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Featured Dorset Independent Hotels

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The Knoll House

The Knoll House

Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.4 out of 5 (18 reviews)
    Good hotel, convenient to many good places, Lovely greeting from each member of staff to us and our jack russell dog every morning. They were c … - 

    The Knoll House£42

    The Knoll House£42
    The Bridge House Hotel

    The Bridge House Hotel

    2 Ringwood Road, Ferndown
      3.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.2 out of 5 (249 reviews)
      this is a really great place to stay, and the food is very nice and reasonably priced. - 

      The Bridge House Hotel£50

      The Bridge House Hotel£50
      The Richmoor Hotel

      The Richmoor Hotel

      146 The Esplanade, Weymouth
        3.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        3.5 out of 5 (39 reviews)
        Very pleasant stay would recommend this place. Arrived at hotel an hour and half early. We had two rooms booked ours was ready and keys were given … - 

        The Richmoor Hotel£53

        The Richmoor Hotel£53
        B&B Weymouth

        B&B Weymouth

        68 The Esplanade, Weymouth
          3.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.2 out of 5 (188 reviews)
          Nice seafront B&B Friendly welcome upon arrival. Room good though decor a little tired but clean. Beds very comfortab … - 

          B&B Weymouth£34

          B&B Weymouth£34
          The Grosvenor Arms

          The Grosvenor Arms

          The Commons, Shaftesbury
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.4 out of 5 (94 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 … - 

            The Grosvenor Arms£79

            The Grosvenor Arms£79
            Mortons House Hotel

            Mortons House Hotel

            45 East Street, Wareham
              3.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.3 out of 5 (35 reviews)
              superior little hotal first class little hotel. we will go back. There was a little confusion over our booking when we ar … - 

              Mortons House Hotel£92

              Mortons House Hotel£92
              Heights Hotel

              Heights Hotel

              Yeates Road, Portland
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                3.9 out of 5 (156 reviews)
                People great, views amazing but rooms a little dated. - 

                Heights Hotel£67

                Heights Hotel£67
                Purbeck House Hotel

                Purbeck House Hotel

                91 High Street, Swanage
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.3 out of 5 (62 reviews)
                  Convenient location, comfortable. Great location, a short walk to town and beach. Plenty of on-site free parking. You can stay in the … - 

                  Purbeck House Hotel£88

                  Purbeck House Hotel£88
                  The Manor

                  The Manor

                  17 Salisbury Road, Christchurch
                    3.5 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.2 out of 5 (25 reviews)
                    Stop over for cross channel trip Chose hotel due to location and proximity to Poole harbour lovely old building in need of tlc wonde … - 

                    The Manor£58

                    The Manor£58
                    The Redcliff - Guest house

                    The Redcliff - Guest house

                    18/19 Brunswick Terrace, Weymouth
                      3.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.8 out of 5 (6 reviews)
                      Break A very good Guest House which I would highly recommend. - 

                      The Redcliff - Guest house£47

                      The Redcliff - Guest house£47
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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.