We keep going back to Dorset year after year. It’s a gorgeous part of the country, with beautiful beaches, cute seaside towns, some of the best British weather you can hope for, and our favourite attraction – Monkey World. (Read more about why I love Dorset here). We have tried and tested a variety of places to stay in the area, from B&Bs to harbour-side self-catered cottages and even a budget chain hotel, and although self-catered accommodation is my preference for a week-long holiday (I prefer the freedom and the price), Lulworth Cove Inn is now my favourite for a shorter break. It’s such a little gem that spring 2019 was our second stay, and we’d definitely consider going back for more!
Lulworth Cove is a very cute little town on the sea. There’s not much there beyond the stunning views, the beach and the ice cream and gift shops, because it’s a primarily a day-tripper destination. This means it’s also very quiet after dark, which is great if you’re looking for an idyllic peaceful spot, but not really if you want lively nightlife. We love it for our Dorset mini breaks though!
The inn itself is on the main street through Lulworth, and is walking distance to the sea. Several of the rooms have a sea view (three of them with balconies), and the best part by far is their amazing beer garden. On a sunny day it’s the perfect spot to sit and have a gin and tonic with a view of the sea!
I especially love the bedrooms at Lulworth Cove Inn. They’re all individually decorated, so both of the Superior Double rooms we have stayed in felt different. The decor is rustic and nautical, with bare bricks and floorboards, wood panels painted in seaside hues, driftwood accessories, and vintage pieces such as chests, clothing rails, dressers and cases. The Superior Double rooms have roll top baths as well as en-suite shower rooms for added luxury, and I very much enjoyed watching movies from this spot during our stay. The beds are huge and comfortable, and as a nice extra touch every room has a couple of different Travelman’s short stories to read during your stay.
We enjoyed breakfast every morning, with a buffet table filled with cereals, fruits, pastries, sundries and even a slab of fresh honeycomb, plus the menu offered a great choice of freshly cooked options. We also chose to dine at the inn most nights during our stay. It was the most picturesque choice, plus the most convenient after being out all day. And we enjoyed the food there a lot, so had no reason to go elsewhere! We particularly loved their buffalo wings with blue cheese dip as a sharer starter and had this a few times, and we also had chance to try their Sunday roast, which was also great. Their desserts are both delicious and beautiful (see below for proof of this) and I it’s probably worth mentioning that their bar has a great selection of gins too!
I’d happily recommend Lulworth Cove Inn to anyone planning a short stay in Dorset. The only trouble is, I wouldn’t want it to get so popular that all of their 12 rooms are always fully booked!