Glebe House


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


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 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, zip wire 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.

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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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Home truths

  • Some of the floors are uneven
  • The dining area is small


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

Family friendly

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


  • 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 - 17 March.


Nightly price
from £96
Weekly price
from £670
Extra beds £20 per week.
1 House for 5
From £964 beds3 bedrooms


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 Montacute House & Mapperton.


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.