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Featured Dorset Independent Hotels

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The Living Room
The Living Room
2 Drury Road, Bournemouth
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (57 reviews)
Lovely accommodation with character and charm Vintage tea room was a refreshing change to the normal hotel. Excellent breakfast choice and superb … - 

£80

£80
Balincourt Guest House
Balincourt Guest House
58 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (28 reviews)
Nice guest house It is a nice guest house, not too far from beach or town centre. Really enjoyed our time. Lounge wa … - 

£95

£95
Swanage Haven Boutique B&B
Swanage Haven Boutique B&B
3 Victoria Road, Swanage
5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (8 reviews)
Great B&B Very warm welcome, great room, very clean and well equipped with everything you could need. Comfort … - 

£90

£90
The Green House
The Green House
4 Grove Road, Bournemouth
4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (159 reviews)
Great location, walking distance to the beach/town So impressed by the green house, clean, modern and comfortable, no issues or complaints - 

£98

£98
B&B Weymouth
B&B Weymouth
68 The Esplanade, Weymouth
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (63 reviews)
Nice and close to the beach and shops Room was clean and staff were friendly, breakfast was excellent. If you drive the staff will give y … - 

£60

£60
The Kings Arms
The Kings Arms
North Street, Sherborne
5.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)
Stayed for two nights while speaking at the Sherborne Literary Festival. A great choice. A little o … - 

£100

£100
Kemps Country House
Kemps Country House
East Stoke, Wareham
4.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (23 reviews)
Close to Jurassic coast Relaxing break. Wareham, Weymouth, West Bay and Arne RSPB RESERVE all close to visit. Beautiful par … - 

£130

£130
The Grosvenor Arms
The Grosvenor Arms
The Commons, Shaftesbury
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (20 reviews)
Really relaxed feel to give us a wonderful short break, close to local attractions. The hotel was i … - 

£90

£90
Guest House Biplan
Guest House Biplan
12 Westby Road, Bournemouth
4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (14 reviews)
idel for a couple of nights friendly welcome. First impression was that the hotel was clean and tidy, but a little tired. Room … - 
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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.