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West Bay, Dorset (Ref. 1013337)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped. Really appreciated having plenty of towels and linen. Just for feedback: No vacuum cleaner. Couldn't use garage due to handle broken off. Also our small elderly dog struggled with the steps back and front. Also concerns regarding drop at the back of the garden. I'm sure this wouldn't have been an issue for most dogs. Maybe this could be made clearer in advance. This is purely feedback. We had a lovely holiday in a beautiful area.

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2022

  • "This is such a lovely cottage - spotlessly clean, spacious and light and with everything we needed."

    The location a few minutes from the coast path and 5 minutes into West Bay centre is perfect too.

    Reviewed by NatashaApr 2022

  • "Very clean and comfortable cottage."

    Generally well equipped. Good size sunny, enclosed garden which is great for dogs. Easy access to cliff walks, beach and Bridport. Parking is tight for a large car. Also, could do with updating the tv which is very small with poor sound quality. We enjoyed our stay at this cottage.

    Reviewed by DebraMar 2022

  • "We loved Thorncroft, it was very clean and well kitted out, all the comforts of home."

    The enclosed garden was brilliant for our border terrier to run around in. We would like to thank the owners for the emergency repair to the fence that they had to do following the February storms. We had read previous reviews and can honestly say that EVERYTHING mentioned in those reviews had been remedied by the owners. The only thing I would say(and its not a complaint at all) is that we like to leave our holiday lets as we find them. On using the vacuum cleaner we had to stop and open the windows as the (doggy) smell was very bad. I couldn't find any replacement bags. Lovely place and we would love to come back and bring the family

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2022

  • "Overall Thorncroft was a pleasant enough stay, but arrival no earlier than 5pm and departure at 10am is a bit mean."

    Cooker hob wasn’t easy to use but kitchen equipment and utensils, etc were good. Anybody with walking difficulties should be warned that approach to the house is a very steep.

    Reviewed by JuliaDec 2021

  • "First impressions of the property when we arrived were not good."

    The driveway and path up to the front door were overgrown with weeds/plants that hadn't been cut back for weeks, so it made it difficult getting out of the car and unpacking. The back lawn hadn't been cut for a long time as it must have been around 6 inches high which isn't ideal when you have to find dogs mess to pick up. Emailed Sykes and the 'property management' were contacted so the lawn was cut on our penultimate day of the one week stay. I had to pull up weeds that had been left there in the gravel path outside the back door down to the lawn and these were 3-4ft high. Inside the property, all cleaned to a good standard apart from harvest spiders in the corners of all rooms - not acceptable especially if you had a fear of spiders. Surprised this hadn't been sorted giving the extra cleaning time between check out at 10am and next guests at 5pm. There were no toilet rolls left anywhere, just half used rolls in both toilets - never had to buy toilet rolls where we have stayed before. Luckily brought our own hand wash but still had to buy some soap for the two other sinks, also brought kitchen rolls as again nothing. We weren't told about building work next door and had to retreat indoors, closing the lounge windows on a hot afternoon when we wanted to sit outside with a cup of tea. The concrete cutting was so loud with dust blowing over the fence, and a generator starting up - not what you need when you are on holiday. We put the rubbish bag out on the correct day as instructed on the fridge door note, and it wasn't taken. The previous fortnightly collection had also not taken place as another guest had also left a note after leaving rubbish out. So there were terrible smelling bags of rubbish left in the dustbin for weeks, very unhygienic. Just not good value for money when we stayed the second week in Sept and paid £1082 for a couple and 2 dogs. The owners really need to request the routine tasks are carried out with attention to detail to make this accommodation a nicer place to stay. We have stayed at so many lovely properties and felt very disappointed that our expectations were let down with Thorncroft.

    Reviewed by KaySep 2021

  • "Lovely place."

    Great location. It has a real home from home feel. Even though there were only 2 of us and a dog, it could easily cater spaciously for 6 people. Lots of space. Very well equipped - probably more than one would expect of a rental home. Location is perfect being 200m from the beach, the pubs, the shop, the town centre and about 30 metres from the coastal path. As per the whole area, you will be walking up and down hills so make sure you are ok with that. The house is super clean. It is clear on the listing, but there is only room for one car on the drive (our Range Rover fitted), and room for one small car in the garage so if you come in more than one car, you may have to park a car somewhere else for the duration (there is no parking on the road close by). A lovely holiday in a beautiful house! Thank you!

    Reviewed by AntonyMay 2021

  • "Thorncroft is a lovely, spacious and immaculately clean holiday home."

    A fantastic location for the beaches as well as spectacular coastal walks. Wonderful to have the sea on your doorstep and not need to use the car. Comfortable beds and really well maintained, the photos don’t do justice the spacious feel of the house. Lovely to have a garden too. Worth mentioning that there is a house being built next door, this didn’t disturb us but should probably be mentioned as there are bound to be occasions when there is some noise from builders. We would definitely return to this property.

    Reviewed by CathApr 2021

  • "Overall the house was very good, good views of the sea, the sunrise and West Bay."

    Excellent position for walking the south coastal path. self contained back garden. Little things that I personally think need attention, the curtains need to be hung properly, the down stairs shower needed it hair tap regularly cleaned ( we did it so the water ran away easily ) . The touch control hob , does not recommend itself, the instructions are in the kitchen draw.

    Thank you for your feedback. Your feedback helps us improve the house. Cleaning of the downstairs shower hair trap has been added to the turn-round task list. Now that there is a house on the plot downhill from us, there are only views of the sea from the upstairs main bedroom ..The views over the estuary remain. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilippaOct 2020

  • "Great location and the house was clean."

    The WiFi coverage is good, with decent speeds. The mattress in the Master bedroom is extremely uncomfortable, combined with a very wobbly bed frame. I would say the problem is even worse for people over 6ft as the bed frame design means that you’re constantly stubbing your toes in the night and waking up. Please replace the bed! A cheap king size divan bed would be perfect for this home The garden is a great space I would suggest some garden lights to allow better use of it, even some cheap solar powered led lights along the fence would be great. We really enjoyed our stay and will look to rebook for next year

    Thank you for your feedback. Your feedback helps us improve the house. There is a new king size bed and mattress for the master bedroom with no footboard, to accommodate taller guests. There is also a new mattress in the downstairs double bedroom. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MatthewOct 2020

  • "Holiday home in great location."

    The cottage had everything we needed and kitchen equipment good quality and clean.Cottage was very clean and comfortable. It has obviously recently been decorated and renovated. We would definitely recommend staying here. A couple of very minor negatives, the bed in the main bedroom was uncomfortable as it sloped on one side, a king size in a bedroom that size would be perfect., The dining room table had a very rocky top, the extractor fan in the kitchen was very noisy during the night- not sure how to turn it off. A radio would be nice for the kitchen. Apart from the bed, these were minor things that didn’t spoil our stay at all.

    Thank you for your feedback. Your feedback helps us improve the house. A new king size bed is in place. The top of the dining table has been stabilised. The switch for the kitchen extractor fan is to the left hand side of the window, by the switches for the microwave and dishwasher, behind the microwave. We have put a mains powered radio in the kitchen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2020

  • "We cleaned some areas upon arrival and were surprised that the stair banister when wiped showed dirt on the antiseptic wipe."

    I would have thought this was a major cleaning area in the current climate with covid and the extra cleaning being done. The skirting board also showed dirt on the antiseptic cloth after wiping. We had to report the boiler during our stay as it was making a strange noise. The engineer said this was a frequent problem in this house due to the radiators being tuned down using the thermostat on each radiator. The house instruction booklet should state the house temperature should only be controlled though the thermostat in the hall to prevent this problem. Everything else was satisfactory and we enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you for your feedback. This has been our first season and your feedback helps us improve the house. We checked the banister after cleaning. When the banister is wiped with something damp, like a wipe or a damp cloth, there is a brown mark on the cloth: this is from the banister stain. I'm sorry you had a problem with the heating and glad that it was resolved for you. The thermostat in the hall sets the temperature at which the boiler kicks in: all the radiators, except the one in the hall by design, have a valve to set the temperature in each room. Therefore it is advisable to check/use both the hall thermostat and the radiator valves when setting heat levels. There are instructions with photographs in the information folder. Thankyou once again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2020

  • "House was in a nice location minor bits 2 slice toaster for 4 of us was poor the cooker was difficult to operate and one hob seemed not to work."

    The beds were pretty uncomfortable also the fridge was too small and seemed to be freezing stuff. Furniture was a bit spartan but that might be driven by Covid Otherwise it was fine Loved the location

    Thank you for your feedback. Your feedback helps us improve the house. We checked out the hob. All the hotplates are now working. There is now a new, larger fridge freezer and the 2 slice toaster has been replaced with a 4 slice toaster. There is now a new king size bed new king size bed in the master bedroom and there is a new mattress on the double bed downstairs. . Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "The house is lovely, well equipped and in a beautiful location."

    The only slight issue we had was that the door to the twin room doesn’t close properly from the outside so kept opening when we were trying to put our 4 year old to bed, and we would have liked blinds in the sunroom or a curtain on the glass door to the sunroom to feel more private in the evening. But these were only minor issues, the children enjoyed the garden and it was ideally located with sea views from most of the windows and just a short walk to the beach and town. We would love to go back!

    Thank you for your feedback. This has been our first season and your feedback helps us improve the house. The door to the twin bed room has been eased and now stays shut. There is now a curtain for the sunroom for greater privacy in the evenings. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2020

  • "Could you thank the owners - apparently we were the first visitors and they kindly left us a bottle of fizz and some fudge."

    This was our 4th visit to West Bay - we usually stay in a smaller cottage up the road. No complaints but I think the owners want constructive feedback so a few small things: A radio in the kitchen and a cheesegrater would be good additions. The first evening it felt quite cold. It was only after experimenting with the boiler that we realised we could increase the heating water temperature. After that it was fine. Key box was very stiff. Took quite a while to get it to open. Great location and perfect for us. Thanks

    Reviewed by JennyFeb 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: Ground floor 1 x double, Upstairs 1 x king size and 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Upstairs bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Bootroom/Sunroom.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Designated off-road parking for one car and a small garage
  • Enclosed rear garden which is sloped
  • Two dogs welcome at a cost of £21 per pet per week
  • No smoking allowed
  • Pub within 0.5 miles, shop within 0.3 miles

The property

An attractive chalet-style bungalow located in the popular seaside resort of West Bay and just a short walk from the town centre is Thorncroft.

This spacious accommodation is ideal for families seeking to discover the delights of the Jurassic coastline of Dorset and the surrounding countryside.

Entering through the front door, you will find a well-equipped kitchen where you can create tasty meals which can be enjoyed in the dining room whilst you sit and plan your itinerary together.

From here you will find a spacious and welcoming sitting room where you can gather and recap on the days’ events or catch up on your favourite TV shows before you head to bed.

Concluding the ground floor is the well-presented double bedroom, whilst climbing the stairs will bring you to one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, where you can relax and unwind after your day on the beach or exploring the town.

Head out into the garden through the sun room to the enclosed garden, where the large lawn allows children and dogs to play whilst you sit and enjoy a good book with a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.

Thorncroft is a short leisurely walk into the town of West Bay, famous for its location and scenes in the TV series Broadchurch, with the sights of a busy fishing harbour and delicious smells of fish and chips by the sea, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy a lovely day out.

With numerous local restaurants, pubs and shops, there is lots to discover in this popular Dorset town.

If you do wish to venture a little further, head for Charmouth, Lyme Regis or Exmouth off to the west, or Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury, The Isle of Portland and Weymouth to the east.

The market town of Bridport is within a 2 mile walk, where you can explore the weekly vintage market and antiques.

Thorncroft is perfectly located for discovering all the beauty that the iconic Jurassic Coast has to offer.

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About the location


Bridport 1.5 miles; Lyme Regis 7 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, as well as ample opportunities to try your hand at sea fishing, golf, fossil hunting, boating. Visits 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. 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.

Region Information

Note: The house is built on a slope. There are steps leading down to the property from the road and from the parking space/garage. The property also has a sloping garden.

Note: Please do not park on the communal grass verge at the front of the property.

Note: Garage measurements: L5.07m x W2.35m

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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