[Updated July 2021]
Are you looking for accommodation in Mudeford or Christchurch, Dorset? If so, I highly recommend a small boutique “Bed & Breakfast” hotel called Bure Lodge. Here you will find my reviews from two stays – one prior to Covid restrictions and the second stay more recently in July 2021.
At the end of this post, you will find links for free and cheap things to do in Mudeford, Christchurch and other nearby Dorset locations. I hope this might help you plan your visit and decide where to stay in Mudeford.
Our First Stay at Bure Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Mudeford
Prior to our visit, we hadn’t stayed in a B & B since the 1980s usually opting for chain hotels, but we chose this one as it was located in a quiet residential area just 5 mins walk from the beach, and offers boutique style hotel quality.
The service here was exemplary even before we had arrived. We had messaged to ask if we could park our car early to go to the beach, and the owners rang us to offer us an early check-in as our room was ready. We were greeted warmly, shown where everything was, and invited to have tea and cake in the lounge.
We stayed in room 5 which is located at the front of the house on the ground floor. The room itself was clean and light with comfy kingsize bed and additional blankets and pillows. There was an abundance of Twinings tea, Nescafe and filter coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits in the room, with more in the lobby where there was also a communal fridge with fresh milk. The room also had a two seater sofa.
The small but immaculate shower room had Cole and Lewis toiletries, towels, flannels and even dressing gowns. I must mention even the loo paper was of exceptionally high quality, not something you normally review a hotel on, but it just shows the attention to detail.
You could use the lounge at any time which was comfortable and stocked with books, games and tourist info, although the owners also gave us lots of personal recommendations.
The breakfast room was lovely and could be used for takeaways outside breakfast hours if wanted, something that is especially useful if watching your budget.
Breakfast was served between 8.30-9.30 and was tasty, plentiful and varied. You could choose from a selection of quality yogurts, cereals, pastries, nuts, seeds, fruits and home-made dishes plus a huge selection of freshly cooked breakfasts from around the world. It was cooked fresh to order and of a really high quality. A great start to any day.
Our Second Stay at Bure Lodge Guest House, Mudeford
Due to lockdown, we didn’t get to return to Mudeford or Bure Lodge as soon as we’d hoped. Once restrictions started easing and UK travel was allowed, we booked a long weekend stay and were pleased that we could get a booking at this Bed & Breakfast again.
We were obviously expecting some changes as hotels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses and eating establishments all have to comply with government guidelines.
Angela and Graham were still extremely welcoming and explained all the changes. Other than providing door wipes and hand sanitizer for everyone to use, and having to wear a face covering, there weren’t that many changes. The lounge and breakfast room were still available for guests to use and relax in, but there weren’t lots of books and games that there had been previously. Whilst these do give a nice homely feel, and something extra for guests on rainy days, it didn’t affect our stay as we always bring our own books anyway.
Our room was ready well in advance having been thoroughly steam cleaned and aired prior to our arrival. This time we spent a little more and chose the larger deluxe room 4, that is located up a small flight of stairs in the converted attic. This room is beautiful, light and extremely spacious. It is kitted out with plenty of quality furniture with a lounge area in the room. As space is no issue here, there is a larger shower too.
The bed is comfy and fitted with bamboo sheets. Additional pillows and duvets are available should you need them. Rooms have Sky TV and free Wifi with a good signal.
Government guidelines suggest that hosts enter guests’ rooms as little as possible, so they don’t clean rooms daily as a matter of course. You can, however, request daily cleaning or a change of towels if needed. For a three night stay, it’s really not a problem, and I’ve always refused a daily service prior to Covid anyway for the impact it has on the environment. There are additional tea and coffee supplies downstairs to help yourself to.
The dining area was reworked to provide social distancing between tables but you were still able to chat with other guests. Breakfast was the same high quality, with the previous self serve items now being listed on a board and served at request alongside the cooked breakfasts.
Ooh and in case you’re wondering, you now get the cakes served in your room on arrival, rather than in the lounge. 😉
Angela and Graham give a professional and friendly service and we will definitely stay at Bure Lodge Bed & Breakfast again.
More photos here
Bure Lodge Bed & Breakfast recommend booking direct for the best room price, however they are also on booking.com.
If you are looking for hotels worldwide, make your bookings via booking.com or hotels.com but do it through Topcashback or Quidco then you will get cashback too.