After many hours of sweat and tears trawling through reviews here on Trip Advisor before booking accommodation in Dorset, I am so pleased that I chose the Kings Arms.
From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel very welcome. The room was lovely and clean and is a good-sized one (the 4 bed family room). The double bed is on one side of the room, the 2 single beds on the other. The door to the room opens out onto a garden patio with a lovely aspect of the garden. The shower room is small but perfectly adequate for what we wanted. There are Tea/Coffee making facilities with a small kettle and complimentary packets of biscuits were supplied. The beds are extremely comfortable and we all slept really well.
There were 3 of us staying - myself, my husband and our 15 year old daughter - and we felt that we all had plenty of space.
The pub itself has apparently undergone major refurbishment since the new owners took over in November and is very smart. The staff couldn't do enough for us and really made us feel at home. Breakfast was superb - a choice of cereals, toast, full English breakfast and tea/coffee/juice etc. Whatever we wanted seemed to be no trouble at all. The owners are very friendly and went out of their way to come and talk to us each day which was very much appreciated.
We had a meal in the pub on our last night and both the food and the service were superb.
Portesham itself is a pretty little village and I spent a happy hour wandering around taking photographs. Just one note of warning for anybody addicted to their mobile phone - the signal is very, very weak in the village. I couldn't get a signal at all on O2 - not that it worried us. This, of course, is beyond the owners control and is nothing they should be penalised for. The Internet signal was very weak in the room but much quicker in the pub itself (or just outside) so we tended to check our messages whilst having a drink. Inside the pub is a large leather sofa and two matching armchairs so you can relax and make yourself at home.
Weymouth is approximately 8 miles away and West Bay (which we fell in love with) was about 12 miles away so the village is very accessible for the local amenities. Hardy's Monument is only 2 miles up the road and I recommend a trip to see that too.
I would have no hesitation whatsoever in booking up again here and hope to do so in the near future.
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