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Harcombe House - Rhode

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


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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Pets 0

Property Reference: UKC2477
Prices are per property not per person includes a £40 booking fee.

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Enjoy a family holiday at this complex, with its shared indoor pool, games room and 9-acre grounds to explore.

3 steps to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area: With wood burner, 49" Freeview TV, DVD player and patio doors leading to sitting-out area.
Dining area: With tiled floor.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
Wet room: With shower and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed and Freeview TV.
Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Cot and highchair. 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). Sitting-out area with garden furniture. 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 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a shallow fenced pond in the woodland.

"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.

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  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Ground Floor Wet Room
    Ground Floor Wet Room
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2019
    Really enjoyed our holiday. Cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. Pool and games room were great for the kids. Drainage in downstairs shower needs a bit of attention, as do the locks on the bathroom doors, however we would definitely return and would not hesitate in recommending it.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 23/08/2019
    Whilst the rooms are a lovely size, the main issue is the bathrooms, the wet room has a toilet in it and no window so it stays wet all day, making it dangerous to use because of the wet floor. Then upstairs a shower over the bath with no curtain/screen. Unfortunately the utensils in the kitchen were dirty. Virtually no internet the whole time. Beds uncomfortable. Very disappointed and most definitely not worth the money. Came home after 5 days

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/08/2019
    Loved it here. Came here last year but had a smaller apartment which was fine but loved being in Rhode. It's a great place!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/08/2019
    Beautiful house set in lovely grounds. The gardens are wonderful. Even though there are approx. 6 other properties the grounds are so large that you can find a private space. There's a great swimming pool to use - good for when the weather isn't great as it's indoors. Would have liked to use it early in the morning, but it opens about 10/11am. The caretaker is very friendly and responds quickly to any queries. The house is extremely comfortable. The biggest problem is the wifi - barely connected and when we did, lost it almost straight away. No way would we attempt to watch the TV - Amazon prime! Easy drive to Lyme Regis.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2019
    Best feature of cottage is swimming pool very neat, also the play area is good. Overall good place to stay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2019
    Lovely holiday home and great facilities on site. Thank you!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2019
    Absolutely love this cottage, second time visiting and hopefully not the last! Only 'fly in the ointment' was the shower over the bath, dribbled out when I tried to shower so used the shower in the pool area, which is very good. Thank you for a lovely stay. x

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 01/01/2019
    The cottage wasn’t as clean as we would have expected.. flies in the window on the stairwell and sweet wrappers by the bedside cabinet. Overall the cottage is well equipped but the downside is the location. Beautiful and rural but not 3/4 of a mile from Uplyme as indicated on the website. The swimming pool was great - although a little cold. Games room good but £1 for a game of pool seemed a little excessive for this facility.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/12/2018
    Lovely cottage and great amenities enjoyed our stay. Many wonderful places to visit close by.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/12/2018
    An excellent, extremely well-equipped holiday home. Spacious and very comfortable, and toasty warm as well. Pool table and table tennis were great to play, and the pool, although a tad chilly, was also well-maintained. WiFi was not really any use, but that meant that our teenagers actually spoke to us! The only downside, really, was that the shower (downstairs) lacked any real power. We had a great stay!

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8.2 out of 10 – based on 17 reviews collected by Reevoo
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