Rousdon Estate holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and walking and fireplace


from £480 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:


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from £480 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 98316

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Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • 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
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Nearest beach 30 minute walk for private beach or 3 mile drive to Lyme
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 Fireplace, 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
Furniture Double Beds (4), Sofa Beds (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 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!

Rousdon Estate

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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Review 1-10 of 18

7 Jan 2012


"Christmas 2011"

Fantastic Christmas week at Middlemist, facilities and home from home comforts allowed all of us, from the youngest at 18 through to the oldest at 68 to have an excellent time. Plenty of room (to escape from the confines of 'being together' at Xmas) and 3x bathrooms to make sure no queues to get clean. Great Boxing Day walk (ok trek) to the beach, and nearby Seaton with a fantastic new Tesco store next door to the fun historic electric tramway. Good location, and made even better by being just out of mobile coverage, to escape the World and just chill. Highly recommended

2 Jan 2012


"Cosy, comfortable and peaceful"

We went with extended family for a special birthday. Middlemist was perfect. So well equipped with everything you could hope for. The house was spacious yet cosy with beautiful old features and a fabulous wood burning stove in the lounge for a cosy winter's night in. The kitchen/dining room was fabulous especially if you are eating in every night. The views are lovely from the house and the stars at night were spectacular. Lyme Regis was 5-10 minutes away which hasn't changed much at all since we last visited 25 years ago! I would highly recommend Middlemist for a family get-together or special occasion. Although there were no children in our party I am sure kids would love it as well.

11 Aug 2011



When you see a holiday home on a website you never really know what to expect so when we arrived at Middlemist we were blown away. It's set in the most enormous grounds with lovely walks and its own beach ( not a fossil beach :-( ) but stunning location. It's quite a walk to the beach but worth it. Huge Buzzards flying around and we were very lucky to see some Badgers one evening ( had to sit VERY still). The 3 acre walled garden which is a 5 minute stroll from the house just gives you a small insight into what an incredible estate this was in its heyday. The kitchen was huge with every possible pot,pan and utensil supplied. The bedrooms were lovely. and there was great debate over who should have which one-two have en-suite shower. If you ask my daughter the best bits of staying at Middlemist it would be playing Sardines ( theres so many places to hide as its so big), Swinging on the swing, playing in the treehouse and throwing the ball for the beautiful dogs next door especially Cuba. Lyme Regis is a great place to visit and Middlemist is 5 mins by car. Hix restaurant was amazing well worth a visit.

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