One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to explore more of the dog friendly places that the UK has to offer and to take Jasper on some weekend breaks with us.
A couple of weekends ago we were lucky enough to go and stay at Knoll House Hotel in Studland, Dorset!
About Knoll House Hotel
Knoll House Hotel was the inspiration behind author Enid Blyton’s Famous Five novels – one of my childhood favourites! It’s even possible to stay in her favourite room (number 40) and also to dine at her favourite table – we were lucky enough to do this, a very surreal feeling knowing we were sat in the very spot she once would have sat!
It has also welcomed other well–known faces including Sir Winston Churchill, Roald Dahl and Sir Richard Branson.
Knoll House Hotel has many facilities on offer, including an indoor pool with steam room, gym, heated outdoor pool, children’s playground, tennis courts and a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course. Most definitely something for all the family!
The hotel is dog friendly, with dogs needing to be on leads in the grounds and throughout hotel. Recently they have expanded and now have a dog friendly bistro area, where you can dine with your pooch!!
We didn’t brave this with Jasper this time, as many of you know he’s not the most patient of pups and his training around settling whilst we eat and drink is still very much a work in progress. However, it was so lovely seeing all the happy pooches snuggled up under the table whilst their owners enjoy their delicious food!
One of the things I loved about the hotel is that on one side of the hotel there are some gorgeous woodlands, and on the other… miles of sandy beaches! The best of both worlds!! Especially for dog owners and their pooches.
Our room itself was so unbelievably spacious and has two separate outside balcony areas! There was a very relaxed feel to the whole hotel, which meant that we were able to fully relax and unwind while we were there. Jasper also made himself quite at home there, which also meant that we didn’t worry about him at all.
Waking up in the morning and pulling back the curtain was such a lovely way to start the day. The unspoilt sea views from the balcony were beautiful, even on a rainy day. On a sunny day you could quite easily forget you’re not abroad!
Without a doubt, one of the best things about staying at Knoll House Hotel is how unbelievably close to the beach it is. Jasper’s favourite place is the beach and so only being a 10 minute walk away meant we were able to get up early and head to the beach and catch the sunrise!
With four miles of sandy loveliness to explore, Studland Beach has sand dunes that are perfect for exploring, and a cafe in case you get peckish. Another of the nice things about the beaches around the hotel is that they each provide litter pickers should you want to pick up any litter as you walk along the beach – super eco–friendly and good fun too!
As well as the beach to explore there are also many dog friendly places to visit to keep you busy.
Old Harry Rocks
Along the beach, and a little walk following the coast path brings you to Old Harry Rocks. The views from the cliffs up here were absolutely stunning! Although if you’re scared of heights I wouldn’t go too close to the edge!
Corfe Castle is free to National Trust members or £10 for an adult. It’s also super dog friendly and so are the tea rooms. The ruins of this castle are simply intriguing, holding a lot of history and the views you get from the top are simply breathtaking! A definite must do!
The little town that surrounds Corfe Castle is also super fun to explore, plenty of little shops and pubs!
A 15-20 minute drive from the hotel is the little town of Swanage, which we visited a couple of times during our stay. Swanage has its own little beach – more beach time for Jasp! – some arcades and lots of shops and tea rooms to explore.
We squeezed so much into our weekend that it was lovely coming back to Knoll House Hotel, and collapsing in a heap on the super comfy beds and just enjoyed the fact that there was no noise or business. Just literally the sound of nature and outdoors.
We were made to feel so welcome at the hotel even when returning with a soggy, sandy spaniel. Jasper got plenty of fuss and snuggles and so he was in his element. He was one tired pooch when we got home!
Knoll House Hotel truly is a hidden gem, and perfect for families with (or without) their fur babies looking for a coastal retreat, then we would 110% recommend a stay here.
*We received a complimentary few days at Knoll House Hotel in exchange for an article – all opinions are our own and not influenced.