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Just a few minutes' walk to the beach and town centre with easy access for exploring the Jurassic Coast, Dorset House offers a comfortable base from which to explore the idyllic town of Lyme Regis and beyond. Start your day with a delicious breakfast before exploring the restaurants and activities this seaside town has to offer.

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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.



Dorset House is at the end of Lyme Regis's steep main street, and it's a ten-minute walk to the seafront and its ancient breakwater, The Cobb. You'll pass boutiques, quirky shops and restaurants along the way. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage is a short drive away.

There's a tourist bus linking Lyme to the rest of the Jurassic Coast and lots of lovely walks - including the South West Coast Path - are close by.

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. Book trains to Axminster.

By plane: Bournemouth Airport (56 miles)

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This majestic Regency building has good bones, with large sash windows and high ceilings. The waxed wooden floors, grand fireplaces and subdued colour palette of blues and greys feel straight out of an interior design magazine.


Husband and wife team Lyn and Jason Martin are great hosts; nothing is too much trouble and their sustainability ethos is impressive. Personal touches abound, such as guests' names handwritten on chalkboard their bedroom door. There's also an honesty bar.

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi


Each of the five rooms has its own character and all are stylish and romantic. Unique vintage furniture and carefully-placed throws add to the atmosphere. Little luxuries include sumptuous bedding, fluffy dressing gowns, Bramley toiletries and homemade snacks.

Room types: Sea View, Lighthouse, Church View, Fossil, Porthole

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Bramley toiletries, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, locally baked biscuits or brownies, TV

Food & Drink

Breakfast is delicious, prepared on an AGA with high-quality local ingredients and flair. There are gluten-free, low calorie and vegetarian options too. No lunch or dinner is served onsite but there are lots of eateries close by.

Breakfast: locally sourced produce, homemade granola, muesli, homemade bread, choice of cooked dishes.

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