Glebe House

+44 (0)1460 30385

Spectacular gardens and glorious views of the Devon/Dorset border from this old vicarage - it’s wonderful for old-fashioned family holidays


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You’ll share this characterful former vicarage with Mark and his family – but you have plenty of privacy and there’s a bell to ring should you need anything. The kids will soon disappear into the large and adventurous garden; join them for a game of croquet on the lawn or laze idly in the hammock.

Parts of the house date from the 16th-century, so expect uneven floors, crooked walls and quirky little touches. Fire up the barbecue on your private dining terrace and soak in the countryside views, chat around the fire pit and watch the stars come out. A roaring fireplace, fresh flowers and plenty of books and games substitute for weather that’s less than balmy.

The garden has a number of distinct areas: a vegetable patch that you can help yourself to, a play area with treehouse and climbing frame for the kids, and a secret door leading into the churchyard – it’s a shortcut to the village shop. Walks start from the garden gate, and the Jurassic coast beckons: lovely Lyme Regis is half an hour away.

Glebe House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Exploring the large, spectacular garden
  • The secluded location
  • That the house is set up for different generations - plenty for kids but also areas for adults to relax
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You should know

  • Some of the floors are uneven
  • The kitchen is too small for sociable cooking


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4.30pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
Christmas, New Year, 1 November - 7 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £110
Weekly price
from £770
Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per week.
1 House for 5
From £1104 beds3 bedrooms


We loved the house, a perfect mix of tradition, comfort and up to the minute amenities. While we were impressed with the character and quality of everything, there is no sense of stuffiness. We felt very relaxed at Glebe House surrounded by the beautiful gardens, the village and rural Dorset. We were well provided for with a comprehensive range of household implements and family entertainment and appreciated the extra touches like the cream tea, wine and gorgeous home-grown flowers provided by the delightful hosts. Highly recommended for an escape to the country for all the family.

Sue, London

We had such a fabulous stay at Glebe House. The house is beautiful and the gardens are stunning. Our 7 year old son had a wonderful time exploring the garden and wooden tower, as well as playing frisbee with Pharaoh. He said it was 'awesome, epic and amazing'. The house is well stocked with books, indoor and outdoor games. We particularly enjoyed sitting outside in the evening with a fire. Mark and Mary were very friendly and helpful showing us local walks. We would love to come again soon.

Michelle, London

We've just returned from another fantastic holiday at Glebe House. This is, quite simply, an exceptional place to stay, which is why we've returned numerous times. Mark and Mary are superb hosts, the house is wonderfully furnished and very comfortable, and every thought has been given to visitors' practical needs and enjoyment. With a delightful garden, lovely walks in the surrounding countryside from the door and the coast within easy reach, this is - in our opinion - the perfect holiday home. Thoroughly recommended!

Moira and Bill, Brighton

We have just returned from a wonderful half term break at Glebe Cottage. The house was just what we needed - comfortable, quiet and very relaxing. The owners had thought of everything, and made us feel extremely welcome. Nothing was too much trouble, and I was sorry that we were only able to stay for a week. From the fresh scones, amazing DVD and games collection for the kids to the extremely well appointed kitchen and bottle of wine left for me we had an extremely pleasant week in a very beautiful corner of the country! Thank you!!!

Sophie, Norwich

glebe house is a wonderful place for family holidays with a big, lovely garden! mark and mary are very caring hosts, welcoming their guests warmly and with fresh flowers all around the house ! highly recommended !


Amazing find. Perfect for our family with 3 primary aged children who loved the gorgeous garden and the extensive book & toy collection. The village (shop, pool, church, play area) has a real community feel and is near to NT properties and lots of beaches. Mark and Mary are generous hosts. Highly recommended!


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The neighbourhood

The village of Thorncombe lies in the north-west corner of Dorset, bordering both Devon and Somerset and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parish surrounding the village is over 5,000 acres of beautiful farmland and includes the former monastery of Forde Abbey. The house is at the centre of the village next to the church and the village shop is 100m away, through the churchyard. Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast are less than ten miles away.

Local points of interest from Mark Agnew

  • Jurassic Coast just 8 miles south. Wonderful fossil hunting. Lovely safe beaches at Lyme Regis and Charmouth for all the family. Visit the Charmouth Heritage Centre to learn about the fossils..
  • Visit the local market towns of Axminster and Bridport. Walk from Bridport to the sea at West Bay.
  • Forde Abbey is just 1.5 miles from the village and makes a lovely walk from Glebe House. This former Cistercian monastery is well worth a visit. And so is the nursery.
  • Sidmouth Folk Week is a unique celebration of music, dance and song in the charming Devon coastal resort.
  • The walking in West Dorset and Devon is superb. There are several long distance trails passing through the village and the coast path is spectacular.
  • There are many fine historic houses and gardens in the area, such as Forde Abbey, Montacute House, Mapperton & Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.


Mark Agnew

Mark and his family bought the house in 1994 in a dilapidated state but couldn't resist the location and the size of the house and garden. Using his skills as a cabinet maker, Mark restored the house and also brought the 1.5 acre garden back to life. He’s always around to greet guests, and there's a bell outside the front door for guests to ring - if he's home, he will happily come to help.