Whenever Jo and I stay at a hotel with our eight-year-old son we always look for certain things that we know can either make or break our stay. With those in mind, we have tried to make the BridgeHouse child friendly which should also make it easier on the adults too.
BridgeHouse is almost virtually enclosed, bar the main car park and front door entrances. The garden is particularly safe as it surrounded by a high stone wall and has just, one small outside exit which can be closed – ideal for toddlers to run around in while adults sip a cocktail or two on the patio or in the Old Conservatory where they can keep an eye open.
The hotel has baby listening monitors which work anywhere in the hotel. Also, the housekeepers are available to babysit by arrangement.
We have two family rooms: one on the First Floor of the Coach House and the other at the front of the main house. The CoachHouse is perfect for two adults and two children as it comprises a double with two adjoining singles, all sharing the same bathroom. It is ideal for those parents wanting their children close by without sharing the same room.
On the same floor there is also a double room which we often find is perfect for grandparents if they’re visiting too! The Family room in the main house is an enormous suite with one large, king size room for the adults and one separate, twin bedroom. There’s also a separate bathroom and toilet. The suite can also accommodate an extra z-bed or cot and family dog if required!
Drinking bottles are a routine chore that besets every parent. We have tried to make the cleaning cycle process a little more bearable with a sterilising service. Simply leave your ‘used’ bottles in the basket provided and we’ll sterilise them within a couple of hours.
We firmly believe in using the finest, local, mostly organic produce especially where children are concerned. The challenge is to turn it into something youngsters will eat. Therefore, our Children’s Menu contains all the usual sounding favourites – chicken goujons……etc but you have our guarantee they are all made from the very best materials with no added salt where possible. Baby fruit or vegetable purées can be easily arranged.
Meal Times - childrens meals are available from 6.30pm to 7pm as well as regular lunch times (12pm to 2pm). We usually set aside a space in the conservatory. High chairs are available. If your child has any particular likes/dislikes or specific dietary needs, then talking to Reception or the kitchen in advance is the best way to ensure everyone is happy.
Evening Meals - one of the greatest adult pleasures of staying in a hotel like the BridgeHouse is knowing that you are going to enjoy a truly relaxing evening in the restaurant. Well behaved children are welcome, but we suggest it is more comfortable for all if you book an early slot for dinner and choose to dine in one of the conservatories.
The hotel has several Z-beds and cots which come with appropriate bedding. We appreciate that especially with young babies many parents prefer to bring their own bedding – something to be discussed in advance if possible. Similarly, if your child has any allergies, eg. to feathers, we can accommodate with a little notice.
There is nothing worse than going away for a weekend and having to load the car to the gunnels with kids’ equipment. Therefore, we are happy to provide the following:
Beaches, fossil hunting and a few fun venues such as the Abbotsbury Childrens Farm, Farmer Palmers and even Bridport market with its old toy stalls, make this part of Dorset great for kids. Just to help things along we provide a small selection extras, such as fishing nets, buckets and spades, etc.
DVD players are provided in Superior, Four Poster and Family rooms with a selection of DVDs available from reception.