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River Valley House The South West

Live in harmony with the country…

River Valley House is an exceptional property offering a magical stay in a beautiful setting. This truly remarkable house really is the place for a wonderful break for all the family. There are things to do for kids of all ages – from 5 to 95! With accommodation for 16-20 people, the house is set in 14 amazing acres in the beautiful Dorset countryside.

The house itself has a wonderfully elegant living room, rich with bespoke fabrics and wallpaper, two impressive fireplaces and set out to facilitate convivial conversation. It also leads out to a large flagstone terrace with outside seating and a fire pit. For quiet relaxation, there’s a study that looks out over the grounds and another warm and cosy fireplace. The kitchen is light and airy with a great family dining area. As well as the elegance of the house itself, there is an indoor pool, a gym, sauna and steam room, outdoor hot tub and conference facilities (with a 60 inch screen that makes a great home cinema!).

There’s even an organic garden where guests are welcome to pick their own fruit and vegetables. We also have a variety of catering options that we can discuss with you.

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Guest Reviews

You describe River Valley House as being 'magical' and that's exactly how it felt. Our family, from kids to very big kids, had such a wonderful and memorable time here. Thank you so much Big House Experience for all your help in arranging such a memorable weekend.

Sue, Cornwall

Our stay at River Valley House was wonderful, by far surpassing our expectations. The home itself is truly beautiful, comfortable, and lends itself for large groups & family gatherings. We had originally planned day excursions, which we promptly cancelled, because the grounds are spectacular, with so many fun activities on site...the evenings spent round the outdoor fire pit were magical. We would not hesitate to book again!

Lindsay, New York

There simply are not sufficient superlatives to describe our stay. The property was outstanding and exceeded our high expectations by a mile.

Jill, Wokingham

The grounds are a paradise

The grounds are the sort of thing kids dream about! They can camp out on the tee pee island, with its rope bridges, swings and trampolines; row the boat down to the mill; enjoy swimming in the natural pond (when it’s too nice to swim indoors); play croquet, badminton or table tennis; or simply relax by the river where you might spot an otter or do some fishing or, just enjoy the views. There is also an organic garden, a pizza oven and free range chickens – feel free to gather the eggs!

Explore the wonderful Dorset Countryside … AND THE ALLURING JURASSIC COAST

Situated just a couple of miles away from the market town of Bridport, River Valley House is perfectly placed for a true taste of Dorset. Bridport is a gateway town to the world famous Jurassic Coast and prides itself on its rich mix of high quality foods and eclectic entertainment. Steeped in history, the town is a treasure trove for budding historians. It’s also something of a find for those who enjoy a good meal, with a wide range of restaurants including Indian, Thai, Mediterranean and good old English fish and chips! There are markets twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday and a busy events calendar. It is also a great area for walking or cycling as well as opportunities for shooting, canoeing and fishing. You’ll never be short of something to do!

A little further afield, River Valley House is also within easy reach of West Bay, setting for the haunting Broadchurch drama series, and the increasingly hip Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Chesil Beach; each offering fantastic foodie experiences.

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What to expect

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We’ve tried to think about everything to make your stay at River Valley House just perfect. In all of our country houses to rent, we provide all the essential features to cater for a large group. Here’s a list of all the practical provisions we have at the house. If there’s anything you can’t see here but need, just ask as we’ll see what we can do.

  • Luxury bed linen, towels and robes
  • Complimentary bathroom amenities
  • Dining table that can seat up to 20 guests
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Heated indoor swimming pool (10m x 5m)
  • Outdoor natural swimming pond
  • Sauna, steam room and hot tub
  • Beautiful peaceful setting with 14 acres of stunning gardens and woodland to explore - a children's paradise with rope swings and a trampoline plus a rowing boat, paddleboards and kayaks to use on the river meandering through the grounds
  • Croquet and badminton
  • Media room with conference facilities
  • Gym with cardio and multi-gym equipment
  • 3 x Sky HD TVs in the property including a 3D plasma TV in the Barn
  • Sonos sound system integrated with main living areas
  • A kitchen garden where you're encouraged to pick your own fruit and vegetables (depending on the season)
  • Gas BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven
  • A range of traditional board games and books
  • Cots and highchairs are available on request
  • A starter set of provisions, including oil, English breakfast tea, coffee and brown and white sugar. Guests are encouraged to help themselves to fresh eggs from the hen house


Nestled in a beautiful valley two miles outside the Dorset seaside town of Bridport.

House FAQs

  • Is the property close to a beach?

    Yes, the property is about 15 minutes' drive to West Bay. The very beautiful and popular Lyme Regis is only 35 minutes' drive away.

  • Are pets allowed?

    Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome at River Valley House.

  • Are the pools open year-round?

    Yes, the indoor swimming pool and outdoor natural swimming lake are both open all year round. The indoor pool is heated to around 29-30 degrees.

  • What are the check in and check out times?

    Check in is at 4pm on the day of your arrival at River Valley House, and check out is at 10am.

  • Will you hold a damage deposit during our stay?

    Yes, we ask to hold a cautionary deposit of £1,000 during your stay at River Valley House. This is requested just two weeks prior to your stay, and is returned shortly after, assuming no damage to the property or its contents (see our Booking T&Cs for more information).

  • Are there local places to eat you can recommend?

    Yes. We'd suggest the following pubs and restaurants which are within a short drive of River Valley House:

    The Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis
    This restaurant, run by Michelin star chef Mark Hix, serves high quality British seafood with a view of the Jurassic Coast. It uses the best of the local fish caught off the Dorset coast, often from Lyme Bay itself.

    The Parlour, Bridport
    A relaxed authentic Italian restaurant located on a beautiful farm just outside Burton Bradstock, providing a lovely atmospheric dining experience. They do an amazing Sunday roast.

    Dorshi, Bridport

    A really cosy restaurant in the heart of Bridport offering East Asian inspired street food. Dorshi has recently been featured in the 2021 Michelin Guide, giving justice to the wonderful food the team create.

    The Ollerod, Beaminster
    This restaurant is definitely one for the foodies. It has a lovely cottage-feel with a fire in the winter and a terrace and garden for the summer months where you can get amazing cocktails to enjoy in the sunshine. They grow their seasonal veg and herbs in their own garden, and source locally from all the amazing farmers and fishermen in Dorset.

    The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock

    A beautiful 300-year-old thatched pub with log fires in the winter and a lovely beer garden in the summer. Dog and child friendly. 

    Soulshine, Bridport
    A gorgeous local café in the heart of Bridport that offers delicious locally produced food, juices and smoothies. This café has a lovely courtyard at the back where you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy the great atmosphere.

    Billy Winters, Weymouth & Crab House Café, Wyke Regis (scenic 40-minute drive)
    Sister restaurants that are just a 5-minute walk from one another. Billy Winters offers a relaxed beach front café where you can sit and watch the kite surfers and paddle boarders take to the sea. Think wood fired pizza and home brewed craft beer. The Crab House Café offers a more formal restaurant where you can get fresh oysters from the restaurant’s own oyster beds and fine selections of seafood.

    The Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock

    This busy café serves one of the best fish and chips, fresh seafood and delicious breakfasts. Plenty of outdoor seating as well as a great selection of local ice creams to enjoy by the sea.

  • How many guests can sit at the dining table?

    There is a dining table at River Valley House that can seat 14 guests or be extended to seat 20 guests comfortably.

  • Are there any house rules we need to be aware of?

    Yes, to ensure you have a wonderful and memorable stay at River Valley House, we ask that you understand the following important house rules:

    • No fireworks please
    • Not suitable for stag or hen parties

  • What is the nearest train station to River Valley House?

    The nearest train station is Crewkerne which is a 24 minute drive from River Valley House. From Crewkerne, you can reach London Paddington in 2.5 hours.

  • What is the nearest airport to River Valley House?

    River Valley House is a 1 hour 13 minute drive from Bournemouth Airport and a 1 hour 38 minute drive from Bristol Airport.

  • Is the house suitable for children?

    Yes, children are very welcome at River Valley House. The following are provided for children:

    • Two cots (please bring your own cot bedding)
    • Two high chairs

  • How do I book?

    You can check availability and pricing for River Valley House, and place your booking request online, or by calling our team on 01242 352 747.

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