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The Seaside Boarding House, Restaurant & Bar - Hotel in Dorset

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Cliff Road, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4RB, Dorset
England, United Kingdom

Mary-Lou Sturridge

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+44 (0)1308 897205(landline)

A stylish hotel on Chesil beach with views of sea and sky - expect smart rooms, a bar for cocktails and some lovely local food

You pop up the hill, come to the end of the road, then follow a track along the cliff and down to this lovely and bright small hotel. Rolling hills shoot north towards Dorchester, while the view east follows Chesil Beach, a mere 20 miles round to Portland Bill. The Boarding House's natural beauty comes courtesy of a recent facelift, proving conclusively that cosmetic surgery works. Outside, there’s a dining terrace overlooking the sea, then paths that drop down to the beach. Inside, walls of glass flood big rooms with seaside light. There’s a bar for cocktails and afternoon tea, a library with books and games for rainy days, then a restaurant for delicious food: perhaps cheese soufflé, whole lemon sole and chocolate and hazelnut delice. Upstairs bedrooms all have sea views and mix period furniture (some from HMS Windsor) with 21st-century design: beautiful beds, Zoffany colours, rugs on wood floors, cushioned window seats. Bathrooms have white robes and vintage tiles, then a big shower, a claw-foot bath, or both. The coastal path passes directly outside, so bring your boots. Brilliant.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.

Local points of interest from Mary-Lou Sturridge:

Local points of interest from
Mary-Lou Sturridge:

  • There are seaside and countryside walks for all seasons and all levels of keenness, fabulous old castles, hill forts, churches and historic buildings to explore. On warm and sunny days there are BBQʼs, picnics and swimming to be had on the beach below.
  • Chesil Beach is a renowned fishing location with bass, cod &mackerel caught from lines cast from the shingle. Sea fishing & scuba diving are hugely popular in the area, with charter boats running regular trips all year round from West Bay & Lyme Regis.
  • The striking beguiling sea-viewed links of Bridport Golf Club are a mile away and there are other local links and land-locked courses for the addicted ball-beater.
  • The nearest town is Bridport, whose markets every Wednesday and Saturday sell everything from farmer’s produce to antiques and plants.
  • Visit West Bay just down the road for fishing trips, Weymouth for faded regency façades and donkey rides with candy floss, and Abbotsbury for the famous swannery and sub-tropical gardens.
  • Guests wanting to sample local restaurants should look to Mark Hixʼs ʻOyster & Fish Houseʼ, ‘The Riverside’ at West Bay, ‘Brassica’ in Beaminster or the nearby Hive Café on Hive Beach.
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  • 9 Doubles
Price:(i) £180 to£235 per night

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.


Lunch from £14. Sunday lunch £25-£30. Afternoon tea from £10. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30.




Cliff Road, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4RB, Dorset

Hotel 9 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 180 to £ 235 per night

Mary-Lou Sturridge

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1308 897205(landline)