West Dorset has beautiful countryside and seaside, the coast is less than two miles away and is part of the World Heritage "Jurassic Coast". Popular with ramblers and hikers, there are also many opportunities for fishing and water sports.
The Old Rectory is a quiet comfortable place to stay and relax, whether you're sipping a cold G&T on the south-facing verandah or playing a game of snooker in the billiard room. It is situated in the quiet rural village of Symondsbury which boasts a genuine village pub 'The Ilchester Arms', serving good locally produced food and beers from the local brewery. There are also some excellent restaurants nearby in Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis.
The Old Rectory was reputed to be the largest and one of the most beautiful rectories in England. It was built in two phases at the beginning and end of the 18th Century; the main part of the house was built in 1730 whilst the two wings were added in 1814. Over the years visitors here include Thomas Hardy, William Barnes and more recently Mick Jagger, Jack Straw and Eric Clapton.