Self catering holiday cottage rentals in Symondsbury, Dorset, England

Symondsbury is an attractive village that is surrounded by hilly countryside. Tucked away near to the celebrated Colmer’s Hill it is the perfect location for a country cottage holiday, close to the Jurassic coast and the town of Bridport.

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This sleepy little village is all country lanes and sandstone buildings and is a charming place for a self-catering break.  Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Symondsbury has a pub, the Ilchester Arms that dates back to the 15th century. Its oak beams and open fireplace extend a very warm welcome to visitors and comprehensive restaurant or bar meal menus are available to you on those evenings you decide to eat out whilst on holiday.

Steeped in mystery, Symondsbury is also a fascinating place in which to take a self-catering break.  The small river Simene runs through the village and in medieval times people would come from all over to bathe their eyes in the water, believed to have healing powers. This activity is now not recommended.  The site of Whitchurch Canonicorum was also believed to be a place with special healing powers.  

Colmer’s Hill, a significant landmark in the area has a long history, back to the 11th century and still retains a sense of mystery.  If you like to keep active on a cottage break why not take a walk up the hill?  There is a footpath available to guide you up.  At the top you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.  The hill, that is visible for miles around, takes its name from a resident family during the 17th to 19th centuries. Pine trees on the summit were planted during the First World War. The hill is extremely popular with visiting artists and photographers.

Also adding to the Symondsbury’s country charm are the numerous orchards around here.  Excellent apples grow in this part of the West Country and in 1839 there were 100 acres of orchard in the parish of Symondsbury. Today the village still has several orchards and two cider presses.

Just a couple of miles from Symondsbury and you’re on the coast. There are a number of pleasant beaches in Lyme Bay, the nearest of which is West Bay. West Bay has two beaches bisected by the river Brit plus a small harbour. To the west are Eype, Seatown, Charmouth and the resort of Lyme Regis. The Jurassic Coast is famous for its fossils and along this stretch fossil hunting is widespread. A centre at Charmouth provides advice and education on the hobby and also organises guided fossil walks.  Learning about fossils can be a great activity for families and couples alike.

Just over a mile away from Symondbury is the market town of Bridport. As well as having a wide-ranging shopping area the town holds markets twice a week so you can source all your fresh good quality food there for your cottage break.  Bridport is also home to a Tourist Information Centre where you can pick up free leaflets plus talk to helpful staff with a good local knowledge of attractions and activities on offer.

All in all, with a stay in this area of the West Country you can be assured of rest and relaxation but also have plenty of options open to you when it comes to things to see and do.  Children and adults alike should find the Jurassic coast fascinating.  Those with pets should find plenty of good walks available.  Whatever your needs, we feature a great collection of large cottages, dog-friendly cottages, rural cottages in the country and romantic retreats, we trust that you’ll enjoy browsing through the available choices and hope you have the very best of times on your self-catering break in or near Symondsbury.

Book a Symondsbury cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Dorset on holiday.

42 rental properties

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Duck Street Cottage, Symondsbury, Dorset, West Country, England

1 bedroom Thatched Cottage

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1

Delightful thatched cottage in Dorset in the West Country, with one double bedroom, original features and a location very near to the stunning Jurassic coast this is an ideal cottage for a romantic break.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £625
Next availability:
from 22 November to 26 November 21 from 29 November to 03 December 21

Crepe Farm Cottage, Symondsbury, Dorset, West Country, England

4 bedroom Farmstay

sleeps 6 - 8 guests
6 - 8
4 bedrooms
4
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

This 4 bedroom country cottage has a definite wow factor with high quality interiors, an inglenook fireplace, a woodburning stove and a private hot tub along with a secluded garden and a location in rural Dorset close to the Jurassic coast.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £1025
Next availability:
from 01 November to 05 November 21 from 15 November to 19 November 21

Barton Cottage, Symondsbury, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Thatched Cottage

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

2 bedroom pet-friendly thatched cottage set in an idyllic village within Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 9 miles from Lyme Regis.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £675
Next availability:
from 15 November to 19 November 21 from 22 November to 26 November 21

Allington Court, Bridport, Dorset, West Country, England

9 bedroom Georgian Manor House, Symondsbury 2 miles away

sleeps 9 - 21 guests
9 - 21
9 bedrooms
9
9 bathrooms
9
dog-friendly cottage, 3 dog(s) welcome
3

Elegant 9 bedroom Georgian town house in Bridport, complete with games room and high-tech cinema room, luxurious and stylish plus pet-friendly and sleeping groups of up to 21 people.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £3495
Next availability:
from 01 November to 05 November 21 from 15 November to 19 November 21

Glenacres, Chideock , Dorset, West Country, England

5 bedroom Coastal Cottage, Symondsbury 2 miles away

sleeps 6 - 12 guests
6 - 12
5 bedrooms
5
4 bathrooms
4
no dogs allowed
5 star

Beautifully furnished family-friendly holiday cottage with an outside heated swimming pool, extensive gardens, plus a trampoline and table-tennis, just 100 metres walk from the beach at Seatown.

Special features: free internet access, games room, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £3500
Next availability:
from 29 October to 19 November 21 from 28 November to 02 April 22

The Beach House, Bridport, Dorset, West Country, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, Symondsbury 2 miles away

sleeps 10 - 18 guests
10 - 18
9 bedrooms
9
4 bathrooms
4
no dogs allowed

Very special holiday cottage with an outstanding location and fantastic sea views right by the pebble beach at Chesil Bank in Dorset.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £1890

Bilshay Farmhouse, Bridport, Dorset, West Country, England

4 bedroom Stone-built Cottage, Symondsbury 6 miles away

sleeps 2 - 10 guests
2 - 10
4 bedrooms
4
3 bathrooms
3
dog-friendly cottage
4 star

Beautiful picture-perfect self-catering farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, a high quality interior, private hot tub, original features and a large garden from which you can soak up fabulous views of the nearby fields and farmlands, the Jurassic coast and Bridport are but a short drive away.

Special features: free internet access, games room, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £1075
Next availability:
from 15 November to 19 November 21 from 29 November to 03 December 21

Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster, Dorset, West Country, England

10 bedroom Barn Conversions, Symondsbury 7 miles away

sleeps 2 - 21 guests
2 - 21
10 bedrooms
10
9 bathrooms
9
dog-friendly cottage, 6 dog(s) welcome
6

A collection of six comfortable holiday cottages located on a working farm in Dorset, one of which is wheelchair accessible, each cottage has its own enclosed garden or courtyard and surrounded by green countryside this is an ideal location for rural retreat breaks.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £275

Kingshay Barton, Misterton, Somerset, West Country, England

10 bedroom Large Country House, Symondsbury 9 miles away

sleeps 2 - 20 guests
2 - 20
10 bedrooms
10
10 bathrooms
10
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Luxurious 10 ensuite bedroom barn conversion in Somerset with excellent leisure facilities (Spa Hall on site with private indoor swimming pool, sunken hot tub and sauna) plus ample facilities to keep your group entertained with a large sociable dining area, a games room with Sky TV, table tennis and pool table, as well as a cinema room seating 18, this large holiday house has it all.

Special features: pool (Spa Hall ), games room, indoor hot tub, sauna.

Weekly Price from: £3700
Next availability:
from 16 September to 26 September 22 from 14 October to 21 October 22

The Old Rectory, Bridport, Dorset, West Country, England

11 bedroom Mansion, Symondsbury 9 miles away

sleeps 12 - 29 guests
12 - 29
11 bedrooms
11
9 bathrooms
9
no dogs allowed

Wonderful Georgian country house set in over an acre of gardens close to a gorgeous Dorset valley and near to the seaside, with a location and accommodation like this, this is a very special place.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £1620

Pet-Friendly Barn Conversion near Axminster, Axminster, Devon, West Country, England

2 bedroom Holiday Home, Symondsbury 11 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
2 bedrooms
2
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1
4 star

Barn conversion holiday home with exposed stone walls located on a small development of luxury holiday homes on what was originally a dairy farm in East Devon, these holiday homes are surrounded by glorious countryside.

Special features: free internet access, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £680

Croftview, Hinton St. George, Somerset, West Country, England

13 bedroom Large Holiday House, Symondsbury 11 miles away

sleeps 26 - 30 guests
26 - 30
13 bedrooms
13
13 bathrooms
13
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Luxurious 13 bedroom holiday house with country views near Chard, all en-suite bedrooms, complete with indoor spa hall with indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, games room and children’s play area.

Special features: free internet access, indoor hot tub, sauna.

Weekly Price from: £6545
Next availability:
from 14 March to 18 March 22 from 28 March to 01 April 22