A beautiful self catering holiday lodge on the Dorset Heritage Coast with access to a private beach.
Set in an enviable position amidst the peaceful grounds of Rousdon Estate in Dorset, this traditional self catering holiday lodge sits within its own private garden, is a short walk from the estate's private beach on the Jurassic Coast, has access to the coastal path, and has a log fire for all year round appeal.
The Lodge sleeps six. All the bedrooms have views over the garden or out onto open fields and are comfortably furnished in traditional style. This is a great place to unwind, search for fossils and fish on the beach just a short walk away, or explore the many coastal walks and the famous undercliff.
Located at the end of a country lane, with a good degree of privacy, well away from any major roads, the Lodge never the less has good access to surrounding attractions. Lyme Regis with its interesting shops and cafes is only ten minutes drive away. At the coastal villages of Beer and Branscombe you can buy fresh fish to barbecue back at the house or book yourself onto one of Harry May's deep sea or mackerel fishing trips from Lyme Regis and catch your own! There are also good traditional country pubs at Axmouth and Marshwood and a local Country Hotel serving lunch and dinner which is a five minute walk through the estate.
Of the many lovely beaches on the coast, the beach on the estate is the quietest with only residents (and guests) having access. It’s an interesting fifteen minute walk down to the undercliff, with a Victorian summerhouse off to the left. But if you prefer you can drive down the bumpy path as far as the pump house, and then take the steps down to the beach. Bear in mind that the steps though maintained by the estate can be challenging and may not be suitable for very young children. Once at the head of the cliff you can also take the National Trust paths and explore the undercliff walk.
This is the perfect base to explore Dorset and Devon with many lovely popular seaside towns just waiting to be explored such as: Bridport; Weymouth; Otterton; Branscombe; Beer; Lyme Regis; Salcome and Sidmouth. There are also numerous attractions and places of interest to visit.
Roger Planer joined Independent Cottages in May 2008
In brief, the Lodge comprises of a large sitting room with wood burner, spacious dining room with log fire, three large bedrooms; one double bed and two twins. There are no low beams here, just high ceilings and plenty of character.
Outside: There is a large mature garden bordered by trees, a table and chairs. The lodge is on the eastern edge of the Rousdon estate, built by Sir Henry Peake in 1868 around the Peake mansion (300m down the path). Solidly built in brick and flint, it has a tile-hung façade and stone mullion windows. It borders a gate and bridle path, still in use by riders and walkers. The house is link attached over the bridle path to East Lodge South.
Additional information: The house has gas central heating with radiators in every room. There is parking for two cars adjacent to the house.