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Rooks Acre

(Ref. 1106627)

Rousdon, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage is located on the beautiful & peaceful Rousdon estate, actually in a prime position with sea views despite being mis-located on the Sykes map!"

    . The facilities were great (although if you arrive in warm weather remember to turn the thermostat down to prevent heating coming on). The garden is large with enough space for children & dogs to enjoy, has wild flowers and fragrant rose bushes in abundance. The main gate doesn't shut - the only 'open' part of the garden but that wasn't a concern for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rook's Acre and Rousdon again, my only regret is not getting the chance to visit its 'private' beach which is so beautiful.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2024

  • "This property has become run down the garden was overgrown in places."

    Inside it was musty smelling and the central heating did not seem to work at times.We where very disappointed with this property as it is beautifully located

    Really sorry you were disappointed. We do have a gardener who visits regularily to do the lawns but we intentionally do not cut hedges or overly weed during the summer months to make the environment as nature friendly as we can. The central heating is controlled from the boiler and when guests are not straying is set to twice a day in summer and is then controlled from a thermostat in the hallway. This controls costs and stops energy wastage when the property is empty. When guests are staying the boiler can be switched on from the control box in the boiler cupboard to 24 hours and the heat still controlled from the thermostat. We will put this information into the property manual when we are next at Rooks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue1.9Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful property in a perfect location, I wanted to stay much longer"

    That is really nice of you. We are very happy that you enjoyed Rooks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Aug 2023

  • "Rook Ache was a nice place but had a few problems."

    Reading the feedback on the visitor book they don’t seem to be repairing them. We had a electric problem we couldn’t use anything but Skype sorted out for us. Also front door wouldn’t lock from inside and there was a leek under sink, it could be a lovely place but needs sorting and l thought it was quite a lot of money,l use Skype ever year never had a problem before a jasper

    *Owner response. I am sorry you had some issues during your stay at Rooks. The tripping of the consumer unit is a necessary safety mechanism caused by a faulty appliance or an overload of the system and was a one off. All appliances are tested annually. The consumer unit tripping has never been reported in the 20 years that we have owned the property. It is also easy to rectify. The door is a stable (split) door style. The top door is locked and holds the bottom door and this we believe works fine. From the inside it is difficult to bolt the top door to the bottom door however. The front door has been an irritance to a few guests now so we will replace it at the end of the season with a more conventional door. The leaking waste under the sink was unacceptable but hidden and minor. The fix is being arranged by Sykes. *The Lyme Bay Team We were glad that our maintenance team were able to assist you with the electrics tripping. We were not aware of the other issues mentioned and will organise to take a look at these. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anita3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely setting and so peaceful, and plenty of room."

    Estate great for dog walks. Bungalow well equipped, but sadly beds for us were not that comfortable, sorry. Did try and get to the private beach but steps down were steep and in our view quite dangerous . If you want to really get away from the hassle and bussle this is the place for you.

    Thank you for you response. We're glad that you liked Rooks. The beach is a bit of an adventure to get to. It does depend on how the weather has been. Work is done on the track periodically but the nature of the undercliff does mean that the path can be unpredicable. We will be replacing the mattresses at the end of the season. 4/3/2024 Mattresses replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynda4.1Jun 2023

  • "Great place, but feel you're missing a great opportunity here."

    Damp in the Living Room and condensation in the Conservatory needs to be addressed, kitchen worktops need to be sealed or replaced and scolding hot tap in the bathroom should be looked at. Would also benefit from a second toilet. Not sure when the last let was but the property smells a little musky.

    Really sorry about your experience. In winter if Rooks hasn't been let the timed heating clearly needs adjusting so that it is on more. When the property is in use there are no issues with damp or mustiness. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Traci3.4Dec 2022

  • "Lovely and well-equipped cottage in a beautiful location."

    The cottage was very clean as we had been worried about previous reviews.

    Thank you for your response. We are really happy that you liked Rook's Acre. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah4.7Sep 2022

  • "Stunning location, property was dirty, spiders webs all over the bungalow, had not been vacuumed."

    Old oil smell thoughtout the property. Cutlery and plates were all dusty and dirty after being left in cupboards for a long period of time,worktops very sticky. Couldn't open one patio door to conservatory due to apart of key broken in lock.front door very difficult to open and close. No access to private beach as a coastal path.

    Patio doors and windows have been replaced, front door has been fixed and there is a key code available for access to the private beach. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.1Aug 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Rooks acre however there were a few items lacking in the kitchen."

    Oven Gloves, measuring jug, whisk, mechanical timer and scales. (Digital ones supplied batteries were flat) A lot more cutlery. Some plastic cups and plates for using in the garden and some proper bbq tools including a brush to clean with. Also remove the rusty, split trampoline in the garden before someone hurts themselves. Also, and this is aimed at Lyme Bay Holidays, you are using Covid as a reason for reducing services. Why should we have to strip all the beds and put them into bags in the name of Covid? It’s ridiculous. Also you had left all the dirty linen from the previous tenant piled up in the hall. I did email Mia regarding this but nothing was done about it. One other point, I think not leaving a nice welcome pack like you used to before you became part of Sykes is a mean spirited move.

    Trampoline has been removed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William3.8Jul 2022

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This property is part of the Lyme Bay Holidays collection.
Lyme Bay Holidays are a large, friendly, local agency established for over 40 years. Specialising in the area surrounding Lyme Regis on the Dorset and Devon border, they cover much of the World Heritage Coast as well as some stunning countryside and attractive market towns and villages.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single with pull-out truckle
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, walk-in shower, basin
  • Kitchen
  • Open-plan living space with dining area and sitting area
  • Conservatory
  • Separate WC
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of logs for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Non-enclosed garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.6 miles, pub 3.4 miles
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed so supervision of dogs and children required at all times
  • Note: The property is located on a privately managed estate

The property

Boasting a superb location on the historic Rousdon Estate close to Lyme Regis, is this attractive and well-presented holiday lodge, Rooks Acre which is ideal for families on holiday in the area.

The open-plan sitting room welcomes its guests and is a beautiful introduction to the property.

The room is light and airy with an extensive seating area, feature wood flooring, a woodburning stove and doors leading through to the conservatory allowing maximum light to flood in and creating a truly inviting space.

The dining area in the conservatory is set out ready for visitors to enjoy delicious food prepared in the fully fitted country kitchen where you will find everything you need to create fabulous holiday cuisine for the whole family.

When bedtime calls, there are three well-presented bedrooms and guests can choose from either of the two doubles or the single with pull-out truckle bed; all offer a chilled out space and sanctuary to guests after a hard day out holidaying.

When the sun is shining in Dorset there is nowhere nicer to be so why not spend some time alfresco in the gardens, check out the sea views and soak up the rays?

This is just perfect for an early morning coffee, a light lunch or a long, lingering evening meal.

The tranquil setting of Rooks Acre is what sets it apart, languishing in some 350 acres of grounds of Rousdon Estate with gardens, woodlands and footpaths aplenty to explore.

You can easily while away a day here wandering and discovering!

A short but scenic drive away is Lyme Regis a beautiful town with narrow streets filled with gorgeous shops and boutiques, and just outside the town there is Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium and Lyme Regis Museum, which both offer a fascinating insight into the history and the marine life of the area.

Tunnel Tree Tops high ropes and zip wire near Charmouth are well worth a visit with days out to Axe Valley Wildlife Park, Pecorama, Seaton Tramway and Beer Heights Light Railway all within easy reach.

Rooks Acre is set within a rural idyll and offers families an enjoyable holiday stay.

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About the location


Charmouth 3 miles; Axminster 6 miles; Bridport 10 miles; Sidmouth 16 miles.

The delightful seaside town of Lyme Regis has much to offer its visitors, boasting a maze of narrow streets filled with craft and antique shops, galleries and cafes. Take a stroll along the world-famous Cobb causeway overlooking the ancient harbour, where fishing trips can be enjoyed, or try your hand at fossil hunting in the area. The scenic coastal path offers excellent walking opportunities and spectacular views of the stunning Jurassic coast, whilst the gently shelving sands and sparkling waters of Lyme Bay provide the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. A holiday destination to savour!

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Note: The garden is not enclosed so supervision of dogs and children required at all times

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas