The Castle Inn

West Lulworth, Dorset
+44 (0)1929 400311
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£70 - £350
per night

A cracking spot for this thatched and beamed 17th-century village inn with lovely gardens, just a half-mile stroll from Lulworth Cove


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£70 - £350 per night

The Experience

The bar and dining room flow seamlessly into one another but you’ll still find snugs and alcoves to hide away in, preferably with a pint of Butcombe and a menu to hand. Summer days can be spent on the front terrace or in the raised rear garden with views over the steep hillside leading down to the cove.

Charming bedrooms upstairs come with smartly-dressed beds, fresh coffee, homemade biscuits, Roberts radios and a mini bar with treats. Modern bathrooms have fluffy bathrobes and organic Bramley soaps and bubbles. Wake to a stonking breakfast of all the usual suspects but also baked eggs, spiced tomatoes, harissa, peppers, feta and yogurt on grilled sourdough. Set off on the Coast Path to make up for it.

Treat yourselves to a cocktail before supper. Seasonal menus include pub favourites and some more innovative dishes, but all ingredients are sourced from top-notch producers in the South West. Sunday roasts are delicious.

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We think you'll love

  • Being able to walk to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – the brave will be heading for a dip before breakfast
  • Exploring the beautiful countryside of the Purbeck Coast, spending days on the beach, eating ice creams, feeling in holiday mode
  • If the weather is foul you can wind down in your pretty bedroom, open a little bottle of Prosecco and watch a film
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You should know

  • The car park is opposite and free to guests but you must register your car with reception
  • Only some of the bedrooms are dog friendly – £20 per dog
  • The inn can get very busy


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



Nightly price
from £70
2 Family rooms for 2
From £140
1 Twin/double
From £70
9 Doubles
From £70


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Spruced-up thatched gem just a 10-minute stroll from magnificent Lulworth Cove and invigorating Coast Path rambles – Durdle Door to the west and Dancing Ledge away to the east. Mobbed in summer, it's a peaceful hideaway in winter, with cosy rooms under the thatch, hearty seasonal menus and good breakfasts to set you up for exploring the Isle of Purbeck.

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The neighbourhood

Apart from all the glorious walks, there are some brilliant National Trust properties nearby, including Kingston Lacy, Clouds Hill, Corfe Castle and Hardy's Cottage. Athelhampton House, built in the 15th century, has a Grade I listed garden with fountains, topiary and the river Piddle running through it. Dorchester is 13 miles and has elegant 18th-century houses and bustling shopping streets.

Local points of interest from

  • The Castle Inn is an ideal base for exploring Dorset and for great walking, cycling and dog-walking around the Jurassic Coast.
  • We’re just a 15-minute walk from Lulworth Cove and the beautiful Dorset coast. Must-see Dorset attractions such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Castle, and the Fossil Forest are an easy drive away.
  • There are plenty of beaches nearby, including Mupe Bay Beach, St Oswald’s Bay Beach, and the Man o’ War Beach.
  • There are lots of exciting things to do on the Dorset coast, such as paddleboarding, sailing, golf, and mountain biking – perfect for thrillseekers and adventure holidays.