In a surprising twist of fate, not only was an old school friend of my husband there for a weekend break but we also discovered that it was the old boarding house of a former work colleague……..what a small world!
Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the Dorset seaside resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements and we were booked into stay in the Yawl Cottage.
The beautiful house is set in 9 acres of grounds with sweeping lawns and shaded woodland to explore.
The kids couldn’t wait to get outside to explore and found a playhouse, swingset and trampoline in one corner and somewhere to build a den and even a tennis court on the other side of the garden.
There are several apartments to choose from and each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court, games room and well-equipped children’s playroom, complete with a friendly black cat who always popped in to say hello.
Without a shadow of a doubt the swimming pool was the kids favourite part of the whole break and we had the pool to ourselves on both days we were there for a good couple of hours.
The accommodation itself was very impressive and our first floor apartment was bigger than our house, with four bedrooms a generous kitchen / diner, a large sitting room and two bathrooms, one with a shower sink and toilet and the other with a bath, sink and toilet.
We did think that the kids would relish the opportunity to have their own rooms for a change but Sebby and Eliza ended up sharing in bunk beds, but Isaac enjoyed a double bed all to himself.
The kitchen was well equipped with a gift of Dorset Ginger Biscuits, tea and coffee and 2 pints of milk in the fridge. They also provided washing up equipment and dishwasher tablets so you could clean up behind you.
Finding the cottage in the dark was a little tricky, however, it was in the perfect location for exploring Dorset and East Devon and we made the most of our stay with a visit to the local beaches of Beer, Seaton, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.
If you are looking for a family friendly place to stay, I can highly recommend Harcombe House. The apartments sleep between 7 and 10 people so are perfect for trips away with friends and family.