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Harbour Scene

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Cleanliness pretty good,but couldn’t help notice skirting boards needed a wipe over,this point is a minor detail!"

    Comfort… Have to say the settee in the lounge wasn’t at all comfortable! If the weather had been good every day we probably wouldn’t have used this to much,but, having a couple of days of rain the settee became uncomfortable! It may be as both my wife and myself are in our mid 70s younger people might not have noticed the discomfort!.To be fair the flat on whole was well presented! We really enjoyed the week!

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Sep 2023

  • "A wonderful apartment with everything you need and in the most perfect position ..."

    A wonderful apartment with everything you need and in the most perfect position looking out at the harbour Can't wait to return Debbie and Tim

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Sep 2023

  • "Hi, firstly I would like to say we had a lovely stay at Harbour Scene."

    Good size apartment & great location. However, I was very dissapointed with how we found the balcony on arrival. Looking at pictures I was looking forward to utilising balcony but it was very dirty, flooded & even had a dead bird in it. This is something, especially with young children, should be looked at to ensure it doesn't happen again. Couple of other things to note, although I do appreciate this is probably out of your control, te hot water although we had a booster there was not enough for a family of 4 to shower. The Internet connection was very intimitant & sometimes didn't work at all.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.4Aug 2023

  • "The flat was not as clean as other places we’ve stayed in with Sykes Cottages."

    The plate rack was exceptionally dusty, I didn’t keep the dinner plates there during our stay. The impression given was that the flat was only given a minimum clean. This is the first review we’ve given because we feel whoever cleans the flat needs to be more thorough. Most of the surfaces were dusty. Situation of the flat is excellent.

    Reviewed by Doreen3.4Aug 2023

  • "Clean , comfortable in great position and it has parking, that is all you need for good holiday"

    Reviewed by Helena5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fully met up to our expectations and wishes."

    West Bay is a great place to visit and stay.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2023

  • "We found the accomadation acceptable for the price."

    Lovely comfortable bed in main bedroom but a more comfortable sofa would have been nice. I found the use of everything in the apartment adequate. We would like to visit West Bay again but no way would i return to Harbour Scene as the noise of constant traffic mainly motorbikes was constant .It was hot all week but could not have the windows open because of the noise.We came home early because of it and it spoiled our holiday.

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Jun 2023

  • "We appreciate that all the equipment in the apartment works properly, which isn't always the case."

    This is is our 4th visit, so you can see that we like it! Jean & Geoff

    We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. It makes us happy you keep returning as we have many guests that do so. Hope you continue to do so as asas Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Apr 2023

  • "On arrival wifi not working."

    Phone call to Dream Cottages yielded sensible advice, but didn't work, but next morning ( Sunday !) service man came out & sorted it. Minor points - no airer & somebody had damaged the control on the hall storage heater. These are not complaints, just for information. We were very pleased with the apartment & will definitely come again. Jean & Geoff

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great place to stay only a few minutes walk from the shingle beach."

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Sep 2022

  • "It’s a great location and the facilities in the apartment were good."

    We found the single beds uncomfortable and the overall decor could do with freshening up but is still adequate

    Reviewed by Ashley3.4Aug 2022

  • "The furniture looked nice at first but it was very uncomfortable seeing we were ..."

    The furniture looked nice at first but it was very uncomfortable seeing we were staying for two weeks we were glad to be back home

    Reviewed by Irene3.1Jun 2022

  • "Brilliant location for our holiday stay."

    Flat could have been a bit cleaner but the beds were clean and comfortable. Black out curtains/blind for the twin bedroom and hall window would be good as the curtains are really thin so it was light very early! . Handy to have a parking space but only if you have a small car ( although we did just manage to squeeze our Volvo estate in the garage!) Loved having a balcony to sit and look out at the harbour. We would definitely like to stay again

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8May 2022

  • "Our second stay in this spacious flat which is in an ideal position to enjoy the benefits West Bay has to offer."

    Having a second floor private lounge balcony looking towards to harbour and the sunsets over the nearby hills is good as is the detached private garage which comes with the flat.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely apartment very clean,views of the Harbour is a bonus i will certainly be returning."

    Nice pubs and restaurants close by. Having the balcony was lovely but the draining holes were blocked so any rain or debris could not be swept away,small point but would make time on the balcony much nicer.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0May 2022

  • "Tge cottage was lovely but i will never book through sykes cottages again my ..."

    Tge cottage was lovely but i will never book through sykes cottages again my ecperience with you was terrible so unprofessional

    Reviewed by Andrea4.4Oct 2021

  • "We generally had a good stay at Harbour Scene and the flat is in a fantastic location, especially for the beach."

    There were a couple of things we'd suggest to improve the overall experience. Firstly, the cleanliness of the kitchen wasn't to a high standard, we had to wash all dishes again before their use and the cupboards and appliances were sticky to touch. It just made it feel a little dirty and uncomfortable. The second thing is the linen, we stayed for a week and there was only one set of towels and bath mat with no facility in the flat to wash them. I'd suggest that you provide an extra set of towels or put a basic washing machine in the kitchen for the use of guests. The other thing, which is more minor is that the smaller bedroom's curtains let in a lot of light so my children were woken up very early. Overall though, it was a nice stay which could have been even better with a couple of tweaks. Thank you for having us.

    Reviewed by Jesal4.1Aug 2021

  • "We met the owners, very friendly and welcoming."

    The location of the apartment was perfect and we all loved it. The only reason I scored facilities down a bit was the cold box in the fridge was broken and we could have done with it. Otherwise all good. Thank you! Sorry for delay posting review - where does time go?

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Aug 2021

  • "Harbour View is a well appointed, self-contained flat in the centre of West Bay."

    The flat had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The garage however is not big enough for most everyday cars and therefore parking is priced at £8 a day, there are plenty of spaces. Excellent restaurants, cafes and pubs in very close proximity. We really enjoyed Seagulls ( it’s a restaurant) for dinner and the crab sandwiches for lunch from Sammie B’s!

    Reviewed by Rachel2.8Jul 2021

  • "By chance, we met both the owners and the cleaning lady (Sue)."

    Both Mr & Mrs Hunt and Sue were very pleasant.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jun 2021

  • "Really well situated flat with parking."

    Flat was very clean and fairly well equipped. Flat is on the second floor but a small lift is available. We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2020

  • "The picturesque view was fantastic, flat was bigger than expected and was well equipped for all a family could need."

    Had a little glitch with the WiFi but was sorted within 15mins of my call, all very impressive. Shops and local amenities all within walking distance and local folks very friendly. A great base to go exploring the jurrasic coast from, easy to get to and garage parking a real bonus. Would recommend to any family and will definately use the site for future bookings.

    Reviewed by Izzy5.0Aug 2020

  • "On arrival we were surprised that no one had noticed the amount of water leaking from the mixer tap joints in the bathroom."

    Uncertainty as to whether this would become worse if the taps were used meant we were not able to shower or bath until it had been fixed. Although the flat was as bright and colourful as its description, little things like the freezer section of the fridge being in great need of defrosting and a thick layer of dust in the bathroom let it down. Time spent ages on the mobile trying to get problems resolved was frustrating.

    Reviewed by Alison3.4Oct 2019

  • "The flat was great,it was much larger than expected."

    It was clean,well equipped and in a nicely maintained building. All the information we were given was accurate and helpful (directions etc). The garage is a tight fit but did fit our fiesta (anything bigger will struggle). The neighbours and owners of the flat that we met were all friendly which was nice. The flat itself - the little extras left for us (tea, biscuits etc) was a nice touch. The balcony and it's view were great it was handy for weather watching! As other reviews have mentioned if seems strange to have a dishwasher over a washing machine but there is a launderette within walking distance if you are that bothered. It would be useful to have a mirror and some drawers in the twin bedroom. All in all its a great flat, convenient for everything and I would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2019

  • "Wonderful large apartment in the centre of West Bay overlooking the harbour and the wonderful coastal countryside beyond."

    This 1970's style apartment is very well equipped with everything (and more) that we needed. It was a pleasure to have very large patio doors onto the balcony, which gets the afternoon sun, and being on the top (second) floor it afforded complete privacy. We must comment on the king-sized bed in the master bedroom it was one of the most comfortable we have slept in the many cottages/apartments we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2019

  • "The apartment was larger than expected and had all the essentials required."

    We did not expect to find washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin liners or cleaning cloths so this was nice. The kitchen was well stocked of pots and pans and all essential cooking equipment. We were able to cook our meals in the apartment without any issues. The beds were very comfortable and both bedrooms very spacious. I do not usually sleep well for a couple of days when being somewhere different but I slept well every night so a big bonus for me. There was a hoover, iron and ironing board, clothes airer and cleaning equipment - we did not use them all but good to know they are available if required. We did use some of the cleaning equipment to clean the patio doors to the balcony so we could see the beautiful view from them - although this could be an endless tasks if there is lots of wind and rain which is why the doors and windows were not clear. The shower was dripping when we arrived but we were told this will be sorted by the plumber which it was and the shower was replaced which was much better and the water pressure was good, however, we did run out of hot water when all 4 of us showered and 3 washed their (long) hair which was more time consuming and therefore not enough hot water for all. I appreciated the little sewing box in the drawer as I needed to use this which meant I was able to wear the item of clothing again. We also played some of the board games that were in the drawers although we had brought some of our own in case of rainy days - which we only had 2. We enjoyed looking around the area, including all the shops and did plenty of walking. The beach was also great for the kids and their fossil hunting and my husband did some fishing off the beach whilst I managed some sunbathing for a few hours (until the cloud came over). Having the garage to park the car was great and it also kept it dry from the couple of windy wet days we had. We have a large car but was able to fit it in the garage although everyone got out before parking it as there was not much room to the side even when parked right over to one side. We visited Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Monkey World (this one is a favourite of ours and we try and go once yearly). Weymouth was lovely but we did not manage to visit Portland which was recommended to us.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2019

  • "Would suggest, as advertised for families, a washing machine would be more useful than a dishwasher."

    Reviewed by S4.7Jun 2019

  • "Shower very poor flow, as someone with long hair, hair washing was difficult & water often cool by the time I’d finished."

    Apartment needs updating.

    Reviewed by Teresa3.1Jun 2019

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  • Second floor apartment with lift and stair access, to large landing area
  • From the landing there is one step up into the apartment
  • There are two bedrooms, one king-size double and one twin single bed
  • A bathroom with bath with shower over, basing and WC, kitchen and sitting dining room, TV, dining table and chairs, patio doors onto a balcony.
  • Electric heating, Electric Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Travel Cot and Highchair, TV
  • WIFI
  • Fuel and power rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Allocated garage parking
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and Pub within 5-minute walk

The property

Set right in the heart of West Bay, with views over the harbour, this comfortable and spacious apartment provides the perfect base from which to explore the Jurassic Coastline of Dorset.

Ideal for families or a small group of friends who want a holiday within walking distance of the beach and South West Coastal path.

This second-floor apartment is set all on one level and the generous hallway welcomes you in.

The open plan sitting dining room has a delightful balcony where you can sit and enjoy the views over the harbour with a morning coffee or evening glass of wine.

The Kitchen has plenty of space for creating delicious meals and the bedrooms are bright and comfortable, one with sea views over the beach and the other harbour views.

A walk around West Bay, famous for it’s role as the location in the TV series Broadchurch, will delight all your senses, with the sights of a busy harbour and the sounds of the fishermen landing their daily catch, brought together with the delicious smells of fresh fish and chips by the sea.

You will also find plenty of local restaurants, pubs and shops for all your daily needs.

There are lots of adventures to be had within easy driving distance; Charmouth, Lyme Regis and Exmouth off to the west, Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury, The Isle of Portland and Weymouth to the East.

Within walking distance of less than 2 miles if the Market town of Bridport, where you can explore the market and antiques and vintage market.

Harbour View is ideally located for all this area of the Jurassic Coast has to offer at anytime of the year.

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About the location


Bridport 1.5 miles; Lyme Regis 11 miles

West Bay, fondly known as “The Gateway To The Dorset Jurassic Coast” and popularised by the TV series Broadchurch, lies close to the glorious sandstone cliffs of Golden Cap, at the western end of the dramatic pebbly Chesil Beach. This is a wonderful seaside location, perfect for family holidays, offering scenic walks along the South West Coastal Path with beautiful clifftop views and beaches and the Brit Valley Way taking you north into the rolling hills of Dorset, as well as ample opportunities to try your hand at sea fishing, golf, fossil hunting, boating. Visit the nearby Palmers Brewery, over 225 years old and the only thatched brewery in the UK, the homes on Thomas Hardy and TE Lawrence, The Tank Museum at Bovington or the Naval Air Museum at Yeovil. Only 1.5 miles away is the vibrant market town of Bridport, featured in the TV series, River Cottage, with two weekly markets and festivals throughout the year. The area holds plenty of attractions to suit the whole family! Just a short drive takes you to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, the lovely sub-tropical gardens and swannery at Abbotsbury, or the golden sands of Weymouth. This wonderful location makes an ideal base for a great family holiday.

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Note: max 4 adults.
Note: Garage maximum dimensions are; height with door open, 1.8m (5'10") Width; 2.44m (8') and Length; 4.85m (15'10"), if your vehicle doesn’t fit in the garage you will need to park in the long stay car park (East Beach Car Park, West Bay) opposite the apartments. There is a daily charge for this, payable in the car park.

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