About the home
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|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|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 bathroom and 2 en suites|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (4), Dining seating for 9, Lounge seating for 9|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ|
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.
Occupancy runs from Friday to Friday (unless otherwise agreed), arrival is from 2.30pm, 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.
Refundable breakages deposit of £350 required which will be refunded within two weeks of departure (subject to satisfactory property inspection)
The West Country / Dorset 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!
The Lyme Regis / Rousdon Estate area
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.
How to get there
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From the East - take the A303 to Crewkerne. Take the signs to Axminster through to Musbury and then follow the sign to Rousdon (left turn), OR from Lyme Regis follow the coast road out of the town and Rousdon is approximately 2 1/2 miles on the left.
The nearest station is Axminster which has trains direct from Waterloo (through to Exeter). It is a 15 minute car journey from Axminster to Rousdon.
The X53 bus stops outside the main gates every two hours or so and goes to Exeter, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth.
Activities near Lyme Regis
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
01 Feb 2013
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... more
08 Jan 2013
A group of 10 friends and I rented Middlemist for 5 days over the New Year weekend.
Absolutely stunning property. The photos are accurate and each bedroom is unique. Large,... 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... more
13 Nov 2012
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... more
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|Prices for group size 8|
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|Low Season||25 Feb 12||30 Mar 12||£ 975||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||30 Mar 12||30 Jun 12||£ 1270||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||30 Jun 12||8 Sep 12||£ 1700||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||8 Sep 12||26 Oct 12||£ 975||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||26 Oct 12||3 Nov 12||£ 1270||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||3 Nov 12||22 Dec 12||£ 975||-||-||1 Week|
|HIgh Season||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 1740||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||5 Jan 13||8 Feb 13||£ 985||-||-||2 Nights|
|Mid Season||8 Feb 13||23 Feb 13||£ 1280||-||-||2 Nights|
|Low Season||23 Feb 13||29 Mar 13||£ 985||-||-||2 Nights|
|Mid Season||29 Mar 13||29 Jun 13||£ 1280||-||-||2 Nights|
|High Season||29 Jun 13||7 Sep 13||£ 1710||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||7 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 985||-||-||2 Nights|
|Mid Season||26 Oct 13||9 Nov 13||£ 1280||-||-||2 Nights|
|Low Season||9 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 985||-||-||2 Nights|
|High Season||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 1750||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Payment via BACS is preferred but will accept cheques.
Confirmation will be sent out once monies have cleared.
Refundable security deposit of £350 required with final balance payment
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