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“A lovely relaxing holiday”
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The Rookery
Ranked #13 of 51 Swanage B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This was my 2nd time at Danesfort guest house, its a relaxing place with friendly host and the wonderful Dylan, my room was very clean and comfortable with the en-suite, which has plenty of room to dry yourself as well, there was a great choice for breakfast which was very well cooked, I certainly would go again, and recommend it to my family and friends without hesitation, it was reasonable priced as well, the people who complained obviously wouldnt be happy anywhere,

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Gwen K
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is a jewel of a place to stay in Swanage. Clean and comfy rooms, Mark's breakfasts will definitely set you up for the day. Hilary is a darling hostess, and Dylan the dog will provide anyone missing their animals with the perfect fix!
We stayed for three nights, and will definitely go back for more. There is NOTHING to complain about here. Easy parking, close to town and wonderful beaches, We would wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone needing a place to stay in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Anne E
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Made to feel very welcome on arrival first impressions of guest house were very good on entry even better entrance was bright clean and welcoming with a very friendly dog also there to greet us which was a big hit with the children. Asked if we wanted our bags taken up to our room and made a special effort to chat to our children, room nicely decorated very clean and comfortable, en-suite was spotless with a very roomy shower. breakfast was very good with plenty of choice, dining room was bright and very well laid out, we will be booking again, as there is much more to see and do around the area,situated very close to the beach this makes an excellent place to base yourself to visit all local attractions.When we booked were made aware of checking in times being between 12-1 or after 4pm this did not cause us any problems as this is often the case with guest houses. Would recommend this guest house for both service and value for money as we have paid more for accommodation further in-land and not been as satisfied.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Mark W
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

We have been to the Danesfort Hotel a few times and have already booked our return visit for next year! The owners always make us feel very welcome, and nothing is too much trouble. Our children have made use of the large toy box, and have also spent plenty of time fussing over the gorgeous "Dylan" the dog! The adjoining rooms for parents & children are ideal, and the varied, very tasty & filling breakfast always keeps us going for long walks along the beach and through the town. It only takes 10 - 15 mins to walk to the Swanage Railway for a picturesque trip to Corfe Castle. All in all, a very relaxing weekend with the promise of another next year - can't wait!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Jen B
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

A very well located family run b and b. stayed here every October for the last 5 years and love it. Would thoroughly recommend it. The rooms are very well kitted out and there is a well stocked, cheap bar.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank Mat_weeks12
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

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Friendly hosts, off road parking, some rooms renovated to a good standard with great views to the rear over the hills. All rooms were very clean. Close the to east end of the beach and not that far to walk into Swanage in the evening. Swanage B&B prices are high compared to other resorts like Bournemouth, on that basis if you can get this for £70 per night for a double or below in peak periods it is resonable. Although we did not use it there is a 'trust' bar for residents where you help yourself, great idea but prices are on the steep side.

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Be very careful of the photos of the rooms paricuarly the bathroom.If booking ask if the room you are booking is one of them. The one we had although of a reasonable size had not been decorated for many many years, the ensuite was dingy,dark and just shoulder width wide and you can get better rooms locally for the money.
The Danesfort has a quirky lounge that has a tiny TV , long bench and is not that condusive to relaxing at the end of the day It could do with some investment, design and thought.
Bizzarely when you book you should confirm where you will be eating breakfast as you may be obliged to try and eat breakfast sat in the armchairs in the lounge when they are busy. Forced on them, as breakfast is only available in a 45 minute window so they do not have enough tables.Armchairs are not the right height and spoilt quite a nice cooked breakfast as the seats are far too low. Fresh fruit offering at breakfast was poor.
Lastly ask for any telephone voice quote for a stay by voice to be emailed to you as confirmation, as there was a difference to what was quoted when we booked out. Blamed on us even when subsequently queried.

Hence my ranking of poor.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank KWokB
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

Was perfect for what my family needed, lovely size family room with en-suite shower room. Very clean property with off road parking and comfortable beds. Super Breakfast set us up for the day in a special part of the country!!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Mou80
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Additional Information about The Rookery

Address: 3 Highcliffe Road, Swanage BH19 1LW, England (Formerly Danesfort Guest House)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Swanage
Price Range: £70 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Rookery 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rookery is situated just 100 yards from Swanage's sandy beach and just a short stroll from the town centre. We are a family run guest house, offering traditional bed and breakfast, with good quality en suite accomodation and evening meals by arrangement.What we can offer you - Great location near all amenities - pubs, restaurants, bars, shops and the beach. Licensed premises. Private car parking. Nine en-suite rooms - doubles, twins and a single. Family suite with interconnecting rooms. Flat screen digital TV and radio in room. Free Wifi access. Tea and coffee making facilities ... more   less 
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The Rookery Swanage, Isle Of Purbeck

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