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Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

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Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday!

"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements (refs DCCQ, DQK, DQL, DQM, DQN, DQP, DQQ, DTM and UKC2477). The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles away lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novelA French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Here, colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester, 20 miles, alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants. Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family, including the Sea Life Adventure Park, which gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Beach 2 miles. Shops ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on the first floor.
Living room: With TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/dining room: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Towel hire. Cot. Payphone (shared). Utility room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (shared). Games room with TV, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood burner (shared). Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books and games (shared). 9-acre gardens with woodland and garden furniture (shared). Indoor heated swimming pool (shared, 10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m, open every day 10am-10pm) with shower and changing facilities. Sauna (shared). Hard tennis court (shared). Private parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a shallow fenced pond in the woodland.

Show amenities 


  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    Cottage was bigger than it looked online and was well equipped.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/12/2017
    Well equipped apartment for basic needs. Comfortable, clean and spacious with plenty of room for a family party of 7 adults. Tea/coffee and nice biscuits provided but was surprised that there was no milk! Nice touch was the Christmas tree in the sitting room. Lovely grounds surrounding the property made for great views and a relaxed atmosphere. Facilities are good, we made use of the pool. Games room is below this apartment and looked nicely equipped and furnished. Could be noisy if more people in residence as we could hear children playing in games room below our bedrooms.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2017
    Fantastic facilities, very well equipped. Water pressure in the shower was low, swimming pool temperature could be improved but wouldn't stop us revisiting.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2017
    The main king size bed and single bed need replacing I ended up sleeping in the single on a duvet as this was slight more comftable than the king size Water pressure in shower extremely poor Internet considering out of season was hardly working

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    For a family with older children this property would work well but not two separate families holidaying together or those with young children (layout of the bedrooms + bathrooms). The beds were a bit soft for our liking. Activities on-site are good but the swimming pool could be warmer. Location is great.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/06/2017
    Excellent holiday accommodation. Our only criticism would be the power of the shower which was only a dribble.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2017
    Stayed here for my husbands 60th birthday with our family. V well equipped. Lovely grounds with swimming pool which we had to ourselves.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 05/05/2017
    In general the cottage was comfortable, and conveniently located for local beaches and Lyme Regis. The indoor pool is a good bonus.The only major drawback were the two bathrooms, which had under-powered showers (just a trickle in the shower unit) and extractor fans, plus lack of hooks & soap trays. If these were remedied, I would easily give the cottage a maximum rating.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2017
    Lovely place to stay.

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8.7 out of 10 – based on 18 reviews collected by Reevoo
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