“This B+B is stuffed with the prodigious output of an extraordinary artist, from paintings to wallpapers to linocuts and silk bow ties - all for sale. Just two rooms done up in his idiosyncratic style offer the most interesting place to stay in this wonderful seaside town. Breakfasts taken on the lovely sloping lawn with seaviews in fine weather, and the beach and seaside is just a short walk away, as is the town centre.”
Written by James Dunford Wood
“Why do people love staying in your hotel? Our BnB is an intimate artist’s Goergian family house, set in a beautiful garden overlooking the sea. Guests return saying they are attracted by the creative atmosphere - it is quirky and full of interest, colour and ideas. There are paintings, engravings and hand printed textiles and wallpaper in all rooms. It is environmentally friendly, with PV panels over the veranda and solar thermal hidden elsewhere. The house is easily accessible by train from Axminster, only a 10 minute bus ride away, and you will find plenty to do here without need of a car.
What is there to do in the area? Lyme Regis offers the sea, with beaches, and hour long mackerel fishing trips, walks along the world famous Jurassic Coast, and most popular of all, fossil hunting on the foreshore. This small Georgian town was a familiar haunt of Jane Austin (read about Lyme Regis in Persuasion), Tolkein, Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Little Pig Robinson), and of course John Fowles who wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman, later a major movie starring Meryl Streep, also filmed in the town. The Undercliffe is a celebrated nature reserve. There are wonderful seaside shops, galleries & Museum, an Art Deco cinema and the Marine Theatre. The many annual events include Jazz & Blues Festival, ArtsFest, Food Festivals, Guitars on the Beach and The Fossil Festival.
What kind of breakfast do you offer? Breakfast on the veranda looking out to sea, or in the dining room or in your own room includes homemade toast and jams, homemade yogurt and fresh fruit salad when in season, tea, coffee, juices. Porridge in the winter. Breakfast is served on our own crockery, thrown and decorated by your host.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally? No other meals offered as we are in the centre of Lyme Regis that boasts many restaurants from Mark Hix’s Oyster House to the Harbour Inn, and other eateries. Fish and Chips is very popular on the beach especially with the seagulls.
Which are your most popular room types, and why? The Blue Room is light and airy with a canopied queen sized bed, while the richly ornate Red Room is dominated by a massive four poster bed reputed to having been slept in by Charles I in 1643.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ? We have a cot and a fold up bed available, while there are books, games, a swing and large trampoline next to the chicken run. Bikes and 2 man kayak are also available.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers? Come and experience an original working artist’s decorated home in the middle of this historic small seaside town; our guests say that they leave rested and inspired by the combination of art and the natural world.”