A unique and romantic hideaway, Quarryman's Cottage is dinner on the roof terrace watching the sunset over Lyme Bay & Charmouth, stargazing from the luxury freestanding bath, epic views from the double shower, reading under the old oak tree, BBQ's & firepits, leisurely walks to The Anchor at Seatown via Golden Cap or the coastal path, the sound of birdsong, the glimpse of a deer, curling up in front of the wood burner in winter. It is a tranquil & heavenly escape from the bustle of daily life.
Quarryman’s Cottage is a beautiful and newly renovated one bedroom cottage that was built in the mid 1800’s (it had never previously had mains electric or running water).
Sitting over 600 feet above sea level, The Quarryman's Cottage has the most stunning far reaching views of Lyme Bay, Lyme Regis and Charmouth. As an upside down house it makes the most of those views. The open plan living and kitchen area on the top floor opens via French doors onto a large roof terrace in one direction and a paved terrace in the other. The bedroom and large luxury ensuite bathroom are downstairs.
It has been thoughtfully designed to create a light and airy property with large window’s in all rooms and French doors also opening out from the bedroom. It is south west facing guaranteeing you sun all day and the most wonderful sunsets all year round.
The cottage is furnished with an eclectic mix of old and new. Beautiful vintage wood furniture bought from local antique markets. Ercol 'straight back' dining chairs sit beside an antique pine table, an old headmasters book cupboard has been loving restored to create a pantry cupboard and an old Teak ships door, found on Sanna beach in the Scottish Highlands over 35 years ago adorns the wall. Reclaimed pine joists create the floor in the bedroom and upstairs, the original pine boards lovingly restored by the owners. An Oak and powder coated steel spiral staircase from Italy takes you between floors.
The roof terrace is furnished with a heavy solid wood table and benches plus a BBQ. There are 2 bulkhead lights which at night illuminate the surrounding tree’s creating the feeling that you are sitting within them.
The kitchen is fully kitted out to a high specification with a dishwasher, washing machine, gas hob, electric oven and a gorgeous Belfast sink hidden behind an oak worktop allowing for extra worktop space. It has everything you need to create fabulous home cooked meals if you opt to eat in.
The living area has a 2 seater sofa, side table, dining table and chairs, a beautiful Charnwood wood-burner, a large window seat, a smart TV with built in DVD player and a bluetooth speaker for listening to music.
The bedroom has a kingsize solid wood bed, hotel quality Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, two vintage Elm chairs for bedside tables, a large antique trunk, chest of drawers and a window seat with cushions and blankets.
The large ensuite bathroom has been fitted to a very high standard. A stunning ‘double’ shower with far reaching views of Lyme Bay and Charmouth, a freestanding bath sits across the corner of the room under both windows allowing for a spot of stargazing, the freestanding sink sits upon a piece of reclaimed sycamore and the lighting hints at a nautical theme with stylish bulkheads, one of which which can also be dimmed allowing for ‘mood lighting’ whilst taking a bath.
The garden comprises of various different area’s. The paved terrace is surrounded by a variety of tree’s and is a great sun trap. The woodland area under two large Oaks tree’s is perfect for lazy afternoons in the shade reading. The lawned area gets the sun for the whole of the day is a great spot for sun bathing and of course there is the afore mentioned roof terrace. There are two apple tree's which provide a constant supply of fruit in the Autumn.
There is currently parking for one car on the lower access level however there will be an option to park at the top later in the year.
Heating during the winter is via the woodburner as well as Haverland Wave electric radiators (with thermostat and timers). Wood is found at the back of the cottage in the log store.
Well behaved dogs are very welcome.
Morcombelake is a wonderful coastal community surrounded by National Trust parks in West Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Quarryman’s Cottage at West Bullen is nestled into the side of Hardown Hill, a National Trust park which is heather covered in late Summer and Autumn. It also offers the most spectacular far reaching views over Lyme Bay to the West, the ancient farming land of The Marshwood Vale to the North and Golden Cap, Chesil Beach, and Portland to the South East. Hardown Hill is perfect for an early morning or an evening walk with or without your four legged friend, taking in the sunsets, far reaching views or for a spot of night time stargazing.
The cottage is surrounded by a small woodland area which provide a home for deer, as well as owls and kites. Throughout the year a herd of Belted Galloway cow’s graze on a mature meadow which sits to the left of the property.
The village boasts an fantastic farm shop ‘Felicities’, perfect for stocking up with local seasonal produce. There is a cafe called Annies which serves the ‘best cooked breakfast’ for miles as well as lunch and afternoon tea and the famous Moores Biscuits which has a shop and deli and bakes bread daily. There are many stunning walks directly from the cottage to the South West Coastal Path which then leads you towards Eype and West Bay via Golden Cap and or Charmouth and Lyme Regis in the other. Should you wish to walk as far as say Lyme Regis then there are buses which also take dogs to bring you back making it easy to leave the car behind. Sights such as the Holloway at Hell's Lane in North Chideock are also within walking distance. The seaside hamlet of Seatown is a gentle 45 minute walk via Langdon Woods and there you will find the award winning Anchor pub (tourism pub of the year 2017) which sits overlooking the beach. It serves five star food created with local produce and serves local wines and ale.
West Bullen is situated up a quiet lane with no through traffic (apart from the local farmer). It is only a few miles from the beach at Seatown or Stonebarrow and Charmouth. It is a short drive to the seaside town of Lyme Regis and the famous sites at West Bay from the TV show Broadchurch.
Throughout the year the area hosts some world class events: The Bridport Literary Festival, Dorset Art Weeks, Devon and Somerset Open Studios, The Bridport Food Festival, Food Rocks, Weymouth Seafood Festival, Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week, to name a few. If you want to venture a little further afield then we are 45 minutes from the stunning Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door to the East or Dartmoor to the West. Should you opt for some ‘non coastal’ days out then look no further than the spectacular Forde Abbey House and Gardens, Bicton Park, The Swannery at Abbotsbury, Mapperton House and Gardens or you could venture out on the Thomas Hardy tour.
Morcombelake, Dorset, Bretland