Snuggled into the hillside with Golden Cap behind, The Guardhouse stands watch over this stunning part of the Jurassic Coast at Seatown, with sea views from the master bedroom and one of the twin rooms, you are just 50 metres from the water's edge. This fabulous family home has four bedrooms and plenty of space to just enjoy being on holiday; courtyard areas allow you to follow the sun and dine on the terrace morning and evening, taking in the sound of the waves and sea air. The large kitchen looks out over Langdon Woods and Golden Cap, a separate dining-room seats eight and the double length sitting-room has a cosy wood-burner and a Smart TV.
This spacious 18th Century semi-detached stone cottage has an interesting history and is understood to have been built to house officers on the lookout for smugglers, which were very prevalent along this stretch of the coast.
And there is so much more; situated on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, you can explore this stunning area from the South West Coast Path, which passes nearby. If you feel like a challenge, climb Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, and wonder at the magnificent views from the top; stunning coastline both east and west. Continue west and you will come to Charmouth beach, a great place for fossil hunting, and further on to Lyme Regis, which is both charming and vibrant all year round; with kayaks and paddle boards available for hire in the summer season. If your legs have had enough, you can catch the Jurassic Coaster bus back to Chideock and walk back to base.
The excellent Anchor Inn is a very short walk from The Guardhouse and a little seasonal shop in the nearby campsite has holiday essentials, whilst the village of Chideock has The George Inn, a traditional pub serving good food. A relatively short drive will take you to Bridport, a quirky market town, and West Bay, film location for Broadchurch, with a vintage market and harbour offering fishing trips. Further afield Purbeck, where the Jurassic Coast begins, and the wide sandy beaches of Studland and Swanage, offer summer water sports and winter walking. Historic Corfe Castle is owned by the National Trust and if you want to see an amazing fossil collection visit The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge; this part of west Dorset has so much to see you will need to keep coming back.
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Step to Bedroom 1 with single bed (2'6'' recommended for children only)
Sitting-room with Smart TV with satellite and wood-burner
2 steps to Kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bedroom 2 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3')
Bedroom 4 with double bed (4'6")
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Mind your head on the low beam on the stairs. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- Telephone Coin-box (At cost)
- No smoking
- Pub 55 yds
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
The Guardhouse is the stone semi-detached cottage in the top right of the photograph. The nearby Anchor Inn is an award-winning pub.
Enjoy the morning sun in the sitting-room, which has a cosy wood-burner for less sunny days and for winter escapes.
This pretty master bedroom has a 4' 6" double bed.
The spacious kitchen is very well-equipped, the window looks out towards Langdon Woods.
The Guardhouse has a spacious terrace for relaxing.
This cottage is really spacious, fabulous for a relaxing seaside break.
The Guardhouse is accessed via the kitchen door to the left of the photo, the other entrance has a useful porch for storage.
Bedroom 3 has twin 3' beds and looks out over Golden Cap.
This room has a seaside theme.
Bedroom 4 now has a 4'6" double bed; the photo will be updated shortly.
The sitting-room runs almost the whole length of the house.
The kitchen looks out over the rear patio, facing south west. Two steps lead down to the dining-room.
The dining-room is ideal for relaxing holiday meals.
The family bathroom has a shower over the bath, and a hand held shower.
Bedroom 1 is on the ground floor, this is a 2' 6" bed, suitable for children only.
The ground floor shower-room has a large shower cubicle.
Private parking for two cars is at the back of The Guardhouse, with steps leading down into the rear patio-area.
This is the steep little private road that leads around to the parking spaces at the back of the cottage.
This is the steep private road that takes you from the beach road to the cottage.
The family bathroom on the first floor.
Sea air and the sound of the waves on the nearby beach, make dining al fresco a delight.
The Guardhouse is just minutes from the beach at Seatown, in the lee of Golden Cap.
French doors lead to the front terrace.
The Guardhouse is adjacent to the South West Coast Path.
The spectacular Jurassic Coast at nearby West Bay, filming scene for the series Broadchurch.
Two large sofas fill this end of the sitting-room, plently of space for reading and games.
Spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast from the master bedroom.
Seatown from afloat.
Lyme Regis is a very short drive, with the iconic Cobb, some great independent shops, kayak and SUP hire in the summer months and boat trips.
Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis serves fabulous food with magnificent views. (Hix offers a 10% discount to Classic Cottages guests for groups of 6 or less. Guests will need to show their booking information.)
Magnificent Golden Cap rises behind The Guardhouse.
West Bay is a traditional fishing port and has a quirky vintage centre with some great street food.
Hive beach at Burton Bradstock to the east of Seatown is great for walking your dog all year round.
River Cottage is a short drive from Seatown.
Kimmeridge is a great place for fossil hunting, visit the magnificent Etches Collection, a display of locally discovered fossils.