The Lyme Regis Studio

Lyme Regis, Dorset, United Kingdom Book from Book from £110 per night

Bijou hideaway with retro styling, a peaceful garden setting and the Jurassic Coast a stone's throw away (sleeps 2)

Hidden in the grounds of a unique 1960's home located just upriver from Lyme Regis, this quirky little studio celebrates all things retro. Its interior is a nod to its mid-century roots; there’s a ‘50s sofa, a ‘60s dining table and ‘70s artwork on the walls. Inspiration is taken from iconic early 20th-century designers, like Arne Jacobsen and Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, as well as vintage books that are displayed on open shelving. The resulting look is a welcome change from more typical country cottage styling we've grown accustomed to.

Converted by creative owners Vanessa and Jethro, the tardis-like studio has been very cleverly thought-out. The living space incorporates a kingsize bed, the compact kitchenette squeezes in a dishwasher, and a log burner keeps things cosy. You get your own leafy deck, too, complete with a small dining table and a gas barbecue to fire up on warm summer evenings. There's even a wood-fired sauna complete with outdoor cold shower adjacent to the studio. Lyme Regis is a short drive away, or you can walk along a picturesque river path leading you straight to the beach. It’s an ideal location for making the most of the Jurassic Coast without having to stay among the crowds. And it’s pleasingly affordable, too.
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Highs

  • Quirky retro styling that breaks the mould of more typical country cottage design
  • Cleverly designed layout and a good utilisation of space
  • Secluded and cosy: a perfect and very affordable hideaway for a solo break or a romantic escape a deux (dogs welcome too)
  • Buzzy Lyme Regis, with its beach, shops and restaurants, is accessible on foot via a pretty 25-minute stroll along the river

Lows

  • Arrivals are only on Monday, Thursday or Friday, staying for at least 3 nights; week-long stays are preferred
  • No kids allowed, except for babies (you’ll need to bring your own gear)
  • A small space that might feel cramped if staying for longer periods
  • Although the kitchenette is well equipped for its size, it’s not really big enough for proper cooking – you’ll probably drive out to eat

Best time to go

The Jurassic Coast is popular with tourists for most of the year. If you're hoping for sunshine and seaside swimming you'll want to come in the summer. This time of year brings crowds, but you'll be well hidden in the quiet village of Uplyme. For a quieter escape, come in spring or autumn; both bring pretty scenery and mild temperatures.

Our top tips

If you're walking into Lyme Regis for the evening, take the provided torch with you as the route isn't lit.

Great for...

Beach
Romantic
  • Boutique Studio
  • 1 bedroom
  • Self-catering; restaurants a short drive away
  • Babies welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

The studio consists of two rooms: an open-plan bedroom-kitchen-living room, and a wet room. The kingsize bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Wooden flooring, tall windows and long mirrors help to make the space feel light and open, giving it a deceptively spacious feel.

The interiors change with time but expect designer furniture and vintage pieces. An attractive Yeoman woodburner stands against one wall, with logs for your first few fires. Electricity comes from rooftop solar panels, which is used to power the television (with Netflix). Wet room amenities include REN toiletries and cotton bath towels.

Patio doors open to a secluded private deck, which has a gas barbecue and a small table and chairs. The deck is fenced so is ideal for dogs.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The kitchenette has a combi mini oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge, ice box and Dualit toaster, plus an eye-catching burnt-orange kettle that we love! Essentials including olive oil, salt and pepper, sugar, coffee and tea will be waiting for you on arrival, as is the bottle of wine for booking through i-escape. Cooking is simple, you may prefer to use the barbecue outside. You can dine inside or out on the deck; each space has a small table and seating for two.

For supplies, your nearest supermarkets are in Lyme Regis (five-minute drive). You’ll also find a host of eating options here, with lots of British seaside staples (fish and chips, ice cream, fudge, cream teas) available. For something a little smarter, try Mark Hix's Oyster and Fish House, which enjoys long views over Lyme Bay. For veggie food, we hear Tierra Kitchen is great. Vanessa will send through info on restaurants when your booking is confirmed.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The property is in an AONB, so bring your hiking books and a good map and set off on stunning clifftop walks
  • Stroll along the river to Lyme Regis. The beach is great for summer swimming and there's an impressive array of independent shops, pretty cottages and cosy pubs
  • For more seaside fun, sandy beaches and clifftop walks, head to West Bay (20 mins)
  • Go on a guided fossil-hunting tour, bookable in town
  • Shop for handmade crafts and gifts at Redland’s Yard in Broadwindsor (25 mins), making time for lunch at the restaurant
  • Head to Bridport (20 mins). This historic market town is chock full of listed buildings and has some great independent shops. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Bridport Market fills the centre of town, and there’s an excellent annual literary festival

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Kids

Babies are welcome, but you'll need to bring your own bedding and equipment. No other children are accepted.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Kid Friendly:

Location

The studio is located in the village of Uplyme, 2km north of Lyme Regis, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

By Air
Exeter (44km) is the closest airport, or you could fly into Bristol (94km).

From the Airport
Take a taxi or hire a car. There's free parking at the studio.

By Train
The nearest train station is Axminster (8km), which is served by South West Trains. Trains from London take approximately three hours. It’s a 15-minute taxi ride to the studio from the station.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Exeter 44.0 km EXE
  • Bristol Airport 94.0 km BRS

Other:

  • Beach 2.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

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