What more idyllic setting for a family break than a hotel intriguingly named Moonfleet Manor? If it sounds like something out of an adventure novel, it is: steeped in smuggling history, the house formed the backdrop for John Meade Falkner’s swashbuckling novel of the same name. Built for Maximilian Mohune and overlooking Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach, the big, friendly Georgian house has a spectacular location. Its elegant, beautifully proportioned and welcoming interiors provide the perfect contrast to the spine-tingling landscape of Chesil Beach, an 18-mile long stretch of pebbles (about 180 billion, they reckon) and the setting for Ian McEwan’s novel and new film. With its Ofsted-registered crèche, Verandah, indoor play zone, outdoor sandpit and playground, tennis courts, spa treatment rooms and indoor pool, plus fine dining in the Mediterranean-style restaurant overlooking Chesil Beach, and bedrooms that range from grand Georgian to colonial chic and contemporary, Moonfleet is truly a family affair.
Doubles from £120
+44 (0)1305 786948; moonfleetmanorhotel.co.uk
Be sure to take a walk along the South West Coastal path, situated at the bottom of the hotels garden – you can head west to Abbotsbury or east to Portland. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the shore line for fossils!
Make sure you try our fabulous Afternoon Tea – with a selection of homemade cakes and scones it is a real treat.
Head west from the hotel to the market town of Bridport – where little boutique shops and an array of little cafes and restaurants awaits.
CLAIM TO FAME
During the Second World War broke out, Moonfleet’s then-owner Lady Noble moved to Bath and the house was requisitioned for use by American and British troops.
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