Knoll House

Amy Lindsay
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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This seaside retreat has an "old-fashioned boarding house charm" (The Daily Telegraph) and a variety of leisure facilities
  • The property is five minutes' stroll from Studland Bay's golden-sand beach and is within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Enid Blyton, Winston Churchill, Vivien Leigh and Roald Dahl all stayed at the hotel

"First impression wasn’t amazing but we soon realised that the slightly old fashioned style of the hotel is what makes it so special. Spotlessly clean and very cosy with an ideal location"
Jan 21, 2020 - Bristol, United Kingdom
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Knoll House has a "sensational" (The Daily Telegraph) setting on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. It is five minutes' walk from the National Trust's Studland Bay, which has a 4-mile-long beach with views of Old Harry Rocks. This protected stretch of coastline features rugged heathland, nature reserves and crystal-clear waters for bathing and watersports.

The hotel was a regular retreat of children's author Enid Blyton. It is said she used Studland when envisaging Toytown for her Noddy books, and that Brownsea Island and Corfe Castle provided inspiration for her Famous Five series. The castle, which has over 1000 years of history to delve into, is less than 15 minutes' drive away, as is Swanage, which has a pier and a steam railway.

Fort Henry, a Grade II-listed bunker where Winston Churchill, President Eisenhower and King George VI once watched troops rehearsing for D-Day, is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Keep an eye out for the pillboxes and Dragon's Teeth anti-tank obstacles dotted about the area. 

Another nearby attraction is Agglestone Rock -- a 400-tonne sandstone block also known as the Devil's Anvil -- which is a 5-minute drive or a 25-minute walk away. You can drive 35 minutes to see Durdle Door, or walk 35 minutes along the South West Coast Path towards Shell Bay, where a ferry runs across to Sandbanks peninsula every 20 minutes.

Leisure facilities at the hotel include a 9-hole pitch-and-putt course, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools (the outdoor pool is open from April to September). Dogs can stay in some rooms (£15 per dog, per night; bedding is not provided), but they are not allowed in dining and leisure areas. Wi-Fi is free.



  • Bar
  • Games room
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Public car park


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 inclusive of tax per pet per night.

Dogs are allowed to stay in rooms on request and if bedding is brought.

Fees: Public car parking is subject to availability.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Guests must email within 24 hours of booking with flight details, so they can benefit from the Travelzoo Deal included return airport transfer.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Knoll House over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
First impression wasn’t amazing but we soon realised that the slightly old fashioned style of the hotel is what makes it so special. Spotlessly clean and very cosy with an ideal location
Ian Jan 21, 2020 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
superb location, hotel a little tired in places.... great food,
Other Comments
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helen Jan 21, 2020 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A short break for my wife and myself and very well worth it. An excellent deal which included afternoon tea and dinner both of which were very tasty and good quality. Lovely room and superb views across the Isle of Purbeck. All staff were well trained, polite and attentive without being intrusive. Would recommend this break.
David Jan 21, 2020 Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Everything was completely faultless, from the fabulous view in the large and comfortable room, to the afternoon tea, dinner, and breakfast. The hotel was lovely and warm. It was a bonus to enjoy the steam room and hot tub at the end of the day. Can't wait for a return visit.
Lorna Jan 21, 2020 Witney, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The waiting staff were friendly (albeit not very good at their job) Afternoon tea was very nice and breakfast was good
Other Comments
Paid for a sea view room which we didn't get. The only way you could see the sea was to walk to the end of the balcony to the dropped section and look over other people's balconies. The reception staff were very dismissive of the complaint - it seemed like it had not been the first time, with them claiming you could "technically it is classes as a sea view room as people will sit on the balcony in the summer" despite the fact you could not see the sea from the room No way you could sit there to enjoy a view if the sea with any privacy. You might as well have not paid the extra and used the bar terrace which had a much better view. The food was OK but we didn't get asked for any drinks and had to ask for them when our starter arrived, then the drinks never materialised until after the main had been brought out.
Harry Jan 21, 2020 Fareham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
My two sisters and I bring our mother here every year. She used to stay here regularly when our father was alive.
Other Comments
Evening meal not great. But lovely service and quirky venue. Nice and old fashioned.
Hazel Jan 20, 2020 Tadley, United Kingdom
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Used to work there, great to go back as a guest. This has been an annual event for some years.
Other Comments
Food at dinner was poor. Breakfast and afternoon tea were lovely.
Hazel Jan 20, 2020 Tadley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic location, historical hotel but a little dated. Very friendly staff And accepting of dogs
richard Jan 20, 2020 Exmouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quirky hotel with loads of history - loved it
Helen Jan 20, 2020 Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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A superb hotel, everything to a high standard, very relaxing and great staff.
Richard Jan 20, 2020 Southampton, United Kingdom

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