The Old School Gables is attached, but completely separate from The Old School House for the village.
The cosy sitting-room has a wood-burner effect electric stove heater.
The master bedroom has a king-size 5ft bed.
The well-equipped kitchen has all you need for preparing delicious holiday treats.
One end of the original playground has been made into a sheltered and sunny patio.
The setting for this cottage, taken from the garden of the village pub. The owners live at The Old School House, which is behind The Old School Gables.
The perfect place to relax at the end of a day exploring Dorset.
The ground floor cloakroom is very spacious.
The kitchen and dining-area are flooded with light.
Bedroom 2 has a characterful sloping ceiling - and therefore a slightly lower than a standard 4ft 6' double bed.
The bathroom has a large shower cubicle.
This photograph shows the overall setting. The Old School Gables is to the right, with its own parking and enclosed private outside area.
The patio is a sun-trap, sheltered by the large hedge.
The popular pub is next door to the cottage, serving traditional pub food. You are advised to book for weekend meals - Phone numbers for booking are 07720 948100 & 01308 867930.
Low tide in Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast, with a view of Golden Cap - the Dorset coast's highest point in the distance.  Have a great day out with breathtaking walks and a spot of fossil hunting!
The rolling hills of Dorset with the iconic Colmer's Hill in the distance. A wonderful area for walking and hiding some cosy, welcoming pubs.
The historic Cobb of Lyme Regis.
River Cottage HQ is not far - treat yourselves to a visit there and enjoy the unique dining experience.
Just a few miles away you will find NT Lambert's Castle, with it's lovely walks and views of the Jurassic Coast.
This beautiful cottage was the home of the Dorset novelist Thomas Hardy and is one of a number of places to visit near Dorchester that are connected to the author.
Dorset and Somerset have miles and miles of breathtaking, undulating hills and country walks.

The Old School Gables

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8.2 miles N of Bridport / Sleeps 4 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Royal Oak (300 yards)

A traditional village pub with warming real fires in winter and a beer garden for the summer months. Here you'll find a varied menu, excellently cooked and beautifully presented. There's a good wine choice and service is friendly and efficient. You'll also find a skittle alley for family entertainment. The pub has limited opening times so you may wish to check with them before planning a visit. Bookings are advisable particularly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Basic village pub

We were disappointed as we thought from previous reviews that this would be a saviour but the food was of lower standards to our expectations. We left most of it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Swallows Rest visitor

Friendly, local pub. Good food, Dogs welcome.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2021

eating out

Enjoyed a lovely meal here definitely large portions and friendly staff


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2020

Katrina ward

Excellent food at very reasonable prices

Nearest beach

Charmouth West Beach (8 ¼ miles)

Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Charmouth beach

Lovely not too busy beach, such fun finding fossils, beautiful sand when the tide is out, and great rock pools


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2017

Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2010

Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2009

The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Nearest walk

Pilsdon Pen (2 ½ miles)

Traditionally thought of as Dorset's highest peak (277m), until it was recently found to be a few feet shy of its neighbour, Lewesdon Hill. Height notwithstanding, the Iron Age hill fort atop this flat-topped hill provides great views over the lush Marshwood Vale in west Dorset. Walk the ancient ramparts in a circular loop to take in the 360 degree panorama across the gentle rolling hills, whilst buzzards wheel overhead. Reach it off the B3164 Broadwindsor road.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2016

Amazing Views from an Iron Age Fort

Well worth the short steep walk up the hill.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Fantastic views

An easy ascent from the parking space for those who find uphill a struggle. It is well worth the climb as you can see for miles. It's a pity that there is no information board to indicate what you are looking at in each direction.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

From Pilsdon Pen you can enjoy one of the best (and windiest) unspoilt views of Dorset.

Nearest town

Crewkerne (3 ¼ miles)

A classic market town with elegant Georgian architecture, a 15th Century church and narrow streets of snug cottages.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Lovely little town

We loved our walk around the town and people we met were so friendly. The amenities were second to none with an excellent range of supermarkets and a great leisure pool

Also nearby

Forde Abbey and Gardens (3 ¾ miles)

A former Cistercian monastery dating back to the 1100s. The gardens are breathtaking, while inside must-sees include the cloisters and the upper refectory.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2020

Gardens

House closed because of Covid but the gardens are lovely. Don’t miss the fountain - a must see!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2018

A lovely place to visit.

We’ve just had a very pleasant few hours at Forde Abbey on a scorching hot day. The house is very interesting to walk around and the gardens are beautiful, it’s worth waiting to see the fountain, especially if you stand downwind of it on such a hot day.
The ginger cake in the cafe was a great way to end our visit.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2017

A place to unwind

We visited these delightful gardens as part of a circular walk from Thorncombe village. It was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on our way. The highlight of the day.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Well worth a visit

We really loved the gardens and the interior. It was the highlight of our week. We spent several hours there and felt there was plenty to see both in the house and gardens. The tearoom provides excellent lunches for those who want to make a day of it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2010

Stately home and splendid gardens

Fascinating former abbey dating back to 12thC. One of the greatest Westcountry gardens (according to Alan Titchmarsh), plant sales and a good restaurant serving really local food from the estate. A good day's outing.

The New Inn (3 ½ miles)

Situated in the heart of the village, this 17th century thatched inn offers a warm welcome, Palmers beer and a locally sourced menu. Enjoy the beer garden in summer. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Lovely food

Great pub just on the doorstep.. good food and lovely cider!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Fantastic service

We chose this for Sunday lunch. The food was impressive and good value for money. The service was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. We were very impressed by the overall quality and the beautiful setting.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

A good test of a pub is in mid-winter when there are few tourists about. The New Inn manages to attact lots of local residents out of season and that's a good sign. Some lovely walking from/to the pub car park too!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2009

Lovely 18th Century pub set in a very pretty garden with meals served in the bar or dining room. The menu is small and changes daily while the food is freshly cooked by the owner, a professional chef. Very professional and friendly young staff.

Hare & Hounds (5 ½ miles)

Home cooked food is a speciality here with Sunday roasts being a favourite. There's a play area, large garden and decking with views over the countryside. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2022

Cosy pub, lovely location, great hosts

Traditional feel, good menu range and good value, very clean. Lovely views from the garden.
Have visited several times, a friendly place to eat and drink.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2021

Fabulous Friendly Pub

A lovely country pub with a warm, friendly welcome to include those fury four legged friends.

Great food and I can throughly recommend the homemade pizza’s!

Only a 10/15 minute drive away from Stoke Abbott.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2017

Excellent pub food and congenial hosts

We enjoying two visits to the Hare and Hounds during our recent holiday. Both times we had excellent pub meals in good surroundings and was well looked after by the hosts. Many thanks

Montacute House (9 miles)

An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2018

Marvellous Montacute

Absolutely wonderful in every way. We enjoyed many hours here. A must visit property.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2016

Shame.

A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2013

Very interesting

Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.

The George Inn (7 ¾ miles)

Enjoy a (not so) swift pint by the cosy log fire in winter or out in the patio garden in summer at this 17th Century thatched country inn. Lunch and dinner menus include locally sourced seafood and meats. You can enjoy a locally brewed pint of Palmers ale while the kids play on the giant Jenga. Booking is advisable in summer.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Good food and excellent service.

Well maintained pub with excellent food and service. The decor is attractive and spacious.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great food

Great food and friendly staff


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2017

The George

Welcoming pub, tasty food. dogs are accommodated in bar areas. Advised to book for Sun lunch.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2016

Superb!

The first thing that strikes you about the George is the friendly welcome from the staff nothing is too much trouble, they welcome dogs with open arms.

The food is excellent and good value for money and the Palmers' ales are a delight, be brave and try the "georgeous" ploughman's it is huge and gorgeous!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Excellent pub food. Thursday night is pizza night and its advisable to book.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

welcoming with excellent food

Often in the area and find the George welcoming and reliable for a good meal, be it a bar snack or something more substantial, highly recemmended.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Sunday Roast at The George

After a breathtaking walk along the spectacular Jurassic Coast on a Sunday afternoon there is nothing more needed than a fabulous Sunday roast. We were a little late in arriving at The George however and when everywhere else had turned us away The George were very friendly and provided a well needed refuel stop before continuing our walk. Traditional and cosy atmosphere, in a pretty thatched pub, good food, beer and service.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

Great all-rounder

Great food served here, with a huge choice to choose from and a good selection of Palmers ales. The staff and proprietor are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. As well as the bar/drinking area and restaurant there is a lovely snug with an open fire for cooler days/nights. Would definitely recommend.

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