Treatment rooms, kitchen garden, free WiFi throughout, Hunter wellies and brollies to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, retro Roberts digital radio, larder (aka minibar) packed with local produce, Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making kit, Bramley toiletries.
Each room has the same cosy, contemporary country-house style, with marble sinks, reclaimed floorboards and super-comfy beds. Most have soothing views – often of the sea. Comfy Luxe Rooms all have freestanding roll-top baths in their bedrooms. Generous Rooms have the most interesting period features: 14 has a four-poster bed; 15 has huge windows and a bath at the foot of the bed; and 16 has the largest bathroom, with an amazing sea view. The thatched 'dovecote' hideaways on either side of the kitchen-garden wall are pure romance for loved-up couples; and Harry's Hut, in the grounds beyond, offers a glamping experience in a pair of compact trailer cabins.
Set in a wild meadow, two treatment cabins offer simple facials and massages using organic Bamford products; book in advance.
Ramble-friendly beach shoes; swimwear if you fancy a dip; riding gear if you're a happy hacker. There's a selection of Hunter wellies and umbrellas to borrow in reception.
Accessible room options include the ground-floor Comfy Luxe rooms in the manor's new wing. A two night minimum stay is required at weekends.
Welcome. Cots for under-3s (£10 a night) and extra beds for under-12s (£20 a night) can be added to larger rooms (breakfast is an extra £5); and there are two pairs of interconnecting rooms. Babysitting is available via an external agency, from £10/hour.
All ages are welcome, but babies and older children will be most comfortable.
Larger room types can take an extra bed or a cot, and there are interconnecting rooms, but the pairing of Comfy room 22 and Snug Twin 23 is super for families with older children: the cute twin room is like a little boat cabin in the eaves.
There are lawns to romp on, DVDs to borrow, and plenty of colouring-in kit on standby. You have miles and miles of beautiful walks on your doorstep; and bigger kids might enjoy kayaking in Studland Bay, horse-riding or kite-surfing. The Swanage steam railway ride to Corfe Castle is fun: pop into the Ginger Pop Shop after for retro toys and lashings of ginger beer.
No pool, but the little beach is a five-minute walk away and perfect for strolling, splashing and sand-pie-making.
Families are welcome in the restaurant, where there are highchairs and special dishes for children on the Piglet's Menu; staff are very obliging and will bend over backwards to help if they can. There's a fridge in your room for storing milk and snacks (you might want to ask the hotel to remove a few of the sweetie options from the 'larder' if yours are curious and sugar-craving).
Available through a local agency, from £10 an hour (minimum booking: four hours). The hotel asks that you contact the agency direct, ideally a week ahead, to confirm booking details.
No need to pack
Cots, cot bedlinen, changing mats, highchairs, pens and paper and U-rated DVDs are all available to borrow at the hotel.