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“Great stay at Clare House Hotel Swanage”
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Clare House
Ranked #4 of 49 Swanage B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great stay at Clare House Hotel Swanage”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Found Clare house via Googling hotels in Swanage, Alan greeted us and showed us to a very nice room, with unexpected Fridge/Freezer and all the special niceties like choc'ies and quality bathroom toiletries that we did not expect, the bed was very comfortable, good bath / Shower.
Both Alan and Dianne are so friendly and took time to inform us of attractions and nice places to visit and eat during our stay. The breakfast experience was second to none the food available was very large, cooked to perfection nothing was too much trouble and everything was immaculate. Alan and Dianne have gone the extra mile to ensure their guests are not disappointed with an emphasis on quality and homely unexpected touches that put them at the top of any hotel we have ever stayed in. In all they deserve the 5 stars advertised and you will not be disappointed.
Best wishes to Alan Dianne and their staff and we will look forward to our next stay.
Ian and Libby

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Hi Ian, thank you for the marvellous review, you and your family were an absolute delight to have stay with us. We all hope you come back and stay with us again sometime soon.
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

My partner & I stayed at Clare House 24th April 2014. We were absolutely delighted to find it using Trip Advisor, it's a real little gem!

Alan & Dianne were instantly warm, friendly & welcoming.

Alan showed us around first and showed us our room first before we checked in.

We have stayed in many B&B's before but Clare house in second to none. It is absolutely immaculate, spotlessly clean, comfortable and had lots of lovely little touches like chocolates in the room, bottled water in the fridge, Royal Worcester/ Denby China, White company toiletries and soft towels, I could go on.

Alan & Dianne were so friendly & informative explaining everything and telling us about local attractions and restaurants etc.

We saw that they had won awards for their breakfast and you can see why! Freshly cooked to you liking & preferred time, huge selection which you chose the night before, it was beautiful. My partner had a full English and I had Eggs Royale (poached eggs and smoked salmon on muffins with Hollandaise sauce).

Swanage is such a lovely little town and B&B's like Clare House really compliment it.

I actually left something in the room when I checked out and didn't realise until I got home but Dianne & Alan posted it back to me!

We will definitely be back and have recommended to family & friends. My parents are planning on booking a stay in the summer.

You just can't fault it, we highly recommend!!!!!! :-)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Hi, thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, it was no bother to post back your lovely vanity set. Thank you for recommending us to friends and family it is very much appreciated, I do hope to see you both again, sometime in the future.
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Collingwood, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I stayed for four nights, on this my third visit - a comfortable room, and a great breakfast - right in the town of Swanage and with easy access to the beach. Alan and Dianne are great hosts and very personable.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Hi Canadian traveller, thank you for the lovely review it was so lovely to see you for the third time, I do hope we will see you again, maybe next year.
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Berkshire
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Clare House certainly lives up to its trip advisor rating. We arrived a little later than intended following a stressful drive down and were warmly welcomed by Alan who showed us to our room number 3. We were pleasantly surprised by the huge bed, the fixtures and furnishing's and the added extras were a wonderful touch, bathrobes, slippers and a mini fridge. A lovely nights sleep, the pillows and mattress were so comfy. Breakfast was superb and the service was excellent, it was lovely to meet Diane as well who was busy back of house in the kitchen. I booked the weekend for my husbands birthday with the added surprise of a driver experience on the steam railway. The whole weekend didn't disappoint, we will certainly be returning to Swanage and hopefully to Clare House if there is availability. We would happily recommend a stay here, central to the town, home comforts with the extras and wonderful hosts. Thanks Jane & Gary

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Hi Jane and Gary, thank you for taking the time to write a review for Clare House, I am so glad you enjoyed your weekend especially the steam train adventure. I am so sorry we cannot put you up for Jazz Weekend but hopefully we will see you both again soon.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Four of us spent Easter weekend at Clare House and were delighted with it.
Our son and daughter in law upgraded to a larger bedroom but ours though small was very comfortable and had everything we required
Alan and Dianne are excellent hosts.Alan greeted us all by name every morning which was a nice touch.
The breakfasts are superb....but you'd need to stay for a week to do them full justice! Everything is cooked freshly just before you sit down and there is also an excellent choice of cereals fruit,fruit juice etc.
I really cannot fault Clare House in anyway.Thank you Alan and Dianne

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so glad you enjoyed you time with us and I do hope we will see you all again sometime in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Having booked into Clare House for the weekend l was a bit wary of what to expect, very good reviews on Tripadvisor but it's a seaside B&B!!! I was in Swanage for a photography course & Ray there to relax, perfect mix except for the rain. From the moment we arrived we felt comfortably and very welcome. The building is fantastic and decorated beautifully especially the Breakfast Room - stunning, matches the breakfast. The bedrooms are very comfortable and warm, April showers were very evident & arriving back soaked through l was extremely grateful for the heating along with lots of hot water for a bath! We both felt that the price per night could have been higher and we would have happily paid it.
This really is a gem find, we went home feeling we had been staying with friends, thank you Diane, Alan and your team, we'll hopefully be back sometime before the end of the season plus all the camera equipment again - hopefully without the rain!

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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Well Elaine, what a review - thank you very much, it is extremely high praise coming from someone who is used the the Dorchester chain, To give a little B&B like us such a review. Our Team, Alan and I are chuffed to bits. I do hope we will see you again in the future and will have a word with the Sun God to make sure you don't get soaked again.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We stayed for one night on a last-minute mini-holiday. Greeted by Dianne who showed us to our room and explained all we needed to know.
Room was the 'small double' but was ample and had everything we needed. Very comfortable, clean and well presented.
Fantastic breakfast options and was delicious. Served by the very attentive Alan.
All in all a great stay. Much more than your average B&B.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Clare_House, Owner at Clare House, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review for us at CH, I do hope we will see you both again soon.
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Property: Clare House
Address: 1 Park Road, Swanage BH19 2AA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Swanage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Clare House 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A home for you while you are away from home in a 5 Star Gold Award Guest House that also boasts a coveted VisitBritain Breakfast Award 3 years in a row. At Clare House we aim to provide you a home from home at the beautiful seaside resort of Swanage on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. We are less than 200 metres from the award winning beach and the 2012 pier of the year, with town centre restaurants and bars only a few minutes walk. We are also only a few minutes from newly refurbished Durlston Country Park and the stunning clifftop walks. For breakfast we prefer to use Homemade, locally-sourced or Fairtrade produce. ... more   less 
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