Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Dorset

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Impressive Georgian country house sleeping 16 for celebrations or family holidays on the Isle of Purbeck

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Dorset, sleeps 8-16 in 8 bedrooms.

One of Dorset’s finest Georgian coastal manor houses, Smedmore House is available for all types of celebratory event, including weddings and civil ceremonies. This elegant but cosy historic house is also available for hire on a self-catered basis for holidays and weekends. Smedmore House is also the perfect venue for exclusive use corporate events, dinners, meetings, presentations and can also be hired as a film location. Sorry - we are unable to accept hen or stag groups.

Nestling between the sea and the downs in Thomas Hardy country, Smedmore House offers a level of peace and privacy hard to find elsewhere. The house is surrounded by extensive flower gardens and orchards with spectacular views down the pretty woodland avenue, past obelisks and sphinxes to Kimmeridge Bay and distant Weymouth.

The house has a wonderful warm and lived-in atmosphere. The furniture has been handed down through the generations and includes ancestral portraits and many beautiful things collected by the owner's family over the years. The dining room, which comfortably seats 20 at the main table, has eighteenth-century plaster-work and walls hung with over 100 beautiful blue and white antique plates.

There are 2 elegant sitting rooms with open log fires, a well-equipped kitchen with 2 ovens so you can cater for your group and comfortable spacious bedrooms with a good ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms. There's satellite TV and plenty of books. There is also a barbecue and ample garden furniture.

The House Warden lives in a wing at the back of the main house and will greet you when you arrive. We have a list of caterers for special meals and extra domestic help for cleaning, clearing or table laying can be arranged if you are looking for a complete rest. These will all be charged as extras.

Kimmeridge Bay, famous for its fossils and wind surfing, is less than a mile away. Further afield you will find the lovely sandy beaches at Studland, the natural swimming pool in the rocks at Dancing Ledge, spectacular Corfe Castle and the charming towns of Wareham and Swanage. You will discover that the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast are rightly famous for their beauty.


Well-equipped with 2 new AEG ovens, 2 electric hobs, and lots of fridge space. The table seats 10 for more informal meals or breakfast.
The main table seats up to 20. There is second table in the window that can take a few more if needed. Place settings for 20.
There are 2 sitting rooms both with log fires. The Cedar Room is less formal and a cosy place to watch TV. The Drawing Room is perfect for drinks.
The Cedar Room has Satellite TV with Sky. Wireless Broadband is provided in most rooms with the possibility of music in many locations.
WiFi available and the house phone for emergencies. Calls can be made if paid for.
Turkish Room has a selection of board games and a card table.
Central heating. Open fires in the Drawing Room and Cedar Room. One basket of logs provided per day. Extra available but will be charged.
Spacious and comfortably furnished in country house style. 4 doubles, 1 zip and link (can be either twin or double), and 3 twins.
All beds are made up before guests arrive. Fluffy white bath towels are provided.
4 bathrooms and a shower room. The bathroom on the top floor has both a shower and a bath. There is also an additional WC on the top floor.
Disabled toilet on ground floor. There is no lift so the bedrooms are not accessible for anyone who can't manage stairs.
Travel cots and high chairs available on request. Child minding and listening can be arranged with prior notice.
Two large garden tables with chairs for 16, Weber barbecue. Croquet set.
There is no swimming pool.
Unlimited parking on drive and lawn in front of house.
No smoking inside the house.
Dogs not normally permitted but if permission is granted, must be kept under proper control at all times and never left unattended in the property.


Village of Kimmeridge and Kimmeridge Bay are within sight of the house which nestles between the downs and the coast. Nearby are Wareham and Swanage. London 2.5 hrs, Southampton 1 hr, Poole 30 mins.
The pretty market town of Wareham is nearest - just 20 mins by car. Its riverside location, famous Quay and history dating back to the Saxons makes it a very popular gateway to the Isle of Purbeck.
All supermarkets are available in Wareham. Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsburys all deliver. There is also a Farm Shop in the village. Order local seasonal produce from James at The Salt Pig.
Lots: New Inn, Church Knowle 10 mins, Clavell's Cafè, Kimmeridge; Duke of Wellington, Wareham; Greyhound & Scott's Arms, Corfe Castle. Restaurants: Salt Pig, Wareham; Four & Twenty, Corfe Castle.

Booking Information

Prices above are for 2017, for the use of the whole house, sleeping 16 people in 8 bedrooms. Non-refundable deposit of one third of total rent must be sent with the booking form. The balance must be paid 30 days before the start of the letting, with damage deposit cheque for £500.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

BH20 5PG
United Kingdom
There are trains direct from Waterloo, London, to Wareham twice an hour every day. The trip takes around 2½ hours with South West Trains.
No local buses - car advisable.
Bournemouth International Airport, 28.3 miles (40 mins by car); Southampton Airport, 53 miles (1 hr by car).

Rental Rates

PeriodWeekly Price3 Night Weekend2 Night Weekend
Low Season November - February 2016-2017
Mid Season March, April, 1-14 May, late Sept, Oct 2017
High Season 2017
Peak Season: Christmas, New Year, July and August 2017

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Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Dorset

Laura Dugdale

+44 (0)207 792 4565
BH20 5PG
United Kingdom