The Dorset Family Hotels Guide

hotels and other accommodation for families travelling with children


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The Green House

Bournemouth

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a boutique, eco-friendly hotel, offering award-winning, seasonal cuisine and well-appointed rooms furnished with hand-made furniture

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a chic, modern hotel with excellent facilities, fine dining and stylish rooms and apartments, all set in a beautiful spot by the River Stour

Mortons Manor

Corfe Castle

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discover a wealth of history and character dating back to 1590 at this charming and comfortable, Grade II listed Elizabethan Manor House

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17th-century inn, retains flagstone floors, roaring fires and cosy alcoves, set in a picture-postcard village surrounded by Cranborne Chase scenery

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a luxury Georgian townhouse set in a picturesque walled garden, guests will find a boutique spa, elegant guest rooms and award-winning cuisine

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a beautifully restored 18th century Georgian hotel featuring many period features including a grand staircase, fireplaces and wood panelling

Cumberland Hotel

Bournemouth

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Art Deco-styled hotel standing on the East Cliff, stay in contemporary style rooms and enjoy award-wining dining in the stylish brasserie

The Ollerod

Beaminster

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enjoy great dining in this restored 17th century Priest's House with inglenook fireplaces

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enjoy award-winning seafood, friendly, attentive staff and individually styled rooms at this hotel opposite the BIC and close to the seafront

Lord Bute

Highcliffe

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boutique accommodation set in the former grounds of Highcliffe Castle offering stylish rooms, award-winning dining and good hospitality

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Victorian features blend with more contemporary styling and decor at this smart hotel ideally situated for the BIC, beach and town centre

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family-run, seaside hotel with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in an East Cliff location that is ideal for the beach, theatre and town centre

Riviera Hotel

Bournemouth

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a friendly hotel, in a quiet location, close to Alum Chine and the beach offering extensive leisure facilities ideal for the whole family

Village Hotel

Bournemouth

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enjoy the extensive leisure facilities and eating and drinking options on offer at this contemporary hotel situated on Bournemouth's fringes

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a chic and stylish, cliff-top hotel affording stunning views across the bay to the Purbecks and the Isle of Wight; guest rooms are well-appointed

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placed opposite the BIC and moments from the beach and pier, the award-winning restaurant offers sea views and modern British cuisine

The New Inn

Cerne Abbas

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an attractive 16th century former coaching inn with fabulous rooms and food, and its pretty village location make a perfect holiday combination

Elstead Hotel

Bournemouth

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a 10-minute walk from the town centre and beach, this traditional, friendly hotel offers an excellent leisure club and spacious family rooms

Crown Hotel

Blandford Forum

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beautifully restored Georgian coaching inn, said to be Dorset's oldest inn, featuring stylish rooms and a large patio overloking water meadows

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located in Poole's old town close to the historic quayside and offers sumptuous rooms, a French-style bistro and expert wine-tasting sessions

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