At West Coombe Farmhouse we offer high quality traditional Bed and Breakfast accommodation all year round (except Christmas). Our aim is that our guests should feel that they have come to a home-from-home; and we will do our best to ensure you have a relaxed and comfortable stay.
The house dates from about 1700, but was enlarged (we think around 1840) in Georgian style. The other farm buildings lining two sides of the farmyard have been converted to a house and annexe, in separate ownership.
We have four bedrooms available to let, and a guests’ lounge which has log fires in winter
Rooms 1, 2 and 3 are in the Georgian part and face onto the former farmyard, with views to the village green. They all have window-seats and enjoy the morning sun. The Cottage Room was refurbished and added to our letting accommodation in 2013, and is in the older part of the house (which was a thatched cottage before 1840).
This room is in the Georgian part of the house, and has a window (with a window-seat) facing east, with views across the former farmyard toward the village green. The room has a standard double bed and an ensuite shower-room. Tea/coffee-making, home-made biscuits in room.
This room is in the Georgian part of the house, and has a window (with a window-seat) facing east, with views across the former farmyard toward the village green. The room has a twin beds (which can also be set up as a comfortable king-size double) and a private bathroom. Tea/coffee-making, home-made biscuits in room.
This room is in the older wing of the house, with sloping ceilings and old beams. It has a standard double bed and a large ensuite bathroom with both bath and shower. Tea/coffee-making, home-made biscuits in room.
We have a large garden in which our guests are welcome to relax after their day out. Closest to the house, the lawn is surrounded by well-established borders, and there are little secluded nooks to sit in. Beyond this, we have a large vegetable, fruit and flower garden, fringed with apple, pear and plum trees, where we grow much of our own produce – especially the fruit for our home-made jams – and where the chickens live, who produce our fresh eggs.
Coombe Keynes is centred on a knot of cottages around a small green, with a church and former vicarage just off the green. The church was made redundant in the 1970’s and has been taken over by the village for community use.
The village is surrounded by some of the best arable land on the Lulworth Estate, which is nowadays used mainly for growing maize or grass for silage. There is a big dairy farm just outside the village, and sheep are to be seen all over the parish. The landscape is sprinkled with small woods and coppices which provide cover for partridge and pheasants for the Estate’s shoot - and also for the plentiful deer of several species.
We regret that there is no pub in Coombe Keynes; but there are several pubs and restaurants within a few minutes’ drive. Pretty well all of them now offer food, and most tastes can be accommodated. The nearest is the Weld Arms at East Lulworth, which is two miles away; and there is a permissive footpath to get you there, going right through the park of Lulworth Castle: very pleasant on a summer’s evening!
A little further away, the Sailors Return in East Chaldon has acquired a reputation for good food, locally sourced and freshly prepared, at reasonable prices. It is closed on Mondays.
If you want to eat at these pubs, it is wise nowadays to book (particularly on Friday or Saturday nights and through the summer season).
West Coombe Farmhouse is located in the secluded hamlet of Coombe Keynes, very close to the sea at Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck. Many of our visitors have commented that despite having been to the area many times, they had never found Coombe Keynes; yet we are only two hundred yards off one of the main roads to the Cove! It’s three miles, just over the hill, and (when the Lulworth Army Ranges are open) there is a direct footpath to the South-West Coast Path at Arish Mell Gap.
Lots to do . . .
Our position makes us a good base for access to Dorset’s beautiful countryside: apart from the Jurassic Coast, there are the downs, heathlands, forests and river valleys. If you’re interested in walking or cycling, there is so much to see; and having lived here for most of our lives, we can always make suggestions for places to visit and things to see. We can even lend you bikes.
Local attractions include Lulworth Castle, Monkey World, and the Tank Museum. The local market town is Wareham, 8 miles away, the County town of Dorchester is 13 miles, Weymouth 15 and Swanage 18. All these can be reached easily by road from Coombe Keynes or by train from the station at nearby Wool (2 miles – Waterloo 2hr 36min).
You need never be stuck for something to do; or you might welcome the opportunity to just do nothing. Our garden is available at any time to guests who just want to relax.
Directions: Entering Coombe Keynes from the B3071 Wool to Lulworth road you will pass a telephone kiosk on the left, followed by a sharp left-hand bend.
The house is on your left immediately after the bend.
You may pull into the farmyard adjoining the house.
Please complete the form below to make a booking enquiry.
Bed and Breakfast: £42.50 (the ‘cottage’ room £47.50)
per person per night, for stays exceeding one night, based on double/twin occupancy
Bookings of seven or more nights: 10% discount
We do not normally accept single-night bookings between Easter and the end of October.
There are bridleways running east and west from the village, and from these footpaths run southward toward the coast and northward towards Wool and the valley of the River Frome. The Lulworth Estate has opened up a network of permissive footpaths which link in with these, so some interesting walks from the house are possible.
The South West Coast Path offers spectacular scenery, and is accessible all-year-round at
Lulworth Cove and
Kimmeridge (to the east); but the closest section is in the Army firing ranges. The Range Walks are open to the public most weekends and during school holidays; and at these times you can walk direct from Coombe Keynes via Lulworth Castle to the sea at Arish Mell Gap, a distance of three miles. You can also take your car to the deserted village of Tyneham; and there are walks from there to Gad Cliff, Worbarrow Bay, and Flowers Barrow, taking in parts of the coast path.
Inland, there are areas of Forestry Commission land and heathland for a different walking (or cycling) experience.
Also see 10 Things to do in West Lulworth
The area is rich in wildlife, particularly in and around the army ranges, with several species of deer regularly seen, and a great variety of birds. There are a number of reserves, particularly around Poole Harbour, including one on Brownsea Island. We also have a large marine conservation area off the coast.
Lulworth Castle is only a couple of miles from us and makes a pleasant stroll. This seventeenth century building was gutted by fire in 1929. Having stood open to the elements for some 50 years, it has now been restored (externally) and is open to the public. The interior has not been restored, but is very interesting, and there is a museum in the basement. It is now a very popular venue for weddings.
The Tank Museum is only 4 miles from us, with its international collection of tanks and military vehicles dating back 100 years. Not far from there, and also under four miles, is Monkey World, now a famous sanctuary for mistreated and endangered primates.
The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge is a new and unique experience that takes you back to a time before humans existed, before our planet was formed as we know it today and a time when parts of Dorset were under the sea.
There are several National Trust sites in this area, including:
Corfe Castle, a magnificent ruin, which held out against the Roundheads during the Civil War, and was partially demolished by them afterward
Lawrence of Arabia’s cottage at Clouds Hill, near Bovington
large sections of the Isle of Purbeck: coast, downs and heathland, much of which is Access Land, where you can walk freely.
Dorset is rich in prehistoric monuments, including 29 iron-age hillforts, most famously Badbury Rings, and Maiden Castle (near Dorchester).
Coombe Keynes is well placed for access to all these attractions and many of our guests find us a convenient base for day trips much further afield. Not only are Wareham, Corfe Castle, Weymouth and Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth, Wimborne and Blandford Forum easily accessible by road, but many are equally easily reached by train from Wool Station, only two miles from us.
The Swanage Railway Company has managed to reinstate the railway between Wareham and Swanage and regularly runs steam trains on it. In season you can park your car just outside Corfe Castle and ride to Swanage and back by steam train: they even operate a restaurant on the train on some evenings.