Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Farmhouse dates from 17th century, but was refurbished in 1986. It has two double and two twin rooms and a baby cot. It has an inglenook fireplace and a grand piano in the sitting room. The farmhouse style kitchen has an Aga which is used in the winter, adding a cosy homely feel to the kitchen. The large garden has two ornamental ponds as well as the swimming pool, and the River Brit flows past the lower edge of the garden. On both sides of the garden are farm fields. The farm has sheep, Arab horses, geese, bantams and chickens. The owner lives on site and is available to answer queries and help with any problems.
There are walks through attractive countryside directly from the farm and many more a short car ride away. There are two pubs that cater for meals within a mile of the property, and others in the area. A list of pubs and restaurants, along with leaflets of local attractions, is kept in the property. Bridport has a lively market on Wed and Sat, plus a very good selection of shops. The Jurassic Coast stretches in both directions, with several interesting beaches. Many coastal towns are within easy reach, from Bournemouth in the east to Dartmouth in the west, with Weymouth, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Seaton and Exmouth in between. Dorchester, Honiton, Exeter and Yeovil all have good shopping centres, plus museums and other tourist attractions. Yeovilton (Fleet Air Arm) and Bovington Tank Museum are within easy reach. Monkey World near Wool, Corfe Castle and Maiden castle are all worth a visit. Bridport has a Leisure Centre with heated swimming pool for exercise and fun on those inclement days.
The owner has sheep, horses and poultry and a large vegetable garden. Occasionally fresh eggs and vegetables will be available to purchase (also frozen lamb).
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||West Bay 6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter, Nearest railway: Crewkerne|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The house has an imposing entrance hall with mezzanine landing. The sitting room is spacious with inglenook fireplace, seating for up to ten people, grand piano, stone flagged floor. The farmhouse kitchen has a dining area, granite work surfaces, Aga, double electric oven, fridge-freezer, ceramic hob, microwave oven and dishwasher. A utility room with oil fird central heating boiler (heats water too) also has washing machine and tumble drier. Water softener. There is a downstairs toilet. The back door allows access to rotary washing line.
Upstairs the main double bedroom has a 5ft bed and an en-suite shower room with toilet. There is a second double with a 4ft 6in bed, and two twin rooms. There is an upstairs cloakroom with toilet and basin and a family bathroom. On the landing there is an airing cupboard.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden extends to 3/4 acre and has two ornamental ponds near the dwellings. The property is siuated in the Brit Valley and the garden slopes down to the river. In the centre of the garden is the swimming pool. Guests are asked to supervise their children at all times because of the open nature of the gardens, the various water hazards and the farm itself. The gardens are beautiful and secluded, and this in itself means that if a child gets into any sort of difficulty while unattended their responsible adults may not become aware. There is no life guard on duty at the pool. The farm itself is out of bounds to holiday makers unless accompanied by the owner. Lambs are born in March, sometimes a new foal in spring and early summer, and various chicks and goslings hatch throughout the warmer months. It is possible to see most of the animals from public areas.
Bookings are for whole weeks only running from Saturday to Saturday.
Deposit of minimum 25% required at time of booking, balance to be received at least 6 weeks before start of holiday (or whole sum immediately if booking is made nearer date of holiday). PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION A REFUND WILL ONLY BE GIVEN IF WE ARE ABLE TO REBOOK THE DATES, subject to retention of up to 10% for inconvenience.
The price of the holiday includes use of electricity, heating oil, logs and an initial supply of coal.
Linen is provided on beds (if you are staying for more than one week, a change of linen will be provided each week). Two tea towels are provided. Towels are not supplied to UK guests, but are provided to guests from abroad. Towels can be supplied to UK guests at a charge of £5 per week per set of hand and bath towel.
A 'Welcome Pack' comprising teabags, coffee, sugar and milk will be provided for the start of your holiday. Salt and pepper are provided. We supply enough dishwasher tablets for one cycle per day of your stay.
The West Country region
West Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The local towns and villages have a wonderfully individual character and the larger towns have some great shops, pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions. The Jurassic Heritage Coast is easily accessible and has exciting beaches and countryside to explore.
The climate is warm in summer with generally less rainfall than is forecast. Recent winters have been rather wet with occasional cold spells with overnight temperatures down to -4 deg C. We have very little snow near the coast, so make the most of the rare opportunity to enjoy it!
The Swannery at Abbotsbury, the Children's Barn and the Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens are all about 20 minutes away by car. Lyme Regis with its tea rooms, fossil and other tourist shops is well worth the 25 minute drive. 45 minutes away is Weymouth, with glorious sandy beaches, a theatre, trips to the Channel islands and preparations for the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
Bridport has a twice weekly market (Wed and Sat), a monthly farmers' market. The town and surrounding villages are full of excellent pubs and restaurants for eating out. West Bay has a wonderful wet fish shop and several food kiosks selling local food, an indoor swimming pool and an interesting small museum in the Salt House.
There is a leisure centre south of the town with facilities for all the family, which could be useful on the odd inclement day. The Library, Museum and the Tourist Information Centre are located in South Street.
There is a children's riding centre at Elwell, Waytown. There is fishing available at Mangerton Mill. The nearest golf course is just east of West Bay on the cliffs.
Walkers will have an embarassment of choice, from the South West Coast Path and many links to numerous countryside rambles including several long-distance paths - Jubilee Trail, Wessex Ridgeway, Monarch's Way, Liberty Trail, and a little further afield the East Devon Path. It is possible to walk to Bridport along the Brit Way, with a little lane walking.