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.

Hints and Tips on Cottage Holidays in Symondsbury


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.

38 rental properties

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Price from £425
Next available 20/05 to 27/05/22
Special Offer 18/05 to 20/05/22
no booking fee
sleeps 1 - 2 guests 1 - 2
1 bedrooms 1
1 bathrooms 1
no dogs allowed

1 bedroom Holiday Home

Apple Loft is a stylish romantic holiday home, perfect for 2 with wonderful tree top views of the Devonshire Hills and a lovely location amongst gorgeous countryside at Twistgates Farm, just 30 minutes’ drive from the Jurassic Coast.

Facilities & Features: Digital TVFree Wifi
Price from £425
Next available 17/07 to 22/07/22
Special Offer 18/05 to 20/05/22
no booking fee
sleeps 1 - 3 guests 1 - 3
1 bedrooms 1
1 bathrooms 1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome1

1 bedroom Cottage

One bedroom stone-built country cottage with its own garden, situated by the Blackdown Hills in Devon with the Jurassic Coast easily accessible for days out, ideal for romantic breaks or for small family holidays with its large bedroom offering enough room for an extra child's bed to be added.

Facilities & Features: Digital TVFree Wifi
Price from £525
Next available 21/05 to 25/05/22
Special Offer 21/05 to 25/05/22
no booking fee
sleeps 1 - 5 guests 1 - 5
3 bedrooms 3
1 bathrooms 1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2

3 bedroom Cottage

Three bedroom character cottage, both family-friendly and pet-friendly, with own garden in a peaceful location by the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Jurassic coast just a short drive away.

Facilities & Features: Digital TVFree Wifi
Price from £3045
Next available 22/05 to 26/05/22
sleeps 15 - 17 guests 15 - 17
7 bedrooms 7
5 bathrooms 5
dog-friendly cottage

7 bedroom Large Country Holiday Home

Large 7 bedroom country house with the wow-factor in Somerset, enjoy country views and luxurious spacious accommodation with a country twist, as well as a beautiful garden and 2 private hot tubs outdoors, just 18 miles from Glastonbury.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiOutdoor Hot Tub
Price from £525
Next available 04/06 to 11/06/22
no booking fee
sleeps 1 - 4 guests 1 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
2 bathrooms 2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2

2 bedroom Stone-Built Cottage

Secluded 2 bedroom country cottage with meadow views, exposed wooden beams, character features and a lovely garden located by the Blackdown Hills in Devon with the Jurassic Coast close by, both family-friendly and dog-friendly.

Facilities & Features: Digital TVFree Wifi
Price from £360
Next available 10/09 to 01/10/22
sleeps 2 - 4 guests 2 - 4
2 bedrooms 2
1 bathrooms 1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome1
4 star

2 bedroom Cottage

Charming 2 bedroom, dog-friendly holiday home located near the heart of Chickerell, conveniently close to the beautiful Dorset Jurassic coast and just 3 miles from Weymouth.

Facilities & Features: TVFree Wifi
Price from £675
Next available 01/07 to 04/07/22
sleeps 1 - 2 guests 1 - 2
1 bedrooms 1
1 bathrooms 1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome1

1 bedroom Thatched Cottage

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.

Facilities & Features: TVFree Wifi
Price from £1190
Next available 22/05 to 27/05/22
sleeps 2 - 6 guests 2 - 6
2 bedrooms 2
3 bathrooms 3
no dogs allowed
4 star

2 bedroom Barn Conversion

The Granary is a stunning barn conversion with a private hot tub and enclosed garden area, set in the idyllic Somerset countryside on a working Somerset cider farm, and is a great place to relax and unwind on holiday.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiIndoor Hot Tub
Price from £1695
Next available 19/05 to 23/05/22
sleeps 2 - 6 guests 2 - 6
3 bedrooms 3
2 bathrooms 2
no dogs allowed
4 star

3 bedroom Barn Conversion

Stylish 3 bedroom barn conversion with its own bubbly hot tub and enclosed garden area, set on a working Somerset Cider Farm, ideal for a relaxing break in the Somerset countryside with the coast within reach for days out.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiOutdoor Hot Tub
Price from £1125
Next available 18/07 to 22/07/22
sleeps 6 - 8 guests 6 - 8
4 bedrooms 4
2 bathrooms 2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2

4 bedroom Farmstay

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.

Facilities & Features: TVFree WifiOutdoor Hot Tub
Price from £1200
Next available 16/06 to 24/06/22
sleeps 1 - 8 guests 1 - 8
4 bedrooms 4
4 bathrooms 4
no dogs allowed
5 star

4 bedroom Barn Conversion

Newly available is this stunning 4 bedroom barn conversion set by the unspoilt Dorset Downs, enjoy a luxury country holiday, just half an hour's drive from the beautiful Jurassic coastline.

Facilities & Features: Gold Award Winning CottageTVFree WifiGames room
Price from £995
Next available 02/06 to 10/06/22
sleeps 1 - 6 guests 1 - 6
3 bedrooms 3
3 bathrooms 3
no dogs allowed

3 bedroom Barn Conversion

Langford Valley Stables has recently be converted from a flint and brick barn to create a luxury 3 bed self catering property.

Facilities & Features: TVFree Wifi
Price from £430
Next available 19/05 to 28/05/22
sleeps 1 - 8 guests 1 - 8
3 bedrooms 3
2 bathrooms 2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome2
4 star

3 bedroom Barn Conversion

Beautiful 3 bedroom barn conversion with tranquil orchard garden which is both family-friendly and pet-friendly, nestled in the Blackdown Hills just a short distance from the inspirational scenery of the Jurassic coast.

Facilities & Features: Silver Award Winning CottageTVFree Wifi
Price from £710
Next available 21/05 to 28/05/22
sleeps 4 - 8 guests 4 - 8
4 bedrooms 4
2 bathrooms 2
no dogs allowed
3 star

4 bedroom Cottage

Positioned in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Weymouth rests this remarkable whitewashed holiday home, Picardy Cottage.

Facilities & Features: TV
Price from £1596
Next available 21/05 to 27/05/22
sleeps 5 - 10 guests 5 - 10
5 bedrooms 5
6 bathrooms 6
no dogs allowed
5 star

5 bedroom Townhouse

Elegant 5 bedroom holiday rental in Weymouth, all ensuite bedrooms, stunning sea views and excellent location opposite the beach.

Facilities & Features: TV
* Price quoted is not inclusive of any applicable booking fees or local charges.