A home with a “convivial and welcoming spirit” – loved especially by large family groups who take the Vestry and Stonehouse together with the Great Hall. Roof timbers frame a lofty living space that’s wonderful for gathering everyone together; spill out onto a sea-facing terrace for barbecues and sundowners. Creativity shines with vibrant modern art and all sorts of clever reclamation and upcycling. Arched windows and church pew ends recall the building’s history but all else is spanking new, from the gleaming wet rooms to the range cookers in the two kitchens.
Smaller groups take the French-style Vestry, linked to the Stonehouse via a secret passageway. Cook in the country kitchen and eat in a walled garden; upstairs is a stove-warmed sitting room and attic bedrooms with sea views.
One of England’s finest drives along the Jurassic Coast delivers you here from the west, between sea views and towering chalk cliffs. Step out to Chiswell’s restaurants (or call in a local chef), lounge on Chesil Beach, hike the coastal path, whizz over waves on a windsurfer, stroll to the park for tennis.