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Coastal Manor House In West Dorset Close To The Sea, Bridport And Lyme Regis

Bedrooms 11
Separate WC's1
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 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

Symondsbury Manor has become increasingly popular over the last twelve years and the majority of our guests come from repeat bookings and previous recommendations. We have attracted a large number of celebrities here for their weekend house parties and the house is particularly suited to people with an interest in the Arts. Peter, the owner, also owns the local theatre which is attracting national interest through its ambitious programming. The house is decorated in an interestingly eclectic and colourful style with a large collection of art, hand printed wallpapers and Designers Guild fabrics. The Manor is ideal for weekend house parties and birthday parties or just for a quiet weekend in the country with friends. The area had become famous as a 'foodie' heaven with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Mark Hix's restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The coast here is now a world heritage site and is great for long walks by the sea.

Peter Hitchin
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 July, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We would like to thank you so much for letting us stay at your wonderful house. I had just the best birthday with my dear friends. Everything about your home and garden was perfect.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Bridport in West Dorset District

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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Coastal Manor House In West Dorset Close To The Sea, Bridport And Lyme Regis
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Excellent comfortable fun place to stay

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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: Feb 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 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

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Bridport, West Country

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Mar 2017 - 2 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
3 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £75 per person per night

Booking Notes:
Please visit our website and all the booking details can be found there. Either print ioff 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)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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