Far reaching rural views towards Hardy’s Monument
Visit the stunning Jurassic Coast
The harbour at Lyme Regis
Stroll along the beachfront promenade in Lyme Regis
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Hardy's View Lodge

Dorchester (3mls NW), Dorset
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

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  • Set high up in the Dorset downs, a mile from the nearest main road with far reaching rural views towards Hardy’s Monument
  • Enjoy the network of countryside walks from the doorstep with breath taking scenery direct from the property
  • A great base to enjoy visiting the seaside resorts of West Bay, Lyme Regis and Weymouth
Property code: 80513

Sitting elevated in the Dorset downs in a majestic position overlooking the Frome Valley. A quirky layout gives for a unique stay with large open areas, snooker room, tower, open fireplaces all with magnificent views.

This rural property is set in a small coppice containing wild fruits and flowers, commanding spectacular views south towards the coast. Dorset's beautiful landscape of rolling chalk downland affords wonderful walking, with footpaths direct from the property. The area offers a wealth of pretty villages, sandy beaches and a coastline which has World Heritage status. The towns of Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil are easily accessible and there are many National Trust properties to visit. Visit the nearby seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, or venture slightly further to Lyme Regis or the harbour town of West Bay. There are many attractions including Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Monkey World, Hardy’s Cottage and Abbotsbury Swannery. For fishing enthusiasts, guests can arrange with the owner to fish on the privately owned four mile stretch of the River Frome or the fishing lake which is a short drive.

From the moment you step through the porch you will be struck by the character of the property, which was originally a shooting lodge. The impressive entrance hall/snooker room has flagstone flooring, exposed stone walls, a huge fireplace with open fire, beams, and a 3/4-sized snooker table. The main living area is a large open-plan room with traditional dining table with plenty of seating facing a large inglenook fireplace with open fire. The focal point of this room is the large 42 candle chandelier (oil filled candles pre filled on your arrival) and TV. From the main living area step down into ‘The Admiral’s Well’ a circular snug area at the base of the tower. Head up the spiral staircase to the tower which really captures the spectacular views. The kitchen is perfect to try out some new recipes or cook some old family favourites. It has a gas oven and hob, microwave, two fridges, a freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Leading from the kitchen is the first of the four bedrooms a super-king-size zip-and-link (which can be made into a twin on request at the point of booking) with dual aspect windows and an en-suite shower and WC. Walking back into the hall/snooker room there is a separate WC. Completing the ground floor accommodation is the second bedroom a super-king-size zip-and-link (which can be made into a twin on request at the point of booking) with en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bath, separate walk in shower and WC. Heading up the stairs to the third bedroom a twin room with en-suite shower and WC. The final galleried bedroom has a king-size bed with internal balcony overlooking the snooker room, children to take care. This room has a private bathroom with shower over bath and WC.

To the front of the property with open views towards the coast is a lawned area open to fields beyond. There is a paved patio with outside dining table and charcoal BBQ. An idyllic peaceful area to relax and watch the sun go down with a refreshing beverage. Ample off-road parking is available on the gravelled drive. The lodge is accessed via a private farm track, which is level and firm but not tarmacked.

  • 4 Bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 twin and 2 super-king-zip-and-links (which can be made into twins on request at the point of booking)
  • 1 Bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath, separate walk in shower and WC, 2 en-suite showers and WC’s and 1 separate WC
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Open fire in the lounge and hall/snooker room (first basket of logs included)
  • Snooker room with 3/4-sized table
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Beach 10 miles, shops 4 miles and pub within walking distance
  • Fishing can be arranged direct with the owner, with equipment hire and an instructor
  • Smart TV in the main living area
  • Garden with terrace, seating and charcoal BBQ
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Regret no pets

Belinda Withey

This property is personally managed by Belinda.

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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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