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Beautiful Grade II listed Cottage, private 350 acre estate - Dorset/Devon border

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House nr Lyme Regis, Dorset

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 people offering four double bedrooms (2 ensuite). 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.

Liz Poulson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Perfect! A beautiful, grand building yet warm and welcoming. Luxurious bedding, fluffy towels and the best equipped kitchen we've ever experienced. The estate is breathtaking and my kids loved the beach! Thank you for a wonderful stay, we can't wait to come back!' The Goodleys, Surrey.

'The Rousdon estate is hidden away from everything, a charming place with the grandeur of a period movie set, and Middlemist cottage matches that atmosphere by being beautifully and thoughtfully presented, welcoming, cosy, glamorous and generally everything you could wish for on a birthday weekend. The beach and surroundings are breathtaking and idyllic, and we all had a truly magical weekend. All in all we will definitely be coming back next year!!' Clare R

'More spacious than it looks and more peaceful than I expected. We played on the lawn, in the tree-house and with the board-games, we ate in oyster bars and medieval pubs, we explored all the way down to the ladder to the beach and all the way up
Sep 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lyme Regis in East Devon District

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, WC. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with shower, WC. Bathroom with high level cistern WC, bath. Separate WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size metal frame bed. Bedroom 2 with double metal frame bed. Bedroom 3 with king size wooden sleigh bed (there is also a sofa bed in this room). Bedroom 4 with double metal frame bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The ground floor consists of the lounge with oak flooring and French doors to the garden; the kitchen/diner with oak parquet flooring; the cloakroom (wc) and the utility room leading to a large staircase to the first floor where two bedrooms and the main bathroom are situated. There is also a lounge (with sofa bed) that has stairs leading to a galleried bedroom 3 (and en-suite) and the oak beamed bedroom 4 is on the second floor. ** Please Note ** the sofa bed is effectively in the same room as the Gilpin bed - the sofa bed is in the lounge area and the king size bed is on the mezzanine level. The property is centrally heated. This is a no smoking property and we do not accept pets. Outside: There is an open garden to the back of the property offering access to the estate. There is a barbecue and outdoor furniture for 8 including umbrellas. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are included. If property is booked for longer than a week there will be a weekly clean.


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Beautiful Grade II listed Cottage, private 350 acre estate - Dorset/Devon border
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

Middlemist is a must. The house is very spacious, very well equipped, homely and a great sense of relaxation. Wonderful peaceful setting with things to do close by. Thank you Liz

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Really glad you had a great time and hope we can accommodate you again in the future.
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A Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in cottages on the Rousdon estate before, we thought we knew what to expect - how wrong we were! This is a stunning tardis of a house, much bigger than we expected, beautifully decorated & furnished & exceptionally-well kitted out, particularly the kitchen. And the tree house in the garden was an added, unexpected treat! We would highly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Claire! We hope we can accommodate you again in the future.
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A very special find

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property, excellent facilities in a lovely setting.

What was so good about this property is that everything you could possible need is provided. The owners have put a lot of thought into this. The house was very clean & the furnishings done to a high standard that makes a stay away from home a treat rather than a chore!

We were a mixed party of 3 ladies with our 6 children ranging from 16months to 11 years & they all enjoyed the house, gardens & grounds.

Would highly recommend.

Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are more than welcome!! Very happy you had such a nice time. We aim to please.
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Car: recommended


The estate has exclusive access to a private beach (Charton Bay) which is via a steep, cliff top path (weather permitting) which may not be suitable for the infirm or very young. Public beaches can be found in the neighbouring towns of Lyme Regis and Seaton both within 3 miles of the property.


Nearest airport is Exeter. Nearest train station is Axminster which is approx 7 miles away/15 min car journey.


Lyme Regis and Seaton are both approx 3 miles away. Exeter is approx 30 miles. The area is full of wonderful fishing villages and small towns all within easy reach.

Further Details:

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 the River Cottage Canteen and shop, and also offers a sports complex with a swimming pool and other facilities.

It is an area to explore on foot along the South West Coast pathway. Go fishing 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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid Season
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season
4 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Peak Season
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £350

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Friday but other options are available if the property has not been rented. Just ask!

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
High season bookings are for full weeks, shorter bookings may be available for low and mid season, please ask for dates and prices - shortest booking is for 2 nights. **PRICING STRUCTURE IS NOT CORRECT ON THIS WEBSITE - WE CHARGE ON A SLIDING SCALE HENCE THE LONGER YOU STAY THE CHEAPER IT BECOMES - PLEASE ASK US DIRECTLY FOR PRICES**

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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