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Secluded Studio Annex With Hillside Garden Sea & Country Views Close to Beaches

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Modern Studio Annex With Hillside Garden & Sea & Country Views close to beaches

The annexe at West Bullen is a small, but perfectly formed, studio annex that provides comfortable and modern holiday accommodation. It was refurbished and newly furnished in July 2017. It has the most wonderful private hillside garden (which we are extending for summer 2017) sitting under a stunning Scots Pine, with spectacular far reaching views of Charmouth and Lyme Regis. To the right of the garden views over mature pasture. The garden is equipped with everything you need - BBQ, table and chairs and fire pit. There is off-road parking. Dog's are extremely welcome.

It is the perfect place to stay for if you are looking for a great value base from which to explore this wonderful stretch of the Jurassic coast and surrounding countryside, with numerous walks and coastal paths direct from the annexe it is also a perfect location for walkers.

Although quiet and tucked away, the village boasts a farm shop, village post office (offering numerous local services from grocery delivery to newspapers,) good bus routes and easy access to the A35.

If you are a food lover then we are also close to celebrity chef restaurant Hix Fish and Oyster House in Lyme Regis, River Cottage HQ and numerous other excellent country pubs such as The Anchor at Seaton.

More Details

Owner
Louise Roberts
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2018

About Louise Roberts

My family and I recently purchased West Bullen in July of 2016. I grew up in West Dorset and spent most of my summers on Charmouth beach or at Lyme Regis which was a wonderful way to spend your childhood. After 20 plus years in West London we decided that it was the right time to move back home.

Louise Roberts purchased this bungalow in 2016

Why Louise Roberts chose Whitchurch Canonicorum

My family and I recently purchased West Bullen in July of last year. I grew up in West Dorset in a small village about 20 minutes from Morcombelake and spent most of my summers on Charmouth beach or at Lyme Regis which was a wonderful way to spend your childhood. After 20 plus years in West London we decided that it was time to move back home. We viewed West Bullen and fell in love with it immediately. It holds a very special kind of magic. Tucked away up a dirt track it is secluded, peaceful but is still very much a part of the village and the local community.

What makes this bungalow unique

West Bullen as a whole sits on six terraces separated by beautiful old stone walls which nestle into Hardown Hill. It sits at about 600ft above sea level and the views over Charmouth and Lyme Regis bay are breathtaking. You feel as you are literally on top of the world and surveying everything below you. It is south west facing meaning you get to enjoy not only the sun all day but the sunsets which are spectacular. The property is home to a vast number trees and shrubs of all shapes and sizes, and it seems to be ever changing in its spread of colour and character. If you are lucky you'll come across deer in the upper terraces. It is truly a very special place.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Whitchurch Canonicorum in West Dorset District

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En suite shower room, nicely tiled with limestone with wc, sink, mirrored wall cabinet. Fitted with a heated towel rail.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Sleeping area at rear of studio with king-size wooden shaker style bed with oak bedside cabinets and glass lamps, spacious wardrobe and drawers, also skylight with blind. *Note there is also a double sofa bed in the living area which would happily accommodate younger children.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and bed linen included, changed weekly. Property is cleaned weekly.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
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Secluded Studio Annex With Hillside Garden Sea & Country Views Close to Beaches
average rating of 4.25 based on 8 reviews
5

Excellent and we would come again and would recommend to others .

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and warm and comfortable accomdation with beautiful views. Louise and her family very welcoming.myself Richard and the two dogs loved every minute even when the car broke down as louise went out her way to make sure we had a good break. By taking me to the garage where husband ended up with broken car all got sorted in the end. Outstanding stay

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Five stars here reflects the help provided and customer service as we did not stay in the studio

  • 5 of 5

During the week prior to our stay the property suffered from a ventilation issue which caused same damp which had affected the walls.

The owner (Louise) did not wish anything to spoil our visit to Dorset and therefore arranged for us to have alternative accommodation in the area and although at a higher cost covered this completely. Louise further escorted us to the new property and introduced us to the owners.

We did go back to visit Louise later during our holiday to express our thanks and noted work was already underway at the studio and I am sure it will soon be back to its normal standard as reflected in past reviews for the next visitors.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Damp & Moldy

  • 1 of 5

Sad to say this didn't live up to expectations. A damp musty smell as soon as you walked in. Damp patches in corners of walls and around windows. And the cupboard had mold in it. Obviously damp has been a problem for a while. The reason probably to do with the fact that the annex has no control over the heating and lack of ventilation. The radiators only came on only once. At least the towel rail had heat.

I don't like giving bad reviews, but it was what it was. We enjoyed the area but not the accommodation. Sorry.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We value the opinions of our guests and we sincerely apologise that there were issues of cold and damp whilst you stayed. Had I been aware of the issues during your stay I would have addressed them immediately so we could find a solution and rectify the issues. Providing our guests with the best possible hospitality has and always will be our main focus. As soon as we were aware of the problems we took immediate action. Our builder came out to assess the situation as we had not had issues with damp before, which is visible from our past reviews. The builder found no major problems. He felt that it was due to excess condensation caused by a lack of ventilation, although he is unsure why it would suddenly occur. He immediately installed two new ventilation shafts into the annexe one on the front wall and one on the rear in order to create a better air flow through the building. We are also fitting a new extractor fan in the shower room which will automatically go on when you switch on the light on to ensure that it is always properly ventilated whilst guests are showering. With regards to the mould in the cupboard I can only apologise once again. I was not available to carry out your checkin and it is apparent that the cupboard had not been thoroughly checked prior to your arrival which would have flagged up condensation issues. Once again I can assure you than in the future all cupboards will be throughly checked. With regards to the cold the heating is controlled in the main property and during September we put it on as and when at the request of the guests. My sincere apologies that you were obviously not made aware of that on your arrival. We now realise that this is not ideal so we will ensure that the heating is set to turn on automatically whenever the temperature falls below a certain level from the beginning of September through to spring, ensuring that our guests are always warm. This has also been set to 3 times a day morning, midday and evening. We appreciate that sometimes things go wrong, but should we make a mistake, we would always try to rectify it during the guests stay, to ensure that they have a wonderful time and leave us feeling happy and relaxed. Should you wish at any time to return to West Dorset then do please consider us again as we would love the opportunity to put things right.
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Wonderful holiday

  • 4 of 5

Great week in Dorset, the Annexe was a great base for exploring the Jurassic coast. Very comfortable and lovely friendly owner.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent space and location

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time we enjoyed our stay and so did the dogs .

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anita - So glad you had a lovely time .. It was a pleasure having you all here. We hope to see you all again. Best wishes Louise and Family
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Well equipped and great location

  • 4 of 5

Great little apartment, exactly as described. Well equipped tiny kitchen, comfortable sofa and bed and a nice hot shower. Slightly erratic wifi - you might need to stand in the porch to get it to connect.

Louise and family enormously welcoming, and the Dorset Apple Cake didn't last long.

Location is fantastic. Perched on a hill you have glorious walks to the coast or inland straight from the door. We walked to West Bay and Bridport one day, and Lyme Regis the next, catching the bus back on both occasions. Really simple. Buses apparently take dogs for free.

Great farm shops very close too.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
The Clock House Inn, Main Street, Chideock
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Weymouth
Nearest Golf
5.7 Miles
Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Axminster
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
M5
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
The Clock House Inn, Main Street, Chideock
Nearest Beach
2.4 Miles
Seatown Beach
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The South West Coastal Path is less than 2 miles - 30 to 40 mins walk.

The closest beach as the crow flies is at St Gabriel's Mouth, just west of Golden Cap (the highest point on the south coast). It's a beautiful walk of about 40 mins and access is via steep wooden steps.

Charmouth beach is 3 miles, (6 mins drive) - to walk via Stonebarrow hill takes about 1 hour. Charmouth is renound for it's fossils and is a great place to go fossil hunting.

Seatown Beach - 2.4 miles (5 min drive) - Hosts the wonderful Anchor Inn which serves local wines and ales and fresh local produce. The Inn sits on the edge of the beach. The sunsets from here over Lyme bay are a sight to experience.

Eype - 5 miles (10 mins drive). Lyme Regis - 6 miles.

Walking / Hiking

West Bullen nestles into the side of Hardown Hill which is National Trust. There are numerous stunning walks direct from the property which allow much needed time out from driving.

Langdon Hill by Golden Cap provides beautiful walks all year round. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap/trails/langdon-hill-walk

The seaside village of Charmouth, with with its famous fossil beach and Heritage Coast Centre is only 5 minutes drive away or about 50 minutes walk via the coastal path. The beautiful National Trust estate at Golden Cap is within walking distance, as are the pretty villages and rolling countryside around the Marshwood Vale.

Travel:

Exeter airport - 30 miles; 40 mins drive.

Bournemouth Airport - 52 miles; 1hr 20mins drive.

Axminster railway - 9 miles; 15 mins drive; also X31 bus connection to Morcombelake (Ship Knapp stop)

Dorchester South and Dorchester West railway stations - 21 miles; X31 bus to Morcombelake (Ship Knapp stop).

Morcombelake has two regular bus services - X31 from Dorchester to Axminster and X53 that runs from Exeter to Poole.

Having use of a car is not essential but is recommended.

Further Details:

Morcombelake is host to an Award winning farmshop, Felicitiy's, ( http://www.felicitysfarmshop.co.uk/ ) an excellent bakery, at Moores Buscuits, a post office and an Art Gallery.

2 regular bus routes, a short walk away, providing easy access right along the coast from Weymouth to Exeter.

4 major supermarkets as well as multiple banks in Bridport, a short 12 minutes drive away.

While there are several pubs only 5 minutes drive away in Charmouth, Chideock & Seatown, Bridport and Lyme Regis have numerous cafés, restaurants & pubs to choose from. For serious foodies, there is Mark Hix's restaurant in Lyme Regis and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'Canteen' in Axminster. For a spot of glamour and a breathtaking ocean view try The Seaside Boarding House at Burton Bradstock. Happy hour cocktails are served between 5-7pm.

At West Bay (home to Broadchurch!), there are fishing and boat trips, plus for excellent seafood, the "Riverside Restaurant" is a must!

Bridport Arts Centre and The Electric Palace have theatre, music and film.

Dorset arts week is hosted throughout the area every two years and is a must. http://dorsetartweeks.co.uk/

Bridport also hosts it's own arts week annually.

The area also hosts many local artists and photographers. Should you want a guide or tutor to take you out for a day or weekends photography then please ask.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
5th Jan - 8th March
5 Jan 2018 - 8 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£94
for 2 nights
From
£47
£230
£750
 
 
9th March - 29th March
9 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£94
for 2 nights
From
£47
£230
£750
 
 
Easter Hols
30 Mar 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
£300
for 5 nights
From
£60
£350
 
 
13th April -24th May
13 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£162
for 3 nights
From
£54
£270
 
 
25 May 28 June
25 May 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
£320
 
 
Summer 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£440
for 7 nights
£440
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£141
for 3 nights
From
£47
£230
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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