Symondsbury Manor is located in beautiful West Dorset. This page is just a suggestion of the delights that await you. If you are interested in doing something special during your stay please ask us; we are happy to help make your stay a memorable one.
The village of Symondsbury is a great base from which to explore Dorset whether by car, bicycle or public transport. A stream wanders through the village coming from a spring that is believed to have healing properties. An old road leads from the sea through the village, that used to take pilgrims to the shrine of St Whit at Whitchurch Canonicorum and this ancient track as well as several other walks reveal the ancient face of the Dorset countryside.
Bridport, the nearest town, is a mile and a half away. It has large street markets twice a week selling fruit and vegetables, antiques, bric a brac and local crafts. Bridport Leisure Centre is well equipped for indoor swimming, squash, badminton, weight training etc and there are golf, horse riding, sailing and diving facilities within easy reach. There is a wide choice of restaurants and good pubs including one in Symondsbury only 100 metres from the Manor. Local links…
Symondsbury is a short drive from historic Lyme Regis, an unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, famous for its geology and fossil finds, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status.
Hiking & Biking
Inland, the Dorset countryside offers the spectacular hill forts of Maiden Castle and Eggardon and the charming villages of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. Ideal hiking and biking country.
Symondsbury is only a short distance from the seaside towns of West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis which are all a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast famous for its geology and fossil finds also offering fine beaches, fishing and watersports. Weymouth and Portland which are only 18 miles away have been chosen to play host to the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
Local Attractions Include
- Cerne Giant
- Kingston Lacy
- Athelhampton House
- The Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury
- Fleet Air Arm Museum
- Bovington Tank Museum
- Monkey world
- Dorset County Show
- Melplash Show