We have just returned from an absolutely fabulous 3 night break at Beautiful Lulworth Cove, made even better by our stay at Bishops. The owner was away but we were left in the very capable hands of his lovely daughter Emily who was so very helpful and friendly without being intrusive, nothing was too much trouble for her, always had a smile and she never seemed to go home!!! She instantly made us relax and we enjoyed our chats in the bar with her, her sense of humour matched ours, and she definitely needed it to cope with some of the customers, hats off to her, a great girl!
We were in the Study Room, HUGE!!!! Actually a suite!! With the most amazing bed and fabulous pillows .... always a rarity when staying away from home!! Yes there could be a few additional touches here and there and it is starting to look a little tired but then it has been a very busy, fully booked season, they can be sorted once it has quietened down, it didn't take hinder our stay at all. (Also, toilet roll ran out luckily on last morning, the chambermaid only seemed to restock the coffee and milk and not touch anything else, but we had made ourselves at home and the room probably looked like a bomb had hit it so she probably didn't know where to start!! ).
Lovely fluffy gowns and new slippers provided, free wifi, lots of coffee and tea options and chocolates too!! Hotel is just metres from the cove, but never seemed noisy at night, we had our windows wide open and I am normally a light sleeper, but I slept so well (probably also helped from the exhaustion from all the fabulous walking!!), until the seagulls woke in the morning, the only drawback of being so close to the sea.
We only at in the restaurant for an evening meal one night, but it was outstanding. Not a huge choice but it was all fresh, cooked to order and true to the fresh local ingredients, fish, which it should be. Beautifully presented and wonderful flavours. The garlic prawns were out of this world, as was the seabass with the crayfish risotto. (The scallops my husband had would have been a little better if the pancetta wrapped around them was crispy, for a contrast in texture, but still delicious!). The other two nights we tried the café and pub close by, which were good but food not a patch on Bishops.
The breakfasts ..... OH MY GOD!!!!! Amazing!!!! Again, HUGE!!!! You sit down with a beautiful platter of wonderful fresh, sliced fruit already on your table, fresh yoghurts and croissants. You then have a great choice for cooked food. My husband chose the Full English on the first morning, I luckily only chose scrambled eggs on toast, His breakfast was a feast! Definitely very generous with the portions, but as a lot of walking was done it was very welcome. My scrambled eggs were delicious, very creamy and well seasoned. The next two mornings however we just had the cereal and croissants and didn't need anything else as otherwise we would not have eaten anything else the rest of the day!!
Also a good well stocked bar which included my favourite, Hendricks Gin, which I think I drank the bar dry of and cask ale which my husband helped demolish!! Beautiful wine with the evening meal too which wasn't over priced.
We used the pool on a couple of the days, fortunately weather has been cracking this week, although pool was still very cold, but I braved it none the less. Yes it is a little shabby around the pool, but I think it added to the charm, and the view over the Cove was just breathtaking. Pool is very private and for residents and owners use only, which made it even better as we practically had it to ourselves, heaven!
We loved this place, and we would totally recommend it to anybody, if you want somewhere that has class but isn't pretentious with it, instantly makes you feel relaxed and welcome and know all about good fresh local food, this is it.
Thank you for making our break exactly what we needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bishops, once the home of the Wordsworths (Bishops of Salisbury), stands on the edge of the Cove and is sheltered by Bindon Hill. Originally two cottages and dates back to 1650’s one of the oldest buildings in the village, the extensions and additions have been made with care and the building is one of the architectural features of Lulworth. The gardens overlook the beautiful Lulworth Cove and there is a large swimming pool for our guests. Bishops is on the cliff top of the world heritage Jurassic coastline at Lulworth Cove and the famous Durdle Door. Close by the stunning Studland Bay and shores of Sandbanks and Poole harbour. The countryside is ideally placed for exploring Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, The Isle of Purbeck, Corfe Castle, Swanage and Wareham a Saxon town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bishops West Lulworth, Dorset