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Gardener's Cottage - Lyme Regis

Rousdon, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • 19th-century cottage bursting with character sleeping two
  • Ample space to host two canine companions to join you along the coast
  • Make the most of a private beach for the exclusive use of guests of the private estate
  • Strike out on a walk across the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Visit the charming coastal town of Lyme Regis; quite the tourist hot spot
  • Discover the wonderful marine fossil displays of the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum
Property code: DC058

A stunning 19th-century former gardener’s cottage nestled within a private estate offering a wonderful base to explore the beauty of the Jurassic Coastline and picturesque countryside of West Dorset.

Located in the grounds of a private estate, this 19th-century former-gardener's cottage is the ideal hideaway for solo travellers or couples. Spread out across one floor, the property marries traditional themes with homely touches to create attractive, harmonious spaces. With a wide range of pubs and shops in nearby Lyme Regis (3.5 miles), you can choose to enjoy the privacy of your retreat or head into town for a lively atmosphere.

Come in through the front door and step down into the lounge. A bright space full of character, the room has a sofa and two armchairs so you can find the perfect pew. Pick up a book from the shelves, turn on the TV or connect your phone to the Bluetooth speaker and play out some tunes. In an open-plan design, a dining table for two and kitchen adjoin the lounge. Well-equipped with everything you could need, the kitchen is a fully functional space with plenty of appliances and utensils. After a long day sight-seeing, relax with some bubbles in the bathroom’s bath with overhead shower and wrap yourself in a warm towel from the heated towel rail. Later, turn in for the day in the bedroom, home to a double bed and door to outside terrace area. With terraces on three sides of the cottage, you can rotate with the sun throughout the day.

Boasting its very own beach, outdoorsy guests will love making use of this private haven. Accessed via a rugged path less than 1 mile from the property, a steepish descent will take you onto a 500-yard long beach, great for snorkelling in the summer! For cosmopolitan vibes, head to Lyme Regis, the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, and wander past multicoloured beach huts, ice cream in hand. Sidmouth with its red cliffs is 13 miles away.


Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with bath and overhead shower
  • Hob, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Outside seating area and garden
  • Access to a private beach, within 1 mile
  • Central heating included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Garden with seating
  • SkyTV and Bluetooth sound system
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub and shop within 4 miles
  • BBQ available
  • Private beach - please note that access to the beach is a 1 mile walk down a 500ft descent along an uneven path. There are steep steps in places and is therefore not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Regret no children under 3 years old

This property is personally managed by Belinda.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 11 guest ratings

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Reviewed by S 6th September 2019

We really enjoyed our stay at the gardeners cottage on the Rousdon estate. Lovely period cottage set in beautiful grounds.

Reviewed by Samantha 9th August 2019

If you wish to disconnect from the rat race then a few days at Gardens Cottage will be just the medicine. Very quite retreat on the costal path.

Reviewed by O. 26th July 2019

located in a massive park estate and with only a mile walk to the stony beach through rainforest like nature the cottage provides everything for a relaxing holiday. if you are into fossil hunting this is the spot to be.

Reviewed by G 12th July 2019

Lovely quiet location and very near to places of interest. Ideal for two people. All home comforts and nice quality fixtures and fittings. Good cooking facilities

Reviewed by A 31st May 2019

Great cottage in a truly beautiful setting (Victorian estate). We loved the private terrace for al fresco breakfast/lunch/dinner and the peace and quiet of the location. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Ms C Elliott 5th November 2018

Excellent location within walking distance of the coastal path. Warm and cosy cottage, very comfortable bed.

Reviewed by Ms L Cannon 25th October 2018

The drive to the cottage is impressive, private estate sets the holiday off to a lovely start. Very close to a whole selection of seaside villages including Beer and Lyme Regis, you just keep stumbling over another pretty little fishing/seaside village. Easy access to the property, keylock outside, on opening the door, the place is warm, smells lovRead moreely and is immaculately clean. Beautiful little lounge with door to access private walled garden, clearly a gardener has recently been in, think country village garden. Wifi is fine, heating is easy to use, very comfortable, antique quality furniture. Every little thing has been considered. Walk in, grab a dink and you're home from home. Fabulous. Hide

Reviewed by Mr T Bonds 16th October 2018

I would rate it better than good- very good would be fairer. The setting was wonderful- a substantial private country estate including a farm and a private beach (worth the trek) and away from roads. The cottage itself was comfortable, and very well equipped, with the best choice of bad weather entertainment and reading seen for a while. Our dog waRead mores happy here ( and that's not always the case). Hide

Reviewed by Mr N Brewster 10th October 2018

The cottage is in an interesting setting and is reasonably comfortable. However, there is a 'musty' smell when you first enter (masked to some extent by air freshener) and the drawer and cupboard at the end of the kitchen unit does smell of damp. We did have issues with the dishwasher which were explained to you a the time. It would have been usRead moreeful to have a small set of kitchen steps the reach into the cupboards. No sieve in the kitchen utensils. Cooking pots without handles are cumbersome to use. Hide

Reviewed by Mr J Geden 31st August 2018

A wonderful historical cottage, 'Oh to be able to go back in time and see this cottage at it's peak in the 19th Century'?

Reviewed by Mr C Kelly 31st August 2018

Lovely cottage in a peaceful and beautiful location ideally situated for a relaxing getaway

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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