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Harcombe House - Shapwick

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Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets0

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Description

Shapwick sleeps six guests and is perfect for that action packed family holiday, and the games room is great for a rainy day.

"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. 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 distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A 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. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
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. Shops ¾ mile.

Six steps to entrance. ‘Upside-down’ style accommodation. Ground floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor and kitchen area with tiled floor and door to garden. Bathroom and toilet.

  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer by meter reading
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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Features

  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
    Coastal Property
  • No Pets Allowed
    No Pets Allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    25/02/2017
    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2017
    Had a lovely half term at Shapwick. Well equipped, clean and warm which helped make for a lovely week. The pool is great as are the grounds and tennis court. When we needed help the owners were very quick to respond and very friendly.


  • 6

    25/11/2016
    Confirmed guest, 20/11/2016
    On arrival the tv remote didn't work so we were given a new one . The dvd player was not working properly it kept stopping and starting. Most of the games in the childrens playroom had bits missing so couldn't be utilised. Nightime lighting was poor especially from Shapwick to the carpark. The kitchen was well equipped. And the real bonus was that our Grand-daughter really enjoyed herself (5 years of age).


  • 8

    08/10/2016
    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2016
    I will definitely come back, my father passed away on our first day so me and my wife went home and left our sons and daughters girlfriends there, as this was a surprise birthday weekend for my wife's 60th we would like to do it again.


  • 9

    03/10/2016
    Confirmed guest, 17/09/2016
    Shapwick was comfortable and well equipped. The open plan living/kitchen area were of a high standard - comfortable sofas and the kitchen had everything we needed. The bedrooms were more basic. No bedside tables, no full length mirror and very basic furniture but the beds were comfortable. We particularly enjoyed playing table tennis in the lovely games room. We would recommend this to our son and young family.


  • 8

    26/06/2016
    Confirmed guest, 24/06/2016
    very good holiday accommodation nice facilities and very nice views. plenty to do on site to keep us busy


  • 9

    24/06/2016
    Confirmed guest, 04/06/2016
    Excellent standard of equipment and a beautiful wooded setting.


  • 9

    18/05/2016
    Confirmed guest, 09/05/2016
    Shapwick met our needs extremely well. The equipment provided included everything that could possibly be needed and all the other facilities were well looked after and readily available. We had a very enjoyable time and would certainly recommend Shapwick/Harcombe House to anybody considering it.


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