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Harcombe House - Woodhouse

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Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Woodhouse has plenty to do whatever the weather. Challenge your family to a game of tennis or play table tennis!

"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.

Fourteen steps to entrance: ‘Upside-down’ style accommodation. Ground floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor, door to garden and modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Twin bedroom.

  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer by meter reading
  • Dishwasher
  • Grassed area with garden furniture
  • 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
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2017
    Great place but the accommodation requires and great deal of TLC updating all fixtures and fittings including beds which were old and uncomfortable. Cleaning and fresh towels were not offered. The pool saved it for us

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2017
    Lovely lovely location in superb grounds. Fantastic facilities for our grandchildren. Beds a little uncomfortable but other than that there is nothing not to like.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2017
    Grounds kept perfect, swimming pool very clean fantastic sauna. Staff very helpful and available . All beds comfortable . Will be going back

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2017
    Great location and ample space. Accommodation is good and tasteful. Some of the beds are not as comfy as others and the grill needs sorting

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017
    We stayed during one of the hottest weeks for many years so a fan or two would have been very welcome. Otherwise it would be difficult to find anything to find fault with.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/04/2017
    great holiday, great surroundings, lots to see and to do and to enjoy. The house was light, big enough, beds are good, kitchen is good, swimming pool and tennis court and play room were great. owners of the house are also nice people. Everything is clean and well maintained.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2017
    We had a great week at Woodhouse. There was plenty of space to accommodate our group of 5 adults and 2 children with a lovely open plan living space upstairs. The facilities onsite were excellent and we enjoyed exploring the woods at the back of the properties and nearby countryside while being close to Lyme Regis.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2017
    We had a wonderful stay. Great location and all we needed at woodhouse accommodation. Tennis court and swimming pool was really enjoy

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 22/02/2017
    Minor issues with the property:-there was a shelf missing from the fridge. Given there were 8 of us and had taken food for 8 of us, it was a struggle. If you were staying a week, the fridge/freezer would not be big enough. The shelves did not fit the oven. When we arrived one shelf was in a cupboard. Again, cooking for 8, we needed to use it. It then became clear why it was in the cupboard-it didn't fit properly and collapsed with a tray of food in it. I have the burns to prove it. The fitted sheets on the small double did not fit and every night they came off no matter how well we attempted to fit them. The outside lighting is very poor. At night you can barely see the steps. We had a few near misses. We were there with 6 teenage boys and they loved the freedom the property offered. The open plan living space was ideal, just cooking for 8 in the kitchen was a bit of a challenge and I am a Come Dine WIth Me winner !

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/10/2016
    A beautiful little hideaway. Perfect. Accommodation really modern and homely. Will definitely book again.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 14/10/2016
    We thought the lighting in the sitting room left a lot to be desired. Also the lighting in the kitchen area was poor

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 27 reviews collected by Reevoo
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