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.