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“Quiet location, friendly service and fine food” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fernhill Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Charmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Worcester, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Quiet location, friendly service and fine food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

Spent a quiet three days here at the end of last year (no doubt the summer is busier) and the staff couldn’t have been friendlier. The à la carte restaurant is not overpriced if you take the dinner+B&B option when booking. The food is locally sourced and organic (where possible), carefully cooked and presented and generous in quantity. Some interesting wines include a fruity white from 40 miles away in Exeter! Breakfast, although simple, is worth looking forward to and includes local kippers if you wish. Some rooms have fine views over the green hillsides, Golden Cap and the sea, so check on booking. Might be best to avoid nights when there is a large wedding party staying, as the peace and quiet may not be as pleasant as we enjoyed.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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naples, fl
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412 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

We were there with our grandson to visit the Jurassic Coast. This is a charming hotel, lovely large rooms and very good food and staff. It was a little hard to find as there were two streets with the same name. We had a great dinner as well as a lovely breakfast there. Karen did not go to the coast with us as the winds were about 50 mph..no kidding...so she settled down on a couch in their Snuggy Room and read a book!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Booked at last minute based on website descriptions - we pulled up and were not sure whether to stay as the building looked rather run down. Deposit paid so we went in, having read positive reviews. Yes, staff friendly but it stopped there. All a bit dated and strange mix of furnishings & decor - dining room quite traditional and smart but bar area had 70's style conservatory furniture and was unwelcoming. We went to empty dining room and were asked to go to the bar first to look at menu - ruse to buy extra drinks? Also, we had our 5 year old so wanted early eve dinner, not to hang out in the soulless bar. Dining room was an elegant room but, again, strange mix - no tablecloths and ketchup put on table but trying so hard to be formal. Literature promised excellent, local homecooked food but our meal was disappointing - overcooked pork on ratatouille, no healthy kids options and a very average steak. Pudding menu was un-inspired so we left it. Bedroom looked nice on website but it was cramped and the bathroom was dated. Also stated pool open October but it was closed over. All of the above would be acceptable for a much cheaper hotel but our "spa" room with a £200 price tag (including kids bed) was nothing of the sort - we left feeling ripped off and disappointed. You can get a lot better for £200 and better, cheaper meals elsewhere.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

Our Family of four stayed for two nights in room 10. We were made to feel very welcome, fresh milk brought up to the top of the hotel for tea. The cooked breakfast was excellent, you could tell it was cooked to order and piping hot. The scrambled egg was perfect, always a good indicator! Although we had not planned to we ate in the hotel both evenings. Again the food was lovely and much more reasonable priced that in some of the restaurants in Lyme Regis. Wished we had booked for a third night and would recommend it to anyone with children.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Last minute break in August. Lots to do locally for family. Hotel was clean and friendly. Lovely breakfast - we did not eat there at any other times. Children liked the pool and small paddling pool for our youngest. Large spacious top floor family room was better than a room at the front of the hotel we had for the first night as some road noise.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Stayed 4 nights in early August - lovely weather! Partner had booked a supposedly superior room in the original part of the building overlooking the pool. I think it was No. 1.
Although clean, the room was ridiculously small for 2 people and their bags. It was not a comfortable experience, especially in hot weather and a weighty duvet.
The tiny en-suite shower 'room' had been a corner of the bedroom presumably, hence the inadequacy of both. It featured a rather insecure folding door which afforded little privacy and the extractor did not work! When asked, the management said it only operated at certain times (?) Hence much use made of spacious 'public' loo downstairs!
Full English breakfast was good, but the waiting staff seemed to struggle and were not encouraging to those who wished to be served on the terrace, immediately outside, and those tables were not laid in preparation. Strange. We did, however, have breakfast outside in the sunshine.
We dined in one evening in the restaurant - as the only occupants which was a bit off-putting. We were most disappointed by our meal which was also over - priced. I had far better sea-bass at seafront hostelry.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

We stayed at Fernhill Hotel in Room 10 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was nicely appointed and the beds comfortable. It did smell and feel a bit damp to start with but the helpful staff bought in a couple of heaters and that sorted it out. The staff were very obliging and helpful, and are a real asset to the property. The dinner was beautiful, as were the breakfasts, and the staff did not hesitate to make adjustments to the meals for our children. There was a pool there, and mini golf, but unfortunately the weather meant we didn't get to utilise them. The location is great too - not far from Charmouth beach, and about 10 minutes drive to Lyme Regis town.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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