High-quality self-catering accommodation on a beautiful country estate, a stone's throw from the Dorset coast.
Shipton Lane Burton Bradstock Dorset DT6 4NQ 01308 897 007
Norburton Hall is a lovely country manor house with extensive grounds that just happens also to be home to some extremely stylish self-catering cottage accommodation. Surrounded by six acres of rolling lawns and woodlands, the house was originally built some 400 years ago but remodelled in Arts-and-Crafts style in 1901. Today it is grand without being too formal, with an imposing main hall, complete with sweeping staircase and stained-glass windows, and lots of Arts-and-Crafts features.
The estate's various outbuildings – stables, haylofts and the like – have been converted into a series of extremely well-kitted-out self-catering units, each of which makes for a fantastic cottage retreat just a stone's throw from the famous Jurassic Coast (indeed one of the nicest things about Norburton Hall is that you can walk from here to the sea from here).
There are five cottages in all, sleeping from two people (the Hayloft, the Stables, Dairy Cottage) to four people (the Shippen) to eight (Gardener's Cottage), and furnished in contemporary style, with flatscreen TVs and DVD players and well-equipped kitchens; a couple have underfloor heating and are dog-friendly (the only one furnished in a traditional cottagey style is Dairy Cottage). The welcome is warm, and if you pre-order one of their lovely Dorset Produce Boxes you're set up for provisions before you arrive. It's a lovely self-catering option in a really fantastic location.
An idyllic setting where you can instantly relax. The Hall is enveloped by its own private, peaceful grounds situated in a picturesque village on the Jurassic Coast. The accommodation is full of character with original features dating back to 1640. In 1902, Norburton Hall was transformed into a delightful Arts and Crafts country house retreat with stone mullion windows, carved fireplaces, a grand carved wooden staircase, stained glass windows and an iridescent peacock fireplace by Walter Crane. The five comfortable holiday cottages (sleep 2–8) provide an excellent base for enjoying coast and countryside with wonderful places to dine including an award-winning beach café within easy walking distance. Perfect for a weekend get-away, cosy coastal bolt hole or for family gatherings. Two cottages are pet-friendly and have welcomed many well-behaved dogs and cats.
The local area
Walking is very popular with scenic walks right from the door. Cyclists and anglers are all catered for with lockable storage and an outdoor smoker for any mackerel caught on the beach. Alternatively, if you're not off exploring the surrounding coast and countryside or fossil hunting on the beaches, just laze in the grounds under the spreading canopy of mature trees. Enjoy cycling along hollow ways or ridgeways with spectacular views along the coast – electric bikes as well as conventional bikes can be hired. Angling is popular and an outdoor smoker has just been installed in the grounds of the Hall for guests' use. Literary trails – Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, John Fowles and T E Lawrence were all inspired by the local landscape. The TV drama, Broadchurch, was filmed on the cliffs from Burton Bradstock along the coast to Eype.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
59 East St Bridport Dorset DT6 3LB
Attractive Mediterranean restaurant, serving a range of pasta dishes and great stone-baked pizzas
Hive Beach Café
Beach Road, Burton Bradstock Dorset DT6 4R
A homely beach hut-cum-seafood restaurant on lovely Burton Bradstock beach
Watch House Café
West Bay Dorset DT6 4EL
The place to head in West Bay.
Beach and Barnicott
6 South St Bridport DT6 3NQ
Fabulous, quirky café/restaurant/bar in a grade II-listed 18th-century building
Green Yard Café
4–6 Barrack St, Bridport DT6 3LY
Award-winning family-run café, serving tasty homemade food, using local, seasonal free-range and organic produce.
Things to see & do nearby
Bridport is a lively market town with an alternative vibe, and a good selection of cafés, bars and quirky shops
West Bay DT6
The Electric Palace
35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY
The Electric Palace is at the heart of Bridport’s lively arts scene
West Bay Fishing Trips
West Bay Harbour
West Bay Fishing Trips runs mackerel trips on the Dawn Mist out of West Bay harbour.
South Street, Bridport
Local produce, arts and crafts, antiques and bric-a-brac
29 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX2
Wonderful bakery selling homemade organic breads, pastries and cakes
30–32 West Street Bridport Dorset DT6 3QP
What could be more cool that a traditional hat shop with every kind of headgear you could imagine?
Three cottages sleeping two people, one cottage sleeping four, and one cottage sleeping eight people.
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- DAB Radios
- Dogs Welcome
- DVD Players
- TVs with Freeview
- Exclusive hire
- Groups Welcome
- Large Property
Norburton Hall is down a country lane after turning off the A35 between Bridport and Dorchester. The nearest train stations are Dorchester, Axminster or Crewkerne, and the X53 bus, connecting Weymouth and Exeter, stops in Burton Bradstock.
Available all year.