We stayed at Mill House for 3 nights - 2 nights in room 3 (standard double) and 1 night in room 1 (premier double) - 19th - 21st September 2013. Room 3 had a lovely view of the duck pond at the front of the hotel and room 1 a huge view of the sea and hillside around the cove at the side of the hotel. Both rooms are lovely, newly decorated in a contemporary but warm style and with lovely matching furniture. The beds are very big and very comfortable. In fact the king size bed in room 3 is too big for the room in my opinion. The bathroom in room 3 is dated but functional, it's a pity it was not upgrated when then upgraded the bedroom. Because the TV is on the window sill in room 3 you can't fully close the curtains at night and watch TV. Ideally the TV should be moved onto the wall at the end of the bed. Also room 3 only has one bedside light which annoyed my husband slightly as I grabbed the one with first. Room 1 is huge with a full width window overlooking the terrace, cove and hillside around the cove. It was lovely to read our newspapers and watch the walkers and canooist doing their thing whilst lounging on the matching chairs with footrests in front of the window. The area is very quiet after about 10.30pm so a good night's sleep is guaranteed. The only minor issues with room 1 are the missing toggle from the mirror light-pull cord in the bathroom, the build up of mould inside the shower cubicle and no hooks on doors for hanging the lovely toweling robe that is provided. There are no door hooks in room 3 either come to mention it!
We had two evening meals and three breakfasts in the hotel. The food is very good and the menu has something for everyone. The service was very good on all occasions apart from our last breakfast. It was a busy service and I think they were short staffed. The young waiter did his best to keep on top of things and he kept smiling which was a credit to him. The manager who was on duty at the time did not seem to be able to minimise the chaos and maybe could have been more proactive. Residents were having to help themselves to cutlery, butter, milk etc from other tables and everyone had to wait a long time even for their orders to be taken. Having said all the staff that we met during our 3 days were friendly and helpful and we loved staying at Mill House and would still recommend it - everyone has an off day!
There are two other venues very close by that serve good food with amazing service - Lulworth Cove Inn and Bishops. Both have amazing interiors and large outside spaces/terraces as does the Mill House. The best coffee I have ever tasted was served at Lulworth Cove Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on the site of Lulworth’s original watermill, Lulworth Lodge is our quintessential coastal hotel with an all-day ground floor bistro. Situated a pebble’s skim from the famous Lulworth Cove, this affordable beachside hotel features 12 simple & stylish bedrooms. The South West Coast Path is on the doorstep with Durdle Door, Mupe Bay and Osmington a short ‘climb’ away. From our Super Snug bedrooms - to our Lodge Suite boasting panoramic views over Lulworth Cove. This modern beachside hotel offers comfortable accommodation; good food and friendly service enhanced by stunning sunsets and the sound of the gentle swoosh of the waves. The ground floor bistro has a youthful air and plenty of local fish on the menu, as well as an outside deck that is perfect for summer dining, soaking up the sun and enjoying a perfectly executed glass of fizz. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lulworth Lodge West Lulworth, Dorset