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Harcombe House - Ware

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Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis
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If you are looking to relax, take a stroll around the lovely grounds or enjoy a dip in the swimming pool.

"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. Living room with sofa-bed (for +2) and large windows overlooking garden. Two steps to modern kitchen/dining room. Two steps to double bedroom. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

  • High chair
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • 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

* 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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  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Open PlanOpen Plan
  • Walk-in Shower/BathWalk-in Shower/Bath

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 23/04/2016
    We have stayed there before and the swimming pool is great as well as the location. The apartment is well appointed and quite spacious. Unfortunately as we were getting ready to leave we discovered mouse droppings in the Kitchen. The electronic scarer had been turned off for our whole stay. We did report this and we would return if assured that this problem has been resolved.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/05/2016
    A beautiful and VERY well equipped site. Caretaking staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Only minor gripe would be that this particular property is quite cramped in one or two spots. (All the other properties on the site are larger.)

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/04/2016
    This was a lovely setting and we loved the pool, tennis courts and lovely grounds as well as the games room which gave the kids somewhere to escape to! I would say Ware was a little too small for a family of 4. Perhaps if the kids had been very young it would have been fine but having to use the living room as a bedroom impacted on bedtimes etc. Other than that, a lovely little well-equipped place. The milk and biccies were welcome upon arrival. You need to provide all the basics for cooking eg oil, etc as there is nothing there other than salt and pepper. Also, only providing one toilet roll seemed a little stingy. This wouldn't put me off booking again though, although I'd probably go for one of the larger lets. Great value for money though and only a 5 min drive to Lyme which was brilliant.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/04/2016
    Lovely location and a bonus to have the pool which was clean and well maintained. Milk and biscuits provided for our arrival so you have the basics following a long journey. Grounds beautiful. Accommodation comfortable. Just have to watch small step from the kitchen area, we both tripped on a number of occasions! Otherwise great.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/04/2016

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/07/2015
    I stayed in Ware with my son so the sleeping arrangements were perfect as he was happy to use the sofa bed in the lounge - no trouble to put up and he found the bed fine. The bedroom has a beautiful outlook onto the grounds, yet private, and is very spacious. I loved the fact that there was plenty of light from the large windows in both lounge and bedroom. Parking good, and not too far from the coast, although the shorter route is a single track road for a fair distance. You can soon get to Lyme. The location is quite secluded with walks in the forest and shady lanes with sweeping views. I saw fallow deer in the evenings. . The pool is a real bonus, lovely to relax in and so convenient, just a few steps away. Despite the house being historic, everything within was clean and modern, with super wet room and small but well equipped kitchen/diner. The Jurassic coast is stunning and full of interesting places to visit. We had a memorable stay and would definitely come again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2015
    We had a lovely weekend at Harcombe house. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the accommodation was great and the facilities like the indoor pool and games room were brilliant. We will definitely be back very soon.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2015
    lovely accomodation in quiet countryside.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/09/2015
    Had a very good holiday, location and indoor pool excellent, but in the flat Ware if the sofa bed was used and kept made up in the lounge, and there was 4 people staying there would not have been enough seating, just a little thing but it would be a great improvement.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/09/2015
    Absolutely fantastic. Loved the apartment, the grounds, pool was great and what a luxury to have a sauna! ! Lyme Regis a wonderful seaside town with a lovely harbour and plenty to do.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/08/2015
    We had a great time at Harcombe house. The facilities - swimming pool, sauna, tennis court and playroom - make it an ideal place to stay for the entire family. The grounds are beautiful located and maintained and the property was clean, bright and good value.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2015
    Too small for 4 adults and a baby should be advertised for 2 adults

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