The Red Bungalow
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This quintessentially English cottage exudes the charm of a by-gone age with a large English country garden, replete with apple trees, lavender and rose bushes, daisies and green rolling lawns. It is an ideal family getaway, sleeping eight in four bedrooms, decorated in old, 1940's style, offering spectacular views of the the famous Jurassic Coast, one minute's walk away.
There are no roads to cross to get to the natural, unspoilt beach, which offers hours of fossil-hunting pleasure, as well as long walks and a virtually currentless sea. It is ideal for children of all ages.
The village is a 10-minute walk away and offers a regular bus service, small food shops, tennis courts, as well as medical and hairdressing services and good places to eat.
Beautiful, historic Lyme Regis, where Jane Austen holidayed and Mary Anning discovered dinosaur fossils, is three miles away with excellent restaurants, a golf course, mackerel-fishing by boat, a museum and an Art Deco cinema. Bridport, famous for its artists, is six miles the other way, offering a fabulous market twice a week and a cinema. And Axminster six miles towards Devon, boasts local celebrity, Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall's canteen.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Charmouth 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 50 km, Nearest railway: Axminster 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage, although Enid Blytonish and charming, boasts a brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen with Aga, granite-style worktops, double sink, dishwasher and washing machine. This is open plan and leads onto the sitting room and dining area, making it a casual, family-friendly place to entertain and eat. There are two bedrooms downstairs, with gorgeous views of the garden, one overlooking the beach and sea and the downstairs bathroom is large, containing a loo, power shower and bath. Upstairs is a large double-bedroom with stunning views of the famous Golden Cap and the Jurassic Coast. There is another bedroom, with two single beds, also with beautiful sea views and a bathroom with a bath and loo.
|Further details outdoors|
The charm of the large, secure, English country garden cannot be overstated. Soft green lawns roll down to old, laden apple trees, wild rabbits scampering around them and the flower beds abound with hydrangea, lavender, roses, daisies and buddleia in the summer.
In all seasons, long walks are recommended to take in the stunning scenery. There is the coastal path walk from Lyme Regis to Seaton, along the Undercliff, featured in the film, The French Lieutenant's Woman. The vegetation is less dense in the winter, allowing you to see the sparkling sea views through it. There is also the walk up to Golden Cap, through rolling green fields overlooking the sea. Stone Barrow, another National Trust site, offers various walks, depending on how much time you have, and spectacular elevated views along the coast, or a simple meander on the beach fossil-hunting provides hours of pleasure as winter is the best time to find fossils.
Charmouth is particularly renowned for its ammonites and whole dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed there, models of which can be seen at the Heritage Centre, two minutes from the cottage. Secure parking is available for up to three cars and the beach is just a one-minute walk away down a small lane, free of vehicles.
An English-speaking representative will be on hand to welcome guests to this family-run cottage. We can also cope in French.
There is a fact file about the house available.
Brochures of recommended local places of interest are available as well.
The West Country region
The West Country is famous for its mild climate and quintessentially English beauty. Charmouth is particularly eminent for its lovely, long, flat, sandy, unspoilt beach and its fossils, as it is part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Lyme Regis and Charmouth are places of huge historical interest and there is a museum in Lyme for those seeking to find out more about the rich stories of the area. Dorset is perhaps the reticent cousin of the more famous and larger counties of Devon and Cornwall, offering wonderful, family holidays in a stunning natural setting, which you will never forget, while not being too overcrowded or overpriced. Summer is fab for swimming, fossiling, poking around the rock pools, long walks and barbecues. Winter is the best time to find the fossils on the beach, as the storms churn up the sea, sometimes bringing down the cliffs.
Charmouth is a small village on a stunning part of the Jurassic Coast, offering a wonderful, family holiday experience. The beach is long and wide, ideal for family walks and for fossil-hunting. Every year, on Christmas Day, the village turns out in fancy dress and swims for charity. It is an event not to be missed! Facilities on the beach itself include a fossil information centre, offering conducted hunts for fossils and information on how to find them; a resaurant and a quirky vintage clothes shop. Charmouth village offers a regular bus service, restaurants, takeaways, tennis courts, a small supermarket, a pharmacy, two hairdressers, a butcher, a general store, a postoffice, two doctors' surgeries, a library, gift shops and even a dentist. And three miles away there is Lyme Regis, where The French Lieutenant's Woman and parts of Persuasion were filmed, which boasts a golf course, a cinema, a theatre and numerous fine resaurants and shops. The Lyme fishermen provide mackerel-fishing trips by boat in the summer. Six miles away in Axminster, you will find Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen and just outside Axminster, on the way to Raymond's Hill, is Hugh F-W's Park Farm, open for visits.
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19 Jan 2014
"Comfortable, homely house in great location close to the beach"
A very comfortable chalet bungalow, with lots of character. Not too smart, which was exactly what we wanted, but very well equipped, with good modern kitchen and Aga, which keeps the big downstairs… More
21 May 2013
"Excellent, loved the red bungalow will definitely return"
Myself and 7 friends spent a long weekend here and we were all very impressed. Alex the owner was extremely helpful and we found the property clean and comfortable on our arrival. The property itself … More
19 May 2013
We stayed overnight in the Red Bungalow and I just wish we could have stayed longer.The property is situated by the beach and has some wonderful views. The garden is a lovely size and ideal for kids.… More
19 Jan 2012
"Excellent homely base, looking forward to a return visit!"
We enjoyed our stay over Christmas, and found the property spacious, equipped well, and very convenient for an extended family, with room for people to spread about.
It's in a fantastic location, and as tides and weather were amenable, we were able to spend hours out on the beach or cliff walks - fossil-hunting, damming the river, walking to Lyme Regis or Seatown, or just out watching the stars or waves at night!
The somewhat lived-in furniture allowed us to feel at home and able to relaxing with small children, unlike some rather pristine and thus fussy/characterless properties we have experienced.
Charmouth was much better resourced than we expected.
Hope to return!
29 Aug 2011
"Great place for relaxing break with children - easy!"
If you cannot do without wii fi, large TV and pristine surroundings when on holiday then the Red Bungalow is probably not for you. This is a comfortable beach house furnished in keeping with the ag… More
24 Aug 2011
"Lovely house, perfect location"
Just returned from a week's stay in the Red Bungalow. As per the previous review, we found the house clean and spacious with none of the issues mentioned in earlier reviews. One or two very minor issues were also quickly resolved, Martin was always friendly and helpful. The garden was also great for our young kids to run around.
Furniture is not modern but everything worked fine and was in character with the property itself, in fact with small children this was actually preferable! The kitchen was of a high standard.
The location is perfect, less than 5 minutes walk to the beach and heritage centre and also ideal for walking up the coast path cliffs. Easy driving to nearby towns such as Lyme Regis, shopping in Axminster etc. Charmouth itself is also charming and warm, with almost everyone greeting us (a foreign concept to any Londoner...)
Would happily recommend to others.
One minor point: We had no smartphone internet access in the property or surrounding area (o2 network), although phone signal was fine.
31 Jul 2011
"Lovely English seaside holiday"
Have just returned from The Red Bungalow, after a lovely week of low key English seaside holiday. Fabulous location, made the task of transporting our ever-expanding stack of beach equipment seem fair… More
12 Jul 2011
"What a shame!"
The bungalow is in a fantastic location and has such potential. The four of us agreed that the kitchen was fine, we liked the style and design but agree with the other reviews that the whole property … More
Thank you for your review. We are sorry that for friend had to remove the valence from her bed, and following your comments have now given the house a jolly good clean in the hidden areas to prevent a reccurrence of this problem. We do hope that you will come again, and assure you that we are on hand in the village to remedy any problems if they occur.
9 Jul 2011
"Idyllic location, charming house."
Beautiful house right on the beach, when the weather is good (not guaranteed in UK!) the house is perfect. The owner could not do enough for you. The views are breathtaking, and to sit out in the ga… More
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased that you all enjoyed your week at the house and will come again.
27 Jun 2011
All sounded wonderful..close to the beach with a garden. Old and quaint we do...shabby chic we do...but this was something else. in fact it was just plain dirty. The valance on one bed was spattered … More
Thank you for your review of our holiday home. We take all feedback very seriously. In the four years we have been running The Red Bungalow as a holiday home, we have never received a negative response. They have all been overwhelmingly positive until now.
One of the valences was overlooked and we have spoken to the cleaners about it and the other cleaning issues you mentioned. All the valences have now been washed. The floors were mopped and the carpets vacuumed before your arrival but we have now had them cleaned professionally with chemicals. As to the paintwork, it is difficult to know what you mean by that exactly. The windows are cleaned professionally and regularly but as the house is so close to the beach, the front ones do occasionally get slightly splashed by storms. Some cobwebs were found inside the hinges of some windows and have been removed. As to the piano, the pillows and the furniture, this is a family home which was opened to the public as a holiday home four years ago. It is not meant to be a modern showcase. The open plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen easily seats eight. We are buying a wooden outside table and chairs which is a good idea, thank you. I apologize again for the barbecue, which I tried to address the day after your arrival by visiting you at the bungalow. That was an oversight which should not have happened.
I feel we got off on the wrong foot on arrival when you expressed disappointment at the non-availability of a phone and an internet connection in the house, which the website plainly states are not there. I advised you on arrival that I was a phone call away and I came to see you the day after that. I would gladly have addressed any issues you had to make your stay as comfortable and happy as possible.
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