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Reviews - The Hensleigh

4Self Classified Bed and Breakfast Ratings explained
Lower Sea Lane, , , Charmouth, DT6 6LW
The Hensleigh is a delightful family-run guest house near the sea and world famous Jurassic cliffs of West Dorset. Charmouth is located in West Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, It is a tranquil village with 34 listed buildings and population of 1000. It lies in the valley of the River Char in the south west corner of Dorset at the heart of the Lyme Bay coastline, which is England's first natural World Heritage Site. Coastal hills rise steeply either side of the valley, with Golden Cap to the east being the highest point (617 ft) on the south coast. To the west is Black Ven, one of the largest landslips in Europe. Their geological and ecological aspects make them Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Jurassic limestone cliffs are continually eroding, revealing fine fossils as well as creating diverse habitats for rare plants and animals. Visitors from all over the world visit Charmouth for its natural heritage, as well as schools, education groups and universities. The Hensleigh in Charmouth is an ideal location for seeing the delights of West Dorset. Places to visit The hotel makes an ideal base for walking and fossil hunting. There are many interesting towns and over 150 villages nearby in West Dorset, both on the coast and inland. For lovers of gardens, Forde Abbey, Mapperton and Abbotsbury are all within easy reach. , For shoppers, Lyme Regis and the Cobb, elegant Sidmouth and Honiton's many antique shops are also close at hand.
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Guest Reviews Based on 12 reviews
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75% recommended this accommodation to a friend 75% would stay again
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Make sure your phone is charged!
Great location just a short stroll from the sea but expensive for what you get. As someone with a back problem, I found my bed fairly uncomfortable, but apart from that the room was fine and the bathroom was spotless with a decent shower.
The B&B was unstaffed when I arrived at 6pm, which it turns out is a regular occurrence. There were notices with a phone number to call, and it turned out that a key had been left for me to let myself in. This all felt quite impersonal, and I was glad I'd actually brought and charged my mobile phone - I'd just come from an area of Devon with no mobile reception, so had only charged my phone as an after-thought..... I think advertising for the Hensleigh should make it clear you are likely to need a phone when you arrive rather than assume everyone will have one.

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Ginni S

From Redhill, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

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Dated and in need of a contemporary overhaul
First, I have to say that we only stayed one night. However, our reception was perfunctory and somewhat disinterested - as was checkout. No attempt was made to engage with us as customers or to make us feel welcome. Given that this was Charmouth (a lovely seaside Dorset village) the room was dull, dated and in need of fresh styling in keeping with the surroundings. That said, the room was quite adequate in size with lots of light (once the heavy nets were drawn back) -but, we couldn't really understand why there were Teddy bears on the pillows!! There were no staff on the premises after 5.30pm, so we felt somewhat abandoned as guests.
Breakfast was basic. No yogurt, pure juice or fresh fruit and rather sad sausage - pretty poor given the £120 a night price tag.
All in all this was rather poor value for money in a village which has a number of quality 'boutique' hotels and B&Bs offering genuine quality and customer care.

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Bruce Thomas

From Lee-the-Solent, England
Who stayed in June 2014

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Great B&B
Warm welcome, comfortable room, good food and close to the beach.

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roy h

From Basingstoke, UK
Who stayed in September 2013

Travelling alone

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Lovely place to stay
Staying at the Hensleigh was a lovely experience - staff were polite, friendly and helpful; room was clean; beds were comfortable; breakfast was lovely. We'll be back!

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David Jones

From Torquay, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

Family with teenage children

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Family room was too small for a family, felt cramped.

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Lisa R

From London, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

Family with teenage children

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family of 4 - 4 nights stay
Really nice place to stay - good location - equidistant to the shops and restaurants as it was to the beach. Good service at breakfast and good selection on offer. All the staff we met were very nice and welcoming. The children's room had a dvd player and dvds which was great for the wet windy sunday which forced us to spend a couple of hours inside. There were bears on the beds which was a nice touch and made the children feel very welcome.

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H Del Ponte

From Watford, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

Family with young children

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Needs improvement
No-one to greet us on arrival but not a huge problem as keys and instructions were left. room could of done with a good clean ( thick dust on headboard, mouldy tiles in bathroom and shower was really compact ) good breakfast though !

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kevin r

From UK
Who stayed in July 2013

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Great place to stay
Very helpful staff, clean comfortable room, great breakfast!!

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Anne Williams

From Chippenham, England
Who stayed in July 2013

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Hensleigh Guest House
The Hensleigh is perfectly situated for the beach at Charmouth. The breakfast was excellent and the service friendly and personal. The website talks about the restaurant serving dinner - but this was not available.

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D Baddeley

From Bath, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

Family with young children

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Thoroughly Enjoyed Are Stay, It Quiet Comfortable And Situated In The Best Part Of The Country.

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j moody

From Ryde, England
Who stayed in November 2012

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