From the moment you turn into the sweeping driveway you know you're somewhere incredibly special. The principle wing of a Grade II listed Georgian pile built in the Scottish Baronial style, Old Park Hall is just a stone's throw from Lyme Regis and exudes old country charm with its ornate windows, pretty stone exteriors and fabulously idyllic views. Don't be fooled though, once through the grand entrance you'll be wowed by elegantly modern interiors - think Soho House style - and there's not a whiff of stuffiness to be found.
Step though the huge wooden front door and you'll find yourself in the grand entrance hall, which comes complete with a baby grand piano, wood burning stove, stunning chandelier and a pair of comfy leather chairs - perfect for a private tête-à-tête. On the ground floor you'll also find the astonishing living area, a resplendent den in navy, with plush velvet sofas, stunning open fire, beautiful stained glass windows and fab pink neon 'candy floss' lighting - an ideal spot for lounging and playing board games. Being an old house, there's also a secret few rooms tucked away - a snug can be found on the ground floor, perfect to escape to if you're after some peace and quiet, whilst a brilliant family/TV room can be found downstairs on the lower ground floor - perfect for young ones to escape to away from the parents!
As befitting a grand country retreat, there's a huge excellently equipped farmhouse kitchen with original flagstone flooring, perfect for cooking up a storm. There's also a small breakfast kitchen just off of the dining room where you can rustle up breakfast or any small dish without having to head downstairs. The dining room is fabulously spacious, with a huge trestle table with stylish overhead lighting which is superb for informal get-togethers. If cooking on your first night just doesn't appeal, the owner can provide a lovely home-cooked meal should you want one - just get in touch with us to arrange.
The four en suite bedrooms are more like hotel suites and are simply amazing. The master bedroom and second bedroom face out over the rolling Devonshire countryside and have luxurious emperor sized beds which can be made in to super-sized twins if need be, whilst the further two king rooms look over the pretty gardens to the back. All rooms are exquisitely and uniquely decorated, complete with comfy chairs, ambient lighting, flat screen televisions and exceptional bedding, throws, furs and cushions - everything you'll need for a restful nights' sleep.
All four bedrooms are en suite with rainfall showers, so there's no fighting over the bathroom in the morning! There's an additional family bathroom downstairs with a bath for when only a long soak will do. All bathrooms come with fluffy White Company towels and robes, kept super warm by the lovely heated towel rails.
If relaxation is all that's on your mind whilst on holiday, then beauty treatments can be arranged in the exclusive spa room; these include Dermalogica facials, luxury gel manicures, pedicures, lash extensions, chemical peels, make-up & body massage... whatever you choose you will come away feeling revitalised.
Old Park Hall has gorgeously well established gardens; there is even a separate area which is home to a pair of pet pigs called Winnie and Wednesday! To the rear of the retreat you'll find a fully enclosed space, ideal for dogs. To the front is a huge lawn, perfect for a spot of croquet, with fabulous countryside views.
There's lots of space for cars to the front of Old Park Hall - just pull up into the drive.
Up to three well-behaved dogs are very welcome at Old Park Hall - dog towels and treats are provided too!
There are bags of things to see, do and eat whilst staying at Old Park Hall. Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coastline are just minutes away and well worth a visit. Lyme Regis is a very pretty coastal town with the Cobb and harbour (made famous by John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman) being particularly lovely. The Jurassic Coast has World Heritage Site status, and nothing beats exploring the coastline by foot or by car, visiting the little villages such as Seatown and Abbotsbury. Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast and is a lovely walk, whilst the Blackdown Hills and Dorchester are nearby should you fancy some inland exploration.
For foodies, you really are spoilt for choice - River Cottage, Hix, Tucker's Arms, Tytherleigh Arms, Trill Farm, The Hive in Burton Bradstock and Lord Poulett Arms are all within an easy drive for Old Park Hall. Castlewood Estate, an exceptionally good vineyard, is a must to try some of the country's best sparkling wines.
For activities, why not try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, foraging or a plethora of water sports? Just get in touch and we'll happily help arrange things for you, whilst River Cottage is perfect for a culinary course or two - you can come back to Old Park Hall and show off your newly acquired skills!
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