The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory, Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HF

15 reviews


£2,340 - £3,300

Full Weeks

£3,300 - £4,500







A gorgeous, sunny-stoned rectory, deep in the Dorset countryside.

The Old Rectory is a Grade II* listed building, very much gently Georgian in style. It’s suitable for parties of family and friends, either for a jolly holiday, or to celebrate a special occasion. It is also suitable for corporate use, and can be used as a base for art or music workshops, cookery courses or team-building activities.

There are eleven generous bedrooms, two of which have king-size four-posters. One of the rooms has twin beds and there’s a family room with a double bed and three single beds. Six of the bedrooms have en-suites, and there are three shared bathrooms. The house can sleep up to 22 guests (and 7 children).

Downstairs, the reception rooms are large and well-equipped. There’s a large drawing room with a grand piano, and a library that acts as a games room, with ping-pong and a pool table. The kitchen is serviceable, and spacious enough to cater for a full house, and there’s a breakfast room leading off it. There’s also a big dining room, which seats up to 24 guests.

The rectory is set in just under two acres of gardens, and there are wide lawns for games or lounging around. Beyond the garden is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downlands.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“The Old Rectory at Symondsbury has the most extraordinary verandah, taking advantage of a beautiful view towards the sea. The verandah’s original to the house, and conjures thoughts of frock-coated gentlemen taking the brisk morning air. It’s also a lovely place to end the day: quietly, with a dram of something nicely aged.”

About the Location

The Old Rectory is a mile and a half from the closest beach, and a stone’s throw from the village pub in Symondsbury. The nearest towns are Bridport (about a mile) and Lyme Regis (which has a main-line train station).

Things To Do

West Dorset is part of the World Heritage “Jurassic Coast”, where you can walk on the beach, fossil-hunt, surf or kayak. There’s also a local golf course, sea-fishing or cycling. For the horsey types, there’s a local stables and some great hacking.

Symondsbury village makes a great starting point for walks in the area, including up Colmer’s Hill.

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2 months ago

Love this place! A beautiful setting for our upcoming Fitagain'a Well Being evening. Also a great base for a holiday literally on the base of the famous Dorset Landmark Colmers Hill.

1 year ago

We had our wedding ceremony in Bridport town, and spent the night before and the night of the wedding celebrating at the old rectory with most of our 30 guests. The house was so beautiful that we didn't need to spend much time adding decorations. It has all the amenities you would need, and more (like a pool table). All of our guests were stunned by the bueaty of the surrounding countryside, of the house, and of their rooms, and many of them have expressed their desire to visit again. I'm so glad we spent the money to hire this place. Phil, the host, was there to answer any questions we had, but also left us to our own devices when it came to us actually staying. I would highly recommend this place if it's along the lines of what you're looking for.

2 years ago

Amazing house. Stunning location. Loved the huge rooms and plentiful space.

2 years ago

The perfect place for a get together with friends with beautiful surroundings and loads of space. Would recommend to everyone

2 years ago

A beautiful Georgian manor house restored to it's prime with a grand and well designed interior for those lucky enough to enjoy. Symondsbury is a magical place in the heart of luxuriant countryside that is vast & histrionic, each season highlights different facets of this locations treasures. The Old Rectory (formely known as Oakhayes)is one of Symondsbury' s principle houses in the heart of the village. I've had the best memories of my life with my nearest & dearest in this house. I long hope to go back and make more.

2 years ago

Stunning house in a picturesque setting, with a wonderful host. Highly recommended.

2 years ago

We had 27 people here and it comfortably fitted all adults and children in. Highly recommended for a great break with lots of outside space.

3 years ago

We got back yesterday following a week away with a large group of friends and family. This is a perfect house for a group and is particularly good for children, with its large garden! We would recommend staying here to everybody!!

3 years ago

We got back yesterday following a week away with a large group of friends and family. This is a perfect house for a group and is particularly good for children, with its large garden! We would recommend staying here to everybody!!

3 years ago

Lovely house and a very enjoyable stay.

3 years ago

Set in an idyllic Dorset village where time seems to stand still the Old Rectory is an excellent place to stay. The custodians of the house are most amicable and it is quite a spacious and old-fashioned building nestled snugly in some of the most stunning scenery and countryside.

5 years ago

A large group of us stayed here to celebrate a 60th birthday. It is a very quirky place to stay! The rooms all have different themes, I particularly love the Moroccan cave!!!!! We found the kitchen a little small to cater for so many people, but that said, we coped. The staircase is a bit wobbly so be careful if you have kids, also the dining room floor needs a bit of attention. That said, we all had a wonderful time here. The location is superb, try the pub and The Symondsbury Kitchen. Bridport is within walking distance, which had lovely individual shops, go to Snooks the hat shop!

5 years ago

We had a brilliant time with a group of 20 friends for my husbands 40th! The house is amazing with so much character and space. Surrounding area is gorgeous and pub across the road perfect! Recommended.

6 years ago

Reboot Camp love love love you guys!!

6 years ago

Just spent a week here with 23 family members to celebrate a couple of milestone birthdays. We had a fabulous time in a fabulous setting. Highly recommend for any big gathering.

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