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Dorset House, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Dorset House is the kind of B&B travellers hope to find but seldom do. The five beautifully decorated rooms feel luxurious, the breakfast is outstanding and the service faultless. The elegant Regency house stands at the top of Lyme Regis's steep main street, a 10-minute walk from the seafront. The rooms are more upmarket boutique hotel than B&B. High ceilings, tall sash windows and perfectly chosen furnishings add class; the bathrooms are modern and stylish.
Lyme Regis lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast and its beaches are rich fossil-hunting territory. You can either join a guided tour or go it alone. The wonderful 630-mile South West Coast Path passes through Lyme and offers memorable walks with stunning sea views.
Dorset House is just outside Lyme Regis' town centre, a 10-minute walk from the seafront.
By car: The hotel is 3 hours 20 mins from London, 3 hours from Birmingham and 4 hours from Cambridge. There are two public car parks within walking distance.
By train: London Waterloo to Axminster takes 2 hours 45 mins. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
By plane: Bournemouth Airport (56 miles)
Style & Character
This is an elegant, romantic coastal retreat for couples but is also suitable for families. Foodies will love the breakfast. Immaculate décor and personalised service make it feel as if you're a guest in a friend's stylish seaside pad.
Service & Facilities
The attention to detail is exceptional, from the elegant décor
to the personalised service and top-
notch, homemade, locally sourced breakfasts. We love enjoying a pre-dinner drink from the well-stocked honesty bar in the cosy snug or on the sunny veranda.
Sea View has tall sash windows with views of Lyme Bay, whose colours are echoed in the rich blue walls and furnishings. The stylish rooms with bold paint colours and luxurious fabrics will leave you wanting to redecorate.
Sea View, Lighthouse, Church View, Fossil, Porthole
Facilities include: King size bed, Hungarian goose down duvet, high thread count Egyptian cotton bedding, ensuite bathroom with walk-in rainshower, underfloor heating in bathroom, full sized Bramley toiletries, fluffy bath towels and bathrobes, hairdryer, fridge with mini bar, tea and coffee facilities with fresh coffee, selection of artisan teas and organic hot chocolate, locally baked biscuits or brownies, TV with DVD player, Ruark iPod dock and radio
Food & Drink
The dining room is grand but homely, while breakfast manages to feel both healthy and indulgent at the same time. The homemade granola and vegetarian sausages are a particular highlight. We made sure we left with the veggie sausage recipe!
Breakfast: locally sourced produce, homemade granola, muesli, homemade bread, choice of cooked dishes.