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The Old Rectory

23 reviews
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11 bedrooms
9 bathrooms
30 guests
2 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
The Old Rectory is a very fine Georgian grade II*country house. It is set in grounds of about one and a half acres with large lawns and flower gardens to the east and south. Beyond the gardens is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downland. The decor of the house is in keeping with its period and we have tried to marry comfort with the atmosphere of a traditional country rectory. The building lends itself to weekend houseparties in a genuine and unspoilt Dorset village. Both William Barnes and Thomas Hardy were regular visitors to Symondsbury and we like to feel that they would be pleased to see how familiar the house has remained. The house has most of its original features including flagstone floors, open fireplaces, oak and pine floorboards, baize door coverings and a f...The Old Rectory is a very fine Georgian grade II*country house. It is set in grounds of about one and a half acres with large lawns and flower gardens to the east and south. Beyond the gardens is a beautiful valley with views to the sea cliffs and downland. The decor of the house is in keeping with its period and we have tried to marry comfort with the atmosphere of a traditional country rectory. The building lends itself to weekend houseparties in a genuine and unspoilt Dorset village. Both William Barnes and Thomas Hardy were regular visitors to Symondsbury and we like to feel that they would be pleased to see how familiar the house has remained. The house has most of its original features including flagstone floors, open fireplaces, oak and pine floorboards, baize door coverings and a fine central staircase ascending through three floors. The beds all have duvets, pillows and linen. Children are of course very welcome. Catering for house parties can be arranged if required, with exceptionally good local catering organisations, one of which was started by a chef from The River Cafe and Moros Restaurant. There are a number of good supermarkets in Bridport and the Tesco's in nearby Dorchester will deliver.More
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Phil L
Response Rate:88%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:October 2010
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

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....More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Caragh M
Reviewed September 19, 2018

We searched county wide for the perfect house to celebrate my birthday. Dining room to sit all at one table a lounge where everyone could be together and enough bedrooms and bathrooms for adults not to have to share. We found it here at this...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank eatdrinkstay
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Reviewed April 11, 2016

Despite having live in Dorset for a long time I had never been to Symondsbury and had no idea what a lovely village it is. The Old Rectory must be the jewel in the crown there and we were delighted to stay in such a...More

Date of stay: April 2016
1  Thank Laura M
Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was our 2nd visit to the old rectory this time with a group of 30 adults and children. The space available is superb, and the gardens a great place to relax and enjoy the countryside. The bedrooms are large and airy with period furniture....More

Date of stay: July 2015
1  Thank Gary M
Reviewed March 3, 2015

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at The Old Rectory,set in the lovely village of Symondsbury. We were a group of past visitors and new, family and friends aged 2-70. The house is spacious, beautifully furnished and elegant but very comfortable and homely. All of the...More

Date of stay: February 2015
Thank lil365
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
TV
Corporate Bookings
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
VCR
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Game Room
Pool Table
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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Being a large country house, the very spacious accommodation comprises eleven double bedrooms; four with super king size six-feet wide 'boat beds', one with king size four-poster, three antique standard doubles and three twin-bedded rooms, two en-suites, two bathrooms, and three shower rooms. Three of the bedrooms have wash handbasins. Combined, the bedrooms can accommodate up to twenty six guests (or more if you wish to bring travel cots and/or blow up beds). If there are more than 22 of you we can arrange for the extra futon/single beds to be readied. There are also a number of good local Hotels and Bed and Breakfast facilities nearby, and in the village, if you want to have a larger party than can be accommodated at the house. There is a very large drawing room with grand piano, seating on comfy leather sofas and armchairs and a 55 flat screen LED television with full the Sky package and a dvd/bluray player. The dining room adjacent to the verandah seats twenty-four plus. There is a library with quarter-size billiard table and table top ping-pong, and a breakfast room. The kitchen has two electric ovens with a gas hob and an electric hob (both hobs have four rings),a microwave, two large fridges and a freezer, a dishwasher, an automatic washing machine, kitchen equipment, and cutlery and crockery for twenty-eight guests.
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About the neighbourhood
Bridport, the nearest town, is a mile and a half away and has large street markets twice a week, selling fruit and vegetables, antiques and bric-a-brac. Activities in the local area include walking, horse riding, go-karting, paint balling, hang gliding, golf/pitch and putt and sailing/fishing to name a few. There is a wide choice of restaurants and good pubs including one in Symondsbury only 100 metres from the house.
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