This striking Georgian manor can be found in the midst of sprawling countryside on the West Dorset Heritage Coast. Slightly off the beaten track, Moonfleet Manor is a beautiful hotel with an excellent restaurant to boot. Head outside to the suntrap terrace and enjoy sweeping views of the famous Chesil Beach, or dine in the restaurant and take in the countryside vistas.
The interior takes you back to the days of Georgian splendor, complete with chandelier lighting, sumptuous furnishings and photographs of times gone by. Moonfleet’s outstanding restaurant welcomes both residents and non-residents, and you’re guaranteed to receive the utmost hospitality from genial staff who take care of your every need. Talented chefs have crafted a delectable menu that seamlessly blends British dishes with exciting Mediterranean flavours. Provenance is key to the team’s ethos, so you can rest assured that the food on your plate will be procured nearby. From Jeff Milner’s Portland crab to Dorset Brewing Company ale, the restaurant showcases the region’s finest produce. To
start, delight in the likes of pan-fried scallops with cauliflower purée, toasted cashew nuts and curry oil. Moonfleet’s proximity to the coast means you’ll finda selection of irresistible fish dishes like pan-seared sea bass, Portland crab and smoked salmon risotto with tenderstem broccoli and shellfish reduction. Of course, meat-lovers are well catered for too, with dishes such as Jurassic Coast beef rump pavé served with potato terrine, butternut squash purée, baby spinach and red wine jus, while vegetarians can enjoy roasted aubergine, chickpea, spinach and sweet potato curry with fragrant rice.
It’s a fantastic destination for a getaway, whether you’re with the whole family or enjoying a romantic break for two. Moonfleet prides itself on its familyfriendly atmosphere, so children are free to roam the house and gardens, climb trees and make the most of the countryside. From the hotel’s swimming pools to nearby rock pools, you’ll find plenty to keep the kids entertained, and if you’re craving an afternoon off, you’re free to enjoy a relaxing spa afternoon or evening meal while hotel staff take care of the little ones. The hotel also has dog-friendly rooms, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home.