Moonfleet Manor Hotel
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... It now includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pastureland, heathland and forest in south East England. Horse and cattle roam over the hills, roads and in the villages which is really strange to see. What a lovely area though, you could spend a lot of time there investigating the little villages dotted around and wandering through the forest tracks and beside the lakes and streams. And we would have if we ...
... and its got a lovely seaview. There is a beach river which kids can take a dinghy down to the sea whilst adults enjoy the view which extends around the coast to show a little island just down the coast.
If you need refreshments go to the Wave bar which serves local fish specialities and does take away.
I would write more, but I spent more time enjoying the sudden sunshine than I did exploring- and so should you! Go and explore!
... them right for being so unfriendly!! After Bridport the going got harder with longer and steeper hills, a lot of which I walked up. The longest was from Wooton Fitzpaine ; while I was walking I saw three deer quite close looking over the hedge. I left the No2 for the No52 for a couple of miles, then turned down a tiny lane towards Musbury. This went along the ridge for a while, then plunged downhill towards the village. It must have been at least 1in3 and I was ...
Lovely breakfast with fruit, Dorset cereals and yoghurt before leaving at 9.30. Took the minor road to Milton on Sea and Mudiford to reach Christchurch-- déjà vu from last year's Stour walk. Reachedy the sea front and was happily cycling along for about a mile, when I came across signs saying no cycling in July and August and a few disgruntled walkers. So, muttering and grunting, I had to ...
River Cottage HQ day. Lazy morning around the park, tis a beaut day with all systems a go for our long awaited dining experience at the world famous establishment created by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It is located just inside the the Devon Dorset boundary, it is on a need to know basis as very little evidence of its being or signage. We arrive a little after eleven bells, park in the car park which is the check in point ...
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We stayed here for three nights with our kids, aged 4 and 1, to get a break for the whole family. Moonfleet Manor has a fantastic location overlooking Chesil Beach and great facilities for the kids: indoor swimming pool, play area for the younger one, games room, climbing frame, sandpit etc.
My daughter and I stayed at the Moonfleet Manor for 5 days recently. I now understand what's behind the conflicting reviews about this place. We enjoyed our stay - especially the lovely location - but it's a pretty mixed bag of a place.
A lovely relaxing four days
What a lovely place!! Full of ambience. We had a very relaxing time, beautiful room, extremely comfortable bed, lovely Duvets etc. The staff are very sweet and funny! The children took the hotel dog for a walk! The food...Oh the food was fab!! The kids either ate with us or in the children's dining room. We had dinner alone sometimes, while the kids were watching a video in our room wth the listening service turned on. It felt very safe. Great games room....the children didn't want to come home. Definitely going back soon! not stuffy and posh.... just a very happy place with good service.
We were looking for luxury, as advertised and it just didn't meet expectations. The kids loved the activities (aged 3 and 5 ) but everything was in need of refurbishment and it seemed very over priced for what we got. It all looked shabby. The service was very poor. We gave up on room service and ended up getting things for ourselves! The staff were vague and unhelpful and no apologies were forthcoming. The bed was very uncomfortable and small. TVs were tiny, radio didn't work and the kettle was archaic. The food was good but not exceptional. We've just arrived back after a three day break and we feel in need of a holiday!!
We have just spent our 3rd short break at this relaxing, cosy hotel with our 3 children, aged 6, 3 and 18m - they did not want to come home either! They loved the swimming pool and the huge indoor games area. We loved the relaxed ambience, not having to worry about the children being noisy, boisterous or messy and having a few hours to unwind beside the open fires with the children safely looked after in the children's Den. Evening dinner was excellent with no additional babysitting cost due to the babylistening service - how nice to have three meals without the kids! Our room was large enough for the 5 of us with 2 Z beds and a travel cot. Staff were always happy to help. Now it's back to reality until we've saved up enough to go again! Definitely recommended.
We spent two nights at Moonfleet Manor and had a great time with our nearly one year old daughter who we were able to keep well entertained despite the nasty weather thanks to the huge playroom and indoor heated pool. We found Neil's Room to be very comfortable and were surprised about the hugeness of it. The highlight was the excellent food in the evenings - very impressive. Never had too much contact with the staff but reception were friendly and welcoming on arrival, and the manager made sure we were happy. Main thing is we were able to relax in the evenings thanks to the baby listening systems in place! Recommended to tired parents who don't have easy access to babysitters!
The formula that seems to work so well at its sister hotels (Fowey Hotel, Woolley Grange etc) doesn't seem to quite gel here. Firstly, our rooms. There were pleasant enough on the inside (though very small), but were housed in what looked like The Crossroads Motel. The main rooms of the house and the restaurant are beautiful though and the food is delicious. What I thought the whole experience lacked , was any sort of personal touches and the staff, whilst OK, were quite impersonal in the way that they dealt with us. I think that this formula can only justify its high price by keeping things relatively small and by offering personal highly friendly service. As it was, we felt like one of many on an expensive conveyor belt. The kids playroom is fairly grim looking too , as is the swimming pool complex. All in all,I felt this place needed to do much more to justify its price tag and I woudn't go back.
Spent a wonderful weekend here with my husband and 2 daughters (aged 8 and 6). We stayed in Maximillian, which had views over the Fleet lagoon and rolling countryside (although, had only 1 small wardrobe). Perhaps our expectations weren't too high (had read some critisisms before we arrived). There is a lovely atmosphere about this hotel, with just enough wear and tear to make the place feel comfortable. The staff couldn't do enough for us. Although, the pool area was dated, it was immaculately clean, as was our room and all other areas of this hotel. The sports hall was a real bonus, especially for children around the same ages as ours (parents seemed to enjoy this area too!). Our girls loved the dog Spicer and tried! to take him for a walk a couple of times. We would highly recommend a break here.
Just what we thought: "better be worth the money". Alas, apart from the food at dinner, it wasn't. Faux, shabby gentility in the style of a stately home-cum-gentleman's club (the marketing pitch) is no substitute, if style wins out over substance. A luxury room turned out to be an attic garrett overlooking the car park, stuffed with a few shabby antiques (wardrobes that didn't work and a bed - whilst attractive - that was so uncomfortable that we took it in turns on our son's Z-bed in the corner). Swimming pool dank and uninviting; 'sports hall' cavernous and echoing. No non-smoking lounges (unfortunate when you have children - which everyone does.) Well-meaning but somewhat amateurish staff. The one saving grace was the food at dinner - of extraordinarily good quality - even if to get in there we were required to be in the lounge 20 minutes before our booked time and did not sit down until 40 minutes later on busy nights. But they mixed up our tables and lost our wine and breakfasts were disappointing (clearly a different chef). Worn out and in need of major investment: avoid.
"This had better be good" were my husband's first words when I told him where we were going and how much it was going to cost! Moonfleet isn't cheap, but I have no complaints about the value for money that our trip to this beautiful and very comfortable hotel represented. The price you pay is a room rate, so you can squeeze all your children into one room, and pay only for the dinners that they eat. The dining facilities were very relaxed, without the adult menu having to pander to the tastes of the junior customers. The indoor sports hall was a godsend as the weather was against us on our trip, and there was ample space for the children to run off steam. The pool area was a bit disappointing though - definitely in need of an update. All in all a relaxing and luxurious trip, that we look forward to repeating in the near future.