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THE RETREAT, private Hot Tub, WiFi, SHORT BREAKS, Nr River Cottage & Lyme Regis – Home 327924 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

THE RETREAT, private Hot Tub, WiFi, SHORT BREAKS, Nr River Cottage & Lyme Regis – Home 327924

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 2
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 136 reviews

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Cottage / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


* The Retreat Cottage, detached, quiet, private setting

* Quality furnishings, brass bed, sleeps 2 adults,

* PRIVATE HOT TUB with multi mood lighting for your use only

* 2019 "Safe Clean and Legal" accreditation from Quality in Tourism

* Refreshments on arrival

* Short Breaks year round

* Ideal for romantic breaks, mini moons & honeymoons

* Close to sea at Lyme Regis - 5 mins drive

* Close to River Cottage HQ Cookery & Events

* Close to Hix Restaurant in Lyme Regis

* On The World Heritage Jurassic Coast

* Walking distance to local pub & bus stop

* Complimentary fast Wi Fi, SMART 43" TV/DVD


* Own Private Hot Tub with interior mood lighting

* Set at constant 38c perfect in any weather

* Large Cantilever 2.7m x 2.7m umbrella for hot tub for rain or shine

* Enclosed private garden & terrace

* Garden furniture, summer loungers, sensor lighting

* Ample well lit safe private parking

* Electric car charger type 2

* Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


*1 bedroom fully equipped ground floor garden cottage

* Every appliance & convenience thought of for you


* 43" SMART DVD/TV, DVDs, Roberts Radio

* Cards, board games, books, maps

* Leather recliner sofa, flame effect wall fire

* Snuggle blanket, cool fan


* Every appliance & fully equipped with all utensils

* Dish washer,washer drier, microwave, cooker, fridge freezer

* Coffee machine with pod selection

* Useful items i.e. loo rolls, kitchen roll, foil, herbs, cooking & olive oil

* Eco washing up liquid, dish washer tabs & laundry liquid

* Picnic cool box, ice blocks, blanket, picnic utensils

* Breakfast bar with padded stools


* King size brass bed, TV, alarm clock radio

* All linen, 2 robes, slippers, towels

* Hot Tub towels, slippers, torch

* Iron & board, laundry basket, clothes horse,

* Hair drier, tong pad,

* Torch & High Viz jacket for walk to pub

* Umbrella, spare blanket & sheet, cool air fan


* Rainfall shower

* Electric towel rail, underfloor bathroom heating

* Eco Toiletries, towels, 2 loo rolls


* Joy, a true local & font of local knowledge available 24/7

* Multi Award Winning


* Hot tubs are great to use at any time of year, set at 38c

* See our similar property Acorns Garden Apartment on this listing

* Guest 10% discount pass at property for River Cottage Canteen

* Guest 10% discount pass at property for Hix Fish House

* Delivery from local curry & pizza restaurants available

* Delivery of flowers and champagne from licenced florist available

* Delivery of gourmet crab hampers & champagne available

* Delivery of online shopping for after your arrival available

* Spare swim wear available if you forget yours

* All relative H&S, Fire Safety, Hot Tub HSE criteria, Food Hygiene

Certificate, PAT Tested Electrical safety adhered to.

* Fire extinguishers, blanket, smoke, heat, carbon monoxide alarms

* Correct Insurance in place for guests' peace of mind

* I am a professional business of some 20 years standing with numerous

professional hospitality Awards. Book with me with confidence.

Milk, tea & biscuits on arrival.

Regret no pets or children

*please note any food & drink in photographs is purely for advertorial purposes

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
  • 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Walking: Maps with walking information for the Jurassic Coast and South West Coastal Path and information on local area provided at property Bus: The Jurassic Coaster the X51 & X53: from local train station at Axminster, stops at end of our road at the local pub. 3 minutes to walk to local bus stop with buses twice an hour to local seaside resort of Lyme Regis (10 mins on bus). Car: Local town maps of Lyme Regis & Axminster at the property detailing car parks. Train station 5 minutes driive to Axminster links to city of Exeter (40 minutes on train) London 2.45 hours away. Bus at station, Book taxi: Terry’s Taxi Uplyme, Matt’s Cabs Lyme Regis, Axminster Taxis. Planes: Exeter Airport is 45 minutes drive.

Interaction with guest

The property key safe box code for access and directions which you must bring with you prior to arrival are made available to you on this site prior to arrival. I am Joy your host: invariably present to meet, greet and show you the property and how the Hot Tub works and share my wealth of local information with you. Milk, tea & biscuits on arrival. Please note: Please remove any fake tan or spray tan before arrival as it spoils the water and stains the Hot Tub. I am available 24/7 and always at the end of my mobile. Regret no pets. Adult only. *please note if reading historic reviews there is no longer a breakfast basket - which is reflected in the reduced tariff for new bookings made since 1st May 2018.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

No refund If you cancel, any money you have paid cannot be refunded.

Check-in date

House rules

Please remove FAKE SPRAY TAN, make up & lotions before using Hot Tub.
Please respect Hot Tub hours are from 8am - 10pm.
Please read the Hot Tub safe use information.
Please only the two adults named on booking form may use facilities.
ARRIVALS welcomed 3pm - 9pm.
Departure by 10am.
Please leave tidy with washing up done and put away.
Regret I cannot offer earlier arrives due to Hot Tub preparation


About the owner

Joy R.
Average reply time:
32 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
24 May 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 14 Feb 2013. Located in Dorset, it has 136 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £1123.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 May 2019.


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Guest reviews

136 reviews

Very Good

“They say perfect doesn’t exist..!”

Reviewed 5 Nov 2018

Stay at Hedgehog Corner and you will find it!! The hot tub sold it to me. Well worth a visit, you will not be dissapointed!

Owner's reply: Delighted you enjoyed the hot tub! It was a pleasure to have you stay. Thank you for choosing The Retreat. Joy

“Amazing retreat, fantastic host and great location”

Reviewed 28 Feb 2016

We spent two nights here when visiting River Cottage, the location couldn't be better with only a 5 minute drive to River Cottage HQ. Joy is a superb and welcoming host, the Retreat is beautifully maintained, extremely homely and it's tucked away location is private and quiet. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to use the hot tub but it looked absolutely fantastic perfect for a romantic evening. I cannot recommend this property highly enough.

Owner's reply: Wow thank you! Please visit again and stay a little bit longer to do some tubbing! I am so grateful for your kind words. Joy

“Absolutely perfect!”

Reviewed 26 Jan 2016

We stayed with Joy when she was running her B&B a few years ago and although she is now letting apartments instead of doing B&B, we knew we could expect the same great service and quality. We were certainly not disappointed! The Retreat is all you could possibly want/expect and more. It is spotless, spacious, has a fully equipped kitchen with open plan living room, and separate bedroom. Joy leaves a fantastic breakfast basket for your stay which includes her amazing home made bread - not to be missed! The hot tub is absolutely lovely.... the weather was chilly, misty and softly raining but we ran to the hot tub and thoroughly enjoyed soaking away the chills! It is literally right outside of the door and completely secluded. The Retreat at Hedgehog Corner is only a few minutes drive away from Lyme Regis town centre, and perfect for visits to River Cottage. Our friends came with us and stayed in Acorns which they loved. All in all - thoroughly recommended!

Owner's reply: Thank you for such a fabulous review. It's wonderful that some of our past guests are revisiting - especially now there are hot tubs for each of the properties here at Hedgehog Corner. Hot Tubs are great fun - whatever the weather as our guests found. See you soon! Joy

“Wonderful Stay”

Reviewed 13 Dec 2015

Absolutely amazing stay from start to finish. The setting of the Retreat was stunning with the inside of the accommodation being just as beautiful. Joy made us feel very welcome and there were plenty of added touches during our stay, including the breakfast basket! The hot tub was a highlight of the trip and brightened up our winter get away. Would highly recommend this property and we can't wait to return.

Owner's reply: Thank you indeed for your kind words about your stay here in The Retreat. I'm so glad you enjoyed the rural setting - with the Hot Tub looking out over the fields with the occasional deer and bunny to be seen! Hot Tubs are perfect for the colder weather - first thing in the morning is a great way to kick start the day. I very much hope to see you again! Joy

“We couldn't have asked for anything better.”

Reviewed 19 Oct 2015

My husband was attending a cookery course at River Cottage, The Retreat was ideally situated, not even a 5 minute drive away. The Retreat was wonderful, warm and welcoming after a 3 hour drive, with everything we needed and more ! The icing on the cake was the hot tub. Thank You Joy

Owner's reply: Delighted to hear your cookery course at River Cottage tied in nicely with your stay here. Also so pleased you enjoyed your own personal Hot Tub for a spot of star gazing. Hope to see you again soon, Joy

“Fantastic Stay”

Reviewed 12 Oct 2015

Make good use of the hot tub, it is very relaxing! Go to Lyme Regis and have a pork sandwich in the "Whole Hog" it will be the best pork sandwich you have ever had!

Owner's reply: Delighted our guests enjoyed the Hot Tub and local fabulous roast sandwich shop in nearby Lyme Regis - I have tasted one myself and they are delicious! Just on the main street at the bottom of the town near the clock car park! Check it out! Hope to see you next year! Joy


Reviewed 2 Oct 2015

Our stay was simply wonderful; thank you Joy. We felt very special and thoroughly pampered. My highlight was floating in the hot tub at night with the lights and jets switched off, staring at the Milky Way for hours. My partner enjoyed the home-made bread and muesli, as well as all the locally-sourced produce that greeted us on arrival. We tried to think of something we needed that had not been provided - and failed. Very highly recommended but not when we want to return (obviously). Enjoy!

Owner's reply: Smashing! Delighted you too enjoyed the star gazing from your private, personal and secluded Hot Tub late at night. This has proved to be a real enhancement to our guests stay! See you again! Joy

“Perfect break”

Reviewed 25 Sep 2015

Me and my partner stayed in this cottage for 2 nights and I honestly can't find the words to explain how perfect it was. It took us a while to get to the cottage due to traffic and weather conditions but when we arrived we were greeted by a lovely, welcoming smile from Joy the wonder who proceeded to show us around the cottage... Giving us information on the use of the hot tub, heating, and electrical appliances. This lady has literally thought of everything you could possibly need/want during your stay. The cottage is spacious and clean but very cosy and the hot tub is a perfect added bonus, so relaxing no matter the weather conditions. The only fault is that we couldn't stay longer, neither of us wanted to leave! Would love to stay again.

Owner's reply: Wow! Really pleased our guests enjoyed their stay and I hope they will visit again. See you in 2016 Joy

“Fabulous retreat that helps you relax in comfort”

Reviewed 20 Sep 2015

We stayed here because of the reviews and i must say we was not disappointed, the place is lovely and clean with everything you need and more to make Your stay comfortable. The introduction of a hot tub is a master stroke by Joyce we loved it so relaxing especially at night when you put the multicolour lighting on. Joyce is a lovely lady who goes out of her way to help make your stay an enjoyable one, we will definatly be going back.

Owner's reply: Delighted our guests enjoyed the multi coloured lighting selection in the Hot Tub! Several guests enjoyed 'star gazing' too with shooting stars seen. Hope to see you again Joy

“5 Star accommodation”

Reviewed 18 Aug 2015

What can we say about Hedgehog Corner .... other than .... fantastic , classy , peaceful , idyllic and secluded . Joy ( who owns Hedgehog Corner ) , you have been named well !! It was a total joy to have met you , an amazing , friendly , lovely lady . You have so obviously put a lot of thought , time and money into Hedgehog Corner . The high spec of absolutely everything in The Retreat didn't go amiss . We have stayed at many places but we can honestly say this was one of the very best . We will return and we most definitely would recommend your beautiful little haven to everyone , love Mark and Julie , Hertfordshire .

Owner's reply: Thank you for giving me such a great start to my day! Your words sum up what every accommodation provider hopes their guests will think after their holiday. I did appreciate your thoughtfulness with the taxi driver it was very kind indeed. Hope to see you both again and for longer next time! Joy

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