This quintessentially English cottage exudes the charm of a by-gone age with a large English country garden, replete with apple trees, lavender and rose bushes, daisies and green rolling lawns. It is an ideal family getaway, sleeping eight in four bedrooms, decorated in old, 1940's style, offering spectacular views of the the famous Jurassic Coast, one minute's walk away.
There are no roads to cross to get to the natural, unspoilt beach, which offers hours of fossil-hunting pleasure, as well as long walks and a virtually currentless sea. It is ideal for children of all ages.
The village is a 10-minute walk away and offers a regular bus service, small food shops, tennis courts, as well as medical and hairdressing services and good places to eat.
Beautiful, historic Lyme Regis, where Jane Austen holidayed and Mary Anning discovered dinosaur fossils, is three miles away with excellent restaurants, a golf course, mackerel-fishing by boat, a museum and an Art Deco cinema. Bridport, famous for its artists, is six miles the other way, offering a fabulous market twice a week and a cinema. And Axminster six miles towards Devon, boasts local celebrity, Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall's canteen.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Charmouth 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 50 km, Nearest railway: Axminster 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage, although Enid Blytonish and charming, boasts a brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen with Aga, granite-style worktops, double sink, dishwasher and washing machine. This is open plan and leads onto the sitting room and dining area, making it a casual, family-friendly place to entertain and eat. There are two bedrooms downstairs, with gorgeous views of the garden, one overlooking the beach and sea and the downstairs bathroom is large, containing a loo, power shower and bath. Upstairs is a large double-bedroom with stunning views of the famous Golden Cap and the Jurassic Coast. There is another bedroom, with two single beds, also with beautiful sea views and a bathroom with a bath and loo.
|Further details outdoors|
The charm of the large, secure, English country garden cannot be overstated. Soft green lawns roll down to old, laden apple trees, wild rabbits scampering around them and the flower beds abound with hydrangea, lavender, roses, daisies and buddleia in the summer.
In all seasons, long walks are recommended to take in the stunning scenery. There is the coastal path walk from Lyme Regis to Seaton, along the Undercliff, featured in the film, The French Lieutenant's Woman. The vegetation is less dense in the winter, allowing you to see the sparkling sea views through it. There is also the walk up to Golden Cap, through rolling green fields overlooking the sea. Stone Barrow, another National Trust site, offers various walks, depending on how much time you have, and spectacular elevated views along the coast, or a simple meander on the beach fossil-hunting provides hours of pleasure as winter is the best time to find fossils.
Charmouth is particularly renowned for its ammonites and whole dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed there, models of which can be seen at the Heritage Centre, two minutes from the cottage. Secure parking is available for up to three cars and the beach is just a one-minute walk away down a small lane, free of vehicles.
An English-speaking representative will be on hand to welcome guests to this family-run cottage. We can also cope in French.
There is a fact file about the house available.
Brochures of recommended local places of interest are available as well.
The West Country is famous for its mild climate and quintessentially English beauty. Charmouth is particularly eminent for its lovely, long, flat, sandy, unspoilt beach and its fossils, as it is part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Lyme Regis and Charmouth are places of huge historical interest and there is a museum in Lyme for those seeking to find out more about the rich stories of the area. Dorset is perhaps the reticent cousin of the more famous and larger counties of Devon and Cornwall, offering wonderful, family holidays in a stunning natural setting, which you will never forget, while not being too overcrowded or overpriced. Summer is fab for swimming, fossiling, poking around the rock pools, long walks and barbecues. Winter is the best time to find the fossils on the beach, as the storms churn up the sea, sometimes bringing down the cliffs.
Charmouth is a small village on a stunning part of the Jurassic Coast, offering a wonderful, family holiday experience. The beach is long and wide, ideal for family walks and for fossil-hunting. Every year, on Christmas Day, the village turns out in fancy dress and swims for charity. It is an event not to be missed! Facilities on the beach itself include a fossil information centre, offering conducted hunts for fossils and information on how to find them; a resaurant and a quirky vintage clothes shop. Charmouth village offers a regular bus service, restaurants, takeaways, tennis courts, a small supermarket, a pharmacy, two hairdressers, a butcher, a general store, a postoffice, two doctors' surgeries, a library, gift shops and even a dentist. And three miles away there is Lyme Regis, where The French Lieutenant's Woman and parts of Persuasion were filmed, which boasts a golf course, a cinema, a theatre and numerous fine resaurants and shops. The Lyme fishermen provide mackerel-fishing trips by boat in the summer. Six miles away in Axminster, you will find Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen and just outside Axminster, on the way to Raymond's Hill, is Hugh F-W's Park Farm, open for visits.