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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.

Enjoy complete privacy as you make the most of your peaceful surroundings whilst being perfectly situated to explore many of the nearby attractions. Head down the cliff path to the estates' beautiful private beach, sitting less than a mile away or venture just 3.5 miles from the cottage to arrive in the picture-perfect coastal town of Lyme Regis. Here you will find a museum and art gallery alongside an abundance of quaint shops and eateries. From here, you can continue along the coast to uncover the fossil-rich cliff sides and sandy beaches. If you’d prefer to venture inland, you are just 13 miles away from the very heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Upon entry into the hall, you’ll discover a welcoming open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area offering bags of character, with many of the cottage’s original features retained including vaulted ceilings and floorboards. The cottage is all on one level. The colourful lounge is home to ample seating, SkyTV and a Bluetooth sound system, so you can unwind in comfort following a day of sightseeing. The well-equipped kitchen comes complete with all the amenities you’ll need to cook up a storm including a dishwasher, before sitting down in the cosy dining area to enjoy homecooked meals. Across the hall sits a restful double bedroom, complete with soft furnishings for a peaceful night’s sleep and a door to the terrace. Next door is the spacious bathroom boasting a bathtub with shower overhead.

There’s much to be enjoyed outside also. From the pretty terrace, make your way up the 11 steps to reach the well-maintained walled garden complete with patio seating area. Fire up the BBQ and enjoy afternoons in the sun during the summer months or throw down a picnic blanket and lose yourself in a good book. Furthermore, guests of the estate have access to a private beach located 1 mile away; a real treat to be appreciated. The cottage offers off-road parking.


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
  • Children over the age of 3 years old welcome

This property is personally managed by Jennifer.

Guest comments

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.

Dorset, a location of enduring popularity is a small rural gem of a county encompassing all of the best parts of rural England: rolling green hills, woodland and hedgerows abundant with flora and fauna running down to the sea yet situated just 3 hours from London and the South East.

The whole coastline from Exmouth to Poole has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Known as the Jurassic Coast, it is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status and offers unspoilt views with dramatic cliff-top walks alongside beautiful, safe, sandy beaches which often welcome your four-legged friends too. From the dramatic natural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland; Dorset has it all.

This South West county is also a treasure trove of secrets waiting to be discovered. Having grown out of the landscape out of the centuries, many of Dorset’s small rural towns expose history at every turn to inform and delight guests, whilst for the more energetic, footpaths and cycle-ways open up to reveal Dorset’s hidden secrets and the coast is always close at hand for those who love the water.

Why not head to Lyme Regis – classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much like most of West Dorset to uncover an old-world ambience and excellent fossil hunting or discover the drama of Lulworth with the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Dorset’s towns and villages ooze quintessential charm and are graced by fine buildings which have often been immortalised in Thomas Hardy’s books, including Dorchester – his birthplace. Wherever you choose to stay, you are never far from the fascinating Jurassic Coast and World Heritage Coastal Path.

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