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Venue Fact File: Knoll House Hotel, Dorset

10 May 2018

Known for its stunning seaside location which has attracted a roster of famous guests over the years, Knoll House Hotel in Studland has now opened its doors for weddings

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Once upon a time it was the seaside getaway for children’s author Enid Blyton, providing inspiration for the Famous Five novels. Knoll House Hotel is quintessentially English and full of quirk and charm.

Knoll House Hotel is open for weddings for the first time in its 90-year history. Marking the start of a new era for this iconic British hotel, new owners Kingfisher Resorts are pleased to announce that ceremonies can now take place both inside and outside the traditional resort.


Situated on the Isle of Purbeck, surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoilt wilderness, Knoll House is the area’s most historic property. Perfect for quirky ceremonies, second weddings, vow renewals or celebratory events, this gorgeous seaside house can be all yours for the day to enjoy the prime location.

The 630-mile long South West coastal path starts just in front of Knoll House at Shell Bay. A leisurely four-mile amble will take you to Old Harry Rocks and the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Closer to home, a feast of trails weave through National Trust woodland and nature reserves. Direct access onto the four-mile stretch of award-winning sandy Studland Beach is possible via the hotel’s grounds, where watersports and sunbathing await.



Built as a summer residence for the aristocratic Bankes family in the early 1900s, Knoll House was first turned into a six-bedroom hotel by Chris and Poppy Smith in 1931. Shut during the war and used by troops preparing for the D-Day landings, the Ferguson family bought it in 1959 and it remained in their family until their retirement in 2017, when it was acquired by Kingfisher Resorts.

The hotel has an impressive guest book. Sir Winston Churchill took tea at the hotel in April 1944 when he visited Studland to inspect sea defences along with King George VI and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hollywood screen siren Vivien Leigh, author Roald Dahl, and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson are also among the former famous guests.

Knoll House’s most famous resident was children's author Enid Blyton, who used it as her beach-view bolthole during the 1950s and '60s, staying for weeks at a time. It’s still possible to stay in her favourite room (number 40) or dine at her preferred table. Views from both provided inspiration for her Famous Five novels, while nearby Studland village was the basis for Noddy’s Toytown. The hotel also has a collection of original Noddy memorabilia dating back to the 1950s.




There are three options within the hotel where ceremonies can take place.

  • The Garden Room, with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the Studland Peninsula, is a wonderful setting for a celebration. Suitable for 60 guests at your wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening reception, this flexible room offers a dancefloor and two bar areas to cater for a fun and entertaining evening.
  • The Bay Lounge Terrace allows ceremonies to be performed outside and boasts view of Studland Bay beach.
  • For intimate ceremonies, the Wardroom hosts up to 30 guests. Once hosting Enid Blyton and Sir Winston Churchill, this option is full of the venue's rich history.




Garden Room

Max. 200 guests

From £4,000

Bay Lounge Terrace

Max. 60 guests

From £250


Max. 30 guests

From £1,300


The professional team at Knoll House Hotel are on hand every step of the way to guide you through the planning process. The in-house catering team have a reputation for providing exquisite Anglo-French cuisine, as well as catering for all tastes and requirements. They will also be able to recommend specially selected local suppliers to ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly and is delivered to a high standard.





Offering fabulous sea views, manicured gardens, swimming pools indoors and out, freshly cooked fine food and 71 comfortable bedrooms, this charming and characterful seaside hotel set in the heart of the Studland Peninsula has everything to create a memorable occasion.

The hotel can be all yours for the day so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy the peace and privacy that such a prime location affords.


Knoll House will be hosting the Knoll House Hotel Wedding Showcase on Sunday, 3rd June from 12pm to 4pm. For more information about the venue, visit www.knollhouse.co.uk.

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