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Kingston Country Courtyard
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I needed a B&B for just one night near Corfe and this popped up on the web, the price was fine and I booked.
It's easy to find, Kingston itself is lovely with a nice looking pub with fabulous views over the ruined castle. There are plainly many good walks nearby and it's a splendid place. Weddings are obviously the main revenue earner and I suspect that it could be noisy when one is on. Perhaps they don't accept other guests then, I don't know and should have asked.
The room was clean, spacious and comfortable, the wet room shower is a bit of a brave idea for the upkeep of the place but it worked just fine for me.
Breakfast was very good, although I could have done without Radio 1. When other guests drifted in and the level of conversation went up it was drowned out.
The service at breakfast and at the desk could not be faulted. Courteous and sensible.
I saw a couple of negative reviews which I now think were a bit harsh. I liked it and would stay here again at the drop of a hat.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Our wedding experience here this year was excellent. Bobbie and the team were endlessly patient, polite and helpful.
This is not a venue at which you pick package a, b or c and just turn up on the day. At Kingston every facet of the wedding can be adjusted to make it an occasion unique to each family. Time spent before the day considering the theme and how it can be achieved, collecting decorations and creating the exact ambiance the Bride desires is part of the event. And we had a lovely evening doing just that with a bottle of bubbly to help it along!
It is not a sparkling and cloned 5 star hotel. it is a country courtyard. Charming, picturesque but rustic. We are a fairly well traveled lot but everyone was happy with the accommodation and breakfast.
We have had nothing but spontaneous praise from guests who enjoyed the views, food and atmosphere of a relaxed and informal Dorset country wedding.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We had a brilliant wedding here in June. The staff were incredibly friendly and very accommodating, allowing us to run with our own ideas on the run up to the wedding in our planning and on the day. The location of the venue is second to none, with views spanning across Corfe and out to the Isle Of Wight. The service from the staff was brilliant throughout, with them being on hand and very attentive throughout the day. The rooms that we saw were perfect for the occasion and the bridal suite was just right. Everyone had a wonderful time and I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking to get married in Dorset.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We booked at the last minute as we'd had a change of plan. The whole place looked tired with weeds growing through the paving. The room was very gloomy, we sat outside on one rather dusty plastic chair and a wooden one with no arms, these were all that was available. The breakfast was very good but punctuated by the yells of a toddler being childminded by one of the staff. The waitress was dressed inappropriately and once we had our cooked meal was not seen again to clear the plates or offer more coffee. The wet room floor didn't dry, we showered before dinner and 2 hours later had to put towels on the floor to step on. The extractor fan in the bathroom was clogged with dust and hair.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kingston C, Front Office Manager at Kingston Country Courtyard, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. Our two courtyards date back to the 15th Century and the Purbeck stone exposed can be dark but as listed we would not be able to change this. We consider ourselves fortunate to be surrounded by gardens and open fields which do attract extras such as weeds. Our amazing gardener does not use harmful, invasive chemicals on our grounds but we do spray a natural non-aggressive weed killer in the courtyards which takes a little longer to gently breakdown. The garden chairs are normally kept outside all year round, we would have happily wiped yours if you had requested but have added this to our servicing rota.
We are a family run team and are very child friendly. As you did not give more details of our waitresses “inappropriate dress” We can only assume you are offended by her slender figure and hope that you did notice, not only would she had been on shift at 6am in the kitchen, served your breakfast but also went on to service rooms throughout the rest of the day, she is a very polite hard working young woman.
Guests are welcome to use the thick bath mat in the wet rooms, I am sorry we did not mention this to you and apologise for the extractor fan which has been addressed. We value your points in order to continue to do our best to offer guests a comfortable, happy service.
Lara Davis
Reception and Front of House
Kingston Country Courtyard

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Well we were here my nieces wedding the view great but they had to put chairs for the wedding service out the day before ,the wedding service was good , BUT the wedding dinner awful the leek potato soup was wear is the potato it was like dish water no one ate it then they gave each table an apron then put a joint of beef on each table even top table this was after bring out veg now cold and expected us to carve our own the groom sent theirs back it came back thick slices in anger.the wedding planer never smiled once all day then came the rice pudding in one large dish one person had to serve their table have they heard of ramekin dishes ?so much food wasted as cold Get your act together weddings are memorable suppose to be this one for bad service.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Kingston C, Owner at Kingston Country Courtyard, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

I am sorry to hear that you disliked the service and catering at the wedding you attended, we are committed to provide locally sourced, home-cooked food by our on-site chef who has over twenty-five years experience, and our professional, team of waitresses have worked with us for many years, maintaining high levels of personal service.
The couple are given the venue twenty four hours before their Ceremony so they can lay out the room and decorate as they wish. This is a very personal thing which is why the chairs were left for them to arrange, there are staff always on site on the Friday who would be delighted to assist in laying out the Ceremony if asked.
The meal provided was roast beef which we normally serve whole to be carved at the table so the meat is tender and can cater for all tastes from well done to rare. This type of service is normally well received as it is a social way to eat and adds a theatrical touch to the day. On this day the Groom asked that his meat be carved as he did not wish this type of service so the Head Waitress returned his joint to the kitchen for the Chef to carve, the wedding party were asked if they would like their vegetables returned to be kept hot and they said this was not necessary hence the cool vegetables.
The type of service is called family service and I addressed the issue with the bride and groom the following week and compensated them for the misunderstanding of what this entails and what they actually wanted. All staff involved attended a training session in their own time, to improve future service. The venue can provide full silver service, plate service and family service according to requirements.
If the Head waitress looked serious it was because she was concentrating on addressing the top tables requests. The Wedding Organiser was not in the room during service.
The rice pudding was presented, family service as well, but this does allow a much better portion than served in a ramekin which would be rather small.
I have conveyed your complaint to the chef directly regarding the soup, and ask that he makes a thicker texture in the future. He values constructive criticism as all our soups are homemade.
I am really sorry that the table service wasn't to your liking.
Regards Bobbie Brown

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

the wedding marque and venue with excellent views was beautiful.but the dairy double room was clean but tired and no way a 4 star accommodation. the room price we found to be very expensive
my son and daughter in laws room, wall paper peeling from walls and the bath towels were clean but old. considering they have a captive audience with a wedding party found the place well over priced and in need of updating

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

I visited the Kingston Country Courtyard for a wedding. My friend and I were lucky enough to get a twin room too which was comfortable and spacious. Unfortunately the light in the bathroom turned out to be broken, but it didn't prove too problematic.

Its a nice place, and is very reasonably priced for the area, when splitting between two. Some room for improvement - some bits of decoration could be improved, and the cooked breakfast wasn't particularly appetising. Overall, not bad at all though.

As a venue it was absolutely lovely - the converted barn provided a stunning room for the reception.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Kingston Country Courtyard

Address: Greystone Court Langton Road | Corfe Castle, Wareham, Kingston BH20 5LR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Kingston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Kingston
Price Range: £89 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kingston Country Courtyard 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kingston Country Courtyard has been established for many years now, having started in one bedroom of the busy farmer’s Purbeck stone farmhouse. Subsequent years have seen the incorporation of the buildings into what you see today.As well as traditional farmhouse accommodation, Kingston Country Courtyard offers a variety of apartments and suites in tastefully converted Purbeck stone. Furnished to a very high standard and offering the comforts of modern living, they retain much of their original character and charm. Kingston Country Courtyard is situated in the heart of the Purbecks, which, at the eastern end of the Jurassic coast world heritage site, provides an abundance of activities and attractions. A short walk takes you to the Dorset Coastal Path that meanders from Shell Bay to Lulworth Cove and the famous Durdle Door - a dramatic coastline offering an outstanding variety of scenery. Popular local attractions include the 10th-century Corfe Castle - one of the most impressive mediaeval ruins in England; the nature and wildlife reserves of Brownsea Island, Durleston Country Park, the RSPB reserve at Arne, and the marine reserve at Kimmeridge Bay. You can step back to the steam age with the Swanage railway, visit the world famous Tank Museum at Bovington, and the nearby Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wool, or visit the Lytchett Minster Courtyard Craft Centre. Golf, walking, watersports, riding, bicycling, cliff climbing, leisurely pub meals...the list is endless! Or simply relax on the golden sands of Studland Bay and watch the world go by! Kingston Country Courtyard offers a wide and flexible arrangement of accommodation to suit all needs. Whether you require a self-catered family accommodation or fully serviced rooms (twin, double or suite) we can provide them. All rooms feature en-suite facilities (either bath or shower) and all have colour TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Irons and hair dryers are available on request, and fresh towels are provided. Access to free wifi. ... more   less 
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