The charm of the house is its age and character, with family sized rooms, panelling, library shelves and antique furnishings, all well lit by large windows which let in the sunshine. The furniture in the house has been handed down through the generations and there are Dutch seventeenth-century pictures and ancestral portraits. The house is centrally heated by an oil-fired boiler and there are two open fireplaces. The dining room has eighteenth-century plaster-work and walls hung with over 100 Furstenberg plates, it seats 20 or more. Apart from a step into the Cedar Room the ground floor is all on one level and there is a new disabled persons’ toilet near the kitchen. The Cedar Room boasts a satellite TV and wireless Broadband is provided in most rooms. There is a modern kitchen paved with Mexican stone tiles , with a table seating ten, two 4-ring hobs and two ovens.
Smedmore House is available for Holidays, Corporate Events, dinners, weekends, and presentations. The house sleeps 16 in eight double bedrooms.
The approximate sizes of the main rooms of the House are:-
- Drawing-room (22ft x 16ft)
- Dining-room (22ft x 16ft)
- Cedar room (20ft x 20ft)
- Kitchen (16ft x14ft) with pantry and large kitchen table and seating
- 6 Bedrooms (two with en-suite bathrooms), 1 Bathroom and 1 Shower room on the First Floor
- 2 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom on the Second Floor
The bedrooms at Smedmore House are comfortably furnished with a good bedroom to bathroom ratio. Many rooms benefit from spectacular views, and offer great flexibility for family groups with several interconnecting rooms available.
Bedroom One has stunning views thanks to the huge bay window, and is an extremely spacious room with an en-suite bathroom. An entrance vestibule allows external access to the bathroom if required, along with a door to Bedroom Two.
Bedroom 4, Principal Bedroom
Bedroom Two is a twin room and overlooks the front of the house with sea views.
Bedroom Three was formerly a dressing room, and now contains twin beds with canopy. This room is also connected to Bedroom Two through a door which if requested can be locked.
Bedroom Four has spectacular views and an enormous King sized bed, with an en-suite bathroom. The entrance vestibule allows external access to the bathroom if required, along with the entrance to Bedroom Three.
Bedroom 5, Pink Bedroom
Across the landing, Bedroom Five is decorated in warm tones and has a king sized bed, whilst Bedroom Six has a small double sized bed which can be used as either a double or a twin. Bedrooms Five and Six share the Blue Bathroom, a huge bathroom in a traditional style with quirky original features.
Steps from the landing lead up to the second floor. Bedroom Seven has two single beds whilst Bedroom Eight has a double bed. They share a large bathroom with both bath and shower. There is also a separate WC.
The administrator lives in a wing at the back of the main house. Extra domestic help for cleaning, clearing or table laying can be arranged. There are also some excellent cooks that can be hired if you prefer not to self-cater or would like to arrange a special celebratory dinner. A basket of logs is supplied for the open fires in the winter.
Local game, venison, fresh fish, organic farm food,
lamb, beef and award winning Dorset Wine can be purchased in season; please speak to the house-keeper who can provide contact details.
Boat trips, windsurfing, diving, fishing, deer stalking, falconry, horse-riding, judo and para-gliding are also available by arrangement with local suppliers.