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Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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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
  • DVD
  • 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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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
    Coastal Property
  • No Pets Allowed
    No Pets Allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/04/2017
    Nice, quiet place :) Close to the town and the beach. Big garden area, house clean and tidy. Kitchen well equipped and furnished. Staff really friendly and helpful. Extra bonus -swimming pool and sauna :) We had a lovely and relaxing time ,thank you.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/04/2017
    We had such a lovely time in this cottage. The tennis courts, swimming pool and the beautiful walks were so wonderful. Friendly people, good local farms we found everything that we needed and would definately come back again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2017
    We had amazing time! Swimming pool and sauna and the games room were great! We came to visit the area but actually the cottage itself had so much to offer that we spend the most of the time in the cottage haha amazing location easy to find great super clean house! We even had biscuits and tea/coffee/milk in fridge! Great weekend we enjoyed ourselves a lot! Will definitely go back and tell all our friends to go as well!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2017
    Literally the only thing wrong was the sofa bed was old and not very comfortable. Apart from that all very very good

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2017
    Lovely apartment with the benefit of an indoor heated swimming pool and family room. Would loved to have stayed longer.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2016
    Lovely cottage in a nice quiet location. Kids loved the swimming pool and gardens. With Charmouth beach and Lyme Regis a few minutes drive away there was plenty to keep them entertained.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2016
    Disappointing. The location was remote I requested Lyme Regis and this cottage complex, although lovely, is miles away from the town, shops and beach. There is NO public transport nearby so thank goodness we had a car.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 10/09/2016
    The apartment was clean, but felt damp. Well equipt kitchen and no extra bags for the kitchen bin left, the lounge had a good tv, sky box and DVD player. The pool was a good size, but definitely not the 28 degrees advertised, very cold everyday we were there, the sauna was a welcome addition worked really well. We enjoyed using the tennis court and the games room was very well laid out and equipt. The wifi was a bit hit and miss and very slow. We've stayed in other places for around £100 more and have been much, much better. Dave

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2016
    A fantastic holiday in a superb location with stunning scenery. Facilities superb particularly the swimming pool and everything very well presented and spotlessly clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would have liked to have stayed longer. Will definitely be back!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/08/2016
    Spotlessly clean, comfortable accommodation a short drive from Lyme Regis. Plenty to keep the children amused on site, even in bad weather.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/08/2016
    Great place to stay, nice and quiet but close enough to Lyme Regis for great days out.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/07/2016
    Brilliant flat for myself and 2 children. Lovely staff and facilities. Maybe helpful to have the option of a zip up double bed in the bedroom so you could make it a twin if necessary....that's not a complaint just a suggestion : - )

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2016
    We thought the accommodation was very good. However, we did feel a bit isolated. It was a lovely setting but you needed a car to get a pint of milk etc.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/06/2016
    The facilities are great, nice pool & sauna. Rooms are a good size and were clean and had everything you need, especially kitchen. Excellent value! 4 of us stayed here and I really don't think you could get any more for your money anywhere in the south of England!! Only thing is the pull out sofa bed was a bit uncomfortable and small for 2 people, but we brought a blow up mattress so were extremely happy. Plenty of room in the lounge for the blow up mattress. Apparently the bed is very comfy too. I would definitely come back here again and again... as long its just 2 of us staying, or if 4 stay here, bring the inflatable bed.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 25/06/2016
    Lovely, relaxing setting. Saw deer and green woodpecker from kitchen window. Played snooker and had swimming pool to ourselves. Bright ,luxurious,large windows. Great shower room.

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