This is a spacious traditional property that has been made into a very comfortable home.
One end of the original playground has been made into a sheltered and sunny patio.
The cheerful dining-area.
Sunlight fills the dual aspect sitting-room.
This is the amazing view of the Dorset countryside from the top of Allington and Cooper's Hill, Bridport.
The fresh and modern kitchen has a dining-area at the far end.
Light and airy, Bedroom 1 is the master bedroom.
Bedroom 2 has a characterful sloping ceiling - and therefore a slightly  lower than standard bed.
The shower-room has a level entry shower with half-door - very useful for small children.
The playground can still be put to good use!
Another view of the completely enclosed outside space.
There is an open view across fields at the rear of The Old School Gables.
The setting for this cottage, taken from the garden of the village pub.
This photograph shows the overall setting. The Old School Gables is to the right, with its own parking and private outside area.
Bridport harbour - with the beach at West Bay - is an easy drive from the cottage.
Famous Lyme Regis is a great day out.
River Cottage HQ is not far - treat yourselves to a visit there and enjoy the unique dining experience.
Visit Durdle Door, a fabulous walk from Lulworth Cove car park, it's rather hilly so you may wish to take all day.
The stunning Jurassic Coastline looking East towards Lulworth Cove.
Lyme Regis is the place to go if you are interested in fossils, the Fossil Festival is from 28th to 30th April 2017.

The Old School Gables

2490

8.2 miles N of Bridport / Sleeps 4 + cot

7 Nights from £330 - £717

Nearest pub

Royal Oak (300 yards)

A traditional village pub with warming real fires in winter and a beer garden for the summer months. Food is traditional pub grub and there are six skittle alleys for family entertainment.

Nearest beach

Charmouth West Beach (8 ¼ miles)

Charmouth has to be one of the most famous places for collecting fossils in the world. Part of Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast; many a happy hour can be spent scouring the beach for ammonites and belemnites.

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

Miss Battrick July 2017

Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis 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

Mrs Wise July 2016

Amazing Views from an Iron Age Fort

Well worth the short steep walk up the hill.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mackintosh 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.

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 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Downey 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 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mackintosh 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 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis 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)

Sunday lunch is a speciality at this attractive, thatched village inn.

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

Mrs Mackintosh 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 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans 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 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Scammell 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.

Hix Oyster and Fish House (9 ¾ miles)

Overlooking the fishing port of Lyme Regis and The Cobb, Hix Oyster and Fish House is blessed with uninterrupted views of the Jurassic Coast. Simplicity of food is key here. The very best ingredients are used; make your choice from the blackboard of the day's landings and a small menu of house dishes. Award-winning restaurateur Mark Hix mastered his trade in London restaurants such as The Ivy. Just 45 covers means it is advisable to book.

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

Mrs James May 2013

Hix Oyster and Fish House

We ate at Hix twice during our week at Sea Glympse. The fish was delightful - one of the highlights was the grilled whole fish. Oysters were delicious. Staff very friendly. The first time we ate inside - the weather was not very good - and the second time we had lunch on the terrace and took Dusty our Jack Russell. Dusty was made very welcome and the waiter even brought her a bowl of water without us asking. There was nothing to criticize on either visit. Also, I was readily offered 10% discount when I mentioned that we were staying in a Classic cottage!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H November 2012

Our Wedding Anniversary

Our visit to the HIX Oyster & Fish House proved to be much more than just a lovely Sunday lunch out. Two things struck us as soon as we walked in - Lyme Bay stretching out as far as the eye can see and the truly friendly atmosphere. Everyone was enjoying being there, staff and guests alike. It was very lovely and very unusual to chat naturally with the people sitting at the tables closest to ours. Some guests were local, some had driven for miles to treat a friend, it was our 29th wedding anniversary.
Then came the food - I am not a food critic but am determined to do justice to it! We started with a Hix House Cocktail to set the scene – Somerset cherries soaked in Apple Eau de Vie and topped up with Nyetimber – an English fizz to compete with most Champagnes. For starters my husband had the partridge on Yorkshire toast – yes it IS the Fish House but you can choose a locally reared beef steak too! – and I had deep fried sprats with watercress and caper mayonnaise ( even though we had already had the restaurant’s own smoked salmon with our cocktails ), then the most deliciously creamy House Fish Pie and the most incredible ‘real’ fish fingers on crushed fresh peas with mint. I didn’t know which wine to choose and so gave that responsibility to Assistant Manager Tom Cook who chose a gorgeous soft La Flor, Sauvignon Blanc. My husband, a veteran cider drinker, had Julian Temperley’s Somerset cider – in a lovely ceramic flask made by a local potter – what a great touch. I am afraid that pudding just had to follow – burnt cream with its crispy glazed top and a Hix Fix jelly to bring back the taste of that champagne!
We loved meeting the Chef, Phil, who showed us the kitchens and the KitchenTable where guests can sit to watch the kitchens in full swing and really savour the commitment here. Phil explained that The Fish House has a licence to bring fresh fish straight from the boats in the harbour below to the kitchen. This restaurant really ‘belongs’ there.
The feel-good factor of eating delicious food with a panoramic view of the Jurassic Coast will last for a long time. We had a lovely sunny day but it would be pretty exciting to eat here whilst watching a wild stormy sea battering the historic Cobb.
We will be going back again.... and again !


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

We had a really enjoyable meal. The location is so beautiful, and every table enjoys the views out over the harbour. Its well worth coming early evening or for lunch so you can really appreciate the views, as as it got dark I felt I was missing out! The food was really special, we had a great spelt rissotto to share. Our starters were delicious, I had a plate of oysters. The champagne cocktails weren't bad either. They offer great lunch deals which I want to try next time. Would go back every week if I could!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Food: Excellent
Service: Very attentive
Value: Not cheap or bountiful but the quality made it worth every penny!
Ambience: Very pleasant
Situation: Superb views over the sea


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2010

Great restaurant and hopefully I will still be able to get a table now it has been voted the 27th best restaurant in the country at the National Restaurant Awards 2010


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

Simply sumptuous!

The Hix Oyster house is a must visit eatery - book a babysitter and get a really good evening out. And don't worry, you don't need to like oysters, but you might be missing a trick if you don't even try just one!

World Stinging Nettle Eating Championship (4 miles)

Dorset’s answer to the chilli-eating contest. An argument between two local farmers over who had the longest nettles growing on his land led to this macho test of taste buds. Each June, crowds gather at The Bottle Inn to witness the showdown.

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

January 2011

Getting busier each year, the Competitors are all given 2” long stalks of nettles and given an hour to eat us many as they can with no other substances to kill the pain allowed except a beer or two. The bare stalks are then measured and the winner is announced. A fun day out and always a must in my calendar.

The River Cottage Store and Canteen (8 ½ miles)

Local, ethical produce is the ethos at the River Cottage Local Produce Store. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of Channel 4's River Cottage, and team, source the best local produce from South West producers for the store, where regular tasting evenings and events are held.
With a different menu every day, reflecting what's in season, The Canteen also showcases the best of the South West, with mouthwatering meals and a wicked selection of cakes and cream teas. Reservations recommended for evenings and Sunday lunch.

River Cottage HQ Cookery School
Nearby, on the Devon Dorset border is the famous River Cottage HQ where you can dig deeper into the River Cottage philosophy and learn how to recreate some of those fabulous dishes. Hugh and the team run a wide range of events and day courses including bread baking, chicken rearing and meat curing at Park Farm between Axminster and Lyme Regis.

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

May 2013

Stopped off for breakfast and a coffee, nice down to earth cafe, if you ignore all the self promotional books everywhere! I was expecting rip off prices due to the celebratory name but it was a very fair price for a lovely breakfast.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

Great place to go and enjoy some of the best food and drink that Devon has to offer. No fuss and bother with linen tablecloths and the like, so you can focus on the food. Not the cheapest option in town, but the experience is well worth it.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2010

New for July 2010: 'Cabaret Kitchen'

From the end of July Head Chef Tim and his team will be producing typically River Cottage fare using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in front of your very eyes.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Chown March 2010

Exciting and unassuming

I have always been a big fan of the River Cottage brand so as soon as I was in the area I arranged to have lunch with a friend here. We were both travelling from opposite sides of the country to meet there, by which time it was about one thirty. You cannot book so we were concerned we might not get in, but we only had to wait a couple of minutes before being seated at a very rustic (possibly recycled/reused) wooden table in what felt like a barn/outhouse. It definately wasn't posh, but it was light and airy and very 'countrified'. The menu each day is written on a big chalk board and by the time we got there the choice was somewhat limited as lots of things had run out. However, what we chose was tasty, not too overpriced, and a twist on a classic. We very much enjoyed our lunch there and had a good mooch around the deli/shop afterwards (which you walk through to get to the restaurant), having a good friendly chat with the staff who treated you like an old friend (and ran to get you a glass of water after sampling one of the chilli jams!) I would definately choose it as top of my list for lunch when visiting the area in future, although perhaps not go out of my way to visit it on purpose.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A wide range of day courses and evening events are run, providing an insight into the humane and local production of food, and its preparation and cooking.
- H Minter


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

A sunday lunch to die for!

We go to the River Cottage Canteen whenever we are visiting Devon. The restaurent (as the name suggests) does not stand on ceremony, but it is homely and welcoming and you can turn up in walking boots! We've taken family and friends and it is suitable for an impromptu lunch or big family celebration. However what makes it particularly special is the quality of the food, which, thanks to the rearing of the meat by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team, and the cooking of the chefs in the canteen, makes for a truly delicious meal. It won't be the cheapest food you've ever eaten, but you can relax in the knowledge that all the food is truly organic and responsibly farmed and that all the ingredients taste just like they should. Highly recommended!

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