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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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Sleeps8
Bedrooms4
Bathrooms2
Pets0
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Description

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 (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.

14 steps to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Bedroom 1:
With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.
First Floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area:
With TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
Dining area: With wooden floor and door leading to garden.
Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Towel hire. Cot. 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). Grassed 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. No smoking. Please note: There is a shallow fenced pond in the woodland.

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Features

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


Customer Comments

  • 10

    16/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    Lovely place , swimming pool was a bonus . Everywhere was always clean tidy and well kept. Beaches very near too. Lovely holiday


  • 9

    30/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Amenities for children were thoroughly enjoyed. Bedroom upstairs was spoiled slightly by having to go downstairs for bathroom facilities. All round though a fabulous stay.


  • 8

    05/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/06/2018
    Woodhouse is a lovely place in beautiful countryside where you can walk from right outside the door. Just what we were looking for. You do need your own transport but Lyme Regis and other places are only a few miles away. The property is well equipped and the open plan living area which had access to the gardens was great for spending time together. The bedrooms are a bit on the smaller side and we did manage with one large bathroom and the ensuite. The swimming pool and sauna are a brilliant facility that we used daily. Overall I would recommend staying here and we would definitely stay here again.


  • 10

    17/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2018
    What a great place, our cottage wood house was great, right next to indoor pool , which was great we all used it several times, the games room was very good to, the inside of woodhouse was very clean and all the beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms were very good , the lounge and kitchen were very good, we were left some milk and tea/coffee which was very handy as ours were with the other part of our party ,they got held up by the weather and arrived later, the road to the property is very narrow but on arrival very well worth it, well done.


  • 8

    28/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2018
    Great cottage for gatherings. Lovely area x


  • 10

    17/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2017
    Fantastic stay here, a lovely complex & cottage was really nice, Pool was amazing,


  • 10

    02/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 24/09/2017
    Amazing place to stay. We were a group of 8 old uni pals. House and pool perfect venue for our get together. Had a great weekend.we spotted this property is for sale and would reassure any potential buyer that you should have a pretty good business there if you maintain the same high standard. Lovely place


  • 8

    24/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    A very enjoyable short break.


  • 9

    19/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 11/09/2017
    Very spacious and comfortable, kids loved the pool and table tennis... we were there 2 nights to break our journey to visit the tank museum, it's just under an hour from here. I was really pleased to find a dishcloth, dishwasher tablets and tea towels and tea and coffee facilities as some places don't provide these. Also milk was in the fridge and some biscuits so we felt very welcome. Staff were very helpful. Thank you


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