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“Perfect spot for our summer getaway”
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Fernhill Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Charmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We've just got home today after a 5 night stay at Fernhill and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. The hotel is small and family run which helps to create a really welcoming, relaxed and friendly environment. We stayed in room 5 which has a lovely view of the pool and a super comfy huuuuge bed (great for my 7 month pregnant belly to fit!!). The quality of the extras in the hotel make it a bit more special, a fruit bowl in your room that gets topped up, home made biscuits to go on your in room tea tray, white company toiletries...

We enjoyed a couple of meals from the bar menu, both of which were superb. Breakfast in the hotel was also great with hot breakfasts cooked to order and a lovely selection of healthy cereals, fruit yogurts etc to help yourself to.

We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather everyday and so were able to enjoy to outdoor pool which is heated - a really nice surprise in a hotel in England!! The pool area is a real sun trap!

Whilst on our stay we had a successful fossil hunt at Charmouth beach which was great - a much nicer beach in my opinion than Lyme Regis or Seatown, but Seatown is worth a visit just for lunch at the Anchor! The River Cottage canteen is close by and definitely worth a visit (but book ahead)... Amazing food and really reasonable prices.

We would definitely stay at Fernhill again - thanks Jo & Rob for a lovely break!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

My partner and I wanted to visit Lyme Regis and found this hotel by chance online in nearby Charmouth. We were delighted with everything from the service, attention to details, the food in the restaurant (we had two out of three evening meals here) and the incredibly comfortable bed in the SuperKing Spa room.

Would have liked some instructions on how to use the spa bath in the room but we would return here without any doubt.

The owners Jo and Robert live on site and are obviously born for this type of work.

I even managed a swim in the outdoor pool (in August 2013). A real treat in England any time of year!

Thanks so much!

Christopher and Jennifer

Room Tip: Superking bed was incredibly comfortable and room size fantastic for a couple. Our room overlooked p...
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

A lovely welcoming hotel, we stayed for two nights. We had excellent cooked breakfasts served in a dining room, which is more than can be said for some other local hotels! Nothing was too much trouble even to the extent of providing us with the name of their wi-fi range extender! Our room was clean and very comfortable so we will be back.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We loved staying at this family friendly hotel. Jo, who runs it with her husband was quite the smiliest hotelier you could imagine. Can not recommend it highly enough if you want to be located half way between the demi gods of fossil finding (Meryl and Philip from Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre) and the sun drenched cider drinking spot that is the Lyme Regis pub scene. Great pool, comfy beds, and of course Jo. I need say no more.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Having just returned from a family weekend in Dorset I felt compelled to write a review on this fab hotel.

We were a family group of 7 adults and 2 children occupying 4 rooms for a 2 night stay and could not have picked a better place to stay.

This is a lovely, welcoming hotel with everything you need – very nice rooms, a relaxing bar, cosy and comfortable snug, breakfast room and restaurant. The outdoor pool was a real bonus with ample seating and loungers dotted around, its heated too which meant we were all able to jump in one afternoon in the rain!

The rooms were very well appointed, spacious, nicely decorated and scrupulously clean. We were in rooms 2, 5, 7 and 9 and we all commented how nice our rooms were. White Company toiletries, large fluffy white towels and bathrobes were all appreciated. Our room (room 2) was large enough to comfortably accommodate an extra bed for our 6 year old and a travel cot for our 2 year old and both children loved the spa bath!

Breakfast was lovely with a selection of cereals and croissants followed by a delicious cooked breakfast (cooked to order so nice and fresh). We also ate in the restaurant one evening and all 9 thoroughly enjoyed their 3 course meal.

The owners and staff were welcoming, thoughtful and contributed to what turned out to be a fantastic weekend and I would have no hesitation recommending or returning to this hotel.

Room Tip: views over the pool and garden are lovely
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Went for the weekend. Weather was excellent and we very much enjoyed the outdoor pool. They could do with some better chairs/ sunloungers and the surrounding greenery means leaves and bugs end up in pool (and a baby newt!). That said the outdoor pool area is lovely.

Didn't spend much time in bar/ lounge. We had a drink one evening and a dog of another customer kept bothering my daughter and the host made quite an insulting comment about Bradford (we are from Yorkshire). We were going to dine at the restaurant but too limited a choice for vegetarians.

The room was nice but too hot and we couldn't get it cool despite having a ceiling fan. Beds comfortable, good facilities but could do with a fridge. Woken up in the morning by the traffic noise from the nearby A road.

Bathroom is modern, lovely bath and good quality shower gel/ shampoo/ soaps. However, could have done with more attention on the cleaning- stain on bathrobe, stains on wall. The net curtain in bathroom needs replacing as do the curtains.

What was unforgivable was the piece of metal served up in my scrambled eggs. Whilst apologetic, the owners gave very little on this. Another guest overheard my complaint and told me later he had a cut in his mouth after breakfast and was concerned he had metal in his food. Even is I accept this was not the hotel's fault but a suppliers, I feel they handled my complaint badly and in a very defensive manner.

Even without this incident I still feel the hotel is over-priced and I would not return. The staff are generally helpful and the hotel has a nice relaxed atmosphere. However, location is not great. Need to drive to the beach- Charmouth is lovely (highly recommended), noise from main road and the above problems.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Came her twice during our stay and on both occasions had lovely food. Service was very good too. Restaurant was lovely too and the staff couldn't do enough for us. The wine list was very good and the attention to detail from the well trained staff has to be commended.Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fernhill Hotel

Address: | Fern Hill, nr Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport DT66BX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bridport > Charmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Charmouth
Price Range: £132 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fernhill Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful West Dorset small hotel conveniently located between Lyme Regis and Charmouth. The perfect base to explore West Country with stunning views of rolling Dorset Countryside, and 15 minutes walk to the beach. Ample free parking and its location on the Jurassic Coastal path & bus routes make it is easy to leave the car behind while exploring the area. AA 3 star and GTBS Gold award for Green Tourism show Fernhill's commitment to providing outstanding service, with a local seasonal focus whilst minimising impact on the environment. With 36 acres of woodland, ponds and meadows, a la Carte and Bar & Grill Dining, outdoor heated Pool (May-Oct), and Holistic Therapies there are many ways to relax at the Hotel. ... more   less 
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