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Ivy Cottage
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Ivy Cottage
Ranked #12 of 14 West Lulworth B&B and Inns
Oxford
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Really lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2011

Amanda was very understanding that we couldn't confirm our trip until relatively late, that may have been due to the fact that it was February and not mid-summer, but even so this was much appreciated. When we arrived we were greeted very freindlily, and shown up to our room. There are 2 I think, we had the double ensuite room. This overlooks the very pretty garden. The cottage itself is every bit the 17th century cottage Amanda told us it was when we asked, and very pretty - and considering how cramped cottages can be, actually very light and spacious.

There are no street lights in West Lulworth, so when we proposed walking down to the cove in the dark they had a torch on hand to lend us, and a recommendation to look at the stars in an area with virtually no light pollution - that was just amazing! It is 10 mins slightly muddy walk (in February) down to the beach. We ate at the Lulworth Cove Inn which had great scallops and nice beers but seems a bit run down. There is so much walking available we were spoilt for choice, and you really don't need a car. A tip - if the military firing range walks/roads are open, go that way - there really are some spectacular views to be had!

To set us up for our day's walking we had a massive breakfast of fresh fuit (including pawpaw, melon and strawberries) and a very good fry up with as much tea and coffee and fruit juice as we could drink. If we'd been more hungry we could also have had cereals, yoghurt, toast and jam - enough food to sink a ship in fact, and all very good. Amanda and Ashley seemed very happy to give ideas and recommendations for walking and tips for what to look out for.

That evening we rested our aching limbs by taking the easy option and having dinner at the Castle Inn right next door. Not sure if the proximity to the pub would be an issue in the summer, as the pub does have seating out the front and the bathroom window overlooks that - but it would probably only be a problem if you had the window open at night. I certainly slept very well and was not disturbed by anything. The food at the Castle was also good (if arriving in massive portions) and they seemed to have a very long list of ciders of which we tried a few, and then walked the few yards back to the cottage.

After a lovely hot shower and another good night's sleep followed by another enormous breakfast (Amanda kindly offered to make me scrambled egg on toast as I couldn't handle a full fry up), we went on our way, having been given directions by Ashley on a particulary scenic way to get to Corfe Castle (over the firing range road, which was open).

West Lulworth is full of B&Bs but I would definately recommend Ivy Cottage - we had a great time there.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Gloucester
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2009

Amanda runs a beatiful B&B. Lovely comfy rooms and beds. Nice touches with choc brownies or biscuits every day which the kids loved. Dogs welcome and superb breakfasts. Rooms clean and tidy and well presented.
Location is superb. Walks to cove and elsewhere on the doorstep. You don't need the car.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Cairns-on-Holiday
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60 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2009

We stayed at Ivy Cottage during October, and the weather couldn't have been more miserable - but that didn't matter because the B&B itself was excellent. The bedroom was cosy, the tea-making facilities even came with home-made flapjack, and the bed itself was amazingly comfortable! We snuggled up for an early night as the rain cascaded down outside and had a thoroughly relaxing sleep. The lady who helped us was very friendly, and cooked up a super breakfast the next morning. For the money, this is one of the best value B&Bs we have stayed at - and it's located right next door to a super pub which serves hearty food and decent ales. All in all a wonderful B&B which we would recommend to anyone looking to stay in Lulworth.

Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ivy Cottage

Property: Ivy Cottage
Address: 10 Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > West Lulworth
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in West Lulworth
Hotel Class:3 star — Ivy Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Ivy Cottage West Lulworth, Dorset

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