Cottage / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • 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 beautifully refurbished, early 16th cent., Grade II listed, a comfortable and elegant family house decorated and furnished to a high standard. Steps from a courtyard to large, enclosed and perfectly private, beautifully landscaped walled garden with plenty of grass and sitting-out areas (picnic tables, barbecue).

Two steps up from tiled hall to study/playroom with original flagstone floor, comfy seating and French windows to 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 a 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 singles; a single; and a twin which is also accessible from the back stairs. Family bathroom (bath, separate shower, washbasin) and loo in original Victorian water closet. 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.

Owner pays for public car park from 28 July to 4 September. Arrival after 4pm. Damages Deposit £300. A wonderful, owner loved and cared for property, an excellent base for exploring this delightful area at any time of year.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Property is within 1 mile of a sandy beach
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
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (6), Cots (2)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users
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. Owner pays for public car park from 28 July to 4 September

The Dorset region

West Dorset is Thomas Hardy country: chalk downs (sheep, yew-tree woods, marbled white butterflies and a carved giant) and chalk cliffs (over which Gabriel Oak's sheep cascaded in 'Far From the Madding Crowd' and below which Sergeant Troy left his clothes at Durdle Door) and thatched stone cottages with exuberant flower gardens.

It is great bowls and vales of tree-speckled farmland, magnificent when viewed from wooded hill-tops, some with ancient forts. Country houses in their own valleys remind one of Downton or Brideshead. Time-forgotten villages make you want to stay forever – their unusual double-barrelled names (like the one and only Whitchurch Canonicorum) are just as memorable.

Hunting fossils on west Dorset beaches is one of life's simple pleasures which should be on every bucket list; try your luck at Lyme Regis or Charmouth. Climb the dome of Golden Cap near Chideock for magnificent views of the 'Jurassic Coast' and visit the extraordinary 18-mile long Chesil Beach of pebbles which regularly wrecked sailing ships and shelters Abbotsbury and its swannery. West Bay, long enjoyed as a family seaside destination, has recently found new fame in the TV drama, Broadchurch.

Portland is famous for its views, stone and Bill and beautiful Lulworth Cove gave its name to a butterfly. At Weymouth, with its handsome seafront, King George III made bathing machines popular, now updated to Olympic sailing facilities. Sherborne is Dorset's best looking small town and at Tyneham (which you can visit) 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: 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.