The Red Bungalow
About the home
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, 200m|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 200m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|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 seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, 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.
* Strictly no smoking except outside on the verandah or in the garden.
* Strictly no pets.
* An immediate deposit of 25 percent of the rental fee is required to secure the booking.
* The remainder of the rental is payable six weeks in advance of the start of the booking.
* There is a refundable breakages charge of £50 due with the final payment.
* The changeover day is Sunday. Outgoing guests must vacate the cottage by 11am on the morning of departure and incoming guests will be welcome after 5pm. Changeover day only relates to peak holiday season - please enquire.
* If bedding is required, there will be a charge of £8 per person, which includes a bath towel each.
* Swimming towels are not provided.
* Tesco does deliver to the cottage for those who want to do their grocery shopping on-line.
* The cottage sleeps eight people. We cannot cater for more and people sleeping on the floor will not be allowed.
* We ask that the cottage be left in a reasonably clean condition on departure.
The West Country / Dorset 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.
The Charmouth area
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.
How to get there
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* To get to Charmouth from London takes about three and a half hours by car along the A303 to Chard, then Axminster - Charmouth. As you go down Higher Sea Lane, Charmouth,
the road swings to the right. At this point take the track to your left marked 'footpath to the beach'. Take this track,the house is third on the right. Post code DT66SE.
* There is also a train service from Waterloo Station in London to Axminster, six miles from the cottage, from where there is a taxi service. (www.southwesttrains.co.uk)
* Exeter Airport is about an hour away by car or taxi. Flybe (Flybe.com) is a cheap airline to choose and has many routes throughout the British Isles and Europe.
* There is a bus service from Exeter, which goes through Charmouth. The one to catch is the X53 service, which offers spectacular views along the coast road. It costs £6 per adult and £4.50 per child for unlimited travel per day.
* There is also a train service (www.southwesttrains.co.uk) from Exeter to Axminster. The journey from Axminster to the cottage by taxi takes about 15 minutes.
* Or you can hire a car at Exeter Airport. Avis offers a service from there (www.avis.co.uk).
* Local taxis are: Matt's Cabs - 01297 442222. Your calls will be forwarded to his mobile.
Axminster Taxis -01297 34000
BJ's Taxis - 01297 35007
Activities near Charmouth
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
19 Jan 2012
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
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... more
24 Aug 2011
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.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|September||3 Sep 12||17 Sep 12||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Sept October||17 Sep 12||22 Oct 12||£ 700||£ 100||£ 110||Flexible|
|Half term||22 Oct 12||3 Nov 12||£ 800||£ 110||£ 120||Flexible|
|November December||21 Nov 12||23 Dec 12||£ 450||£ 80||£ 100||Flexible|
|Christmas||23 Dec 12||31 Dec 12||£ 800||£ 110||£ 120||Flexible|
|New Year||31 Dec 12||7 Jan 13||£ 1000||£ 130||£ 150||3 Nights|
|January February||7 Jan 13||16 Feb 13||£ 450||£ 80||£ 100||1 Night|
|HalfTerm||16 Feb 13||25 Feb 13||£ 600||£ 100||£ 110||1 Night|
|February March||25 Feb 13||30 Mar 13||£ 450||£ 80||£ 100||1 Night|
|Easter||30 Mar 13||15 Apr 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|April May||15 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 500||£ 90||£ 110||1 Night|
|Half Term/Bank Holiday||25 May 13||3 Jun 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|June||3 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||£ 700||£ 95||£ 115||1 Night|
|July||1 Jul 13||15 Jul 13||£ 900||£ 130||£ 150||1 Night|
|Summer Holidays||15 Jul 13||2 Sep 13||£ 1400||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Sep 13||16 Sep 13||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|September||16 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|October||1 Oct 13||26 Oct 13||£ 700||£ 90||£ 100||1 Night|
|half term||26 Oct 13||4 Nov 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Nov/Dec||4 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 450||£ 70||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||6 Jan 14||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|Jan/Feb||6 Jan 14||15 Feb 14||£ 450||£ 80||£ 100||2 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
The owner's weekend rates apply to Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
NB:Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion
The minimum stay in the house is three nights.
20% discount for only two adults staying.
Energy costs are included.
Bed linen and bath towels are provided at £8 per person.
There is refundable breakages charge of £50 due with the final payment.
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