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Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis Grade 4 Star rating View Map
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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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  • Four Poster BedFour Poster Bed
  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • StairgateStairgate
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2016-01-31
    Beautifully quaint cottage, great location and beautifully decorated. Great living space. Would highly recommend this cottage.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2016-01-10
    Very warm and welcoming. A good place to go and relax. Lots of space and fresh air. Our only note is that the main bedroom shares a wall with the games room, so we were woken early each morning to the sound of children from an adjacent cottage playing pool & table tennis. Whilst this is nobodies fault, it is something worth considering when making a booking. However, the experience as a whole was fantastic. The hosts were very welcoming and friendly. We came away feeling recharged and refreshed.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2015-11-22
    Very good stay. Only issue was the low wifi speed and sometimes the shower. Overall, clean, spacious, very comfortable, loads of amenities available. Would defo go back one day. Great value for money. Lyme Regis was only 20mins away and was beautiful.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-11-08
    We were here for a weekend, wish we could have stayed longer!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-23
    We had a wonderful few days there was lots of space for us all and the linen and towels were all lovely and soft the kitchen was well equipped would have like a glass jug for water and a small whisk but other wise very good The games room was good and we were able to have a few rounds of croquet Over all it was excellent and we would love to stay there again . Every one loved the fresh cake when we arrived as well

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-03
    Great house. Fantastic holiday

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-20
    Excellent facilities for the family. Plenty of room and very clean. Extremely impressed with children's play area. Our dogs were welcomed - even clear-up bags for their mess were available. Lovely and quiet and would definitely recommend this cottage for any one with children and pets. Would love to spend another holiday here. Many thanks.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-03-23
    The Old Forvge is well equipped and well presented and the owners are very welcoming. I would certainly visit again. The only two items for the owners to consider is firstly is for a potential 8 people staying one walk in showed is not enough the second bathroom only having a bath is not enough. Secondly on the kitchen front knives for food preparation are not enough and they need to be sharp or at least provide a knife sharpener. Other than that brilliant accommodation.

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 21 reviews collected by Reevoo

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