The Ocean will unite ten of your clan just as sweetly as it brings together two completely different eras in history. Gazing out from its beautiful balconies over the fossil-rich Dorset coast, The Ocean comes with one foot in the Jurassic era and one firmly in the contemporary Huf Haus stage of man’s development.
Huf Haus? Yes, The Ocean is terrific: modern, light and worthy of a Kevin McCloud Grand Designs monologue. He’d wax lyrical about the contemporary beauty, but I suspect you’ll be happy just to dive into the 11-metre heated indoor pool and lose an evening to banter and bubbles in the five-seat hot tub.
Head indoors for luxury spaces that bring people together and allow them to drift apart. Pick from three TVs with full Sky package, race your Mario Karts on the PlayStation in the games room and post ultra-special selfies to your socials over the superfast broadband. Sleep in beautiful bedrooms that open out to balcony views. Job done.
Outside spaces here are, well, premium. High above Chesil Beach, The Ocean comes with decks and balconies set up to make the most of the coast.
Cook alfresco with burgers and bangers or fresh local fish thrown on the gas barbecue or turn your hand Italian with homemade delights cooked up in the outdoor pizza oven. Eat on the ten-seat terrace with the sound of the sea in your ears and the call of the gulls in the air.
Stay out for a kickabout in the gardens. Slide out in the mornings from south-facing balconied bedrooms. Celebrate the cleansing powers of vitamin sea.
Open-plan and oh-so contemporary, these are spaces that draw an audible gasp. Take a pew on the L-shaped sofa and stare at the sea views. Or find the other L-shaper for family film nights on the full Sky package. For viewing disagreements, you’ve another TV in the separate lounge and one more in the games room.
Games room? Oh yes. While away an evening or so on the board games and PlayStation console. Or scrub the screens and dip into the indoor 11-metre pool, heated to 30 degrees with adjoining five-seat hot tub. Purify yourself in the sauna. Post it all to Instagram over the BT Infinity superfast Wi-Fi.
The kitchen’s as contemporary as you’d expect, complete with steam oven, combi oven, microwave, gas hob and electric oven. It’s also open-plan, so you can carry on the conversation, either with your friends and family or with the sea views beyond the balcony. Use the kitchen, or don’t. We have chefs ready to rustle stuff up for you.
Eat around the 12-seat dining table or out in the south-coast sunshine on the terrace in the salty sea air while the kids try to keep themselves away from the gardens. Stock up the two fridges and freezer with Waitrose deliveries, deli deliciousness from Rise Market, and meat from Framptons.
Tuck into takeaways from The Sundorbon, specialising in regional curry dishes, baltis, naans, and tandoor dishes, or Somtum Thai for stir-fried beef or lightly battered squid. Pub it at The Three Horseshoes, with its summer beer garden and winter fires. Savour the finest local seafood at The Anchor. Or eat fresh, seasonal fare at The George Inn.
Try Italian-influenced food in a homely setting at The Parlour at Bredy Farm. Head to The Seagulls Restaurant for Sunday roasts and homemade desserts. Or make the most of beach life with a seafood platter, lemon sole or smoked-salmon linguine at the iconic Hive Beach Café.
Bedrooms here come with a big bonus; slide back the glass doors to the wraparound balcony and soak up the sea views in the morning sun. The Ocean sleeps ten in five bedrooms within a splash of the sea.
Bedroom one, Pink, sleeps two in a superking bed and offers an en-suite bathroom with twin basins. Bedroom two, Green, and three, Yellow, are both en-suite superkings, while bedroom four, Beige, is a kingsize sharing a main bathroom with bedroom five, Turquoise.