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Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

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Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Gather up the family for a holiday to The Old Forge; it has a shared games room, play area and nearby attractions.

"A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS and DWS). Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden or courtyard with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay and there is also horse riding nearby within 5 miles. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.

Formerly two cottages, The Old Forge is an attractive and spacious cottage, offering ground floor accommodation all on one level. Large double-aspect living room with multi-fuel stove and beamed ceiling. Two steps to well-equipped fitted kitchen/dining room with range cooker, beamed ceiling and door to private garden. Laundry/boot room. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft four poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Two bathrooms with toilet, one with separate shower cubicle.

  • Multi-fuel stove - first basket included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric convector heaters/electric heaters and oil central heating included
  • Additional cot
  • Flatscreen digital TV
  • Range cooker included
  • Secluded rear garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • NB: Steps in garden

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Pet(s) free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Stream in grounds


  • Shared gardens and grounds of 10 acres including children’s play area (suitable for children under ten)
  • Shared large games barn with pool table and table tennis
  • Enclosed play area with Wendy house, suitable for children under five, situated in the courtyard opposite games barn entrance

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  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Free Pets
    Free Pets
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Stairgate
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
    Coastal Property
  • Featured on TV
    Featured on TV
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 05/12/2016
    We have previously stayed in the same complex although a different property. It is in a great location for Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast area. Large property which comfortably could take 8 adults. The only shower is very poor however. The kitchen could be much better equipped - there isn't enough of everything. The oven was not very clean either. Overall it is a great property which needs a few extra touches to make it special (and a new shower!).

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2016
    Very comfortable cottage. Lots of space, good decoration, beautifully furnished and well equipped. Our three teenagers especially loved the games room, and the dogs.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/10/2016
    Spent three days at the cottage with family. Lovely place, very warm and cosy. Could possible do with a better shower and perhaps another one in the second bathroom. Great location, only 20 minutes to beach.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 10/10/2016
    There were some issues with cleanliness probably due to the limited time available to the housekeeper for this task. Our request to have a bed made up with blankets was ignored. The kitchen is far too small to cater for eight people. There was a lack of cooking and serving dishes. The water supply to the showers was inadequate. However, the cottage is very comfortable and spacious. The location is great being in the countryside but quite close to the coast. There was plenty of hot water and the cottage was warm. Apart from the kitchen size, the other problems are easily dealt with and will make the cottage almost perfect.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/09/2016
    My family and I stayed at the Old Forge for a week and it was a perfect base for us. The kids loved the playground, the dog loved the field and garden! It was very comfortable and had everything we needed. We had a lovely week and I would recommend it.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/07/2016
    The cottage was lovely and the games room was excellent. We had a warm welcome with lovely cake and our dog enjoyed his stay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/07/2016
    A group of 8 of us stayed here the first weekend in July for 2 nights and what a fantastic property! We had booked as we were attending a wedding in the area and were so pleased that we did, so much so we were all disappointed that we couldn't spend more time there, so we'll definitely be back so we can spend some more time in the cottage. The lads enjoyed the games room and Romla and Julian were perfect hosts, showing us the property as we arrived and even offering to take us to the wedding venue as our minibus was late, it did arrive but the offer was very much appreciated. Thanks and see you soon. Hannah Jones & friends

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/06/2016
    Fantastic place. Lovely buildings equipped well and spacious. We all loved the games room.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2016
    We where a party of 5 with 2 dogs and we all loved staying at the old forge-very comfortable and cosy. We had lovely weather the whole time in Dorset so that was a added bonus. Mealtimes sitting round the large table in the big open plan kitchen diner was really enjoyable and would love another visit at the "Old Forge".

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/05/2016
    We all had a fantastic time on the 13th May at the Old Forge. Beautiful property and wonderful hosts. Already recommended to many of our friends and we hope to come back again - perhaps for a bit longer.

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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