The Counting House

West Bay, West Dorset

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You can book this property from:

  • £1,135 per week
  • £162 per night


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king/super-king beds
  • 1 double bed
  • Bunk beds to sleep 2


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer


  • 3 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Travel cot


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Outdoor storage
  • On-street parking

How far to ...?

  • Beach 1.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Shop 0.1 miles

Special Features

  • Open fire or woodburner

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Fishing


  • Ground floor WC

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Woodburning stove for decorative purposes only - please do not use
  • Check in: 4.00pm
  • Check out: 9.00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


An 18th Century grade II listed, stone-built cottage which originally was the counting house for the attractive old warehouse to which it is attached. Deceptively spacious, with four bedrooms, along with two bathrooms and a sunny, walled south-facing shingle garden. Situated just a few minutes walk from the harbour and beach. With many original features including original money safe's in the bedroom from its previous use as a counting house. The interior is furnished in an eclectic style with antique furniture, marine paintings, comfortable beds and modern touches throughout. 

West Bay is well known for being the location for the hit TV series 'Broadchurch', with dramatic coastal scenery, sandy beaches and plenty of eateries it makes for a popular holiday destination all year round. Just 1/2 a mile away is the bustling market town of Bridport, with a vibrant mix of independent shops and cafes as well as events taking place throughout the year. It has a well regarded art and foodie scene; there are various weekly and monthly markets as well as regular open studio and arts events. Surrounded by some very famous hills, there are endless walking opportunities, as well as cycle trails for a more active holiday. 

Kitchen/ Dining Room: Country kitchen, with flagstone flooring and exposed stone walls. Bespoke wooden kitchen with wood worktops, butchers block and belfast sink. Rangemaster cooker, with gas 5 ring hob, electric grill and 2 fan ovens. Dishwasher, fridge / freezer, radio, microwave. Farmhouse dining table with seating for 6. 

Living Room: Comfortable and cosy with plenty of seating and wood burning stove.

Sun Room: Wicker seating with coffee table, glass doors and glass roof.

Bedrooms 1) double bed, storage, 2) bunk beds for children 3) king size bed, storage, glimpses of the shingle beach 4) king size bed, ensuite bathroom.
Please note that this property can sleep 8 people, but there is comfortable living space (i.e. dining chairs and living room seating) for only 6 people.

Bathrooms 1) family bathroom with bath, overhead shower, towel rail, wash hand basin and W.C. 2) En-suite bathroom with bath, overhead shower, towel rail, wash hand basin and W.C. 3) Ground floor W.C. and wash hand basin. 

Garage: Not suitable for parking, has a football table and utility area with washing machine and sink. This area can be used to store bikes, kayaks and paddleboards throughout your stay.

Garden: Pebbled garden, with sleepers and some greenery. Garden seating for 6 people, enclosed. 

WiFi: Included

Fuel: Gas central heating

Parking: On street parking 

Linen: Included, please bring your own beach towels and cot linen

Pets: One pet welcome


Access Statement

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Access Statement


Pre-arrival and local facilities

The nearest bus stop is: 500 metres

The nearest train station is: Crewkerne or Dorchester 15 miles

The nearest petrol station is Morrisons 1 mile

The nearest electric vehicle charging point is Bridport 1 mile

The nearest food shop is: 500 metres

The nearest pub/restaurant: next door!

Mobility equipment hire is: unknown


Arrival and car parking

Type of parking available: Space outside garage door plus large public car park 100 metres

Number of spaces available: 1

For what sized car: medium

Parking surface is: Tarmac road surface

Is the parking level: Yes

Is there good space to unload once parked? Yes

Distance to property from parking: Outside garage door

Distance to nearest public parking area: 10 meters

Is it pay and display? Yes

The width of the path to the property is: Straight into the house

How many steps are there en-route to the entrance?  None to the garage entrance but one step down into the house


Main entrance

The main entrance door width is: 1.25 metres

Number of steps to the main entrance: None but then one step down into the house

The height of the key safe is:1.25 metres

The height of the keyhole is:  1.25 metres

How many other entrances to the property are there?  Two

Is the entrance well lit?  Yes – street lighting


Living and dining rooms

The flooring is:  Slate tiles/wood/ timber

Are there are any rugs?  Yes

The door widths within these areas are? Varied
Is there good space between furniture? Not in the living room

Is the furniture moveable or fixed?  Moveable

Is the floor level and step free?  One step down from entrance to main house

Are wall plugs set high or low?  Normal high height switches

Are electric sockets high or low?  Low



The flooring is:  Slate

Is the floor level and step free?  Yes

The width of the doorways is:  Various

What height is the worktop to the floor?  890mm

Is the oven set high or low? Rangemaster stove

The fridge height is:  High fridge

The freezer height is :  Low freezer

Is crockery stored high or low:  High and low

Are wall plugs set high or low?  Mainly above worktop

Are electric sockets high or low?  Mainly above worktop

Is any equipment stored externally or away from the main kitchen, and if yes;  what and where?  No.


Bedrooms and landings

How many floors does the property have? Two

The number of steps between floors is:  13 main staircase.  Three from landing to Master Bedroom

The flooring is:  Carpet

Is the flooring level in each bedroom?  Yes

The door widths are:  Various

Bed sizes are:  2 x 5’ Kingsize. One Double 4’6” and one 3’ bunk beds.

Is the bedroom furniture moveable or fixed? Moveable but heavy

Are wall plugs set high or low? Switches on wall high level

Are electric sockets high or low? Low


Bathrooms and cloakrooms

Type of flooring: Linoleum in bathrooms. Slate in Cloakroom

Is the flooring level? Yes

Width of the doorways: Various

Is there an accessible or adapted WC?  No

Is there an accessible or adapted bath or shower?  No

Is there a ground floor WC?  Yes

Is there a ground floor bathroom or shower room?  No

Does any bath or shower have a grab rail or handle fitted?  No

Is there any shower where access is level rather than a step up?  No


Outdoor facilities

Is permanent seating provided? Garden table plus 6 outdoor cane chairs

Is there outside lighting?  No

Is there colour contrast of critical surfaces (eg edges of steps)   No

Are there footpaths to follow for visually/mobility impaired?  No

Are there barriers to entry into any part of the garden?  Steps up to shingle from stone patio

Are there any other hazards (eg ponds, water features)?  No



Is there a landline telephone for guests to use?  No

Mobile phone reception information:  Mobile reception is good.

Closest public telephone is:  N/A

Can you easily access an electrical socket in all rooms without having to move furniture (not cloakrooms or bathrooms)?  Yes

Do you provide speciality alarms for hearing or sight impaired guests?  No


Additional relevant information

Please note that the house is very old. The doors are sometimes narrow and there are several steps.