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The Bridge House Hotel

The Bridge House Hotel

2 Ringwood Road, Ferndown
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3.0 out of 5.0
 
 
4.2 out of 5 (265 reviews)
Lovely hotel Beautiful setting with good facilities and staff who couldn’t do enough to help. Good quality reaso … - 

The Bridge House Hotel£67

The Bridge House Hotel£67
The Knoll House

The Knoll House

Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage
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3.5 out of 5.0
 
 
4.3 out of 5 (46 reviews)
A beautiful hotel Although currently being modernised it was very comfortable with a balcony and view to die for and … - 

The Knoll House£60

The Knoll House£60
B&B Weymouth

B&B Weymouth

68 The Esplanade, Weymouth
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3.0 out of 5.0
 
 
4.1 out of 5 (200 reviews)
Situated on the Esplanade Disappointed no parking facilities on site - although car parking available two streets away - free … - 

B&B Weymouth£52

B&B Weymouth£52
Heights Hotel

Heights Hotel

Yeates Road, Portland
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    3.9 out of 5 (172 reviews)
    Niceviews Nice hotel friendly staff great views overlooking portlands coastline. - 

    Heights Hotel£66

    Heights Hotel£66
    The Richmoor Hotel

    The Richmoor Hotel

    146 The Esplanade, Weymouth
      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      3.6 out of 5 (55 reviews)
      good location booked a family room, big enough for 5. It was a little petite but OK. Breakfast very good. Parking … - 

      The Richmoor Hotel£46

      The Richmoor Hotel£46
      The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant

      The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant

      181-185 Lymington Road, Christchurch
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      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      3.8 out of 5 (4 reviews)
      Well located for Christchurch and beach. As I was visiting family who where staying at a local resort I only used the Hotel as a place to sl … - 

      The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant£98

      The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant£98
      Captains Club Hotel

      Captains Club Hotel

      Wick Lane, Christchurch
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.7 out of 5 (18 reviews)
        Excellent hotel Had a great time, can't wait to go again, best Hotel that we've stayed in - 

        Captains Club Hotel£299

        Captains Club Hotel£299
        Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel & Spa

        Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel & Spa

        64 Christchurch Road, Ferndown
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        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.7 out of 5 (10 reviews)
        Great place for the business stay It is great place for the business stay. Only thing is hot tub is a bit cozy... - 

        Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel & Spa£92

        Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel & Spa£92
        Bankes Arms Hotel

        Bankes Arms Hotel

        23 East Street, Wareham
          3.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          3.7 out of 5 (63 reviews)
          Bedrooms need updating The bedrooms need updating, but the breakfast and evening meal were both excellent. Staff helpful, … - Margaret

          Bankes Arms Hotel£108

          Bankes Arms Hotel£108
          The Grosvenor Arms

          The Grosvenor Arms

          The Commons, Shaftesbury
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          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.4 out of 5 (98 reviews)
          Perfect for exploring Shaftesbury and area We had a lovely weekend stay at this well equiped hotel. The room was excellent and the location co … - 
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          Pocket Guides: Independent Hotels in Dorset

          Independent hotels are an excellent alternative to generic, chain hotels, but without compromising on quality or service. There is a growing number of independents in Dorset, ranging from small B&Bs and boutique hotels to chic, sleek country lodges and manor houses.

          Atmosphere and Character: Independent Hotels in Dorset

          When it comes to offering atmosphere and character, Dorset independent hotels have the upper hand. Often smaller than their chain-owned counterparts, you'll find that owners are more prepared to invest in making their hotel unique and paying attention to all the little details that can make your stay a memorable one. The Urban Beach Hotel in Bournemouth is a superb example of the lengths an independent hotel will go to, to make your visit unique. Eschewing formality in favour of quality, not only does this independent hotel offer exceptional accommodation, but you'll find that they even make their own cola syrup and fresh tonic for those leisurely drinks and cocktails.

          The Spotlight Focuses on the Guest

          Bournemouth's Balincourt Guest House demonstrates how independent hotels can cater for breaks of every kind. Offering award-winning accommodation, this hotel operates as a bed and breakfast. Each room is individually designed and boasts en-suite bathroom facilities. As with most independent hotels, the spotlight is thrown firmly on giving the guest the best stay possible, from the excellent breakfast to the availability of free Wi-Fi. While hotels such as the Balincourt have an appeal to businessmen or those just visiting for a night or two, they are just as able to cater for those who want to stay for longer.

          Size Isn't Everything!

          For those who think that independent hotels might not be able to offer the same facilities as larger hotels, The Green House in Bournemouth should dispel all doubt. In addition to being a green, sustainable hotel, The Green House is also a licensed wedding venue. Set in a beautiful Victorian villa, it was voted as the best wedding venue in Southern England by the Independent Magazine. With a team of wedding planners at your disposal, this is a wonderful wedding venue by anyone's standards.

          Dorset is an extraordinary county to visit at any time of year. For characterful accommodation that reflects something of who you are, check out the independent hotels in the region.