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Make a holiday cottage in Lyme Regis your home away from home

Lyme Regis is found in the very western corner of the Dorset coast. It’s a historic town mentioned in the Domesday Book that became a major port in the 13th century then growing into the popular holiday destination it is today. Nicknamed ‘The Pearl of Dorset’, it’s an ideal location to enjoy a traditional British seaside holiday. HomeAway offers a selection of holiday cottages in Lyme Regis. Depending on the property, visitors can enjoy personal patios and gardens, and some holiday apartments in Lyme Regis have sea views. They come with all the expected amenities and are fully furnished, and most holiday homes in Lyme Regis are within easy reach of the beach and the main attractions.

Things to do

Lyme Regis holiday homes sit on the famous Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The nearby towns of Dorchester and Weymouth present great attractions for day trips, and the city of Exeter offers reliable transport links around the region. The town offers visitors both memorable outdoor and indoor attractions.

-Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium is an aquarium on the end of the famous Cobb – the harbour wall that appeared in the movie of The French Lieutenant’s Woman and also in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. Visitors can hand-feed a mullet, stroke a lobster, and hold a starfish. As well as these activities, there are also hermit crabs, ballan wrasse, and sea mice to see.

-Fossil hunting is a popular activity in Lyme Regis. Due to the town’s location on the Jurassic Coast, winter storms reveal fossils buried in the rocks. Join a guided tour for fossil hunting and find out how to do it. It’s both educational and enjoyable. It’s also not uncommon for people to find fossils up to one metre in diameter next to the cliff walls.

-Lyme Regis Museum sits in the heart of the town. Not far from most rental cottages in Lyme Regis, it’s a museum built on top of the former home of the famous fossilist Mary Anning. It’s an architectural gem offering some of the largest fossils found on the Jurassic Coast. It’s also a chance to get to grips with the exciting maritime history of what was once one of England’s largest ports.

-The East Devon Way is a landscape footpath which starts from Lyme Regis and winds 38 miles to Exmouth in East Devon. It’s a marvellous way to enjoy the majestic landscape of this part of the English coastline. Just some of the things you can see include river valleys, an estuary, high open commons, and woodland.

-The Town Mill is a complex which seeks to bring the past back to life. The Victorian mill buildings have been restored and work as they did centuries ago. The River Lym still powers the waterwheel, and milling machinery has been perfectly preserved. As well as this, there’s a café, tranquil garden, and craft studios where visitors can get involved in the activities themselves.

Weather in Lyme Regis

Like most much of the southern English coast, Dorset is heavily influenced by the North Atlantic Drift. Holiday cottages in Lyme Regis experience mild weather all year round. Temperatures usually hit an average maximum of 20°degrees Celsius during the summer months. It also enjoys its own microclimate, so Lyme Bay generally remains free of snow and frost even in harsh winters.

Travel to Lyme Regis

The town is served by the A35 and there’s a good network of A roads for getting around the district. The nearest motorway is the M5. Rail travel is from London Waterloo to Exeter and a change to Axminster, with an onward journey to Lyme Regis by car, bus or taxi.

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                                                                                                      The description of the apartment on the internet and also as conveyed to me verbally by the owner is accurate. The apartment is clean, well furnished, and equipped with a number of useful utensils etc for cooking. The cooker is excellent, although the refrigerator can do with upgrading. It is a pleasure to sit in the lounge and watch the sea and all the marine activity that is going on. There is plenty of storage space in the bedrooms; the beds are comfortable, and so are the pillows. In the bathroom there is a brand new walk-in shower, which is very easy to operate, with sufficient hot water available all the time. The wash basin is a bit ancient, as the hot water tap on the left seems to be on its last legs. In the hall there is a very useful guide book and all the contact details. There is plenty of material to read, ranging from children's books to very scholarly literature. Something that does need to be seen to is the box containing the keys at the front. It was very difficult to open the box, and one was worried in case we accidentally broke its mechanism. We were fortunate in that the husband of Viv came and helped us out. There is good customer service, because one can telephone the maintenance man: and he responds quickly. We would be happy to recommend the property to any of our friends who may wish to go to Lyme Regis. We enjoyed our days out to Beer in Devon, Chesil Beach and Hardy's cottage. The area has lots of history. We did not eat out, but I am sure there must be some good restaurants about. Most of the fish and chip shops and cafes are not particularly attractive or inviting, but they seem to be always busy. There are hardly any grocery stores near the apartment; one has to go to Broad Street; one has also to undergo some huffing and puffing of lungs owing to quite step gradients on the way. Marks out of 10: 8.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      A super spacious apartment in a grand building!

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                                                                                                      Our family of 4, two adults & two children of 8 & 5, enjoyed a lovely week-long stay in this modern apartment within a very grand listed building. The apartment was well furnished, with a well stocked kitchen area which made cooking our usual family suppers easy - when we wanted a break from the lovely restaurants by the sea! The apartment was clean, light and airy and the views from the comfy bedrooms (one double and one with bunk beds) were stunning. The property also has a large communal garden which we had access to but never used as we were out all day. There was lots of local information in the welcome pack to help us plan our activities and the addition of books and board games was a nice surprise. The monopoly set came in very handy for entertaining our busy boys on our only rainy day in Lyme Regis! Another thoughtful little touch was the supply of tea/coffee, pint of milk and local biscuits waiting for us on our arrival - very welcome after our long drive. Having never really had a UK holiday I would now thoroughly recommend it! Booking was easy and the property owner was very helpful & knowledgeable on the lead up to our break. Lyme Regis is a lovely seaside town but be aware that it is quite hilly! The walk to the beach is around 10-15 minutes but can take 20 or so minutes back after a long day on the beach - this was not a problem for us or our boys though. Lyme is also a great base from which to explore other Devon/Dorset areas & beaches - Beer and Burgh Island were our favourites. We had a lovely family holiday and I would happily recommend the property and area to friends & family.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Outstanding!!

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                                                                                                      We had a wonderful weeks stay in Lavender Cottage, it was exactly as described and in a perfect location, close to the beach and all the amenities and even had a small quiet local pub just a few doors away. We will definitely be back to stay again. Lyme Regis is the idyllic seaside town that hasn't lost its charm or any of its character. Lots to do and see in and around the town, great pubs and places to eat and it has perfect combination of pebble beach one end for those that want a bit more space and don't want sand in their toes, to a perfect sandy beach for our children at the other end. All in all no better location with stunning views, great walks and a beautiful unspoilt town to explore.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016