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“Really something special”
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Limestone Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in West Lulworth
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Really something special”
Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

My partner and I made use of a special offer for a 4 day stay at the limestone hotel in west lulworth.
The entrance does rather sneak up on you so keep your eyes peeled. Parking is the best use of a small space and it was very nice to have a space dedicated by your room name. If your not too steady keep in mind there are steps and two slopes to conquer before you may enter the hotel.
Upon entry we were greeted by a very nice member of staff who offered us help with out bags and showed us to and around our room. A nice personal touch (something you will find in every part of this hotel)
We stayed in the stable room which is one of their standard doubles. The room on first impression is on the small side but this wasn't a problem for us at all. The bed I believe is not a double but perhaps a king. There is also a small shower in the clean modern looking bathroom (electric and a little jittery and I knocked my elbows a few times washing my hair)

The stable room has two sky lights which if left with blinds open all day will make the room rather warm. We simply closed the blinds to keep the sun out during the day. I would recommend bringing a small fan. We did and it really made all the difference. The bed was very comfortable and the bedding of a good quality. the room was cleaned everyday. The room for the majority of the time is nice and quiet. It is a little noisy when next door use their key but that really didn't bother us.
On the last day/night of our stay there was the addition of a banging door from somewhere downstairs. It was strange that it hadn't been noticed up until then.

The wonderful thing about the sky lights was that on a clear night we were able to lay and look at the stars, very romantic!

Breakfast was on every occasion extremely good. The quality and carful presentation really made the experience of a high quality. The menu is not vast but absolutely open to requests which we appreciated a lot.

This hotel is in a beautiful location! But this is so clearly not relied on as the only winning feature. The dedicated and friendly staff (every single person we dealt with was lovely!) make for a great experience all round. Throughout the hotel there are so many little quirks which make it just so much more and certainly enhanced our experience. We loved the honesty bar, the use of room themes (tastefully achieved) the touches to the service such as being seen into the dining room for dinner and shown the specials board before hand (even though this often meant someone having to lug the big old thing into the garden for you!)
The breakfast menus and glug glug jugs all made for wonderful little memories which will, I'm sure make us smile when we look back.

The food in at the Limestone is super and the reviews for the restaurant well worth reading. It's number one in Lulworth for a very good reason!

We had a truly wonderful time and are so sad to have come home. Thank you for a great new memories!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

We were delighted to find this lovely restaurant and enjoyed three delicious meals. The quality of the food was excellent and the hosts were most welcoming . This restaurant has only been open since March but thoroughly deserves to become a permanent destination for visitors to Lulworth who are looking for superb dining! We will definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Having lived in the village for thirty plus years, it is now a pleasure to have such a quality hotel and restaurant on our doorstep.
We went with two neighbours for a meal on the 14 August. The surroundings were very tasteful and elegant, the food was superb, the service was excellent and the owners and manager were a pleasure. Can't wait for our next visit, with this type of service and food it can only go from strength to strength.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We were staying at a nearby B & B last week, when we went for a walk one afternoon and saw the Limestone Hotel. It looked interesting, so we sat outside for afternoon tea. While we were there, I went inside to look at the restaurant, and then booked up for dinner the following evening. I was glad I did. We had a drink beforehand in the bar where we chose our meals. I had a goats cheese tart for starters which was made with caramalised onions, then lovely sweet tomatoes and then melted goats cheese on top. It was delicious. The restaurant was full, which is unusual for a Wednesday night, but there were only about 12 tables. The owners were only young and hadn't been there long, but I know it will be successful if our meals were anything to go by!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Somerset UK
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Phoned and booked a one night stay for my husbands birthday.
Carpark a little tight for large vehicles, but once sorted, a lovely welcome, and was shown to our room, called The Boathouse.
Edward, don't forget to put a longer link between key and nametag, as too tight to easily open door!
5min walk to the Cove. Super location, if you want to be away from the crowds, but still close to everything.
Sat and had drinks overlooking the Village - a beautiful view.
Dinner was very good, and also Service. The scallops and lobster were super - just the medium rare steak, for us, a little too well done.
Breakfast was really first class - lovely food, and all served in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Infact, I think that was what we really liked about Limestone - the relaxed atmosphere...we were never hurried, and lets face it, we come away from the hustle and bustle for some peace.
Lovely hosts and staff, and a wonderful stay - we will definitely recommend, and hope to be back one day.

Room Tip: The Boathouse is a lovely bright room overlooking the garden. Comfortable split double bed. Good siz...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We booked 3 nights through Booking.com arriving on a Sunday evening having booked in for Dinner. First impressions are very good - the hotel sits above the road and parking area and the owners (open since March 2013) have done the best they can with the parking arrangements - 10 rooms, 10 spaces. A bit tight and needs some forethought by the guests to ensure all fit nicely - a couple of ignoramuses during our stay. From the terrace you can see past the Church and across the valley giving just a hint that the sea might lie over the hill! A perfect spot for afternoon tea, cream tea or a pre/post dinner drink.
The hotel is well appointed and our room at least - The Boathouse - was really nice. Can't comment on the others but I suspect all very similar. Ours was a Superior Room - not sure what that means though as the room was small, with only hanging space for clothes, but definitely a nice aspect - so maybe that was it? Locking the door was a challenge without scraping stain off the door jamb or skin off knuckles - huge key fob and small gap between keyhole and door jamb!
We had a good welcome on arrival and staff and owners ( a multi-national bunch) were very friendly, helpful and attentive throughout our stay. Breakfasts were very good, we had a superb Dorset Cream Tea on the terrace, but the piece de resistance were the evening meals. The owner had "stolen" the two chefs from his last hotel, and boy can they cook! We missed one meal as we were out late and far sightseeing, but the choice, style and quality of the food was superb! I do not normally eat much fish but I had two fish starters and two fish mains over the two meals - all locally caught and landed down the road in the Cove - which by the way was only few minutes safe walk away. Although not fish (!) the desserts were also really tasty, and all accompanied by a good choice of wines from the reasonably priced to the special.
If you like walking then you can pick up the coast path east or west from the Cove - although check the times that the Army Range is open if you want to go east to Tyneham Village and the fossilised forest. The climb up to Durdle Door is best done before the Sun is too fierce and I recommend a Limestone full English Breakfast for energy.
I would stay here for the food alone, but anyway the hotel hits the spot from most angles. The current owners have uplifted it from a 5 bed B&B to a 10 bed Hotel and I guess that it is a bit on the small side. Although a couple of niggles in that respect it still gets 5 stars from me - 4.5 would be fairer but 4 would be too low. Should I get the chance to return to that part of Dorset, I would certainly check The Limestone first. Oh, and keep those chefs!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stayed here between 8th and 12th July. Although our room was slightly smaller than expected with no view to talk of -it was absolutely spotless and luckily the weather was such that we didn't have to stay in for long . Breakfasts were excellent and the food in general was of a very high standard- in fact the best by a mile in the area. We did have a minor hiccough with the temperature of the water but we would like to thank the owners for their response and very kind gift . All the staff were very friendly .Wouldn't hesitate to come back but would definitely opt for one of the rooms at the front of the hotel .

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Limestone Hotel
Address: Main Road | Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth BH20 5RL, England (Formerly Gatton House)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > West Lulworth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in West Lulworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Dorset hills, this stylish country house is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Jurassic coastline.Limestone at Lulworth is a uniquely designed, characteristic hotel. The combination of traditional furnishings tastefully enhanced with a modern influence, creates an authentic English, country house feel with a touch of luxury. Combined with the relaxed, homely atmosphere makes this the perfect place for a well-deserved break.Just a short walk away from Lulworth cove and a brisk hike over the hill to Durdle door, listed by “Visit Britain” as one of the top 10 natural wonders of the UK, Limestone hotel is a perfect base to explore this quintessential part of England. ... more   less 
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Gatton House Hotel West Lulworth
Limestone Hotel West Lulworth, Dorset

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