After lots of research, we booked this hotel largely based on the positive reviews on this site, however our stay was a little disappointing, although I would agree with some of the comments made previously. My main issue with this hotel is that it is a bit tatty and dated, and our room was somewhat cramped. Bearing in mind the hotel's rating this would be acceptable if it wasn't for the price, which is not particularly cheap for a two star hotel; we didn't feel that our standard twin was good value for money.
We found the hotel easily (although we are quite familiar with the Bridport area, so it may be more challenging if you were new to the area) but on arrival we had to ring the bell twice and it was almost ten minutes before anyone arrived to check us in. I had to ask where to find the room as this information was not volunteered. The entrance hall was smart but did smell a bit musty and damp.
Our room was pleasant enough albeit in an old-fashoned decor, although it had what looked like damp patches on the wall, and very dated furniture - it clearly needed refurbishing. The bathroom was clean and adequate, a good size with a bath and shower attachment. The TV remote and one bedside lamp did not work, and the telephone was also not operational, although the hotel did swap this over without any problem (we felt this was a necessity as the area around the hotel had no mobile phone signal). Beds were comfortable and bedding was clean, and there was a useful tray of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits. The towels in the bathroom could have been fresher, as they had a 'chip fat' smell to them, as did the room if the window was open as it was on the back of the hotel over the kitchen area. This was a bit of a shame. The daily servicing of the room could have been more thorough as it was evident some areas had not been cleaned.
The public lounge area was also very dated and a bit musty, however the owners are in the process of refurbishing the bar areas and the potential for improvement is evident. The building work was not disruptive, although it made navigating the lower car park in the dark a bit dangerous and quite difficult as there was no lighting (we had to use a torch).
The restaurant and lounge area have nice sea views, and the service in the restaurant was very good (we only had breakfast, no evening meals). The breakfast itself was outstanding with a fantastic choice and first class food; we felt this made up for a lot of the shortcomings we had experienced.
Overall, I think this hotel is a bit overpriced for the standard that it currently supplies, however we could see that with some investment and refurbishment this could be a litte gem by the sea. The area itself is lovely and the hotel is a good base for walkers or sightseers to the Jurassic coast. However, small improvements in cleanliness and customer service could be made now that would enhance the current customer experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the small Dorset village of Eype, near Bridport, Eype's Mouth Country Hotel is a family run 17 bedroom hotel. With superb sea views and only a few minutes walk to the beach, the hotel occupies a unique position on the Heritage Coastline. This stunning location, recently filmed Broadchurch television drama, provides the opportunity to walk along the Coastal Path with much to explore and observe for the keen rambler, ornithologist, anthropologist or geologist.Overlooking Lyme Bay and the beautiful coastal path, the Restaurant offers a three course table d'hote menu with plenty of choice for each course. Changed daily, the menu is created by Chef to take advantage of the locally produced foods and includes specialities such as locally caught fish, superb meats and fruit and vegetable farm produce from just north of Bridport. The Admirals Bar is located on the ground floor and open all day to residents. Perfect for pre-dinner drinks, sit and relax over a well deserved aperitif and a few nibbles and peruse the menu. After dinner, retire to the comfort of the bar or residents lounge for coffee with a brandy or liqueur. A Bar Snack Menu for residents is available Noon - 2pm and 6.30Pm - 8.30Pm daily. This is also available to non-residents during the winter months. A cosy bar with a traditional log fire. The Smugglers Bar is a fine old world cellar bar open during the summer months only. It is ideal if you are visiting the area just for the day or staying locally and are looking for a drink or meal. A Bar Food Menu is served 12 noon - 2pm and 6.30Pm - 8.30Pm. Our bars have an array of fine beers. The local Palmers Brewery (Bridport) provides an excellent traditional real ale with their IPA whilst a guest real ale is often available in the Smugglers Bar. The Smugglers Bar is open from Good Friday until the end of October each year. Opening hours are 11am (12 noon Sundays) until 10pm. The Coastal Lounge is the ideal place to enjoy a light snack, coffee or tea or just to relax with a good book and admire the beautiful seaviews and stunning landscape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eypes Mouth Country Bridport
- Hotel Eypes Mouth Country
- Eype's Mouth Country Hotel Bridport, Dorset