With sweeping views of the Lyme Bay, Springfield is a wonderful seaside house set in Lyme Regis, on the Devon/ Dorset borders. A sprawling house with bags of character, lovingly restored and furnished by a London based interior designer. Six bedrooms for 12 adults to snooze in five star linens with an additional one pair of luxury bunk beds for 2 children. Just under 5,000 sq ft so everyone can spread out. Welcoming to children who will love the big garden, trampoline, snooker room, tv snug and games room - and of course the beaches.
Relax in the spacious lounge, with big French Windows opening onto the garden, cosy in the snug/TV room, cook in its big kitchen then eat together in either the breakfast area or dining room. Afterwards, unwind in the snooker room, ping pong in the games room, chill in the conservatory or fire up a challenge with board games in the drawing room.
Use the big L-shaped garden as a sun trap with terraced area for barbecues and al fresco dining while children boing on the trampoline. Parking for 6-7 cars adjacent.
Follow the paths and hedgerows to the beaches, gardens and harbour of Lyme Regis, a quintessential yet classy English seaside town. Amuse children building sandcastles at the beach, crabbing in the harbour, fishing out at sea, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast or retreat for wonderful walks along the Coast. Stylish restaurants like Hix Oyster and Fish House are a short walk and the equally famous River Cottage a 15 minute drive. Casual dining is in abundance with the local honesty bakery for simple tasty, good honest fare.
Springfield is the ideal destination for multiple families holidaying together or special occasion get togethers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 4 en suites|
|Nearest beach||500 m|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton, Nearest railway: Axminster|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (6), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Arrive at your stylish retreat via Silver Street and through the walled garden or front door on Woodmead Road or through the garage doors near the car park. The front door leads to a stunning double height entrance hall with classic Georgian curved staircase and large windows. Staying downstairs we look at the living space and going upstairs we explore the bedrooms.
|Further details outdoors|
Springfield's generous private gardens have ample seating, dining or leisure space. Kids will boing on the large trampoline while a smattering of garden games will amuse adults and children alike. Whatever the weather, the Verandah offers covered seating while the al fresco diners have barbecue and dining table on the Sun Terrace.
At Springfield House you are minutes away from the sea, the harbour and the beaches of Lyme Regis.
The sea is the focus of a wide range of sporting activities. Swimming and bathing are top of the list, thanks to an award-winning environmental protection scheme ensuring the waters around the town are clean and safe – a fact that also shouldn’t be lost on windsurfers, water-skiers or sailors. Check out the Sailing Club and Power Boat Club for information about becoming a temporary holiday member.
Angling is another popular option, especially down by the Cobb where you’ll see a bevy of posters advertising deep-sea trips for catching cod, conger, skate, etc. Alternatively, a quiet trip around the bay might suit you better; in which case catching mackerel is a more likely outcome. Beach casting and pier fishing are also popular.
Walkers will love to explore the National Nature Reserve at the Undercliff. This seven mile long undeveloped woodland is part of the South West Coastal Path and stretches west towards Axmouth and Seaton. Going east from Lyme, walkers can follow the same path or take the costal footpath, part of the 650 mile South West Coastal Path, towards Charmouth and to Golden Cap. At 629ft, this is the highest point on the south coast. Other dry land activities abound: golfing, bowling, pony trekking and biking are just a few of the options available.
As well as being a great place to swim and sunbathe in the summer, Lyme is a paradise for visitors all year round and many tourists come in the winter during a storm just to watch the waves crashing over The Cobb.
If you prefer a less active holiday, there are a wide range of shops, tourist attractions and restaurants to enjoy.
Easily accessible, and only three hours from London and the Midlands, Lyme Regis is away from it all, nestling in the unspoilt West Dorset countryside. Part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, and surrounded by areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lyme Regis, the “Pearl of Dorset”, is famous for its fossils, its historic old town, its Cobb and its beaches. And now it's a destination for food lovers, with Hix Oyster and Fish House in the town, and River Cottage HQ and Axminster Canteen both close by.
The old town, dating back to the 14th century, is an ideal place to walk and explore the local shops, art galleries, newly replanted gardens with myriad places to stop to eat and drink. Built around the River Lym, Lyme has its own working Water Mill, recently refurbished to include an electricity generator. Lyme Regis is very special in that it is probably the smallest town in the country to boast its own cinema, theatre, and museum.
The Cobb attracts visitors – not just for its visual splendour and its magnificent naval architecture, but also for its connections with great literature. Indeed, people come from all over the world to see the steps where Louisa Musgrove fell in Jane Austen’s Persuasion; or to see where Meryl Streep stood, looking forlornly out to sea, in the film adaptation of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. And art lovers are drawn to Lyme for both its beautiful scenery and for its wide range of art galleries.
Holiday makers will enjoy a family-friendly, sandy beach and an often-surprising micro-climate in the shelter of Lyme Bay. Marine Parade is a great place to walk, sit, enjoy the views and visit its small shops and eating places. Here the seafront facilities will soon benefit from restoration of the Marine Parade Shelters, ready for summer 2011. The town and surrounding area have many attractions and host a range of family-centred events, including a Jazz Festival, a Fossil Festival, Life Boat Week and a Regatta & Carnival Week.
For visitors who have had enough of the hurly-burly, and need to escape, there are many delightful places to stay to suit all budgets. You will be able to enjoy walks in the surrounding countryside and there are many opportunities to go out on a boat to view the glorious coastline from the sea or to fish in the clear waters of Lyme Bay.
Whether you are into sunbathing, walking, fossils or even jazz – Lyme Regis has something for everyone.