House / 11 bedrooms / sleeps 30

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Old Rectory is a very fine Georgian grade II*country house. It is set in grounds of about one and a half acres with large lawns and flower gardens to the east and south. Beyond the gardens is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downland. The decor of the house is in keeping with its period and we have tried to marry comfort with the atmosphere of a traditional country rectory. The building lends itself to weekend houseparties in a genuine and unspoilt Dorset village. Both William Barnes and Thomas Hardy were regular visitors to Symondsbury and we like to feel that they would be pleased to see how familiar the house has remained. The house has most of its original features including flagstone floors, open fireplaces, oak and pine floorboards, baize door coverings and a fine central staircase ascending through three floors. The beds all have duvets, pillows and linen. Children are of course very welcome. Catering for house parties can be arranged if required, with exceptionally good local catering organisations, one of which was started by a chef from The River Cafe and Moros Restaurant. There are a number of good supermarkets in Bridport and the Tesco's in nearby Dorchester will deliver.

Size Sleeps up to 30, 11 bedrooms
Rooms 11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms, 4 en suites and 3 shower rooms
Nearest beach West Bay 2 km
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Dorchester 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (8), Sofa Beds (4), Single Beds (6), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 22
Other Linen provided, High chair available
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Being a large country house, the very spacious accommodation comprises eleven double bedrooms; four with super king size six-feet wide "boat beds", one with king size four-poster, three antique standard doubles and three twin-bedded rooms, two en-suites, two bathrooms, and three shower rooms. Three of the bedrooms have wash handbasins. Combined, the bedrooms can accommodate up to twenty six guests (or more if you wish to bring travel cots and/or blow up beds). If there are more than 22 of you we can arrange for the extra futon/single beds to be readied. There are also a number of good local Hotels and Bed and Breakfast facilities nearby, and in the village, if you want to have a larger party than can be accommodated at the house. There is a very large drawing room with grand piano, seating on comfy leather sofas and armchairs and a 55 flat screen LED television with full the Sky package and a dvd/bluray player. The dining room adjacent to the verandah seats twenty-four plus. There is a library with quarter-size billiard table and table top ping-pong, and a breakfast room. The kitchen has two electric ovens with a gas hob and an electric hob (both hobs have four rings),a microwave, two large fridges and a freezer, a dishwasher, an automatic washing machine, kitchen equipment, and cutlery and crockery for twenty-eight guests.

Further details outdoors

It is set in grounds of about one and a half acres with large lawns and flower gardens to the east and south, very suitable for knockabout tennis games. Beyond the gardens is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downland. There is a beautiful Georgian verandah overlooking the garden, which is perfect for barbeques and/or a relaxing drink.

The England region

This entire area of Dorset is designated as being of outstanding natural beauty and is ideal for long walks. It lies on the Jurassic coast, which is a world heritage site renowned for its fossils and wonderful cliff formations. The house lies about a mile and a half from the sea and there are a variety of beaches to choose from.


Bridport, the nearest town, is a mile and a half away and has large street markets twice a week, selling fruit and vegetables, antiques and bric-a-brac. Activities in the local area include walking, horse riding, go-karting, paint balling, hang gliding, golf/pitch and putt and sailing/fishing to name a few. There is a wide choice of restaurants and good pubs including one in Symondsbury only 100 metres from the house.