Living in Dorset, we are spoiled with miles and miles of stunning coastline to explore, but one of our favourite places to visit is Studland.
With its unspoiled beaches and stunning views over Old Harry Rocks at the start of the Jurassic Coast, Studland Bay has a fascinating history which can still be seen, with lines of Dragons Teeth tank traps, pill boxes and Fort Henry over looking the bay.
Possibly less well known, but equally fascinating are its links to Enid Blyton’s, who based the Famous Five adventures on the Isle of Purbeck and PC Plod (Noddy) on a local Policeman.
Enid Blyton used to stay at the Knoll House Hotel up to four times a year in the Fifties and Sixties and the hotel itself proudly displays memorabilia from her work.
I can certainly see why she was inspired here, as she always chose room no.40 which overlooks the bay, but all rooms at the front of the hotel are treated to the stunning view.
We were invited to try Afternoon Tea at the Knoll House Hotel which is held in their Bistro, which was once the children and nannies’ dining room and still has a small children’s playroom and toilet.
The Bistro overlooks the front gardens and Studland Bay, so you can enjoy the view whatever the weather, and has outdoor seating available on the patio.
The kids enjoyed setting up and playing a game of croquet on the lawn as we waited for our food to arrive.
We chose the Afternoon Tea for children and adults which offers a selection of sandwiches, scones with preserves and cream & delicious cakes, served with tea or coffee and squash for the children.
They also offer a traditional Afternoon Tea and Champagne Afternoon Tea options.
The adults afternoon tea came out on a cake stand, but the kids sandwiches, with their chosen filling, were served on plates with crisps, with a jelly or brownie dessert to follow.
We ate the scones in the traditional Dorset way, where you spread the clotted cream on the scone, then finish with a dollop of jam.
Of course, despite having their own cakes, the kids wanted to try ours too!
The miniature lemon meringues and the jaffa cake profiteroles were the biggest hit!!
The afternoon tea worked well for our family as the kids are not very adventurous with food and got to choose what they wanted to eat, rather than being presented with a selection of unknown foods.
There is also a fabulous play park for them to enjoy behind the hotel, perfect for burning off all those sugary treats.
Afternoon tea is served every day in the Bistro, from 2-5pm and costs £54 for two adults and two children.
We will definitely be back soon to check out their lunch menu, as it looks delicious.
Disclaimer: We were guests of the Knoll House Hotel for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own