young children, exhausted parents’ and grandparents. More

Contact details

Moonfleet Manor
Fleet Road
Fleet
Dorset
DT3 4ED
England
01305 786 948

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

contemporary in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, on lead in public areas, not in restaurant or children's play areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £120-£525, D,B&B £190-£595. A la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Once used to billet D-Day troops, this revamped early 17th-century mansion now hosts ‘young children, exhausted parents’ and grandparents. A member of Luxury Family Hotels, it offers ‘expert’ care by ‘extremely friendly’ staff. ‘For a weekend with three generations, it could not have been more suitable.’ Facilities are ‘excellent’. Grown-ups appreciate the spa, monitor listening service, and Sunday morning lie-ins when their broods are collected, fed and, under the gaze of Ofsted-registered nannies, make jewellery, dress up, have a ball – ‘No guilt, it didn’t feel like a dumping ground!’ Close of play brings family movies at 6 pm, while in between, a soft play area, sand pit and ride-on toys for toddlers; an indoor football pitch, air hockey and geocaching for older ones. ‘Spacious and comfortable’ bedrooms, with family-friendly arrangements, are ‘interestingly furnished’ in a modern, colonial style. Flexible mealtimes include children’s tea, family sittings. Eat after 7.30 pm (last admittance for families with children), for more chance of adult-only dining, where new chef Michael Culley creates such dishes as slow-braised Jurassic Coast beef, pearl onions, field mushrooms, braised red cabbage, creamy mashed potato. Breakfast was rated ‘awesome’ by one trusted five-year-old Guide insider.

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Moonfleet Manor
Fleet Road
Fleet
Dorset
DT3 4ED

Guest comments

'Our superior suite of rooms was very good, beds comfortable; every extra you could need. Service and welcome brilliant. Food was very good; the waiters obliging and helpful. Breakfast was on a hot buffet basis, but they would cook individual dishes from a menu as well. Lots to choose from on the cereal/Danish pastry front, and really good fresh fruit salad. Not the hotel you would choose if you were a couple without children. Not cheap but when you look at what they offer, the upkeep of this place must be huge. ' - Barbara Watkinson - January, 2019
'The setting is wonderful. Rooms were comfortable and well heated; amazing water pressure! The staff generally were very friendly and keen to please except that a couple of them did not listen to anything that was slightly out of the ordinary (possibly because their English wasn't good enough--we were told that there were 14 nationalities working there). Public rooms very pleasant with lots of log fires, but housekeeping a bit hit and miss and the sofas with prehistoric seat cushions and collapsed seats need some attention. This was a very nice place for three middle-aged friends to stay without children. ' - AT - December, 2018
'A treat for families with young children, though we would not call it luxury. The facilities for children were excellent. Communicating bedrooms, high teas, creche, play activities both indoors and out, Breakfast Club, etc. Reception and bedrooms were spacious and interestingly furnished, and had a pleasant, relaxing feeling. The food, though not exceptional, was acceptable but we thought it expensive. The staff were courteous and friendly. ' - Jane Bradley - February, 2016

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  • Aviemore

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