The Seaside Boarding House, Restaurant & Bar

Burton Bradstock, Dorset
+44 (0)1308 897205
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A stylish hotel on Chesil beach with views of sea and sky - expect smart rooms, a bar for cocktails and some lovely local food


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
Lunch from £14. Sunday lunch £25-£30. Afternoon tea from £10. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30.


Nightly price
from £180
9 Doubles
From £180



Every visit to the Seaside Boarding House is an exceptional experience. This was no exception! An exquisite dinner hosted by guest Chef Fergus Henderson. Convivial, generous, beautifully presented in gorgeous surroundings. The rooms are all lovely particularly those at the front which overlook the sea.

Jessica, Bath

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The neighbourhood

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.