Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

set back from the main street in Charmouth and about 7 minutes' walk from the beach, The Old Manor House is a beautifully and carefully refurbished, early 16th cent., Grade II listed building. Inside, it has been decorated and furnished to a high standard and is a lovely, comfortable and elegant family house. Two steps up from tiled hall to study/playroom with original flagstone floor, comfy seating and French windows to a courtyard. Down 2 steps to living room with sash windows and window seat, TV/DVD/video, iPod dock, good fabrics and huge fireplace (woodburner) with beautiful carved lintel dating from 1580. From the study, 2 steps up to dining room with big oak table, woodburner and beams. Partially separated from the dining room, well-equipped fitted kitchen (two dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer, large range-style cooker/gas hob, iPod dock). Step up to utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, sink) and door to courtyard. On the other side of the hall, good-sized snug with TV/DVD, pool table, games. At the back of the house, shower-room (suite) and cloakroom area - ideal for brushing off sand and storing buckets/spades.

Wide, easy stairs (stairgates) up to large landing with window seat and four carefully decorated bedrooms – a double (6' bed) with ornate fireplace (ornamental); one with three single beds; a single; and a twin which is also accessible from the back stairs. Family bathroom (bath, separate shower, washbasin) and separate loo in the original Victorian water closet. A second flight of steep, narrow stairs (stairgates) twists up from the dining room to the fifth bedroom – a comfortable double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite with walk-in-shower) and, across the tiny landing, a door to the twin room, making this ideal as a family suite.

Outside steps from the courtyard lead to a big, enclosed and perfectly private, landscaped walled garden with plenty of grass and sitting-out areas (picnic tables, barbecue).

Parking permits provided from 29 July to 5 September. Arrival after 4pm. Damages Deposit £300. A wonderful, owner loved and cared for property, a perfect base for exploring this delightful area at any time of year. 

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Games room
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (2)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4.5 star.

Further details outdoors

Outside steps from the courtyard lead to a big, enclosed and perfectly private walled garden with plenty of grass and sitting out areas (picnic tables, barbecue).

Parking is on a busy road or in a public car park. Parking permit provided in High Season.

Further details

Pets are welcome subject to arrangement with the owner and there may be a charge. Please contact the agent for details.

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4.5 star.

Damages Deposit £300.

The West Country region

Dorset: is chalk downs (sheep, yew-tree woods, marbled white butterflies and a carved giant) and chalk cliffs (over which, in Far From the Madding Crowd, Gabriel Oak's sheep cascaded and below which Sergeant Troy left his clothes at Durdle Door) and chalk streams (trout fishing) and dark-thatched stone cottages with exuberant flower gardens. It is great bowls and vales of green tree-speckled farmland looking magnificent from wooded hill-tops, some with ancient forts; and country houses in their own valleys, reminding one of Brideshead; and lots of double-barrelled village names often beginning with Winterbourne or ending with Abbas and the one and only Whitchurch Canonicorum. It is fossil-filled cliffs (and hunting them on the beaches below) by Lyme Regis (French Lieutenant's Woman) and Charmouth, and the dome of Golden Cap near Chideock, and the extraordinary 18 mile long Chesil Beach of pebbles which regularly wrecked sailing ships, enclosing a lagoon which inspired Moonfleet (about smugglers) and shelters Abbotsbury and its swannery; and it is Portland (its views, stone and Bill), and Thomas Hardy, Egdon Heath and the lanes that Tess plodded, and Lulworth Cove which gave its name to a butterfly. Weymouth (with still handsome seafront and sandy beach where King George III made bathing machines popular, and now with Olympic sailing facilities) and Poole (huge natural harbour full of boats and Brownsea Island with red squirrels). Sherborne is its best looking small town. At Tyneham, Army occupation has caused an unintentional sanctuary for wild flowers, birdsong and friendly (mostly) insects. The whole Dorset coast is called a 'World Heritage Coastline'.

Charmouth

Charmouth: large old coastal village (shops, PO, pubs, church) and the 'Jurassic Coast' cliffs (World Heritage Site) famous for fossils. Long sandy/pebble beach. Lyme Regis (seaside/harbour town, sand, good fish restaurant), 2 miles. Golf nearby. Bridport (market town), 7 miles; Axminster (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's café, rail connection with Waterloo), 6 miles; River Cottage HQ (regular events), 4 miles. Beautiful, wooded country inland. Good walks.