You are probably here after reading my previous blog post about Knoll House – Part 1. This second post is about the remaining activities that we did during our visit to Knoll House.
We made a video of our weekend at Knoll House which you can see below:
I was so happy to know that the hotel had a Playroom. How handy is that? The girls loved this area and played for a couple of hours there. It was very helpful to have that room to keep the girls entertained. There were sofas so we were able to sit back and watch the girls playing.
It was very spacious and had lots of toys for the kids to enjoy
It is filled with all types of children’s toys, from cuddly bears to building blocks. There are stools and tables for drawing and writing. The playroom adjoins the Bistro, so while the children are busy having fun you can enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake, or perhaps a light lunch. Fantastic right?
AFTERNOON TEA AT KNOLL HOUSE
This area was completely renovated
It was lovely!
On Saturday afternoon we had booked an Afternoon tea at The Knoll Bistro so we were looking forward to that. We did a really long walk before so we were very hungry. The Bistro offers relaxed dining and is open from 11am-5pm daily to both guests and non-residents.
Delicious Afternoon Tea
They offered us a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and a drink. We were also given a glass of champagne, so what else we could ask for? It was all delicious and the perfect treat!
EXPLORING OUTSIDE THE HOTEL
This playground was also a hit for us. The girls really enjoyed playing there and it was great for them to let off some steam. There are slides, climbing frames, a flying fox, and a pirate ship to play on, as well as a large-scale garden chess set with carved wooden pieces.
Walking Around The Hotel
Little Sienna sitting down outside the hotel
This hotel is lovely. It has so many areas to walk around. There is always something new to explore. I can imagine how amazing this place might be during the summer!
Many of their leisure facilities are fantastic for family holidays, including a pitch-and-putt golf course, tennis courts and paddling pool, while the grounds themselves are wonderful fun for families to explore. My girls really love running around the hotel grounds.
Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pool And Spa
Sienna in front of the outdoor swimming pool
Photos of the indoor swimming pool and the spa
They have an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub which was closed when we were there. It would be lovely to enjoy this during the summer. They also have an indoor swimming pool with a hot jacuzzi so you can still relax in the water during the winter. I didn’t go in but the girls and Nick did and they had a great time. You can also find a sauna, steam room as well as relaxation areas upstairs
Knoll House has partnered with Purbeck Retreats so they can now offer SPA services so you can relax even more during your stay.
MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR BALCONY
The view from our balcony was mesmerising
The views of Studland Bay from our balcony were amazing. I can imagine how lovely would be to sit down on our balcony having breakfast and admiring those views. Amazing right!
EXPLORING THE AREA
Of course, we also wanted to explore the area so we did some interesting activities. If you are around Studland Bay and staying at Knoll House Hote, I recommend you to do these activities too.
This trail was so much fun!
The sun was very bright! Another family photo!
We decided to explore the area so we went to the car park to get our car to drive around but when we arrived there we saw a sign that said “Woodland Trail” so we all saw each other and said, “YES, let’s do that!“. It was completely unplanned and a rush of spontaneity but sometimes that is what you need to have some fun. We just wanted to spend some time together.
This woodland was awesome. The scenery was amazing! The colours were mesmerising! When the sun was out you were able to see all the different colours of the leaves that were on the floor. I felt that I was in the middle of the forest! We all really enjoyed the trail and experiencing a bit of an adventure.
At the top of this huge rock with my girls!
We kept walking and walking and then we saw a sign that said “Agglestone Rock” with an arrow straight ahead, so we decided to follow it and carried on walking. We were all so excited that we would end up in some historic place!
It wasn’t that far but it felt like we walked a lot. At some point, we were able to see the big rock in the distance so we carried on walking towards it. Eventually, we arrived at a hill which we needed to climb in order to reach this huge rock.
We had a lovely time exploring this area!
Agglestone Rock, also known as the Devil’s Anvil, is a sandstone block of about 400 tonnes weight, perched on a conical hill, approximately 1 mile from the village of Studland, south Dorset. We took lots of photos while we were there and also sat down and appreciated the views. We were able to see the beach from there. It was lovely!
In front of Studland Beach with my daughter Bella
Really lovely beach to stop by.
Another family photo! Yeey! It was so windy!
We also went to Studland Beach which is in front of the hotel. Of course, it was not a day for a swim as it was very cold but it was so fun to see so many dogs there. Apparently, Studland Bay is a popular location for peaceful pet-friendly holidays, as many of the local beaches and attractions welcome dogs.
It was lovely to just sit down on the beach and watch the sea. We breathed the air in and relaxed. The girls had so much fun watching the dogs. They also had a shop so we decided to go in and have a look. It was actually very busy for a very cold day so I wonder how the summer would be here. It seems to be a popular place to visit. I really want to come back next year during the summer.
With Bella in front of Corfe Castle
Really lovely village!
After visiting Studland Beach we went to Corfe Castle. We wanted to walk around the area. We didn’t go inside the castle but we saw it from afar. We loved walking around the village. It was so pretty.
We also spotted the Model Village which we really wanted to visit but unfortunately, it was closed for the season. It was a shame as it would have been great to do that. Apparently, you can see what the village and castle would have looked like before its destruction by Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the English Civil War in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, we are the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike.
Time to say Goodbye!
We had a fantastic time at Knoll House. It is a lovely hotel located in a great area in front of Studland Bay. It has lots of facilities inside the hotel as well as lots of things to do around the area. It is a child-friendly hotel as well as a dog-friendly hotel which is a bonus for families with dogs.
They also have a child monitoring service so you can enjoy the hotel restaurant and bars while someone is checking your kids are okay. The Playroom and the Playground are fantastic. My girls had so much fun there. And of course, a swimming pool is always great. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Overall we recommend Knoll House for your next family holidays in Dorset.
Have you visited Studland Bay before? What do you think of Knoll House?
*Disclosure: We were invited to stay at Knoll House for two nights, so the food and accommodation were complimentary for the purpose of this blog post.
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Knoll House looks absolutely wonderful! It seems to have everything you could wish for. Its great to see that they have taken families into account so much as some of the older places like this prefer children to be seen and not heard.
I’m going to look into a family holiday here with our inlaws and niece and nephew. I think there would be something for all of us xxxx
Came to this post after #KCACOLS on part one xxx
Yes I was very impressed with that too! It is what make them stand out from other hotels I think. Yes, you should stay with your family. You will have a lovely time with your family, x
Rebecca Heminway says
The afternoon tea here looks particularly tasty… especially with a glass of champagne too!
Yes it is! A highlight I must say x
Rachael Sexey says
Ooohhh afternoon tea with champagne sounds amazing
Yes! It was such a lovely treat! 🙂 c
Catherine Bullas says
It looks lovely there.
Sally Collingwood says
Wow, looks like a great family holiday, love the afternoon tea too!
Jo m welsh says
Looks a fantastic break away for all the family .
Natalie Burgess says
This looks incredible and you planned it perfectly and fitted so many amazing things in xx
Margaret Gallagher says
Lucky you – looks totally amazing – would love to visit
Dion Petrie says
I haven’t visited before but it looks like you all had a great time
Priscilla Stubbs says
It looks delightful. I do visit Dorset but not stayed at the hotel. We usually do self catering in a cottage. I love Dorset, the coastline, the countryside and most of all the friendly people
Catherine S says
It looks and sounds like an amazing place to visit
Carly Belsey says
Oh wow that house looks amazing!! So much for the girls to do while you can relax. What a fantastic place to visit.
Carol Thomas says
Quizzentally English! The afternoon tea looks divine. Reminding me of when I use to take my late mom for afternoon tea