The Anchorage \\ A Lovely Place to Stay…

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We’ve just spent a wonderful few days in Dorset, and I wanted to share in more detail the place where we stayed…

The Anchorage is a three bedroom (sleeping seven) Chalet on the clifftops at Eype in West Dorset. I’d had a hankering to rent this one for sometime, mainly due to it’s huge panoramic window frontage and light, airy looking main living space. We weren’t dissappointed…

the-anchorage-eype-chalet-park-dorset the-anchorage-eypes-mouth-dorset the-anchorage-eype-dorset-west-bay-chalet lounge-area-the-anchorage-chalet-eype The living area is open with a really well equipped kitchen area (hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer & dishwasher), a large dining area to comfortably seat seven, and a comfy corner sofa (also sofabed) looking straight out to the sea. We had friends staying the first couple of nights (so totalled six) and there was plenty of space for the kids to play and relax, and for us to spread out…  decking-view-the-anchorage-chalet-eype a-place-to-relax-the-anchorage-chalet-eype The whole chalet has underfloor heating so we were really toasty, especially when the sun shone. I’d imagine in the Summer, it could get quite hot, but the sliding doors open right up onto the decking, and the side windows & roof veluxes are a great addition. For us, in the chilly season, it meant that we could crack open the front doors to allow the breeze in & the kids out, and to hear the sound of the waves, which was perfect…
Jamies-Beef-Stirfry-Issue46 We ate out, but also had two main meals at the Chalet (breakfasts aside). The fridge was huge (luckily, as I took quite a lot of supplies!) and there was plenty of kit available allowing us to cook up lasagne & a rather good stir-fry by DBear (Jamie, Issue46), plus a full english brekkie for six. Lack of cookware & proper mugs is always a bug~bear of mine when we rent anywhere, but The Anchorage really had everything, and the dishwasher was an added bonus!
the-anchorage-chalet-dusk There is a main family bathroom with sink, toilet, bath & shower. All the towels (except beach towels) & bed linen was provided. There are three bedrooms, one main with a double bed, one with a small double & over bunk single (sleeping three), and one smaller bunk room (sleeping two). We all slept really well, even with the sea air bringing on a few afternoon 40 winks.

There is a digital radio, books, games, and even some outdoor & kids toys. There’s no TV (which I personally think is a good thing) and phone & internet service is sporadic at best (also a good thing), but we did have iPads with a couple of pre~downloaded books & movies which came in handy as fillers here and there. We had also taken colouring books, pencils, stickers & kids games which were good to have when we went out to eat, and kept the kids occupied if we wanted to read for twenty minutes, or sit quietly with a cuppa. Eype-beach-dorset

The beach is just down the hill via some steps, and is generally not too busy all year, so whether you want a twenty minute chilly blast of a mooch, a whole day, or an evening BBQ, it’s really easy just to pop down, and there are great clifftop walks in either direction straight from the chalet.

Everything was well presented, and there is really everything you could possibly need, whether you have kids or not. But I’d certainly say that because the owners have kids themselves, the chalet is especially well thought out in terms of families. We just can’t wait for a summer visit now!

For more info & booking queries, visit www.theanchoragechalet.co.uk

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