Rudds

Rudds

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3.5
#1 of 3 guest houses in West Lulworth
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
3.6
Service
3.8
Value
3.5
Nestled into the cliff directly above Lulworth Cove, our boutique 12 bedroomed B&B feels like a secret world amidst the hustle and bustle. With its beautiful bedrooms, wonderful restaurant, mature gardens, pool and hidden sun terraces it is the perfect place to escape for a weekend break or holiday
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Bar / lounge
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Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RQ England
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Thomas Gunn wrote a review Jul 2021
Falmouth, United Kingdom17 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
As many others have pointed out, the location of the hotel is perfect! Our room was right next to the pool, which overlooked the cove, so you're surrounded by a stunning view.
Unfortunately the room itself, as well as the restaurant is really lacking! Especially for the price they're asking..

The room we were staying in was The Cliff, which was in desperate need for a refurbishment. The majority of the furniture and decorations felt like old antiques that the owner didn't want to throw away, so choose to place them randomly around the room.
The carpet also had a big tear across it, which my girlfriend actually tripped on!

The Rudds website calls itself a 4 star hotel, but how can they claim that when they're charging people for a room with a tatty old carpet?

The restaurant wasn't really much better, I was a little nervous about eating there as the website made it sound very posh - Since I'm the complete opposite of that I was worried I wouldn't like the food, and stand out like a sore thumb.
But I couldn't have been more wrong, the food was your basic pub meal, nothing fancy at all, just over-salted everything.
I assume the other guests knew about it, as we were the only people in there.. Safe to say we dined out in a neighboring restaurant the next day!

The main saving grace was the location, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door both have fantastic views, and it was well worth the trip! We're planning to return next year, although we won't be staying at Rudds this time!

The only other thing I'd mention is my frustration that the rooms hadn't been given some love during lockdown. Surely the perfect time to renovate the rooms would have been when guests weren't allowed to stay?
I'm sure for many people this would have been the first holiday since the restrictions were lifted, and to be greeted by a rundown hotel was definitely a disappointment!
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Date of stay: May 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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pasta85 wrote a review Jul 2021
London, United Kingdom294 contributions167 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has the potential to be SO much better than it is.

Positives

Friendly service
Incredible location
Well cooked breakfast
Attic room was good value and a fairly decent size

Negatives

Desperately needs a refurb, top to toe.
Attic room quite damp, hasn't been decorated in years. Needs some TLC!
No functioning door on shower in attic room bathroom
Limited breakfast menu. No options for anyone who doesn't want a cooked breakfast (despite it being very tasty, some variety is needed)
Pictures on website very different from reality.

If they can fix the issues, this place could be a true gem. It misses the mark currently.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tallchris66 wrote a review Nov 2021
Eastleigh, United Kingdom80 contributions15 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A very difficult place to decide if it was a) amazing, b) shoddy or c) to be avoided.
The location is amazing, you’d struggle to find a better one so close to the sea.

It is eclectic in decor, it looks to have “grown” rather than be planned - nothing wrong with that of course. Our host was very accommodating. We were one of 2 guests the first night, and the only guest the second. As such I asked if there were any alternatives in the main house as the Boat House bed was a little spongey. We were then given a tour of all the rooms available, and we picked the Study Room. It was actually very nice, the bed was comfortable and we both felt it was a better choice than the BH.

If I’m honest, breakfast was a disappointment. It just didn’t taste premium - and I felt that we were paying a decent amount for the room, I would have expected a better breakfast. The second day we elected to eat breakfast out at the little cafe on Lulworth Cove, seeing as breakfast was included in the price, I think that speaks volumes.

We didn’t eat in the hotel restaurant as a result (opting to go for the very lovely Lulworth Lodge Bistro both nights) - so we cannot comment.

The funny thing is, we both said we’d like to come back, but I’m not sure either of us know why…

An odd experience.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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MichelleJarrett wrote a review Sep 2020
Orpington, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked this as it’s the closest accommodation to Lulworth Cove with a lovely pool (warning: freezing!) and amazing views. It was a mistake. That’s where the positives end unfortunately.

The place is in serious need of maintenance and a deep clean. We had the Coast room (£160) with a terrace/balcony overlooking the pool and gorgeous view, but the condition of it and the room is best described as old and tired, with stained carpet, curtains and furniture, cobwebs and flies. I had to ask for a fly spray. Definitely not worth the price tag, which they are clearly basing solely on the location and view. It wasn’t even ensuite, the bathroom was down the creaky corridor which also had a mouldy shower tray, wobbly toilet seat, hole in ceiling, tatty widows and blocked sink.

The owner was very rude to prospective customers and seemed like he simply wasn’t interested and couldn’t be bothered with anything. I am baffled as to why he is in the hospitality industry and running a B&B at all???

They are NOT Covid secure and I am surprised they haven’t been closed down. The only thing they have is hand sanitiser on entry, the owner said to us on arrival about masks “oh you don’t need to wear those abominable things”. They did not care about social distancing or keep their distance. The breakfast tables were not spaced out and the waitress made no effort to keep distance. We sat in the window and there was a table right next to us and a couple sat there and was about 1-2 foot away from my husband.

This is not reflective of the area, we had lunch and dinner at the Lulworth Cove Inn up the road and they had Covid measures in place that their staff abided to.

There are many other very nice looking accommodation options in the area I am sure with higher standards of cleaning, service and hospitality. I would pick somewhere else, the view can be enjoyed elsewhere.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Simi1959 wrote a review Feb 2020
Horsham, United Kingdom148 contributions25 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were staying in Lulworth for a Valentines break, and on the Friday wanted somewhere special for a Valentines meal. On our travels we came across Rudd’s. We booked a table for 7.30. When we arrived we were greeted by a very polite gentleman who showed us to our table. It was beautifully set with candles etc. Throughout the gentleman was polite and helpful, recommended dishes, and very attentive to our needs. My other half had Scallops for staters followed by a Steak, I had Asparagus followed by Rudd’s Thai Curry. Both meals were presented well and tasted beautiful. The whole meal which consisted of two starters, 2 mains, 1 desert, and two drinks came to £61.00. Worth every penny. We were not rushed, and treated with upmost respect. And the food was delicious, will definitely go there again when in the area.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gretchin2012 wrote a review Sep 2020
7 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Good points
* Bed was comfy
* Young man who checked me in (James?) was friendly, as was the lady at breakfast.
* Study Room was large and spacious
* Pool was lovely and clean, with plenty of space to sit around it
* Good location, right on the cove and close to various walks
* The fruit salad for breakfast was more than your average bowl, with strawberries and mango. They also accomodated a vegan breakfast with toast, sausages and beans.

Areas of disappointment
* As other reviews have said, many of the rooms suffer from flies due to location. By the time I left my 1 night stay there were 6 in the room.
* The Study Room was right at the front which meant that you had to have the curtains closed most of the time in order to get any privacy.
* There were lots of pillows but they were very small with very little substance and as a result I slept badly.
* There was loud music coming from the bar all afternoon. I am quite sensitive to noise so this may not affect everyone as it did me. I asked when it was being turned off and they said very soon, but it was at least a couple of hours afterwards. It didn’t continue into the night so didn’t impact my sleeping at all, just the afternoon.
* The TV signal was so bad that the picture broke up to the point of being unwatchable. I have some photos of that helps.
* Some reviews have mentioned that the main owner was not very friendly. Whilst this didn’t really bother me as I didn’t come away to make friends, I would agree that it was an unusual experience, and it suprised me in comparison to most places I’ve stayed.

Overall, I would say that you are very much paying for the location. I don’t believe that the hotel warrants it’s 4* status, nor the £160pn price tag for the study room, it is more like a bnb in many aspects. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as you’re comfortable with what you’re getting.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Claire B wrote a review Jul 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
On approaching the hotel it was obvious that the staff or owner as, I now Know was running the place like a headless chicken . Given the times we live in (Covid) it was really appreciated how the owner accommodated us and did say that they had a very limited menu so we said fine , 2 crab sandwiches, 2 lasagnes . I went to the bar and ordered 3 lime and sodas and a bottle of beer and a coke , nothing on draft all bottles . When food arrived IT was very average , (like you’d knock up at home) sandwich and a cocktail stick through it and a wedge of lemon (no dressings or garnish) so I was gobsmacked to find it was £11 for a sandwich when it came to pay. I asked if it was printed anywhere in a menu in case of a description , this was average at beat , the owner became very defensive , asking if she should print a menu especially for me . Told me she was exhausted , Mentioning ingredients were locally sourced and they were a family business (oh that’s alright them ????) I then asked for a receipt when she flapped around and said she couldn t give me one some nonsense about the computer says no , but could she write one which is beyond helpful but not what I wanted . When I mentioned I didn’t think it was value for money she said she wished she hadn’t let us in , she was doing us a favour and that this is why they only serve residents , she also offered for me to go in her kitchen and look around (even though I had no mask 😷 she was willing to traipse the public through the kitchen a pandemic !!! So if your going to throw the doors open to the masses , you need to get your house in order , Advertising their London connection all over the place without delivering the service by a long shot . Trying hard to be a crazy bear but a shower of ****, defensive and I doubt have ever ran a restaurant , defo not front of house & the owner needs to grow up
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Andrea O wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom22 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 1 night in the boat house (4 people in 2 double bedrooms) for £230. I would not stay again due to the following reasons:
The entrance to the boat house was dirty with cigarette stumps etc.
The property looks run down and unkept.
The photos on website are misleading and don't reflect the actual condition of the property.
The location in the town is excellent, but the view pictured on the website was blocked by a white tent for an upcoming wedding.
Rooms need revamping and had old cheap looking furniture. Both rooms were missing a bedside table or a bedside light.
There is a shower in the bath, but if you're taller that 160cm you cannot stand in the bath as the roof is slanted. The taps are very difficult to close completely so they leak.
We were only given 2 towels and 2 cups for 2 tea/coffees, despite having booked for 4 people- we received more later on at our request, but the towels were worth through and tea mugs were given to us with a few loose tea bags stuffed into them.
Beds and linen were comfortable.
Breakfast was served quickly and tasted average-good, but the coffee was average and orange juice tasted artificial.
I don't believe Rudd's Inn meets the 4 stars standard it advertises on its website.
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Date of stay: June 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Inigo M wrote a review Sep 2020
Warwick, United Kingdom31 contributions23 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A real mixed bag this place. As another review has stated, reminded me a bit of Fawlty Towers.



On the plus side an amazing location. Directly overlooking the cove. You can have a drink by the pool right at the cliff top.



The room was OK, big comfortable bed, but the room was a bit tired in places and could do with a bit more care and improvement.



The breakfasts were a mixed bag, depending entirely on who was managing the service. One pair was experienced and exuded an air of calm, customer focused service; cups on saucers, all cutlery in place, tables cleaned as soon as a guest vacated a table, food served that you asked for. There was another pair where it was complete and utter chaos, which is where the Fawlty Towers comparison comes in. No cutlery, tables not cleaned, random provision of food that may or may not be what you asked for, waitress unable to remember who had ordered what. The list goes on. The differences gave completely contrasting impressions of the place.



Finally, and easily worst of all. You would have no idea there is a pandemic in progress. No measures whatsoever to protect customers and staff from Covid-19. This is in complete contrast to all other restaurants and bars that we visited in the area. There is some token hand sanitiser by the door if you can spot it on your way in. If you are vulnerable, or if you are in regular contact with vulnerable people, DO NOT STAY HERE. If on the other hand you think Covid-19 is a bad cold, an Illuminati style conspiracy theory, or you are Donald Trump, then this is an excellent place to stay where you can pretend there is no pandemic on-going in the outside world. You do not have to leave as they do lunch and dinner as well.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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suehare wrote a review Jul 2021
Bagshot, United Kingdom36 contributions22 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were advised that as long as you were buying drinks and food you could use the pool for free .
Firstly the pool : he walked round the pool with fast acting Chlorine granules straight In to the pool which is fine 12 hours before letting someone swim , certainly not 30 mins before . No measurements. I have a pool at home and know the chemical balance is critical for the correct balance to ensure bacteria is neutralised . There was only one drain in the pool which is illegal and it had no cover on it . You could easily get a broken ankle if you stepped into this .
The bar man was very amiable but has a cigarette in his hand the whole time he was serving . We ordered food which was passable .
The only toilet was flooded and had no soap and remember we are in a Covid world . We used the public toilets across the road for sanitation reasons .
The manager was obnoxious and incredibly rude . If you want to swim in an unsanitary pool , eat below par food and be served by a barman with a cigarette in his hand go ahead . As a pool owner I cannot express enough how in a Covid world sanitising water is so important and providing decent toilet facilities is key to good health .
We will not be returning .
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Don’t go if you want to remain healthy
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Answer from Deborah L
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom2 contributions
Sorry I can’t answer that question. They have another hotel in London think it’s a pub hotel google Rudds London. Try there. Be prepared for a beautiful location but a very very tired and run down hotel. Our shower in the attic didn’t have a door. Very dirty. But the staff were friendly.
Kerry J asked a question Dec 2019
Eastleigh, United Kingdom15 contributions18 helpful votes
We have booked the boat house for New Year’s Eve, is there a dress code for dinner.
MFun_W8 asked a question Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom115 contributions20 helpful votes
Is it dog friendly?
Answer from Enjoy33
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom189 contributions176 helpful votes
No it’s not
Liz F asked a question Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
Has the Hotel changed hands? We used to visit when Tim was managing.
Answer from JWR
London, United Kingdom284 contributions129 helpful votes
We dealt with Liesl. I didn't meet her husband
Wab asked a question Oct 2019
Essex, United Kingdom21 contributions49 helpful votes
Hi, is there by any chance a fridge in the rooms .?
Answer from Fady G
Birmingham, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
It would be very lovely! But sadly no
bongobee wrote a tip Mar 2024
14 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take your own alchol as no licence held."
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Nick Powell wrote a tip Sep 2023
Roade, United Kingdom37 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is at the start of village , £12 per 24 hours, 5 minute walk to hotel . OK for a sleep and hiking on , not recommended for long stay "
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Rachy S wrote a tip Aug 2023
Leeds, United Kingdom13 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"It needs a revamp If you dont mind staying in a dirty room then book a his place "
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Caroline P wrote a tip Jul 2023
8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Well worth a visit and caters for vegans "
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weCstrengths wrote a tip Jul 2023
Delaware7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Prepare to slow yourself down, relax and enjoy your trip to paradise!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rudds
Which popular attractions are close to Rudds?
Nearby attractions include Lulworth Cove (0.05 miles), Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (0.05 miles), and South West Coast Path- Lulworth Cove & The Fossil Forest Walk (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rudds?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Rudds?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rudds?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rudds?
Conveniently located restaurants include Limestone Hotel & Restaurant, Lulworth Lodge Hotel Bistro, and The Boat Shed Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rudds?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Rudds located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of West Lulworth.
Are there any historical sites close to Rudds?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tyneham (3.7 miles), Lulworth Castle & Park (2.3 miles), and Lulworth Estate (0.1 miles).
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