Lulworth House

West Lulworth, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1929 406192
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Breathtaking views, coastal walks, wildflowers and pretty beaches. Return to a garden with a tropical feel, helpful hosts and sunny rooms


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Down through hills, wild heaths and pine forests to Lulworth. Carole and John’s home is set back from the cove in a peaceful lane; artist and garden designer, their 1980s house is a creative treasure, inside and out.

Both the bedrooms are on the ground floor and one opens to its own terrace. Wake for a generous breakfast served upstairs in the open-plan living space – or outside on balmy days. It’s a half hour drive to the Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers for fossils, real ale and homemade pasties.

Wander round a garden full of banana trees, ferns, deep borders and a pergola with scrambling abundant grape vines. Walk to the sea in 10 minutes or climb over the cliffs to secret Mupe Cove for an early morning swim. Lulworth Cove has various good places to eat out and you can walk there in a few minutes.

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We think you'll love

  • The many glorious walks from the door
  • Watching fishermen in the lane mending their lobster pots
  • The beautiful tropical gardens
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You should know

  • The house is at the top of a bumpy, hilly track
  • MOD land restricts access to walks and Tyneham midweek at some times of year, so check before setting off


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
5pm-7pm in summer, 4pm -7pm in winter
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 2 nights in high season. Children over 16 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from £115
1 Double
From £125
1 Double
From £115



We had a wonderful stay at the apartment and can really highly recommend this B&B. John and Carole are wonderful hosts. The area is a great start for nature lovers to big walks and relaxing hours.

Markus, Steinebrunn

I've lost count of the number of times I've stayed at John and Carole's Lulworth House B&B. However, each trip is like the first; I'm full of joy from the moment I arrive to when I leave. They are perfect hosts, with the most beautiful and comfortable rooms and a Mediterranean-like garden view to wake up to every morning. My next visit in July 2022 cannot come around quick enough.

Trish, East Acton

This is my fourth stay at Lulworth House B&B with John and Carole. They are perfect hosts and are extremely attentive to all their guests needs. Their beautiful house is in a quiet road within a short walk to Lulworth Cove. Extremely comfortable and stylish rooms with excellent facilities AND access to their beautiful and peaceful Mediterranean-type garden patio. Their B&B is my perfect Shangri La and I can't wait to go back there again.

Trish, East Acton

Fantastic hosts, house and location. John and Carole have thought of everything to make your trip comfortable. I've stayed a number of times at their B&B now, and whether I'm in the Garden Suite or Garden Room, it's just as lovely with excellent facilities, stylish rooms, comfortable beds and a beautiful garden. They are always very attentive to your needs and have a wealth of knowledge for where to visit and the best routes to take. I can't imagine staying anywhere else; if their B&B is not available for the dates I require I just cancel my trip. They really are a hard act to follow!

Trish, East Acton

Stayed a week with my husband. Perfect location for exploring the beautiful Dorset coast. A very warm welcome from John & Carole and a comfortable and relaxing time in their lovely house. Characterful and quiet house in peaceful surroundings with a beautiful garden. Carole & John are very friendly and will give any local tips and information that you need. We would be happy to return.

Miranda, Edinburgh

What a fabulous time we enjoyed whilst staying at John and Carole’s delightful B and B. The accommodation was just what we needed, the breakfasts were varied and delicious and the locality was stunning. There was plenty to do and see without taking the car out and the walks along the South West Coastal Path were breathtaking. Both John and Carole were mines of information regarding what to do, where to go and restaurant options. We will certainly return!

Jo, Solihull

Exceptional location very quiet away from main road through village. Immaculate house and room.Facilities excellent. Hosts John and Carole are very hospitable. The breakfasts were delicious! Would not hesitate to stay again. Highly recommended.

Gordon, Cullompton

Had a wonderful relaxing stay. Friendly, welcoming hosts & extremely knowledgeable about the area. The Garden Room is tastefully decorated & was spotlessly clean, as is the whole property.We appreciated this creative home, with lovely art & a beautiful garden, providing a quiet oasis. Easy to escape the crowds, whilst being within walking distance to lovely restaurants in an evening. Ideal spot to start lots of great walks, inc. the Coastal Path. Lovely choice at breakfast too (not the usual fry ups, which we enjoyed as vegetarians). Lots of touches too, Thanks, we had such a lovely stay

Kerry, London

We loved our stay with John and Carole! Lovely rooms, delicious breakfasts, and a very warm welcome await you. Carole's beautiful artwork is the feature throughout the house, with fresh white walls and lovely furnishings to complete the picture. Lulworth Cove is a short walk away, as is the delectable Limestone restaurant. We enjoyed the Garden Suite room which opens onto John's wonderful garden patio and a most relaxing place to sit and relax. We look forward to returning soon!

Dale, London

Lulworth House is one of the best B&Bs we have stayed at: the Garden Suite stylish, comfortable and spacious with an idyllic little patio bathed in afternoon sunshine - an extra bonus last weekend. John and Carole made us very welcome and provided excellent information about the area.

Bill, London

Great location, comfortable room, delicious breakfast and very accommodating hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Really enjoyed our stay.


Had a brilliant time , breakfast was amazing, John and Carole were delightful and very knowledgeable re the area. Would recommend to anyone


A lovely contemporary house in a great location with interesting and creative hosts. Looking forward to returning before long.


All you say is spot on. Add friendly and copious advice, including route back to Bristol to take in further stunning view and delicious fish meal on the beach


We arrived from Paris to Lulworth Cove, to be met by our host in his vege patch. Beautiful accommodation, spacious room (we chose the garden room) lovely warm shower with plenty of pressure and stylishly decorated. The bed was very comfortable and we appreciated having a desk to work on.The sofa was delightfully comfortable. John and Carol were wonderful hosts, and we enjoyed our breakfasts, as well as the wonderful advice they gave us of where to go walking and places of interest for us to visit. We had a most memorable visit and much was due to the professionalism of John and Carole.


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The neighbourhood

You can join the South West Coast Path in five minutes from the house. Lulworth is a tourist hot spot, but the secret is to wait till late afternoon, and venture to the cove when the sun is setting, and the crowds have gone, or early mornings when the fisherman return with their crab. Visit the ghost village of Tyneham (10-minute drive) – in December 1943 the occupants were given a few days’ notice to leave, when it was commandeered by the British Army. Take a picnic, walk among the ruins, read about the lives of those who lived here. Durdle Door (with its rock arch and wild seascapes) is a 40-minute walk.

Local points of interest from John & Carole Bickerton

  • 100 metres from the Coast Path in Lulworth Cove so wander from our door along probably the most stunning part of South West Coastal Path and The World Heritage Jurassic Coastline!
  • Walk east round Lulworth Cove, past the Jurassic Fossil Forrest along to the beautiful secluded Mupe Bay for a quick dip and then on to the lost village of Tyneham.
  • Hike west over the hills to Oswalds and Man'O'War bays with stunning views of the ancient coastline to then watch the sunset through the iconic Durdle Door.
  • Take the tour boat or Jurassic Kayaks from the cove round to Durdle Door and see the coast from a different perspective.
  • Discover The Isle of Purbeck, fireworks at Lulworth Castle, revolutions at Corfe Castle, fossils at Kimmeridge, relations at Monkey World, guns at the Tank Museum and so much more.
  • After a hard day Lulworth has good pubs, restaurants, cafés and even the fisherman has a shed selling his lobsters, crabs and fish, all within 5-10 minutes walk!


John & Carole Bickerton

John is a garden designer and has worked in publishing; his book Coastal Gardening is on display for guests to look through. Carole is an artist and describes herself as a "contemporary colourist"; her vibrant work is featured throughout their home. They’ve lived in this area for over 20 years so know it well and can advise on where to go and what to do.