Well, we were very kindly invited back last week. But as a whole family this time for lunch. And we really had the best day.
We were so lucky with the weather again, and Studland in Dorset is just stunning when the sun shines. It was wonderful to walk the same corridors that Enid Blyton did in the Fifties and Sixties. The hotel is where she found inspiration for her Famous Five. The hotel is full of history and is staying true to its heritage with Victorian style carpets and plenty of watercolour portraits. It really is a hidden gem.
First stop for us was the indoor swimming pool. The hotel does have a large outdoor heated swimming pool, give it a couple of months and we would have definitely all been in there! We had the indoor pool to ourselves and my boys absolutely loved it. The perfect way to work up an appetite.
The bistro, with it’s stylish decor, has a childrens play area attached to it, and it’s such a brilliant idea. My boys are aged 6, 4 and 17 months and they were the perfect age to make the most of it. It meant my husband and I could enjoy a pre-lunch drink whilst they were fully entertained.
The service in the bistro and hotel was excellent, different staff from our previous visit. But they were friendly, attentive,and great with the kids.
The kids menu was super, with a choice of 1 course, 2 courses or 3. And at £7 for two courses, really reasonable. Especially as the portions were a really good size. My eldest boys had the chicken goujons and skinny chips which got a big thumbs up. And my 17 month old tucked into the sausage and mashed potato.
As a vegetarian, choice can often be limited for me, but it was great to have mixed choice across the menu. I thoroughly enjoyed my orzo pasta, it was topped with a crispy egg which I’d never had before. All washed down with a white wine spritzer. Everyone’s plates were empty and we even had room for delicious chocolate brownies
Of course we couldn’t leave without burning off some more energy in the pirate ship play park. Again, amazing for the children, and for wide range of ages.
We stopped off at Shell Bay on the way back to the chain ferry. Such a stunning beach with sands dunes and amazing views over to Sandbanks. If you haven’t been, it’s the perfect place to go whilst visiting the Knoll House Hotel.
Gifted Family lunch in return for social media coverage. All views are my own.