Lovely, light Dorset cottage, amazing views

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Entire cottage hosted by Ben

8 guests, 4 bedrooms, 6 beds, 2 bathrooms
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Our simple house & beautiful garden are located just below an Iron Age hill fort, with stunning views over the Marshwood Vale and distant seas. The cottage, 4 miles from Lyme Regis, is very light, clean, spacious & comfortable, w/ central heating, 2 wood-stoves & a lovely eat-in kitchen. Available for minimum of 7 days over summer hols (start Sats), 5 days over Xmas (start 24/12) and 4 days over New Year. We have a lovely new double bed ensuite studio which can be rented - still 8 guests max.

The space
The Cottage, on edge of Marshwood Village, includes a kitchen with a large range, living room, small library/snug, and beautiful 2 acre garden, with external dining table, summer house, garden furniture and tree house. The stairs to the bedrooms are narrow and a little awkward and lack a handrail. There is a loo and shower on the ground floor and an ensuite loo and bath on the bedroom floor. There are four bedrooms: two with king size beds, one with two single beds, one with a single bed and trundle bed (when opened there is no room to walk!). The single bedrooms are very small! We have just just converted a writing studio into a lovely, super stylish double bedroom with shower and loo, and french doors opening on to a little balcony, which is available for rent for additional £75 per night - max 8 guests still apply. This is easily accessible from the drive. Photos on website. Please note that we have demolished the pizza oven shown in the photos as it did not work.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi – 50 Mbps
Free driveway parking on premises – 3 spaces
Pets allowed
TV
Washing machine
Dryer
Bath
Patio or balcony
Garden

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Where you’ll be

Dorset, England, United Kingdom

West Dorset is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the cottage is surrounded by wonderful, ancient countryside. The Bottle Inn - a country pub - 10 minutes walk away, across open fields (but has seen better times!). There are a number of lovely historic towns a short drive away, including Lyme Regis and Bridport, with good restaurants (Hix in Lyme Regis, River Cottage Canteen and Deli in Axminster, and the Riverside Restaurant in West Bay to name a few) and other attractions. More Details below

Food, shopping and eating out

Village shops and pubs
Sadly Marshwood village shop and pub closed - though pub might reopen soon

We like the New Inn pub at Stoke Abbot – good food and atmosphere. There are lovely walks you can do up to Lewesdon Hill, near by – another Iron Age hill fort, though this one covered in trees.

Another nice close pub is the Shaves Cross Inn at Shaves Cross – see directions for Bridport. But it has been closed a lot recently.

There is community run village shop at Hawkchurch (check opening times), which also has a pub and pretty church and another at Thorncombe (church but no pub). Otherwise the nearest shops are at Axminster. Take the B1365 from the cottage towards Lyme Regis. Turn right at sign marked ‘Sector’ and continue straight on. This will take you directly to Axminster and is faster than going via the A35 unless you hit a tractor (the road is narrow). Axminster has a butcher (Complete Meats) and fishmonger (MacSorsons), a Tesco, Co-op and smaller food shops, etc, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s The River Cottage Canteen and Deli, which is both a food shop and restaurant. There is also a regular food market - check for days, as seems to change.

There is a good, large farm shop (Miller’s) – more a supermarket – on the A35 beyond Axminster, which also has a good fishmonger. It is on the right, just past a petrol station, about 7 mins drive from Axminster station.

Lyme Regis is a lovely town, with a good, sheltered and sandy town beach. It does not have a large supermarket but the high street has a smaller Tesco and Co-op, some delicatessens, wineshops and a good butcher. It also has a very nice fish shop down by the Cob. The Town Mill, near the Mill Bakery, has a very good cheese shop – The Town Mill Cheese shop and a good restaurant and cafe. Finally, Mark Hix has a new restaurant in Lyme Regis with good food and great views. We also love the Whole Hog, a little hole in the wall that does great pork sandwiches - lunch only.

There are some excellent second-hand bookshops and a good boutique brewery at the little town-mill complext, along with a pottery and other workshops. The Philpot Museum, once directed by John Fowles, is good for a visit on a rainy day. There is a local amateur dramatics theatre that sometimes has good shows for kids and a lovely old independent cinema. Near the beach there is a penny arcade and above the beach crazy golf and outdoor table tennis. You used to be able to walk from the cottage to Charmouth and then along the coast to Lyme, but the coastal path is now closed – though you can walk along the shore at low tide.

Charmouth is the closest seaside town to the house – it’s 3-4 miles drive by back-lanes (via Wooton Fitzpaine) and you can walk across country to it in about 1,5 hrs, though it’s a longer, steeper walk back. It has a few shops, cafes, and ok pubs but nowhere good to eat.

Seaton , West of Lyme Regis has less to offer than Lyme but there there is a lovely wetlands park, with wooden walkways and Lookouts through the marshes and a dinky electric railway that runs through the marshes - great fun for kids.

Bridport is another lovely historic town. You can head towards Lyme Regis and then take the A35 East to Bridport. But it is much nicer and a little quicker to take the road from the cottage towards Marshwood, and turn right just after the primary school, pass the church, down Mutton’s Lane. Drive straight through Shaves Cross and Broadoak. You will eventually get to a T-junction. Turn right on the B1362 and you are a few minutes from Bridport. Bridport has a good butcher, Framptons, right under the clock tower and other local shops. It also has supermarkets, including a Waitrose. Palmers, a micro Brewery, has very good wine list as well as beer. Bridport has a market on Wednesday and Saturday morning, which has bric a brac and antiques, not food. We have heard very good things about a new Asian restaurant, Dorshi, specializing in dumplings.

West Bay is essentially the port extension of Bridport, with all the trappings of a seaside town: amusement arcades, shops selling rock, etc. It has a lovely seafood restaurant, the Riverside Restaurant and a good beach café with wood burning pizza ovens, etc which his open during the summer. It also has a good fishmonger.

Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub-Tropical Garden and Children’s Farm
This is a really good day out for kids if you want something to do. Abbotsbury is about 45 minutes from the house but the three attractions together definitely provide a full day’s entertainment. If you check the Abbotsbury Swannery website it will give you opening times and special events.

Crewkerne, another old market town, is about 20 mins from us, has a Waitrose and other shops as well as a very beautiful church.

Finally Beaminster is a smaller town with a very good and reasonably priced restaurant called Brassica. It’s been well reviewed in the nationals and is good for lunch and dinner though in-land rather than on the coast.

Beaches
Lyme has a good, child friendly town beach. Charmouth has a huge beach - we prefer the stretch to the West, towards Lyme Regis, than the more popular stretch to the East. It also has some shops and cafes. The Fossil centre on the beach has organised fossil hunts, etc. There is a big pub and lots of beach space at Seatown, to the East of Charmouth. Finally, Eype, between Charmouth and West-bay is another good beach, though the narrow lane leading to it can get really jammed with cars in the summer and you should feel confident about reversing long distances before you venture down it. Further away, beyond Westbay, Hive is another good beach with an upmarket beach café/restaurant, The Hive Café, serving seafood etc, But it does get crowded during the summer.

Walks
There are lots of lovely walks from the cottage, including walks to the coast. Pilsden Pen – 10 minutes away by car – has amazing views. The nearest stately home is Forde Abbey – also 10 minutes away. It has gardens, café and plant nursery. Right above us is Lamberts Castle, you can climb up either through the fields which you enter through the first gate across the road and to the left or up the footpath through the woods which you find if you walk down the lane to the right of the house. It’s ten minutes to the top and has amazing views.
Walking to Charmouth is a great walk, which should take about 1.5 hours though it's a steep walk back. There is a similar walk, in terms of length and steepness to Whitchurch Canonicorum, which also has a pub.

For the best coast walks, park at Stonebarrow Hill, to the East of Charmouth (National Trust car park with small shop). There are lots of options – longer and shorter. You can access the beach at one point, down some perilously steep wooden steps. If you make it up to Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast, you will be rewarded with great views.

Hosted by Ben

  1. Joined in May 2015
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I live and work in London with my family. We are lucky to have a beautiful second home in Dorset which we rent on Airbnb.

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Tom, the gardener, and Wendy, the cleaner and house-keeper, look after the house when we are away. They will ensure the kitchen is stocked with tea, herbs and spices, matches, paper and other basics. They might drop by early in your stay to make sure everything is OK and are only a phone call away, as are we.
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Check out: 10:00
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No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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Heights without rails or protection
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