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A beautiful manor house on the glorious Dorset coast for 22

Bedrooms 11
Separate WC's1
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Manor House in Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset, England - Peaceful Location, 20 Minutes Walk To The Beach At Eype Or Westbay, Glorious Countryside

Behind Symondsbury Manor’s mellow stone walls and mullioned windows lies a surprising discovery: a fresh, creative interior full of colour and playful charm. The atmosphere of this special place always makes for a great house party.

Up to 22 friends and family can spread across 11 bedrooms, sleeping in plump beds under white linen. Light streams into the huge open-plan living space where everyone can gather comfortably together to eat, drink and generally celebrate.

Throughout the house, there are interesting pictures, books, vintage furniture and hand printed wallpapers at every turn. Outside, there’s a couple of acres or more of gardens and orchard to explore, with chandeliers in trees and a croquet set to unpack. Beyond the old stone garden walls is the picture perfect thatched village of Symondsbury, with welcoming pub, shop and café.

Travel just a mile and you meet the sea. Along this stretch of the Dorset Jurassic coast, there are spectacular walks along cliff tops and beaches, plus fossil hunting too. A mile in the other direction takes you to bustling Bridport, famed for its street market of antiques, artisanal craft and local produce. The location of this magical house could not be more perfect.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Hitchin
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

I just wanted to thank you both so very much for making my wedding day so special.

The manor looked stunning and I couldn't have had a more beautiful venue for my wedding day.

It did not matter about the poor weather, because the panelled room looked majestic and the rain brought everyone together. Lindsay, thank you so much for all your kindness in making those beautiful flower arrangements upstairs, it was really thoughtful of you, I loved them! and thank you for accommodating all the Gales coming to choose their bedrooms.. I realise that was a little demanding of your time, so thank you for being so hospitable and flexible with them.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Bridport in Symondsbury

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Four of the double bedrooms are en-suite, one twin room is en suite, and then there are an additional four bathrooms.
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 22 (plus 2) in 11 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Six double bedrooms with ornate or four poster beds, all large. Five twin bedrooms (but they can be joined to make doubles). One bedroom on ground floor for easy access to garden.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Manor has plenty of space for children to have fun and for adults to enjoy one another's company in a relaxing ambience. The huge garden can be used for croquet and also has a permanent barbecue. A most attractive kitchen provides room for lots of people to cook together and a huge dining table seats everyone comfortably. The Manor House itself is a mixture of styles dating back to the sixteenth century. It is in a lovely position behind the village church and a 2 minute walk to a thatched pub with roaring fires, local ales and home cooked food. There is an air of relaxation and calm about Symondsbury which has endeared it to our many repeat visitors.The house has featured on television and film, and many actors and celebrities have come back to stay with friends here. The Manor has a unique charm. Outside: A front garden large enough for weddings and a big marquee and for croquet. A very large rockery and sun terrace facing south. A permanent barbecue. An outside table and benches and various Lloyd Loom type basket chairs. At the rear of the property there is a wild garden with a small orchard, vegetables and chickens. Utility Room: All crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchen cooking equipment is provided. Saucepans, casserole dishes, trays, coffee and tea making equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen is provided and the house is cleaned and all beds are changed and prepared between each visit. Towels are not provided. Other: The rooms are all very attractive and colourfully furnished in interesting style.


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A beautiful manor house on the glorious Dorset coast for 22
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Excellent comfortable fun place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and well equipped. Lovely garden. Fun interior. Thoroughly enjoyed stay.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, quirky, property with bags of room

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a group of photographers for two nights & we had a marvellous time. The Manor is right in the middle of the villiage of Symondsbury and fairly easy to find. The gardens are pretty, even in Winter, and the beaches of Charmouth, West Bay, etc., and the beautiful bride valley are no more than a few minutes away.

The manor itself, while attached to the owners home, feels very seperate & private & you are not overlooked at all. The kichen is really large & had everythng you could need for large party, including 3 fridge freezers.

The main living area is huge, with ample seating both in the dining & lounge areas, and like everything else was completely spotless. The bedrooms were characterful & individual, and the bed I slept in was incredibly comfortable, it was a wrench to leave it of a morning.... The bathroom situation is a little quirky - if having an ensuite per room is a dealbreaker, than this might not be the place for you, but we managed fine. The only teeny criticism I would have would be the lack of decent showers - only one or two perfomed adequately, but the freestanding baths in some of the rooms made up for that :). For us, the quirkyness, the range of art on the walls, and the 'lived in' quality of the manor made it feel very very welcoming, and not like we had to tiptoe around. We made ourselves at home there for the weekend, and very much wanted to stay on. The ping pong table in the ballroom was loads of fun too!

We had a group of 15 ladies staying, and we all fitted in the bedrooms fine. Its worth mentioning that the rooms on the top floor are connected - you need to walk through one double/twin to access the other.

We ate at the Station Kitchen in West Bay on the Sunday for lunch & the food was delicious.

Lindsay & Trudi were fantastic - very friendly & all communication with them was prompt & reassuring.

We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family Weekend

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house with plenty of space for a large group. I booked the house late as the house I had booked was unavailable at the last minute. Jane could not have been more helpful. We all have a lovely weekend as the house had all you could need and the communal areas were spacious and comfortable. My father left behind his kindle and Jane was again very helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend a stay at this beautiful property.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We are one mile from the coast. There are a number of good beaches, some are sandy and others are small coves, all with good swimming. The large beach at Lyme Regis also has windsurfing facilities and lots of activity centres. The local beaches are very good for families. The beach at Burton Bradstock and the one at Seatown has very good restaurants.


The nearest airport is at Exeter or Bournemouth. Both are forty minutes drive away. Car hire is recommended. The nearest train stations are Dorchester South or Axminster, with lines from London Waterloo.


Nearest town is Bridport, a thriving market town known for its art and antiques quarter and street market. It has a good cinema and two theatres; a thriving art scene; literary festivals, a film festival, food festival and the only hat festival in the UK. Also good sports facilities and swimming pools. Charmouth and Lyme Regis are very close for fossil hunting on the beach. Bournemouth and Exeter are both forty minutes by car and have very good shopping facilities and entertainment centres.

Further Details:

Our village has an excellent shop, cafe and lots of makers' workshops. There are three good supermarkets in the nearby town of Bridport but more importantly many good local butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers etc. The Saturday street market includes lots of local food suppliers. 'Celebrity chefs' are thick on the ground, with restaurants run by Mark Hix and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall close by and Bridport often features on River Cottage TV programme). There is a vintage quarter in Bridport, plus lots of antiques in the Saturday street market.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Please visit our website and all the booking details can be found there. Either print it off our booking form from the website or we can post or email it to you. Return of the form, together with a deposit for one third of the total cost of your stay, secures your booking.

Changeover Day:
Usually arrivals are on Fridays but they can be flexible.
£150 Per person for the weekend please enquire for details)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.