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Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Middlemist is a Grade II listed corner courtyard cottage, situated adjacent to the stately mansion house in the heart of Rousdon, an exclusive 350 acre private estate set atop the Devon and Dorset Jurassic coastline.

This beautifully restored and spacious dwelling can comfortably accommodate 8 (with the option of another 2) people offering four double bedrooms (2 en suite) and a sofa bed. With its flint stone walls and exposed beams, traditional decoration but with all modern appliances it offers a truly wonderful setting from which to explore nature or simply relax with some rooms offering distant sea views.

Guests have access to the surrounding countryside and the half mile stretch of private beach perfectly fulfilling those with a sense of adventure as access to the beach is via a steep (but safe) cliff top path.

Rousdon is just a few miles from 'the pearl of Dorset' Lyme Regis renowned for its fossil hunters treasure trove and famous for its Cobb, setting for the opening scene of The French Lieutenants Woman and close to Axminster home of River Cottage.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach 15 minute walk
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 50 km, Nearest railway: Axminster 11 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (4), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Front door enters into the hallway with hall stand (4 umbrellas) and settle leading to:-

The Lounge - oak flooring with rug; wood burning stove: chandelier; TV with DVD and digibox (freeview); selection of games and books; phone for incoming calls only; french doors leading to the garden (situated at the back of the property)

The Downstairs Cloakroom - high level cistern WC

The Kitchen/Diner - open plan with oak parquet flooring; Bosch dishwasher; Bosch double electric oven; Smeg hob; microwave; fridge freezer; 2 sinks (one in island); radio/CD; ipod speakers with dock; Japanese oak table and matching chairs; church pew, *PLEASE NOTE all cleaning products are provided* leading to:-

Utility Room - washing machine; dryer; iron & board

Hallway & Stairs leading to:-

Bathroom - Victorian roll top, claw footed bath; high level cistern WC

Bed 1 (Landseer) - Conran king-size metal four poster bed with en suite shower room [cot bed with mattress and bedding in wardrobe]; hairdryer; digital clock/alarm

Stairs leading to Bed 2 (Herring) - Double iron bedstead; exposed wooden beams; digital clock/alarm

Bed 3 (Tait) - Double iron bedstead; hairdryer

Bed 4 (Gilpin) - Lounge area - with leather sofa bed (hence another two could be accommodated - but bedding isn't provided for this) and 2-seater sofa; extendable table and four chairs; TV with DVD/Video player and digibox (freeview); views to the sea in the distance and wooden stairs leading to:-

Kingsize wooden sleigh bed; exposed wooden beams; small en suite shower room. ** PLEASE NOTE ** the sofabed is effectively in the same room as the Gilpin bed - the sofabed is on the lower floor in the lounge area and the kingsize bed is up on the mezzanine level. There is no door!

Further details outdoors

There is a car park to the front of the courtyard.

The BBQ is in the open garden which is behind the property accessed via the lounge french doors.

As the estate is private, traffic is minimal and is perfect for walking, bike riding and exploring.

Further details

Occupancy runs from Friday to Friday (unless otherwise agreed), arrival is from 3pm, vacating by 10am.

Short breaks may be considered for any date if the property is not rented. Just ask!

A further two could be accommodated due to the sofabed in the upstairs lounge, bedding isn't provided for this, please state at booking if it is required.

Payment by online transfer preferred but cheques accepted.

The West Country region

Rousdon can be found sitting on the borders of Devon and Dorset and although quiet and private is close to many popular attractions and quaint villages and towns. Being part of the Jurassic Coast (and a World Heritage Site) there are many opportunities to go fossil-hunting at Lyme Regis (which is also home to Dinosaurland) and Charmouth.

Axminster is about a 15 minute drive away, home to TVs River Cottage, and also offers a sports complex with a swimming pool and other facilities. It is a wonderful area to explore on foot along the West Coast pathway

Go fishing and see the quarry caves in Beer; see the forge in Branscombe; travel the tram at Seaton; visit Jacob's Ladder beach at Sidmouth; grab a cream tea or pub lunch almost anywhere!

Lyme Regis

Rousdon is one of the smallest parishes in England. There is a social club just outside the main gates of the estate and a small general shop and garage. The Dower House hotel is a minute in the other direction has a bar and restaurant and the Orchard Hotel is opposite the main gates.

Charton Bay is the beach (exclusive to the estate) and access is via a steep, cliff top path (weather permitting) which may not be suitable for the infirm or very young. The public beaches of Lyme Regis and Seaton are within a few miles.

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24 Jun 2014


"Fantastic family accomodation"

Beautifully situated on the Rousdon Estate just 5 miles from Lyme Regis. Comfortably sleeps 8, well appointed kitchen and living areas finished to a high standard makes this accommodation the perfect… More

12 Jun 2014


"A Hidden Gem"

Having stayed in cottages on the Rousdon estate before, we thought we knew what to expect - how wrong we were! This is a stunning tardis of a house, much bigger than we expected, beautifully decorate… More

8 Apr 2014


"Truly wonderful property and surroundings"

Just returned from a weekend at Middlemist, spent with friends to celebrate a 40th birthday. The house excelled in every way, the video on the website shows Middlemist as a very special elegant prope… More

30 Oct 2013


"Exactly the treat we'd hoped for!"

We stayed at Middlemist in October to celebrate my daughter's 30th birthday and my wife's 50th. It was a special occasion so we decided to pay a bit more for somewhere special. Middlemist wa… More

26 Oct 2013



We stayed with our 3 young children and their grandparents. The house is really well looked after with the estate setting is magical.… More

20 Oct 2013


"Just perfect"

Stayed here with a group of 8 friends to celebrate knowing each other for 15 years. The house was amazing, perfect and so well equipped. V comfy beds, loads of space, v warm and a fabulous location. C… More

8 Sep 2013


"A very special find"

A wonderful property, excellent facilities in a lovely setting. What was so good about this property is that everything you could possible need is provided. The owners have put a lot of thought into t… More

1 Feb 2013


"Relaxing cosy weekend with friends"

Booked Middlemist for a weekend break for me and 7 friends - all ladies, all mums. We loved the spacious accommodation, the well equipped bathrooms, the fantastically well equipped kitchen, the log bu… More

8 Jan 2013


"Truly beautiful house and wonderful stay"

A group of 10 friends and I rented Middlemist for 5 days over the New Year weekend. GoodAbsolutely stunning property. The photos are accurate and each bedroom is unique. Large, comfortable living room… More

Apologies for the house being dusty, unfortunately (and unusually) at Xmas our housekeeper was on her own and it's a large house to get ready in just a few hours for the following party. Plus there seem to be many more spiders around this year!! Thank you for letting us know, we will be mindful of this in the future.
Also, for future guests information - the house is advertised as sleeping 8 which it does comfortably, the sofa bed is used on the odd occasion that there is a party of 10 and we do make it clear that it is in the lounge of the bedroom that is galleried (the video on the website makes it even clearer); and our guest is right, the house is not suitable for certain disabled guests and is not advertised as such, especially for those in wheelchairs and/or with walking problems due to the cobbles; stone stairs up to the house and steps and stairs within the house. We wish this was not the case but it is!

13 Nov 2012


"A wonderful place to stay"

Our family of adult children, partners and grand children all enjoyed a fabulous week (half term) in this lovely house. The furnishings, equipment and facilities were all first class, complete with c… More

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