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"Best Family Hotel in the World…"
Knoll House is amazing - we love it!
Two years ago we were intrigued to hear about the hotel. It was Enid Blyton's favourite hotel and she is our favourite children's author, so we chose to combine a visit with a chance to explore some of the locations her stories were based on. It was fascinating, given some negative reviews, to discover what the hotel is like first hand. The setting is lovely with sea views and a private secluded walk to the beautiful beach of Studland Bay (carefully managed by the National Trust). The food is lovely and the sweet table is amazing - it groans with the most delicious cakes and pastries; just like being in an Enid Blyton story! Staff are friendly and, being a country house hotel, it has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Meals are at a set time when a tune is played and everyone eagerly makes their way to the lovely dining room. Having a seperate Childrens' Dining Room makes life much easier and there are some lovely little touches that appeal to children, such as a giant's chair, huge carved jacobean doors that lead into Narnia and pictures of dogs at children's height which they are encourage to find. I feel that this hotel could have been built just for me, I love it so much. I love the fact that there are no TV's in the room, just Robert's radio's and binoculars. No kettles and sachets of coffee with plastic pasteurised milk - at Knoll House, for a little extra, you get a maid bringing your morning tea on a tray! You feel like royalty and although it is not cheap you feel like "whatever this costs, it's worth it!"
I felt so pampered and looked after and there is enough going on that you needn't venture outside the hotel. Children's disco's are fun, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, small golf course and tennis courts with spectacular views... Fabulous grounds to explore, other children to play with and it's easy to venture out without using the car if you choose. Corfe Castle is close, Lulworth Cove, etc.
The atmosphere is quite 1950's and you do feel like you are part of an Agatha Christie novel, taking tea on the terrace wondering who is the prime suspect!
Sorry if I sound like I have a connection to this hotel; I wish - just desperate to return later this summer. Best hotel in the world. Go, if you can.Read moreLess
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"This is a "marmite" hotel. You either love it or…"
This is a "marmite" hotel. You either love it or hate it. My family love it. As other reviewers have noted it is old-fashioned, and we enjoy stepping back into a simpler age here.
We came first when the children were very small (3 months, 2 and 4) and it was the first time in 5 years that we had actually really relaxed together over dinner. How fantastically reassuring that the baby listening service included actual people, physically outside the door of our room! We have returned every year since.
Now the kids are 8, 10 and 12 we thought we could holiday somewhere abroad for the money - but no, the kids insisted on Knoll House and they were so right to do so. We have all had such a lovely holiday, truly relaxing without any airport stresses. The kids instantly made friends and disappeared. They reappeared from time to time when they were hungry. We did not look at a television or computer for a week. In this day and age, this is a true privilege.
The food is hearty rather than delicate, which is fine. There is plenty of choice. Think decent pub grub with outstanding desserts in the evening.
If you are looking for a 5 star chain hotel, with soul-less glitzy decor and stylish foyer, cordon bleu food, silver service, wide-screen tv in the room, trouser press and glamorous night life, this is not the place for you.
If you value comfort, outdoor pursuits, stunning location, attentive service, and the opportunity to shed the strains of the 21st century then look no further.
We will be back next year!Read moreLess
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