Peaceful self-contained studio adjoining owners' eco-house in 5 acres of woodland with sea views from garden and meadows. Beautiful walks to Lyme (2 miles) & River Cottage HQ (1 mile). A cosy, stylish space - a stunning retreat in nature. Walkers/bird-lovers/foodies paradise. 1 of 2 studios. This is the smaller of the 2 and has a (luxury) shower-room rather than bath. For serious cooks, the other has a larger kitchen. Both have private outside space and shared use of large area with sea views.
The Story Studio is our new addition to the original airbnb listing, a completely renovated and newly equipped studio room with kitchen and dining area, and en-suite shower room with power shower. It is slightly smaller than the other studio, but in no way cramped. It has a king-size bed with memory foam mattress, armchair/reading area with good lighting, writing or desk area with a vintage G-plan desk which doubles as storage for clothes or personal items.
We have installed a nice stereo System - (Project amp, Micromega speakers) it has a mini jack plug so connects to any phone/tablet/laptop
The kitchen/dining table looks out on to a sunny courtyard garden. The decor is simple and uncluttered but with a mid-century slant. The writing area is wallpapered with the classic 50s 'Woods' design and the kitchen chairs are Tolix. The bedlinen is high quality Egyptian cotton and we have tried to ensure that everything in the kitchen is also good quality.
The kitchen comprises a 2 ring induction hob and a full sized Miele oven. New for January 2017, a brand new microwave. Despite its bijou dimensions, it should be more than possible to cook whatever you want - and as we frequently host people coming on courses at River Cottage, we wanted to make sure that there would be no frustrated foodies. The fridge is small but has the great benefit of being silent. If you need more fridge and/or freezer space, we can offer to put your extra things in additional fridge and freezer we have in the main house.
We have called this The Story Studio because our friend and writer, William Davidson, wrote a fantastic (and now award-winning) story while he was on a writing retreat here and has given us permission to display it in the studio. Our original listing started life as an artist's studio, so we love to celebrate the house's creative tradition and to offer a space where people can concentrate in peace if that is what they want to do. We have hosted artists and writers here who have confirmed that the studio works well in this respect.
The studio has been sound-proofed and the fridge and shower pump chosen for their quietness, so hopefully the only things that might disturb you at night are the owls and perhaps the odd snuffling badger.
You have your own front door and use of a courtyard garden. The other studio is accessed through the courtyard too but has its own seating area. Steps lead up to what we call the top meadow where there is a seat from which you can see the sea and, on a clear day, across Lyme Bay to Portland. At night you can see the lighthouse flashing in the distance. There is a further meadow (top top meadow?) which has a carpet of snowdrops in early spring and, later, hundreds of wild orchids. We have plans to arrange some rustic seating (such as a log!) up there too, but at the time of listing, this has yet to happen. You are welcome, log or no log, to wander up there. It should not be too hard to find plenty of privacy.
There is ample off road parking in front of the house.
There is a sauna with en-suite shower room and chill-out area in a separate part of the house which can be booked for £10 for a 2 hour slot. Just let us know when you would like it and we will turn it on.
We do like to welcome our guests in person and show them around. After that, we are always happy to help with information or if you need something. Often one of us is at home during the day, but there are days - at the beginning of the week usually - when we are both at work. At such times, we are available through texting at intervals. We respect our guests' wish for privacy and do not disturb you unless there is some pressing need. Having said that, it is always nice to say hello should we see you in the driveway.
We are committed to supporting the natural environment of this very special place so use eco-cleaning products, and avoid excessive chemicals. New for 2015: handmade organic soap and hand lotion made in Dorset by Enchanted Plants is provided for your use. We think this is so beautiful that we are considering stocking some for guests to purchase - so we'd love your feedback on this.
A clothes drying rack, an iron and ironing board can be provided on request.
There is a hairdryer in the bedroom.
* We are quite happy to welcome babies before they can walk but due to the steepness of the terrain and unfenced nature of the garden, we would prefer not to have children older than one year to stay.
*No smoking please unless you are well away from the house. Please dispose of cigarette ends in the studio rubbish bin sealed inside another plastic bag.
* Sorry no dogs.
* If anything gets damaged or broken, please tell us straight away. We do ask for a security deposit (held by airbnb) but if the value of the damaged things exceeds the deposit, we ask for an additional payment to cover replacement like for like. The apartment is stocked with good quality linen etc and we would like to make sure it can stay that way so our future guests can enjoy the same level of luxury.
* Please bring your own beach towels and don't take equipment from the apartment off the premises.
* No parties please. Equally we will make every effort to respect your peace and quiet if we have other visitors.
*Please do not put any bleach products in the drains.