Set in an idyllic spot just half a mile from Dorset’s stunning Lulworth Cove, this Grade II listed property is full of character, dates back 400 years and makes a fantastic family holiday home.
Just half a mile from Lulworth Cove, this characterful Grade II listed cottage dates back over 400 years. Formerly The Red Lion Inn, the property was visited by George III in 1802 and now makes a fantastic base for a family seeking to discover Hardy Country, Dorset countryside and the Jurassic Coast. This spacious and welcoming house includes a delightful annexe and is full of charm and original features including exposed beams, curved oak panelling and Purbeck flagstone floors.
The light and attractive lounge features plenty of seating and a wood burner set in a raised fireplace on a Purbeck stone hearth. There’s a cosy snug with curved walls, bench seats, a feature inglenook fireplace and an original meat-curing cupboard. You can share a family meal in the stylish dining room, with steps leading down into the fresh and equipped kitchen. The dining room leads through to the annexe which has a bright and appealing breakfast/utility room, two additional bedrooms with low ceilings and a bathroom. Outside, you can enjoy a meal or a morning coffee on the charming courtyard terrace. There are two pretty terraced lawns, reached via a few steps, with lovely hill views.
With Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole nearby (0.5 miles), you can explore the length of the Jurassic Coast, with highlights including Durdle Door, Man O’ War Beach (both 1.5 miles) and the Lulworth Estate’s Fossil Forest (0.5 miles). Further along are the beautiful beaches at Worbarrow (3 miles), Kimmeridge Bay (8.5 miles) and Ringstead Bay (11 miles). Inland, you can visit Lulworth Castle (2.5 miles), the Tank Museum (6.5 miles) and Monkey World (6 miles). The bustling town of Wareham (9 miles) has a variety of great places to eat and drink, or you could explore the market town of Dorchester (13 miles), famous for its connections with Thomas Hardy.