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Harcombe House - Knoll

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Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Perfect for families, Knoll sleeps four guests and has many activities to enjoy, not just in the local area but also on-site.

"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.

Ground Floor.
Living room:
With TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
Dining hall: With wooden floor.
Kitchen: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2:
With twin beds and sloping ceiling.

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
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • 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

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/01/2018
    We had a really lovely New Year break staying in the cottage. It was lovely and quiet and we really made the most of the amenities on site, playing tennis, going swimming and lots and lots of games of table tennis in the games room! The cottage was neat, clean and attractive, and nice and warm too.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    Lovely place to stay , clean and tidy.comfy beds and pleasant staff

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 26/06/2017
    Knoll at Harcombe house is a lovely cottage. The space was good for our family (2 adults, 3 under 3's). Having a bath would have been better but I suppose a wet room is more energy efficient. More shelving in the living room would have been helpful, I had to find alternative places for ornaments, due to adventurous toddlers. The most disappointing thing was that I found pieces of broken glass by the fridge in the kitchen, this could have been awful if the little ones had found it! The swimming pool was fantastic and the games/play rooms were well equipped. It is ideally situated, only 10 mins from Lyme Regis, although you must have transport to get to any amenities, as there is nothing in the immediate area.

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