Smedmore House, one of Dorset’s finest Georgian manor houses, is available for holidays, weekends, house parties, weddings and civil ceremonies as well as for corporate events, dinners, meetings, presentations and as a film location. Surrounded by countryside and spectacular sea views as far as the eye can see, Smedmore House offers a level of tranquillity and privacy hard to find elsewhere. It sleeps 15 and has a dining-room with Georgian plaster-work and over 100 eighteenth-century Furstenberg plates on the walls.
Two acres of flower gardens, orchards, and a Mediterranean garden surround this Dorset seaside escape. At the bottom of the main walled garden is a walk through woods and fields, past sphinxes, urns and obelisks, down to Kimmeridge Bay.
“A fabulous house, and surroundings.” IO, August 2012
Kimmeridge Bay is famous for swimming, canoeing, surfing, wind-surfing and fossil hunting. It is overlooked by Clavell’s Tower, the inspiration for P.D.James’s murder story, The Black Tower (1975). The tower was recently relocated and restored, to prevent it falling over the cliff, and is now the Landmark Trust’s most popular property. The bay was once a haunt of smugglers, and scene of their battles with coast guards. The next bay is called Brandy Bay, as so much brandy was smuggled there.
“A huge pleasure and a privilege to be able to enjoy such magnificence, both inside and outside the house. We will return.” LP, August 2012
Kimmeridge contains the world famous Etches collection of fossils, soon to be housed in a purpose built museum in the village. Visits can be arranged to the collection which shows why Kimmeridge has given its name to a geological age. Construction of the museum started in August 2015. The museum is scheduled to open in summer 2016.