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.