About The Hotel
Moonfleet Manor in Dorset is a warm, welcoming manor house set just behind Chesil Beach, with the tranquil Fleet Lagoon at the end of the gardens. Splendidly equipped for families with children of every age, the hotel itself has plenty of entertainment, but is in easy reach of the many attractions in the area.
The vast, indoor playroom offers generous space for active kids to let off steam, with table tennis, table football, air hockey, trampolines, soft play, trikes, skittle alley and a mini football pitch… all sheltered from the British weather. Parents can keep on eye on activities from the comfortable sofas, drink in hand. The supervised creche is suitable for those from 3 months to 8 years, well stocked with a range of toys and games, and run by a super team of nannies. The indoor pool includes a dedicated shallow area for children. Outdoors there’s a playground and sandpit too.
Enjoy lovely meals at the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant overlooking the gardens and sea, or sit out on the sun-trap patio for a summer barbecue. Children can enjoy a daily high tea in a dedicated dining room, or join their parents in the restaurant, before the quieter adults-only dining after 7.30pm. Alternatively, families may prefer a relaxed meal in the lounge by the roaring fire.
Choose from a range of family suites and interconnecting rooms, to suit your family. Many rooms enjoy a view of the Fleet Lagoon and sea beyond. The bedrooms are a great mix of grand Georgian, colonial chic and more contemporary spaces.
A double bedded room suitable for 2 adults sharing and 1 child, maximum occupancy 3.
Family Double Room:
A good spacious double suitable for 2 adults and 2 children, maximum occupancy 4.
Deluxe Family Room:
Offering a separate lounge or 2 bedrooms that interconnect. Suitable for 2 adults and up to 3 children, maximum occupancy 5.
Luxury Family Room:
Large rooms with separate lounge area, some are adjoining while others are open plan. Suitable for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Separate from the hotel, accommodation on 2 floors, offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, suitable for 2 adults and up to 5 children, maximum occupancy 7.
The hotel itself offers tennis courts, indoor pools and is well placed for coastal walks in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Nearby Weymouth is famed for its 4 mile Blue Flag sandy beach (ideal for sandcastles) or explore the wild beauty of Chesil Beach, accessed via the pretty nearby village of Abbotsbury. Dinosaur fans will be delighted to find themselves on the Jurassic Coast, and other attractions include the Sealife Park, Swannery and Children’s farm in the area.
The Moonfleet Manor spa offers a range of treatments and massages.
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Cots available on reqest
Baby listening service available
Supervised creche, from 3 months to 8 years
Supervised kids activities, suitable for ages up to 8. Well equipped playroom for all ages (not supervised)
Medical facilities nearby
Indoor pools, including separate kids pool
Assistance offered with baby bottle sterilising
Teens will enjoy the extensive games rooms
Julie of Tots Too
16 February 2013
"Our family had a wonderful stay at Moonfleet Manor during a freezing February half term. It was a manageable car ride to Dorset from London, with no need to break the journey, but by the time we were approaching the hotel down a long country lane, we felt that we had come a long way from home.
The hotel is an elegant white manor with an informal atmosphere, and you feel more like a guest arriving at a country house party, greeted by muddy wellies at the door and gentle Snoopy the dog.
What the decor lacks in sleek finish it makes up for in eccentric charm, and our children loved the stuffed animal heads and colonial curiosities that were scattered around.
We took two inter-connecting rooms, which were simple and comfortable, both boasting lovely views of the Fleet lagoon and sea beyond.
The hotel is well placed in an appealing area for tourists but frankly, for us it could have been on Mars as our kids never wanted to leave the hotel!
To say that Moonfleet is child-friendly is an understatement.
When we visited the kids playroom, our jaws dropped. It was aircraft-hangar-sized and amply equipped with fenced soft play, mini football pitch, table tennis... etc etc, so much so that we never discovered the skittle alley (just kicked ourselves to hear about it afterwards!). There was plenty of room for little ones to scoot around on the trikes without being bothered by the older ones hurtling around. Although unsupervised, parents in attendance can sprawl on the sofas by the bar with a newspaper, and feel very much relaxed.
Whilst our 3 year old was as happy as our 11 and 9 year old in the playroom, we eventually dragged her off to the supervised creche, which she swiftly renamed "the really really really fun place" (to distinguish it from the playroom!). The lovely staff at the creche were attentive and reassuring and the well kept toys catered for every age, gender and taste.
The creche is right next to the indoor pool, so you can go for a swim unemcumbered, and then peek through the window to check on your little one.
Meal times were another hit for us. The hotel offers an early dinner for children, or you can dine together as a family in the restaurant early on, so as not to disturb those wanting a quieter, child-free dinner later. However, we chose neither of these options. On our first evening we found ourselves in the hotel lounge, playing Scrabble by an open fire, and realised that we could simply order food to have there. This proved a hit, as our children are never good at sitting still and waiting for food to arrive, and instead could wiggle around, play games and we could still eat together as a family.
A special mention goes to the sumptuous buffet breakfast too!
We did try and make the most of the wonderful surroundings, walking down to the beach and visiting local villages, but it was blowing an arctic gale and the hotel was so enjoyable for us all, that we just found ourselves wimping out and returning back to base!
The staff at the hotel were all warm, helpful and charming. We would love to go back in warmer weather (even if we spend all our time indoors again!)."
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