Smedmore House, one of Dorset’s finest Georgian manor houses, is available for holidays, weekends, house parties, weddings and civil ceremonies. It’s also a wonderful venue for corporate events, dinners, meetings, presentations and as a film location. Surrounded by rolling countryside and spectacular sea views, privately owned Smedmore House offers a level of tranquillity and privacy hard to find elsewhere.
The main house sleeps 16 in 8 double bedrooms. It has the marvellously warm and relaxed atmosphere of a well-loved family home. For extra guests, there is also the newly refurbished Garden Wing with another 3 double rooms. Overall 22 people can be accommodated.
Two acres of walled flower gardens, orchards, and a Mediterranean garden surround this Dorset seaside escape. At the bottom of the main garden is a path through woods and fields, past sphinxes, urns and obelisks, down to Kimmeridge Bay.
“Stylish, charming and soulful, Smedmore House is perfect in itself but was also the perfect venue for our event” SM, Oct 2017
Kimmeridge Bay is famous for all types of water sports but especially canoeing, surfing, and wind-surfing. The water is particularly clear and very good for snorkelling because there is no sand.
The surrounding cliffs and shale ledges provide a great hunting ground for fossils. Examples of these can be seen in the Etches Collection Museum in Kimmeridge village.
The bay is overlooked by Clavell’s Tower, the inspiration for P.D.James’s murder story, The Black Tower (1975). The Tower was recently restored and moved back from the cliff edge It’s now the Landmark Trust’s most popular rental property. The bay was once a haunt of smugglers, and scene of their battles with coast guards. Just around the headland, the next bay is called Brandy Bay, as so much brandy was smuggled there.
“Wow! a National Trust type house without the ropes!” Aug 2017