The Old School is an attractive and welcoming restored wing of an 1800s school located a two minute walk from the heart of the Dorset market town of Beaminster, surrounded by beautiful open countryside and within easy driving distance of Bridport, West Bay (the setting for Broadchurch) and the Jurassic Coast.
On three levels, the property is decorated to a high standard and well-equipped. There is spacious parking space for one car immediately under the property, with covered storage for bikes or wet sports equipment. Further parking is available nearby.
Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms):
Bedroom 1 has a double bed.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds. (Bedrooms 1 & 2 are ‘Janet and John’ style – the stairs enter into the end of bedroom 2 and the door to bedroom 1 is immediately ahead, and privacy to bedroom 2 is maintained being screened).
Bedroom 3 has a single bed.
Newly renovated bathroom with WC and bath.
Further bathroom with WC, washbasin and enclosed shower.
Fully equipped kitchen with modern cooker, electric hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle. Pots, pans, cutlery, crockery and dish-towels provided.
Washing machine and airer. Ironing facilities.
Wood beamed living room with fireplace, comfortable sofas, and 32” digital TV (freesat and freeview), radio and DVD player. Views to Dorset hills.
Table in eating area can seat up to 6 people.
Cleaned before guests’ arrival. Towels/linen/sheets provided (though not beach towels).
There is a small secluded garden which has a very sunny aspect, great for BBQs or sunbathing. There is a table and chairs and barbeque.
There is a spacious car port for one car beneath the house. (Note – the car port has limited head height and may not accommodate cars with roof boxes etc fitted. The garage area itself is large, but limited swing-in means larger cars may not be able to access it). The car port has adequate room and locking points for the storage of bikes, wet-sports equipment etc. There is further parking in the lanes in the town, without charge.
A selection of books and DVDs are available. There is an information pack in the apartment that contains a comprehensive list of things to do locally with local attractions and OS maps. Centrally heated throughout. Hairdryer provided.
From Beaminster the counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon are readily accessible. Beaminster has numerous shops including an 8 ‘til late store, Post Office and Pharmacy. There are various pubs and restaurants, takeaway services (Chinese, pizza, fish and chips, a bakery and a sandwich bar). Beaminster has a library and museum. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s original ‘River Cottage’ was at nearby Netherbury.
Bridport is a 10 minutes drive; a busy market town. There is a lively market every Wednesday and Saturday morning, an antiques quarter, several supermarkets, lovely and unusual shops, pubs, restaurants, a cinema and theatre, and main banks and building societies. A sports centre is ½ a mile out of the town. Bridport was described recently in The Guardian as ‘Notting Hill-on-Sea’ for its popularity with artists, bohemians and celebrities.
There are many beaches, the closest being West Bay, 12 minutes drive from Beaminster. A few more miles away are, Kimmeridge, Abbotsbury, Corfe Castle and Swanage, Lulworth Cove, and the natural arch of Durdle Door.
Historic Dorchester (Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a 25 minute drive. Sherborne, 25 minutes, has an abundance of medieval buildings, a superb castle and excellent shops.
Lyme Regis, 25 minutes, is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port, its narrow tangle of streets and shops leading to the famous 13th Century Cobb Harbour (setting for the French Lieutenant’s Woman). The charming market town of Crewkerne with its honey coloured buildings is a 15 minute drive. Vibrant Yeovil, 25 minutes. Axminster, 25 minutes.
West Bay (used for the filming of the TV series Broadchurch) is nearby. Only a couple of miles from Beaminster is Mapperton House – the film setting for Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Longleat – the stately home and safari park – is an hours drive. We are an ideal base for exploring Dorset, as well as Devon and Somerset, being situated near the meeting point of the three counties.
Booking: To firm a booking, if we could please ask for initially, the £200 deposit to hold it to reserve it; this will become the £200.00 damage security deposit, refundable after your stay. (If you cancel though this is non-refundable unless we can get a last minute taker for the period). And a month before your holiday – the rental amount. Payment method: A bank transfer if you do internet/phone banking or a cheque. Email & we’ll send you the bank details/address.
Changeover day: Changeover day is normally Saturday, (A Friday changeover day may be possible subject to other bookings and out of school holidays – please ask). Arrival/departure times: Arrival from 3pm. An earlier arrival time may be possible subject to prior arrangement. We ask you to vacate by 11am prompt on your day of departure to allow for cleaning.Pets/smoking: Sorry, no pets or smoking.
Couples discount: There is a 10% discount for two persons/couples out of the school holidays. (That is, two persons staying, no guests, kids etc)Second week discount:10% discount applied to overall cost for a 2 week booking.Included: Rental rate includes electricity/gas. Towels and linen included, but please bring your own beach towels.
Accessibility/privacy: The house is at ground, first and second floor levels. The property is not suitable for the very young, due to open steps leading to the top floor, so we cannot accommodate families with children under 5 years old. The property is by virtue of its age and stairs, not wheelchair friendly. Bedrooms 1 & 2 are ‘Janet and John’ style – the stairs enter into the end of bedroom 2 and the door to bedroom 1 is immediately ahead, and privacy to bedroom 2 is maintained being screened.