It’s our utmost pleasure to introduce you to one of the Dorset Coast’s most stylish holiday cottages. Lym House is a gorgeous double-fronted, Georgian-style town house set on a quiet garden lane not far from the Lyme Regis seafront.
Behind the elegant portico entrance, draped by wisteria, is an immaculately presented abode that can accommodate up to eleven guests in its five plush bedrooms, two of which are master bedrooms with super king-size beds and deluxe en-suite bathrooms.
A grand hallway leads into a spacious living room with a large roll arm chesterfield sofa, open fireplace and 70-inch smart television. The impressive kitchen diner is equipped with a full-size Falcon dual oven and five gas burner hob, two Smeg fridge-freezers, a dishwasher, wine fridge and coffee machine. The bespoke oak breakfast bar is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh croissants and orange juice, while the splendid dining area provides you with the opportunity to sit down together over an evening meal to discuss tomorrow’s plans.
Also downstairs is a utility room, with washing machine and tumble dryer, which leads to a shower room and WC, all conveniently placed for when you return from your beach days in need of a quick sort out ‘n’ freshen up. The rear of the house has a pretty patio garden, a lovely, secluded spot where you can sit down with a pot of tea and your latest book in the dappled glow of the afternoon sun.
Whether you’re looking to book for a large family get-together or a gathering of friends, Lym House will provide you with a fabulous base from which to get out and explore the rest of this spectacular county. What’s more, it’s also one of our many dog-friendly holiday cottages, so your waggy-tailed chums need not miss out on all the fun.
Things To Do in Lyme Regis
There’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied in the seaside town they call ‘The Pearl of Dorset’.
Enjoy a fascinating insight into the ocean creatures that occupy the local shores when you visit the Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, hand feeding grey mullet, making an acquaintance with the starfish, and getting up close and personal with a lobster.
Lyme’s stunning seafront gardens are the perfect setting for a blissful afternoon stroll. The gardens attract an exciting array of wildlife, with bat houses, bird boxes and butterfly bushes all part of an ongoing and award-winning conservation effort. Keep an eye out for the striking patterns of the Jersey Tiger Moth, one of the garden’s most spectacular residents.
The Town Mill is an ancient watermill set in Lyme’s quiet artisan quarter. Nestled around the cobbled courtyard, you’ll find art galleries, artists’ studios, a silversmith, a seamstress, a pottery, a bakery and deli, a lovely café and even a micro-brewery. This hub of creativity is only a short walk from the town centre and is the ideal place to slip away to for a coffee and a mooch.
Packed with interesting collections and thought-provoking displays, the Lyme Regis Museum is a wonderful place to explore, from the fossils on show in the geological exhibits to the Writers’ Gallery where you’ll learn more about some of the towns’ most famous scribes, including Jane Austen and John Fowles. The history and heritage behind this characterful maritime town is both rich and diverse, just ask Sir David Attenborough, one of the museum’s most famous guests, who described it as “a remarkable museum, a gem”.
Follow in the footsteps of one of Lyme’s most famous former residents when you sign up for a fossil walk led by local experts. The Mary Anning Walk introduces you to this remarkable stretch of the Jurassic Coast, where Anning discovered the remains of England’s first complete ichthyosaur at the tender age of twelve years old. There are also regular history and rockpooling walks to add to your choice of outdoor adventures.
The famous old stones that make up Cobb Harbour form one of Lyme Regis’ most iconic landmarks. Dating back to the 13th century, this historic promenade is probably best remembered as the place where Meryl Streep stood beneath the dark and brooding skies in the classic film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It’s well worth a stroll to enjoy the sweeping views of the headland past Stonebarrow and Golden Cap to West Bay and beyond.
If your boots are made for walking, the South West Coast Path offers mile upon mile of bracing clifftop adventures that take in some of the region’s most breathtaking coastal scenery. From beachy bays to towering sea stacks, you’ll be captivated at every turn.
Lyme Regis Beach Days…
Town Beach is a lovely safe spot for paddlers and bathers. During the high season, it is manned by RNLI lifeguards, and is lined by beach kiosks, takeaways, cafés, restaurants and pubs, all adding to its vintage seaside appeal.
Church Cliff Beach, a long sandy stretch, lies on the eastern edge of town. The River Lim flows into the bay, making paddling a bit of a necessity, and the beach is submerged at hide tide. At low tide, it’s a great place to go rockpooling. The South West Coast Path runs adjacent to the bay, so you can set off for a wander if you feel like you want to stretch your legs and enjoy some more of this sensational coastline.
East Cliff Beach is less than a mile’s walk from Lyme and offers a far-reaching golden sweep of sand below dramatic cliffs known as ‘The Spittles’. There are lifeguards during the summer season. Dogs are welcome all year round, but it is a clean zone that’s regularly patrolled by wardens, so make sure you do the done thing and clean up any ‘doo doo’ or you could be on the receiving end of a rather hefty fine!
Monmouth Beach, named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed here in 1685 as part of his plot to steal the crown from King James II, is a long swathe of sand and pebbles that stretches for a kilometre southwest of The Cobb Harbour. It’s popular among fossil hunters, having been described as the graveyard for ammonites. Dogs are welcome all year round and there’s lifeguard patrols during the summer season. Here, you’ll also find beach huts, a bowling green and the Lyme Regis Power Boat Club.
Cobb Gate Beach is also within easy walking distance of Lyme Regis town centre. Sheltered by The Cobb harbour wall, this small sandy bay is a lovely spot for fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing and more. It also has lifeguard cover during the busier summer months.