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Guard House Cottage

Seatown, Dorset
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Beautiful traditional property built in the 18th century just a short stroll to the beach
  • Located between Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon
  • Extensive country and sea views
  • Paved BBQ area for outdoor dining
  • Bedrooms feature Victorian fireplaces and window seats
  • Beautiful character features throughout
Property code: DC062

Wonderful 18th-century former guard house, this traditional cottage is located in an area full of smuggling history.

This 18th-century cottage sits just 50 yards from the beach at Seatown and enjoys spectacular sea and countryside views. Inside, the property has been tastefully renovated to include neutral tones, painted antique furniture and carefully coordinated soft furnishings, while outside a sun-trap terrace has been finished with a BBQ and chiminea for those long summer evenings. When you’re not dining alfresco in the garden, stroll along the fossil-rich shingle beach or tuck into a hearty meal at the local pub (50 yards).

Inside, a delightful lounge is at the heart of this elegant home. With a wood burner for chilly evenings, stylish and plump sofas, Smart TV and door opening onto the terrace, this is a wonderful room in which to spend quality time with family all year round. Next door, a bespoke kitchen displays Annie Sloan painted units, oak worktops and a Belfast sink, while upstairs via winding cottage-style stairs, the timeless bedrooms feature window seats with sea views, upcycled antique furniture and Victorian fireplaces. When the sun is shining, take to the rear terrace for a delicious BBQ surrounded by pretty shrubs. There are two dedicated parking spaces.

Popular among fossil hunters, Seatown Beach is a lovely long stretch of shingle backed by the Ridge cliff. Stroll along the beach itself or set out along the coastal path above towards Thorncombe Beacon (1 mile) and Eype (2.5 miles), with breathtaking views along the way. Just 1 mile inland from Seatown lies the small hilly village of Chideock, home to a popular pub and Post Office, with a farm shop and tea room in neighbouring Morcombelake (2 miles).

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom
  • 1 bathroom and 1 shower room
  • Belfast sink, cooker, fridge, microwave. Dishwasher in utility room and washing machine, drier and freezer in wash house
  • Woodburner (logs/coal included October - end of April; kindling and firelighters not included)
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Rear terrace with seating
  • Wi-Fi
  • Local pub 50 yards, shop 100 yards; beach 50 yards
  • Regret no dogs
  • Smart TV/DVD
  • Steep staircase
  • Regret no children under the age of 5

This property is personally managed by Belinda.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mrs Robinson 20th March 2019

Guardhouse Cottage has a brilliant location - it's quiet and up a steep drive so no traffic noise to disturb you in the very comfortable beds. It has wonderful views of the cliffs and the sea and just a short stroll to the very friendly pub where they offer a varied menu. We were there in March when Storm Gareth raged around us but were perfectly Read morewarm and cosy with the log fire burning in the evenings. Hide

Reviewed by Mr D Youle 30th January 2019

Very comfortable and clean cottage in an outstanding location

Reviewed by Mr Price 7th November 2018

Warm, well-appointed, good view, quiet.

Reviewed by Mr A Dabson 31st August 2018

This is a lovely, old fashioned cottage; with great character and all mod cons. The thickness of the walls (these cottages were built to last) made it lovely and cool on the hot summer days we had for our holiday. There was plenty of room and storage space for all four of us and it was a lovely place to rest and relax.

Reviewed by Mrs J Kilgarriff 31st August 2018

We really enjoyed our stay in this spacious cottage with wonderful views. Would certainly book again if holidaying in the area.

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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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