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“A wonderful find”

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Cottage -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Bournemouth, Dorset, England

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MrsBrake
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A wonderful find”
Reviewed 12 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Myself and a group of 10 other ladies travelled here for our friends hen weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in what is a truly beautiful house. It has everything you might need, including a pool, hot tub and sauna. Without a doubt we would all return, and have discussed making this a yearly trip. The house is in the centre of a small village, there are shops in the nearby Blandford for everything extra you may need. You won't be disappointed.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
17 Apr 2016
Thank You
It was a pleasure to have you all to stay .
And it will be lovely to have you all return .
Regards Lucy and Matt x
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thorpecla...
Yeovil, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
66 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Theatre retreat”
Reviewed 31 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

myself and 9 female friends and colleagues work in the stressful environment of the NHS operating theatres and we needed a post Christmas wind down and relax weekend. This was perfect. Just what rthe Dr. ordered. Set in beautiful countryside in a quiet location. We had a fantastic weekend enjoying the pool and hot tub, dispite the awful weather, We were upgraded to the farmhouse next door, Downside farm. We had tea and cakes awaiting us when we arrived and everyone was so friendly. Beautifully decorated and full of character. I can't wait to go again.

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Liked best: Open fire, hot tub warm indoor pool with soft lighting
Liked least: having to wrestle with the heavy hot tub cover in a storm, in your wet swimsuit!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
1 Apr 2016
Ladies it was our pleasure to give something back to you X
For all your hard work and dedication .
Where would we all be xxx
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rob15440
Devon, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place for a group retreat!!”
Reviewed 6 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Stayed here for a weekend as part of a group of 11 in August 2015. This place was exactly what we were looking for (which is hard to find for a large group). The house was very clean and had all the mod cons. The facilities were great and we found that having the pool, hot tub and pool table etc we could keep ourselves entertained for the weekend without even having to leave the house. If I had one criticism it would be the lack of WIFI, however this wouldn't stop me coming back here.

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Liked best: Hot tub and pool table
Liked least: No Wifi
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
20 Dec 2016
Hello Rob
Thank You for such a Lovely review .
Wi-Fi is an absolute nightmare here, even infinity doe'snt work .
We are so sorry .
maybe keep us as a quiet retreat .
hope to see you again .
Regards lucy
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Krisg4880
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Ok place but needs a good clean!”
Reviewed 2 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Group of 9 stayed overall the place is ok. Once we got settled in all we noticed around the house was old cobwebs with old dead flies! So we got the Hoover out and had to to a proper clean. These cobwebs had been there for several weeks has some if them had dust on it. The bedroom shad the same issue around the dresser table cobwebs and spiders and dust balls around the furniture.
Worst of all non of us keep pets so to find dog hairs on the sofa was just disgusting...so again we had to Hoover the sofa. The owner Lucy was informed of this, who basically said it couldn't be possible and we must have brought the hairs in lol! I even showed her the pictures and her helper matt ce the same day to collect deposits which I showed the dog hairs
too!

The owner claims the house is given a proper clean and check before guest come in...we did arrive 1hour early but still you wouldn't expect to find dust balls and old cob webs around the house!
The location is not bad takes 45 mins to Bournemouth if taking a taxi book well in advance
The facilities provided are ok the dish washer is not the best as some dishes still came out dirty! but feel the price is not of value..don't be fooled by the images
We had a good time because of the group we was with not the actual place as it was not as clean as it should be and we had to clean!
When you go to use the pool you have to go the through the house next door...which is not great as they can see you in the pool so doesn't feel as relaxed as it should be also when you look out the kitchen window there is a public footpath so agin strangers can see through your window when in the kitchen.

On a positive the place does accommodated well for the 9 of us but that's it!
The owner Lucy could work on her customer service skills I feel that as we had paid her the full amount she owed us nothing and hasn't taken responsibility for the cleanliness of the house! As stated the dust and cobwebs are several weeks worth!
One on suit down stairs as no hot water a previouse issue raised clearly not fixed. When I told the owner this again she said it works fine
Would I recommend for you to stay here NO based on the fact that the owner will not provide you with any service and the house is not clean so you are doing it yourself and that's not what a break is about
Note to owner if a customer is unhappy about your service or product it is your job to put it right! I asked the owner that we should be compensated but feels it is not reasonable but offered a discounted rate to stay again...why would we stay again based in what we have already seen!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
17 Sep 2016
These Guests arrived with one thing in Mind .
Getting a Refund . As some of the Party had dropped out .
All allegations are Fabricated .
There had not been Dogs at the property for a Month before their arrival ?
We have a Team of 6 clean the place absolutely thoroughly every week.
Old Cobwebs ? Impossible
Overloading a Dishwasher as we all know results in a poorer clean , we emptied the dishwasher after the guests stay , and split it into 2 loads which cleaned perfectly , with out all the frying pans, saucepans and jugs !!
The Pool is NOT entered through the other property ???
You have your own locking entrance ?
In 10 years this has never caused any problems ?
The Next door neighbours 2 elderley Ladies have access to their Cider Orchard on a footpath behind Houghton Lodge .
They are the occasional if at all users of the path .
Hot Water , will if used for long periods in all 4 bathrooms at once , run out of steam occasionaly so to speak .
We (if notified) will advise the immersion heater as back up , or putting the water on constant . Or Matt will always come and do his very best to fix it for you.
Your Claims were ludicrous and outrageous !
We are sorry that your party had to foot the bill for the missing 3 Guests who cancelled with yourselves , thus making your stay a lot more expensive.
We were more than happy to offer a discounted stay .
But we can not compensate for fabricated accusations..
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Rach033
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Super relaxing countryside retreat”
Reviewed 4 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Situated in a tiny village in Dorset, the Lodge has everything you need for a weekend of escape. I was there with friends and we made the most of the large living room, good kitchen facilities, and numerous bathrooms. The friendly pub is a 20 minute stroll away, perfect! The hot tub was brilliant but the sauna wasn't so efficient but that would not put me off staying again. Some of our group used the swimming pool and said it was great. I'd like to come back in warmer weather to make more use of the gardens which were well maintained. The only thing I would like to see added to the Lodge is Wi-Fi please!

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: Hot tub
Liked least: No wi-fi
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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