View from the Room - Hunters Moon Inn, Dorset
Located quite remotely although it's attached to a pub, which is where you check in. Rooms 1-4, for sure, are like a motel where you have your own entrance without going through the actual pub. Your full length patio door looks out to the carpark and walkway mind!
It’s 4 miles from the nearest village Sherborne and driving distance to places to explore such as Dorchester, Weymouth and my favourite, Swanage, which seems to above an above average quote of happy dogs. In fact, everywhere we went we seemed to see dogs! On route, you'll pass delightfully named villages such as Puddletown and Tolpuddle.
We booked this weekend specifically to visit Monkey World which is worth the journey itself.
Parking Easy parking on site and close to the room.
Room We had a standard room with a double bed which suits our needs as we are out all day exploring. Contemporary pine furniture with padded headboard. Looks out to the pub beer garden and beyond that the car park.
The large towel rail was covered in thick dust which must have been on oversight as the rest of the place, although a little worn, was spotlessly clean. Surprisingly it didn't get cleaned the next day and the only reason I didn't mention it was lower priority than getting some heat in the room which proved a challenge!
Power points: well placed around the room, either side of the bed, near the front door plus a four-way under the dressing table
- Single wardrobe with room on top with about 10 assorted hangers.
- Dressing table 8 small drawers.
- 2 bedside units with 3 drawers each.
- Towels – two bath towels and two hand towels on towel rail. Bath mat.
- Small shower cubicle with large adequate shower head although not powerful.
- Shower just about had warm water at 8.45am.Tap water similar although as there is no mixer tap, this is probably a safety precaution.
- 2 mini shampoos and 2 shower gels. Mini sewing kit and shoe shine.
- Heated towel rail that I turned on day one but it didn’t come on day 2 (maybe it was the dust?)
- Kettle with bowl of sachets of tea, coffee, sugar and hot chocolate - always a bound - along with a generous amount of milk pots
- 2 mini packs of biscuits
- 2 small bottles of water
The generous breakfast is made to order and eaten in the pub dining room. It appeared there were other options such as cereals, yoghurts and porridge although this was never specially offered to us - just saw other people having it.
- Mirrors in all the right places including a 3/4 one on the wall
- Dressing table and chair
Relax & sleep
- Two armchairs and coffee table looking out to the view
- TV on the side wall that (eventually, we realise) comes out on an arm so can be viewed from bed. Good selection of channels and radio.
- Double bed with one warm duvet, 4 pillows, spare blanket on end of bed and 3 cushions
It's a small room but still cold in 12c April and the large radiator didn't work. We reported it during our post dinner drink and staff helpfully came along to turn it on. It didn't, so they boosted but it still didn't come on. We just got into bed early to get warm.
After dinner the next day, which we enjoyed in the pub, I went back into the bar to ask for heat again. We went for a quick drive into lovely Sherborne to keep warm leaving them to deal with it. We were sure grateful for the heat when we came back. The heating is on a timer so there is no way of putting it on during the day if you are around.
No heat in the towel rail though so we had to endure slightly damp towels after our showers the next day
Lighting: 2 bedside lamps and overhead light.
Service: Excellent welcome and service throughout!
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