The Old Vicarage
Located in West Lulworth, Dorset
Wonderful former vicarage with rustic look and feel, large rooms, a host of period features and stunning grounds with croquet lawn, pond and a fire pit seating area.
- Sleeps: 8
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Pet Friendly: 1
This property is located in the picturesque Lulworth Cove which is a quaint country village with local amenities. It is a fantastic base to explore the local area including historic 16th century Lulworth Castle and its small children s animal farm and the iconic Durdle Door a limestone arch on a stretch of shingle beach where you can sunbathe or swim in the clear waters.
The heavy oak front door leads into a tiled hall with a cloakroom. On arrival you will encounter the kitchen with its feature fireplace, tiled floor and door to the garden. The kitchen comes equipped with an oven and hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, freezer and dishwasher. The drawing room has some of the best period features including historic Norman arch and window seat and stone mullion windows. The views from this property are outstanding and extend throughout the vicarage. A beautiful marble fireplace and open fire make this room cosy and elegant. There is also a utility room on this level with a tumble dryer inside. A period staircase with a high ceiling leads up to the first floor where there are two double bedrooms (one en suite), a separate family bathroom and an additional wet room. A more modern sitting room is here on the first floor with TV and comfortable furniture for relaxation. The second floor, set into the eaves, houses two further bedrooms one being a twin and the other a zip and link double. The property has low door frames and reduced ceiling height in eaves.
The outside area of this property is vast with many exquisite features. From the wrought-iron gates to the property and the drive lined with box hedging and mature shrubs ensuring privacy for those using the property to the raised terrace which runs around the side of the building to the rear. From the terrace, there are eight steps down to the croquet lawn where you can partake in a game or two, and also a covered pond. For those wishing to dine outside, there is a comfortable seating area around the fire pit where you can enjoy food and drinks under the stars.
- Stunning former vicarage built in 1870 of local Purbeck stone mixing traditional and antique décor in keeping with the style of the property
- Croquet lawn, covered pond and seating around the fire pit for outside entertainment
- Dog-friendly – ideal to explore Lulworth Cove as a family and beautiful views of the surrounding village and extensive countryside
- 4 bedrooms 2 doubles, 1 double (can be made up as a twin if requested, must be requested at the time of booking) and 1 twin
- 3 bathrooms 1 bathroom with WC; 1 wet room shower room,1 en suite bathroom with WC
- Oven and hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, freezer and dishwasher
- Utility room with tumble dryer
- Open fire (logs/coal included Oct-Apr; kindling and firelighters not included)
- TV in the first-floor lounge
- Wi-Fi included
- Central heating
- Garden with seating
- Ample off road parking
- 2 dogs allowed
- Shop and pub under ½ mile
Lulworth is a quaint village with many traditional cottages. The village is full of shops and restaurants. Lulworth Cove is a horse-shoe shaped cove. The cove formed 10,000 years ago by the power of river and sea and is a pebble beach and very sheltered. Visit the Heritage Centre and learn about the smugglers. Taste the delights of a traditional Dorset fudge and sweetshop. Relax in the tea garden and ice cream parlour in the lane leading down to the cove. From here you are within walking distance of Durdle Door. Or, visit Durdle Door by boat. Lulworth has 3 pubs, The Castle Inn, Man O War which is dog friendly, and the Lulworth Cove Inn. The pubs are very popular in the summer months, so it would be advisable to phone ahead. The shingle beach at Durdle Door can shelve in places but the beach has excellent water quality. You will also find the ever-popular Durdle Door Ice Cream Kiosk. East Lulworth is a short 5-minute drive away or travel west and discover Ringstead.
Camp Bestival takes place at Lulworth Castle in East Lulworth every year from the end of July for 3 days. With face painting, bouncy castles to medieval jousting, there is plenty to do and see. There are four main stages for the music acts which are jam-packed over three days. There are DJ sets, comedy, theatre and shows, attractions and activities and plenty of food. If you are looking for a festival that is for all the family and diverse then look no further. Lulworth Castle is set in the stunning grounds of the Lulworth Estate. The historic castle, restored by English Heritage after a devastating fire, is open all year round. In the grounds, there are woodland walks and a children's playground. After, why not relax with a picnic while the kids play.