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Harcombe House - Shapwick

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Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps6
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets0
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Description

Shapwick sleeps six guests and is perfect for that action packed family holiday, and the games room is great for a rainy day.

"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.

6 steps to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Bedroom 1:
With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area:
With TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
Dining area: With wooden floor.
Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, tiled floor and door leading to garden.
Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Towel hire. Payphone (shared). Utility room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (shared). 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). 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. No smoking. Please note: There is a shallow fenced pond in the woodland.

Show amenities 

Features

  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Telephone Chargeable
    Telephone Chargeable
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • 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
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays


Customer Comments

  • 8

    19/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    very comfortable stay


  • 10

    21/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    We had a great holiday at Harcombe House (Shapwick). The cottage was comfortable for 6 people. The pool, sauna and BBQ facilities were all excellent.


  • 8

    18/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2018
    Enjoyed our holiday but I must say that the duvets and pillows need replacing very thin and no warmth at all. Furniture in lounge uncomfortable, money needs to be spent on furnishings and bedding.


  • 7

    04/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 25/02/2018
    We enjoyed the facilities. The swimming pool could have been warmer. The games room was great. There was a smell of heating oil in the property. My husband is an environmental expert and thought there might have been an oil leak. The bedroom near the boiler was the worst.


  • 8

    24/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 21/02/2018
    Nice cottage in a new location for us to visit. Double bed not great and bunk bed a bit rickety plus slight smell from dishwasher which did not seem to be working at full pelt. However facilities very good and we had everything we wanted. Biscuits and milk on arrival a nice touch.


  • 9

    24/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2018
    Harcombe house is well situated to explore the Jurassic coast and is not too far from Dorchester with its shops, cinemas and museums, ideal for wetter days. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and well equipped. The pool was a real hit with our active grandchildren and there is plenty of outdoor space for them to run about. I particularly enjoyed a some time out relaxing in the sauna. Having 2 bathrooms was a godsend with 6 of us staying at the property


  • 10

    11/01/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    We stayed at this cottage complex some years ago and were thrilled to find it as we remembered, though we stayed during the festive season thus time. A truly lovely rural retreat with beautiful Jurassic Coast on the doorstep.


  • 10

    16/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 11/12/2017
    No complaints would, had a great time.


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