The Old Rectory
House | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 29
The Old Rectory is a very fine Georgian grade II*country house. It is set in grounds of about one and a half acres with large lawns and flower gardens to the east and south, very suitable for knockabout tennis games. Beyond the gardens is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downland.
The decor of the house is in keeping with its period and we have tried to marry comfort with the atmosphere of a traditional country rectory. The building lends itself to weekend houseparties in a genuine and unspoilt Dorset village. Both William Barnes and Thomas Hardy were regular visitors to Symondsbury and we like to feel that they would be pleased to see how familiar the house has remained.
The house has most of its original features including flagstone floors, open fireplaces, oak and pine floorboards, baize door coverings and a fine central staircase ascending through three floors. The beds all have duvets, pillows and linen. Children are of course very welcome.
Catering for house parties can be arranged if required, with exceptionally good local catering organisations, one of which was started by a chef from The River Cafe and Moros Restaurant. There are a number of good supermarkets in Bridport and the Tesco's in nearby Dorchester will deliver.
|Size||Sleeps up to 29, 11 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||West Bay 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Dorchester 20 km|
|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|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||4 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (8), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 22|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Being a large country house, the very spacious accommodation comprises eleven double bedrooms; four with super king size six-feet wide "boat beds", one with king size four-poster, three antique standard doubles and three twin-bedded rooms, two en-suites, two bathrooms, and three shower rooms. Three of the bedrooms have wash handbasins.
Combined, the bedrooms can accommodate up to twenty six guests (or more if you wish to bring travel cots and/or blow up beds). If there are more than 22 of you we can arrange for the extra futon/single beds to be readied. There are also a number of good local Hotels and Bed and Breakfast facilities nearby, and in the village, if you want to have a larger party than can be accommodated at the house.
There is a very large drawing room with grand piano, seating on comfy leather sofas and armchairs and a forty-inch flat screen LCD television with video and DVD players. The dining room adjacent to the verandah seats twenty-four plus. There is a library with quarter-size billiard table and table top ping-pong, and a breakfast room. The kitchen has two electric ovens with a gas hob and an electric hob (both hobs have four rings),a microwave, two large fridges and a freezer, a dishwasher, an automatic washing machine, kitchen equipment, and cutlery and crockery for twenty-eight guests.
|Further details outdoors|
It is set in grounds of about one and a half acres with large lawns and flower gardens to the east and south, very suitable for knockabout tennis games. Beyond the gardens is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downland.
There is a beautiful Georgian verandah overlooking the garden, which is perfect for barbeques and/or a relaxing drink.
The West Country region
This entire area of Dorset is designated as being of outstanding natural beauty and is ideal for long walks.
It lies on the Jurassic coast, which is a world heritage site renowned for its fossils and wonderful cliff formations.
The house lies about a mile and a half from the sea and there are a variety of beaches to choose from.
Bridport, the nearest town, is a mile and a half away and has large street markets twice a week, selling fruit and vegetables, antiques and bric-a-brac.
Activities in the local area include walking, horse riding, go-karting, paint balling, hang gliding, golf/pitch and putt and sailing/fishing to name a few.
There is a wide choice of restaurants and good pubs including one in Symondsbury only 100 metres from the house.
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25 Mar 2014
I rented the house for my birthday along with 25 other guests and I couldn't have wished for a more perfect stay. The owner Phil who I dealt with in the lead up to the trip was great, very accomm… More
12 Apr 2013
"A really great experience to stay here!"
A big group of us stayed here for 2 nights. There is a huge dining room and we did a couple of lovely parties where you feel like you are a member of the cast in a real life Agatha Christie film. We… More
23 Mar 2013
I booked the Old Rectory in Symondsbury for a family Christmas. Leading up to our stay, Phil the owner was incredibly helpful with all my enquiries, and when we arrived I was absolutely gobsmacked a… More
21 Mar 2013
"A Wonderful place for a weekend with freinds"
22 adults and children were in our party and we had plenty of space. The kids loved every minute, exploring the vast amount of rooms. The rooms were all very individual and beautifully presented, what… More
28 Feb 2012
I booked this house for my mother's 70th birthday weekend with her friends and family. Everything about it was perfect. The sitting room and dining room were HUGE, both with open fires, and the bedrooms were all gorgeous (great big grand ones and cute quaint ones). The bathrooms either had lavish baths or high pressure showers. There's even a loft room with four beds which was perfect for a teenagers den. The village was beautiful and it was only a couple of miles from Bridport and West Bay. There's a gorgeous church and a great looking pub (although we didn't get the chnace to go in). The garden was perfect and safe for the little ones to run around in whilst we could watch them from the verander which goes along the whole of one side of the house. Mum said she had the best brthday weekend ever (and so did we!). We are now trying to find an excuse to get back there asap.
27 Nov 2011
"Fabulous, Full of Character House in beautiful setting"
Have been staying at The Old Rectory for the last 8 years with our children growing from tots to teens. It is absolutely perfect for a large group looking for a secluded, secure environment, but with the advantage of being close to stunning beaches and coastal attractions. We have experienced much the area has to offer from fossil hunting, seaside activities, coastal walks (you can walk from the house to Eype), Dorset cream teas, the Maze Maize and many other local attractions. The house itself is ideally located, but a car is essential to go exploring. The local town of Bridport offers everything you need, with large supermarket to small, unique shops and a fabulous butcher. The Illchester Arms pub, opposite the house is recommend for a lovely pub lunch and has a lovely large garden. The house itself is full of character and during the last few years we have noticed vast improvements in extra shower rooms and en-suites, which have certainly made life more comfortable. The kitchen is small for the size house, but this has never been an issue, as there is a dining room next door and it offers all mod cons. My favourite room is the huge dining room overlooking the garden and with all our children seated it still looks large! We all have a favourite bedroom, each one unique and plenty to offer with a variety of twin rooms and double rooms, with extra beds in some. We enjoy each year trying to guess which ornaments, furniture or pictures are new as the owners often add quirky items which add to the charm. You really get a sense of history when staying at The Old Rectory and we hope to continue to visit for many years to come.
12 Nov 2011
"Perfect for a large group with children"
We have booked The Old Rectory every year for the last eight years and intend to keep coming back, as long as we can. We love the old house. It is brimming with character and charm. The setting is wonderful - a lovely village, quite close to Bridport and not far from the nearest beach. You are within easy reach of West Bay and Lyme Regis, though you do need a car to get anywhere.
We are a large group of Mums and their children and the house is ideal for our needs. It has been improving every year, since we started coming, particularly as they add more shower rooms. We love the fact that there is so much space. Some of the bedrooms are enormous and each has its own unique character. The dining room easily seats all of us in the evenings, whether for an informal tea or a more formal adults dinner. We tend to use the breakfast room in the mornings. The kitchen is a little too small for the property and that can present some challenges. The decor is a little tired, but quirky and works well with the house. If you are looking for something modern and pristine, this may not be for you, but it is hard to beat on character.
7 Nov 2011
"Eccentric & antiquated, the Old Rectory is our home from home (8 years & counting)"
When we first stayed at the Old Rectory our children were quite young, and we did have to make sure they were careful on the lovely spiral staircase, but over the years, we've been able to let them enjoy the freedom of a wonderful large house. Games room useful, as is large sitting room with widescreen tv. Garden large, small children will need supervision near ha-ha and in shrubbery. Often we only see kids at mealtimes, in the breakfast room in the morning and in the huge dining room in the evening. On which note, the kitchen as it stands, although large enough for a normal sized family, isn't really big enough for more than 3 people trying to cook for everyone staying in house. We take turns to prepare meals. Eating out in local pub is good. House has fantastic amount of fridge space though, and drinks cooler too. Number and quality of bathrooms has improved over the years and the recent addition of ensuites has made the morning ablutions much much easier, especially with teenagers needing showers too. Bedrooms are pretty, some a little eccentric, and beds are all very comfortable wth pillows & quilts to suit English climate. We 've only ever visited in August btw - weather not always brilliant but it doesn't seem to matter at the Old Rectory. Lovely house in lovely location, would recommend to anyone who likes comfy shabby chic.
7 Nov 2011
"Our 8th year and trusting more to go"
We 8 mothers and our 16 children have been partying every yesr over 4 days at the Old Rectory since 2003.
We are Surrey friends who's children are under some measre of control(!), and who have seen the Rectory become more and more comfortable as years go by
We like the proportion of the rooms, the air of faded Georgian graciousness, the garden, the well-equipt kitchen. the cleanliness, the charm and the fun of it.
We like Tesco to shop and drop. And the en-suite bathrooms. And Phillip's help at hand for small incidents- inevitable with children.
We appreciate the peaceful location. Sporty ones climb the hill to earn their tipple. Nuts.
The drawing room is large enough for party games, and the piano is useful.
The top floor is a long way from the drawing room.
31 Oct 2011
"A peaceful and fascinating place to stay"
The Old Rectory in Symondsbury is a unique and lovely house. If you're looking for luxurious, country-house chintz, then it may not be for you, but it is a fascinating place to stay, welcoming and child-friendly, steeped in history and lovingly furnished with antiques and unusual artefacts from around the world.
Some of my favourite things about the house are the south-facing verandah, the beautiful staircase, the original butler's sink in the kitchen and the battered Georgian wallpaper in one of the first floor bedrooms. I also love sitting round the huge table in the dining room with twenty friends.
The village of Symondsbury is wonderfully peaceful and whilst staying at the Old Rectory, it's easy to forget the hubbub of 21st century life, especially as the house seems strangely untouched by the modern world. Fortunately though, there are several nice new shower rooms and the small kitchen is well equipped and has a dishwasher, so really, you get the best of both worlds. I warmly recommend it!
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