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Harcombe House - Cobb

Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Pets 0
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This property is part of our English Country Cottages collection

An inspiring collection of properties chosen for their character, luxury and heritage, all graded 4 star and above.


Cobb is part of a complex which share access to a fantastic pool, tennis court and games room – there’s something for everyone!

"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 (refs DCCQ, DQK, DQL, DQM, DQN, DQP, DQQ, DTM and UKC2477). 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 away lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novelA 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, including the Sea Life Adventure Park, which gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays
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. Beach 2 miles. Shops ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground Floor:
Living room
: With multi-fuel burner, 42” satellite TV, DVD player and beams.
Kitchen: With breakfast bar, cooker, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers, washing machine and tumble dryer.
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Dining room: With wood burner, 42” satellite TV, DVD player, tiled floors and French doors leading to terrace.
Wet room: With shower and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1
: With super kingsize bed, satellite TV and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With double bed, satellite TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With double bed and satellite TV.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds, satellite TV and wash basin.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds and wash basin.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for fires included. Cot and highchair. Payphone (shared). Welcome pack. Games room with TV, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood burner (shared). Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books and games (shared). Large enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. 9-acre gardens with woodland and garden furniture (shared). Indoor heated swimming pool (shared, 10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m, open every day 10am-10pm) with shower and changing facilities. Sauna (shared). Hard tennis court (shared). Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are slopes in the garden and a shallow fenced pond in the woodland.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Ground Floor Wet Room
    Ground Floor Wet Room
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/12/2018
    It was great for my family to be together at this place. House was great thanks - very spacious - plenty of kitchen equipment which was fab, very warm too. Couple of smaller issues was hard to flush toilets - couple of lamps with non working bulbs - and no TV sound in dining room.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/11/2018
    Excellent property, with plenty of space for us all. The children loved the swimming pool and games room.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2018
    Very pleasant holiday with all the family. Swimming pool and play/games room were a bonus and used by all members of the family. There were two issues which were quickly resolved (cooker and toilet) after reporting them. These did not impact on the enjoyment. Will certainly recommend Harcombe House - Cobb to friends.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/10/2018
    We had a great time at Harcombe House. We were on a family break with 4 young children, and made great use of all the stuff on site - the tennis court, swimming pool, trampoline and table tennis all got a lot of use! Would definitely stay there again. Having two dishwashers in the kitchen was also a massive help.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/10/2018
    Wonderful home and will definitely be going back

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/10/2018
    Perfect property for ten people of varying ages from 12 to 75.Lovely location with great amenities. The only reason for 9s instead of 10s was that some of the duvets could do with being bigger.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 05/10/2018
    Lovely cottage, well equipped and very comfy. My only reservation would be it was a bit 'out in the sticks'. To get anywhere you had to go by car. The walk to Lyme was substantial.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2018
    Fantastic cottage with great facilities. Loved play room, pool, garden, woods, log burners, reception rooms, well all of it really. We want to go again 😊

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    Fantastic house for all the family. Plenty of room and the facilities i.e. swimming pool, tennis courts, games room, grounds etc are fantastic. Our only complaint is about the settees in the lounge are old and uncomfortable as they were last year.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    Lovely house, loved the pool and garden space, house was a very good size for our party of 10. Let down slightly by a leaking drain and no hot water for one day, but both problems were fixed very promptly. It might be time to upgrade some curtains, bedding and carpets. Overall we enjoyed our holiday and would go again

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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