Norburton Hall

Built in traditional style more than 100 years ago in local Bothenhampton stone, and recently refurbished, the Edwardian country house has mullion windows overlooking sweeping lawns and centuries-old woodland. The Dining Room includes a fireplace designed by Walter Crane.

Walter Crane Fireplace
Walter Crane Fireplace

Surrounded by six acres of formal terrace, gardens and woodland, the house stands on the site of a fortified farm dating back to the 1640s. In its time, this was one of the principal buildings in a settlement that today lies at the heart of the village of Burton Bradstock. The village centre and the nearest beach are both within easy walking distance of Norburton Hall.

Accommodation: The main house has three rooms: The Halcyon Suite, The Garden Room and The Chesil Room. All the rooms have views over extensive grounds, with glimpses of the sea beyond. There are luxury en-suite facilities, quality goose and feather duvet, sumptuous bathsheets and bath products for the guests' comfort. A cafetiere and tea-making facilities are provided and there's a TV and radio in every room. A full English Breakfast is served in the elegant Dining Room, leading from the main Hall and with views over the formal garden. Guests enjoy well-cooked, delicious local produce including freshly laid eggs from Norburton Hall's own hens.

Self-Catering: Norburton Hall also has several self-catering cottages and apartments. This includes the Gardener's Cottage, that dates back to the 17th century and adjoins the main Hall. It offers guests all the luxury of modern living in a traditional setting. The cottage was stylishly refurbished in 2005 and is furnished to a very high standard throughout. With 2 bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom on each floor it can sleep up to 10 people. The two-storey Stables are built from the same local stone as Norburton Hall and date back to 1902, when the property was extensively renovated. In 2005, the building was converted into two luxury apartments, at ground and first floor levels. The Shippen is a beautifully converted long barn. 2 bedroom holiday accommodation on one floor with open beams and underfloor heating. Bedroom 1 has a king size bed with crisp white cotton bedding, bedside tables, a large wardrobe and chest of drawers. It has open beams and has incorporated a narrow slit window from the adjoining barn as a feature. Bedroom 2 contains twin beds, a built in wardrobe and bedside tables with lamps.

Local Attractions

Lyme Regis: Medieval port that has been used by the monarchy since Edward I in the wars against the French. The massive breakwater, known as the Cobb, is featured in the novel and film of The French Lieutenant's Woman. The novelist Jane Austin had a seafront cottage in Lyme Regis. Fossil collections can be found at the Philpott Museum and Dinosaurland. According to the Lyme Regis Tourist Office: "The resort, which has played a significant role in national and world affairs down through the centuries, is blessed with its location in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Breathtaking scenery, moody blue cliffs yielding evidence of life on Earth millions of years ago and an aura of yesteryear around every street corner gives Lyme an enduring mystique. It's a match winning formula, complemented by a lively and varied programme of events and activities, in and out of the high season, making Lyme Regis the ideal family holiday venue."

Charmouth: A beautiful coastal village parish, and one of the many gateway's to Dorset's Jurassic Coast which was awarded World Heritage Status in 2001. Good place to visit if you are a fossil collector. The cliffs of Black Ven are now part of a 161 acre nature reserve. Charles II took refuge at the Queen's Arms Inn when forced into hiding in 1651. Make sure you visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

Bridport: Bridport is a market town (markets Wednesdays and Saturdays) and has wide streets, once used for drying and twisting hemp. It still remains as Britain's main producer of cords and twines. The town has some interesting fishermen's cottages and a fine Georgian town hall.