En-suite rooms, 30 mins walk to coast, 5 min drive to Lulworth Cove
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About Trish Foote
We lived at Limekiln for sixteen years. We are based in the area and enjoy travelling around the UK. We often stay at Limekiln when it is not in use to get together with family and friends and to carry out maintenance work. We enjoy the uniquely friendly local community and the village pub, The Sailors Return, where we catch up with friends. We want Limekiln House is a true home from home for visitors and guests. Limekiln retains all the personal effects, ornaments, pictures and facilities that make a house a home. It hasn't been stripped-down in any way and we're sure you'll feel relaxed and at home as soon as you arrive.
Trish Foote purchased this House in 1999
Why Trish Foote chose Dorchester
We lived in Lulworth for fifteen years and found Limekiln by chance.We loved the location, atmosphere and outlook. The owner was a lovely lady called Petal Allen who had been an actress in the 30's. As soon as we said we'd like to buy the house, she took it off the market on trust and said she wanted us to have it..Our children had all left home by 2012 and we decided to move into somewhere smaller but to still retain the house for family gatherings and holidays. We love the outlook, the peace and quiet and the country walks to the coast and Lulworth Cove through the delightful grassy valleys.
What makes this House unique
Extremely well-equipped and comfortable, making this a true home from hlome. Direct access to the countryside and coast, the absence of traffic and neighbours, the peace and quiet, make Limekiln quite unique in this busy seasonal tourist area. The location offers easy access to all of Dorset from the A354 and locally to Lulworth Cove, the Tank Museum, Monkey World, the Purbecks and Hardy's Dorset. Ideally placed for day trips to Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage, Weymouth, Dorchester, Portland, Abbotsbury Swannery and Lyme Regis.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Great place for a group holiday
We took away a research group, including families, to this wonderful property. The house is great. With bathrooms for each room, and large sociable kitchen, and great outdoor space. And the walks down to the coast are beautiful.
A superb house for a family get together.
We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in this well appointed very spacious house. There was everything we needed and more. It was very comfortable and warm. The house is set within wonderful countryside and from the house we enjoyed some lovely walks. Thank you Trish and Rob for a very enjoyable stay and the welcome pack.
Great house for smaller groups as well as families
The house is very well appointed with masses of space and very comfy. We were only a group of five ladies but that worked very well as we could just use one side of the sitting room and the smaller dining room off the kitchen. The garden is lovely and it was great seeing all the birds. The house is in the middle of farmland but within walking distance of the village shop in one direction and the excellent pub in the other direction. There is a nice walk to Durdle door as well as lots of interesting sights and places to visit by car. The welcome pack was excellent and the owners are very helpful and friendly.
The only thing that might put us off recommending it to other people is the bumpy farm track for the last two hundred yards though we were very lucky with the weather so it was dried out during our stay
Thank you for your kind comments. We're pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Limekiln.
We have today contacted the local farmer with a view to improving the surface of the access track and we hope this will be undertaken shortly!
Trish ad Rob
Lovely property in a wonderful location.
Great house for a family to get together. Lovely walks on your doorstep.
Thank you for your comments. We have been working hard in the Winter months to improve the house further: many new carpets, new central heating boiler and all new roofing insulation to meet the latest building regulations.
Family holiday in well equipped house
The house is very well equipped and well furnished although looking a bit tired in some areas. Plenty to occupy the family in the house and the gardens. The reason for only 4 stars was the fly problem. When we arrived we were told that there was a fly problem handed a fly swat and 2 cans of fly spray. There were a lot of flies and the 2 bedrooms nearest the back of the property and the kitchen were the worst affected. What was needed was a proper fly control system such as an electrical unit. There are plenty of them on the market and the owners were fully aware of the situation and really need to address the problem.
The potential fly problem, common in farming areas, has hopefully been resolved by the addition of a modern electronic fly zapper in the kitchen. There is always an outside kitchen door fly-screen in place on the double sliding doors but it does help if the kitchen windows to the garden are kept closed whenever possible.
Spacious comfortable house with gorgeous views
Our first impression of the house was utter amazement. A house and garden you could get lost in and totaly secluded. The views were amazing, at any time of the day, but especially so during the evening at dusk sat on the patio with table, plentiful seating and drink in hand. We were lucky enough to see Deer in a neighbouring field at this time of day most evenings!
The house was well catered for with all mod cons. All upper rooms were en suite and even the ground bedroom had a bathroom albeit directly across the corridor.
There was plenty of space for us all to be together or just find a secluded space to be alone if you desired.
The location was ideal for the local beauty spots of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
If your looking for a peaceful relaxing stay, then Limekiln House would be the perfect choice - almost.
No fault of the owners but, on the Friday night of our arrival, Bestival music festival started its first of 3 nights at nearby Lulworth and we were disturbed by deep pounding base noise up to 4 o clock in the morning on the first two nights (it didn't seem too bad on the final night).
And then there were the flies. A plague of flies of almost biblical proportions that got into the house no matter how careful we were with windows and doors. Morning, noon and night. Preparing food, eating, drinking or sitting quietly in the evening, they would land on anything, any person or vessel -they were there in abundance. Spaying constantly with fly spray would give a moments peace but then came more - they were relentless and it was nigh impossible to relax with so many. A fly swat was supplied in the house but with so many flies maybe an electrical fly killer, as in supermarkets and butchers shops, would be more effective if this is a regular occurrence at this time of year.
Flies were a problem throughout the village in 2018 especially at the local pub! This has never been an issue before and we hope it won't repeat in 2019. We have now installed a modern electronic fly-killer in the kitchen which should resolve the problem.
Walking: The Jurassic Coast cliff top is 40 minutes on quiet, rural footpaths and bridleways. Durdle Door beach is 50 mins and Lulworth Cove beach is less than an hour. The car parks at Lulworth and Durdle Door are just over 5 minutes by car. This part of Dorset is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The nearest airport is Bournemouth International 24 miles, Gatwick 132 miles, Heathrow 110 miles. The nearest railway station is at Wool, 4 miles, on the London - Weymouth line. There is a taxi rank at the station.The nearest Channel ferry service is Poole 15 miles or Weymouth for the Channel Islands. The use of a car is recommended to reach most places of interest.
East Chaldon 1/3 mile, Winfrith, 3/4 mile, Lulworth Cove 4 miles, Wool 4 miles, Tank Museum 5 miles, Monkey World 5 miles, Wareham 8 miles, Dorchester 8 miles, Weymouth 10 miles, Corfe Castle 12 miles, Poole 14 miles, Bournemouth 18 miles, Swanage 18 miles. Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub-tropical Gardens are 19 miles.
East Chaldon: the thatched pub is the Sailor's Return, a popular venue with restaurant, selling local real ales. Child and dog friendly. Large car park.
Winfrith: the excellent village shop and post office stocks a comprehensive range of quality food items, fresh vegetables, fruit, newspapers etc. Supplies can be ordered in advance. Reasonably priced and friendly. Also a hairdresser.
Lulworth Cove is a popular venue with large car park, ATMs, several restaurants, fish and chip outlets, pubs etc. many interesting walks along the Jurassic Coast and high speed trips from the Cove to view the coast and Durdle Door.
Wool: two local supermarkets with ATMs, two garages, two hairdressers and chemist.
Wareham and Dorchester are market towns, both 8 miles with all the usual facilities and some excellent places. Dorchester is the county town and has two cinemas, a museum and various permanent exhibits.
Weymouth is a popular seaside resort with a lively harbour, safe, sandy beach and many good places to dine.