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The Old Rectory

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

8 reviews


£2,340 - £3,300

Full Weeks

£3,300 - £4,500







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

Sleeps up to 29 in 11 bedrooms with 9 bathrooms. Weekends from £2,340 to £3,300, full weeks from £3,300 to £4,500. For shorter stays please enquire.

If fully occupied, price per person per night is usually between £16 and £38.

  • Countryside Walks
  • Self Catering
  • Snooker or Table Tennis
  • WiFi
  • Working Fireplace


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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3 months 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.

5 months 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!!

1 year ago

Lovely house and a very enjoyable stay.

1 year 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.

2 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!

3 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.

4 years ago

Reboot Camp love love love you guys!!

4 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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House History

The house was a serving rectory until 1951, when it passed into private hands. The building itself dates back to 1730, although two wings were added in 1814. Symondsbury's rectory is thought to be one of the largest and most impressive rectories in the country, and at one time, the rector ran his own pack of hounds (the kennels can still be seen). Guests are encouraged to behave well whilst staying...else face the dungeon, built into the wine cellar!

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