The Lynches

Wareham, Dorset

A traditional holiday house and utterly delightful. Roam in two acres of garden, play lawn tennis, soak up the views - fabulous for all ages


10 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


Perched on the hill and tucked away up a track above idyllic West Lulworth, The Lynches has been a much-loved holiday hideaway for the Schneideman family for nearly 50 years. Stuffed full of vibrant ceramics collected in France, Suzanne’s own artworks and lots of unfussy antiques, the house is supremely comfortable. Downstairs an elegant sitting room, sunny dining room and well-equipped kitchen. Upstairs, double rooms and a twin lead off a long landing, an art gallery in itself. The largest is softly elegant in pink tones; the quirky little twin has colourful Indian cotton throws. Take time to write at dainty desks or soak in roll top baths (no modern showers here just yet). The gardens call out to be explored – lawned terraces planted with thriving lavender, rosemary and euphorbias, a grass tennis court, ping pong, croquet; in spring a blanket of primroses in the orchard. Wonderful walks to the spectacular rock arch of Durdle Door and along the coast. Legend tells of wild parties held here in the 1930s, with guests including Bertrand Russell. The happy vibe continues – it’s perfect for family gatherings.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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 4pm - please contact in advance for early check in
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights out of season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub/restaurant 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £290
Weekly price
from £1750
Damage deposit
Cot/highchair available.
1 House for 10
From £29010 beds5 bedrooms


Date of arrival 12/08/17 Dear Michael & Suzanne, We arrived home today following a marvellous week in your beautiful house and wanted to express our sincere thanks for allowing us to share your home. It is difficult to find the words to express how we felt "at home" from the minute we stepped into the hallway - exploring every room , each with its own charm, was a delight. The tennis court was another source of enjoyment together with the nooks and crannies we discovered around the lovely garden. So, once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Jean & Richard

Jean, East sussex

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michael & Suzanne Schneideman

  • Our 'Isle of Purbeck" Dorset coastline has been the inspiration of Thomas Hardy and for writers and artists to the present day. It remains probably the most spectacular and unspoilt in the country. If you saw 'Far from the Madding Crowd' you have the idea.
  • We are just a 10 minute stroll from the sea at Lulworth Cove and walking distance from the famous Durdle Door limestone arch and adjacent sandy beaches or take a short drive over Whiteways Hill to Kimmerige Bay - famous for Jurassic fossils and beaches.
  • Although the Lynches is a great place to relax in its secluded 2 acres, with its enclosed grass tennis court, croquet lawn, large trampoline, pavilion with table tennis and football net, there's lots of space to let off steam.
  • We love to cook and our kitchen is equipped to professional standards. Besides the Aga cooker there is an electric cooker and ancillary gas rings, three fridge/freezers, microwave, liquidiser, food processor and a full 'batterie de cuisine'.
  • Our round dining room table seats 10 comfortably and there is a huge marble table outside for barbecues and 'al fresco' extravaganzas of lobsters and crab (fish shop in the cove). Walk it off next day with a stroll to the Sailors Return at East Chaldon.
  • Lovely places nearby: Moreton (DH Lawrence lovers), Abbottsbury's Subtropical Gardens, Hardy's cottage, Kingston Lacey House, Studland's superb beaches, Worth Matravers' unique Square and Compass pub and, of course, spectacular walks everywhere.