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Lulworth Lodge
Ranked #7 of 13 West Lulworth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Excellent stay”
Reviewed 23 September 2012 via mobile

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Stayed for 3 nights for peace and quiet and this is what we got. A very relaxed weekend.
Lulworth cove is a very pretty little village, no more then 20 houses. If you stay only a weekend you won't need a car.
The main car park of lulworth cove is at the entrance of the village, which is also the starting point of the walk to Durdle Door. The car park is chargeable but the hotel is refunding you the money.
It takes a 3 minutes stroll from the carpark down to the cove. Halfway to the cove is the Millhouse Hotel.
The rooms are very clean, spacious, have nice views, huge beds, are equipped with towels, bathroves, coffee and tea making facilities, TV (though you won't need one), large and small towels, shower gel and luxurious Molton Brown products. The shower and bathtub are in good condition. They are also generous with the heating but you can turn this down if not needed. Very nice rooms in a very nice location and well worth the £ 100 per night. Only downside is that you really hear the neighbours talking in the other rooms or the chairs scraping in the restaurant below. I was very suspicious about that after reading some of the other reviews, but surprisingly it didn't bother me. Nobody stirrs anyway before 8:30 am and until then it's deadly quiet. Only the ducks on the pond in front of the house  quacking happily from time to time. And given the age of that building, it is very common that noise travels easily in these old buildings.
The breakfast is excellent. Some small buffet with orange, cranberry and apple juice, 3 choices of cornflakes, muesli and dried fruits, good quality yoghurts, fresh fruits and spreads. The restaurant has a very happy and homely atmosphere and the vases on the tables had fresh flowers. The large window looking onto the cove made the room also nice abd bright. The hot items at breakfast are to be ordered from a small but excellent a la carte menu. It included a Dorset Grill (full english breakfast), eggs benedict with ham or haddock or spinach, smoked salmon, etc, all with free range eggs. Delicious. The service wasn't as sophisticated as you'd get in a finer establishment in London, but the staff was very friendly, authentically welcoming, warm and caring - all things what you don't get in these aforementioned finer London locations.
Lulworth cove is a good place for walking and exploring, even for beginners. Top tip: walk in the afternoon from 3 pm to Durdle Door (about one hour and once you are up that first white path it is a gentle walk), the tide is then low and the water invites you for a swim. Take your swimming gear with you! Walk the beach from Durdle Door further to your right until Bat Hole (30 min for a very slow stroll), beautiful along the white chalk cliffs. Walk then back to Durdle Door, and climb the small hill onto the other beach. Walk along that beach around the corner until the other end (you can do this only in the late afternoon when the tide is low). At the other end of the beach is a small wooden staircase which takes you up into the hills, past that white house, down the hill and you are back in lulworth cove.
The right arm of the cove, where also the beautiful stair hole is, is perfectly suitable for watching sun sets.
On a weekend you can do an excellent walk in the opposite direction. The army occupies there a very large training area, which is only open during weekends. You can access that area by going into the cove, walk to your left along the water until you have almost reached the end of the cove and take the wooden stairs up into the hills. Follow the signs to Fossil Forrest. The views are breathtaking. All the flowers are out between April and August, but we have been in late September and we have been feasting on those ripe juice brambles growing along the way. The walk is much steeper then the one to Durdle Door, but we encountered a few seniors in their seventies who were almost beating us mid thirties in the speed they climbed the cliffs. Many beaches along the way are accessible, so take again your swimm wear with you on a hot day. Also don't forget sunscreen, and water and sandwiches. There are beautiful picnic spots on the way. We started our walk at 11:30am and with many breaks and ocean toe tipping on the beaches we arrived in Kimmerige at 5:15pm. Mobile phone reception is extremely poor, so don't rely on you Iphone or google maps. The Millhouse hotel was sweet enough to borrow me a walking map but I also could have bought one cheaply in the heritage center adjacent to the main carpark in Lulworth Cove.
When we had reception about 30 min away from Kimmerige we called a cab which picked us up from the picturesque village where the coffee shop is again next to the main carpark. The cab was £20 back to Lulworth cove. We could have turned around anytime and could have walked back, but that way was for us more fun.
Dinner in the restaurant in the Millhouse hotel was excellent. The large 1/2 lobster with potatoes and salad was £18 and caught at 5:30pm and on my plate by 8pm. The seafood bisque was the best bisque I ever had. All cooked from scratch and Chef takes 7 hours to do it. As we were eating the waiters crossed off the fish no longer available from the black board. The portions are huge and the freshness and quality excellent.
The desserts are equally good, I had the creme brullee with raspberries - vanilla excellent, raspberries fresh, good creamy texture and the sugar on top perfectly caramelized and ready to be cracked. The service staff were again perhaps a bit in need of efficiency training, but overall very friendly and warm and they seem to know their product.
The restaurant seems to be the busiest from the 3 or 4 other restaurants around. Making a reservation and asking to reserve a lobster is highly recommended.
The restaurant is closing at 9pm and the whole little village seems to be tucked away by 10:30pm. Spending the day walking, a good dinner with wine in the evening, in bed by 10:30pm and you are awake without alarm or noise next morning at 8am.
When you arrive by train, nearest trainstation is Wool. In front of the tiny trainstation are cabs, but if you arrive after 9pm, take a phone number of a local taxi company with you. The hotel will quote you £ 8 for a cab ride from wool to lulworth cove, but we have expirienced twice that the cab drivers don't bother to switch on their taximeteres and have charged us £ 14 one way.
Mobile phone reception is extremely bad, vodafone doesn't work at all, i was cut off for all three days except I was high up on a cliff and I was lucky. Aparently O2 and Orange work better, but only when receiving text messages. The hotel has free wifi though.
All in all, I don't think we could have found a prettier hotel, closer to the cove, and with a better breakfast included.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Newbury
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We found this excellent restaurant whilst looking for somewhere to stay, (alas they had no rooms). The service was friendly and attentive, despite completely full, in this bistro styled restaurant. We pushed the boat out and went for whole lobster thermidor which did not disappoint. The salad side was very fresh and the fish cooked to perfection. We found room for some excellent locally made ice cream. My husband remarked it was the best meal he had ever eaten!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Whatever you do in Lulworth Cove, make sure you eat at their Bistro. Fantastic food - and exceptional service. We arrived to find a mix up in our booking and no room available to us. The duty manager dealt with the problem so professionally and found us a room next door. They could not do enough to make up for the mix up, upgrading our room and a lovely bottle of wine with our meal. Customer Service here is exceptional. The only downside, I would say is that the rooms are a little tired, and the bathroom especially could do with updating. However, the view from our room with a lovely balcony terrace overlooking the sea was lovely. The location is perfect, opposite a mill pond and a few steps away from the Cove beach. The car park isn't a problem - it's a short walk and they give you a voucher so you get it all for free!

Room Tip: The superior standard room with the balcony is a stunning view and lovely to sit out on.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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birmingham
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We found the hotel to be very clean, the room had everything you would want from a hotel of this class but the restaurant in particular offered an extremely high standard , we had one of our best meals there and found them to be courteous and friendly.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

We arrived to find the road closed until 6 pm (a daily occurrence). We were told by hotel staff that we could not even unload our luggage. The entrance to the huge car park might not be far away, but it was full to overflowing and it was more like a half mile walk than 100 metres to carry luggage to the hotel. When we eventually got there, the room was not the one we had booked: it was at small, dingy and without the view that we had seen on the internet. When booking on the internet you are asked if you would have a room at the side/back of the hotel; we indicated `no` but that was totally ignored. The staff were busy serving food in the bistro and obviously did not have time to deal with us, so were not very helpful at all. It seemed that the only staff dealing with the hotel side were really waitresses and did point that out. We did eventually speak to the duty manager, but he was not particularly helpful. We would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Colchester
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

This is a lovely & comfortable place to stay. I would strongly recommend - like others - that you get a member of your party to get a parking permit from the hotel before parking entitling you to do so for free during your stay.

The staff are friendly and welcoming and our room, The Boathouse, was removed from the main Inn and had the most wonderful view of Lulworth Cove... we too suspected we had been allocated the wrong room as it had a double and twin room and we had booked in a as couple. It worked out brilliantly for our first 2 nights however on the 2nd day we recieved a phone call from the hotel saying they had expected us to move to another room for our final night. We had received no information or confirmation at any point, although to the hotel's credit they had sent an email prior to our arrival. Sadly, we hadn't received it or any notice via phone or when checking in. The manager was extremely apologetic and offered us compensation. We decided to leave that evening instead as we had enjoyed the Boat House so much and didn't fancy trying the other room! (We didn't see it). The manager also said he would look to put in place a system so it did not happen again.

Despite this, we would definitely return to the Lulworth Mill House. The staff are great, the room was fab and dinner at The Dandelion on our arrival evening was amazing and fantastic value. The menu has great choice and offers local specialities. My scallop starter with garlic and cheese was gorgeous and the wine was good too :)

We had a wonderful weekend exploring the local areas, the hotel is perfectly placed for Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and some epic scenery!

We want to go back to stay already...

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Popped in for just a coffee with my girlfriend on a busy day. Had to spent minimum 10 pounds for using a debit card. Good service and helpful stuff. Cant complain and the place looks really nice. Really like it

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lulworth Lodge
Address: Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RQ, England (Formerly Lulworth Mill House)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > West Lulworth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in West Lulworth
Hotel Class:4 star — Lulworth Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a stone's throw from the beach at Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Lodge has recently been refurbished by walking experts, HF Holidays, into the perfect choice of accommodation for walkers who want to explore the spectacular Jurassic Coast. ... more   less 
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Lulworth Lodge West Lulworth, Dorset

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