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)
Moonfleet Manor Hotel Ltd,
36. 3 in coach house, 3 in villa, 3 ground floor.
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.
all ages welcomed, last entrance for children in dining room 7.30 pm.
allowed in bedrooms, on lead in public rooms, not in restaurant, play areas.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £109–£549, D,B&B £179–£619. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.