Day Three, the last day.

So sad when a hotel you have just written a very good review of suddenly takes a turn for the worse. Last night we both had excellent massages, I had a bit of a swim and dinner was pretty damn good. We both finished with an exotic dessert.

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Hot chocolate fondant, spiked with nougat with pistachio ice cream!

So, up until this morning all had been well at the Harbour Hotel and Spa in Mudeford; then we had breakfast. We ordered cooked meals, myself opting again for the vegetarian option and then we waited and waited and waited. Something obviously had gone horribly wrong in the kitchen because having got down to the restaurant by about ten past nine by ten a.m. nothing had appeared. Having enquired twice and once completely the wrong order arrived we ate at about ten past ten. We weren’t in a hurry to go anywhere but the wait was pretty crazy and the apology not very well handled.

But off to Swanage via the ferry at Sandbanks we trotted, well wrapped up for the cold, as the day unlike the others had started out very cloudy and grey and had not improved. Pausing before Swanage at Studland Bay for a little stroll on the very sandy beach and a warming cup of hot chocolate in the Knoll Beach cafe.

Lots of wonderful shells on the beach and amazingly quite a few people and dogs gazing out to sea towards the Old Harry Rocks.

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Old Harry Rocks.

Beaches are fun and often especially out of season.

Onwards to the Durlstan Country Park and the Great Globe.

The globe has a fascinating history that space does not allow me to go into here. We had soup in the cafe there, where a dog slept peacefully, which is in a beautifully restored castle and then proceeded in tortuous traffic back to the hotel.

Back at the hotel we thought ‘better book a table for tonight’, only to be told the restaurant was not open because of a private function. Now, would you not have thought that on Wednesday afternoon when we checked in, that someone might just have mentioned that fact to us? I had put a glowing review  yesterday on Trip Advisor, I have just removed it completely and am hoping that I can do another one revealing the ineptitude that unfolded on our last day, in what until then had been a hotel that ticked all the boxes but is now in my eyes pretty mediocre. Shame for tomorrow we leave somewhat disappointed at the final outcome.

Thanks for reading Mary and Malcolm 📸😡😡

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

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