- House / Villa
- Near the Sea
- Village / Rural
- Hot Tub
- Baby equipment
- Internet Access
- Beach nearby
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Pet Friendly
Axen Lodge is an enchanting rural retreat surrounded by miles upon miles of gorgeous Dorset countryside. This property was originally a shooting lodge at the turn of the last century and now serves as the ideal secluded holiday destination for those seeking the peace and tranquillity of a short break in the country.
Conveniently located near all the wonderful attractions of the area and only a couple of miles from the unspoilt beaches of the nearby Jurassic coast, Axen Lodge is nonetheless a secluded location where guests can escape from the crowds. Its location is such that visitors to the place will feel as if the surrounding land is their very own garden for the duration of their stay. Guests won’t need to leave the property to enjoy their holiday as Axen Lodge has many great features. A hot tub and barbecue help make a for a fantastic summer holiday at this place and there is a trampoline in the garden to keep any children (and big children!) occupied. The house sleeps up to eight people, is dog-friendly, and equipped with Wi-Fi.
All the same, there’s plenty to enjoy when leaving the property as Symondsbury Estate lies close to Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline with its amazing beaches as well as the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. It only takes a few miles of walking along the spectacular coastal and country paths to visit these places and enjoy them for the day. There’s plenty of activities on the historic Symondsbury Estate itself and there are plenty of good walks in this coastal location with the best natural scenery a holiday can offer.
Axen Lodge lies close to Symondsbury Estate who own and manage the property. Set amongst pasture and ancient woodland in rural Dorset, Symondsbury Estate is within walking distance of beautiful, untouched beaches. Symondsbury Estate has been owned by the Colfox family for over a hundred years and has buildings dating back to the fifteenth century. It’s near to the Jurassic coast and to so many amazing beaches that you will be spoilt for choice. A short, half hour walk takes visitors to the top of Colmer hill to see the absolutely stunning panoramic view of the sea and rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. There are sometimes buzzards to be spotted overhead and it’s a fantastic place to feel on top of the world for a moment. There are plenty of other routes and historic paths over the estate and bicycles can be hired for this purpose.
An animal viewing area contains many farmyard friends to charm all visitors: Black pigs, Pygmy goats and the ever-friendly Minty the sheep are a delight to children as well as their parents. Symondsbury Estate’s garden provides fresh, organic produce for the Symondsbury Kitchen all the year round and some of these delicious jams, marmalades, cheeses, beers, and gins can be purchased by guests. Horse & Carriage rides are available for a leisurely tour of the area and for the more adventurous there are even survival courses on offer which teach key survival skills delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers. One-day taster courses on offer for the bold and four-day courses for the even bolder!
Guests can make a short trip to the village of Bridport which is only a few minutes’ drive away and find several restaurants as well as a vintage market and a museum. There’s a Waitrose in Bridport for any last-minute home comforts, but you’re likely to have everything you could possibly want for your holiday on Symondsbury Estate itself.
The cottage is located just outside the village of Symondsbury, near Bridport. Directions provided on booking.
Nearest Train Station:
Axminster, Crewkerne and Dorchester
The bright and beautiful interiors of the house feel much more spacious than you’d expect from the outside and the house has been elegantly decorated in light colours. The sitting room has plenty of cosy, comfortable seating for all the guests, a TV, and a log burner fire to keep everyone warm. There are three double bedrooms, and two of these have zip and link beds which can be rearranged into two singles. Two more people can sleep in the separate log cabin which has its own en-suite bathroom and the house itself has a main bathroom with shower and bath, an en-suite with a shower for one of the bedrooms, and a downstairs WC. The log cabin is modern and well-presented with a bench on the sheltered front porch where its guests can take in the views without ever stepping entirely outside. The kitchen is fully equipped and up to date with range cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer and the dining table has seating for up to eight people. A little ‘snug room’ and study with a desk, sofa, and TV provides a lovely retreat within a retreat and the house has Wi-Fi. The absolute best thing about this property though is the views you can see from the windows. The incredible views of the countryside that stretch for miles will make guests feel as if it is all theirs to explore and enjoy.
The private garden is beautifully kept and is a little haven within the more rustic and wild Dorset countryside. There’s a veranda with a gas-lit barbecue and sheltered seating but for any weather that isn’t rain or thunder, the decking has a good number of outdoor chairs and a table and the views from here are unbeatable. You really have to see the pictures to believe it. For those with too much energy to sit still and relax, there’s a trampoline in the garden and a hot tub is there for guests to bask in on a nice summer day. Plenty of parking spaces are available at the property as there’s a driveway for parking. The location of this property is perfect for any nature lovers and the unspoilt views won’t disappoint.
Conditions of Rental
Deposit is 25% of the rent. Bed Linen, towels and dressing gowns for adults are provided. Beds will be made up for you when you arrive. Please bring your own linen for the cot. The towels must not be taken to the beach or used away from the property, please bring your own for this purpose. Heating, electricity and wi-fi is also included in the price. Essential items for the kitchen including tea, coffee, sugar, tea towels, cleaning products, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, etc are also provided. We provide a welcome hamper which consists of essentials including; milk, bread, butter, eggs and cereal.