The Pearl of Dorset


June 4, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Destination Guide


Lyme Regis is the so-called Pearl of Dorset, a picturesque seaside town on the county border with Devon. The resort is full of character, history and atmosphere. A narrow maze of streets and shops wind their way down to the ancient Cobb harbour with its spectacular sea views and safe, sandy beach.

There is a good choice of cottages in Lyme Regis to rent. Cottages4You have over 40 cottages in or around Lyme Regis. English Country Cottages have nearly 30 four or five star properties in and around Lyme Regis. Hoseasons do not have any properties in the town but do have a few attractive cottages a few miles inland. Sykes Cottages have a large cottage that sleeps 20, perfect for a get together of family or friends, three miles from the town.

The Cobb has been a haven for shipping from the time it was built, made famous, more recently, as the location of the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons the book was written by the late, resident local author John Fowles. Themed arts and literary walking tours of the town are available including The French Lieutenant’s Woman and others as diverse as Jane Austen, Broadchurch – the recent hit television drama, and a visit to an original piece of Banksy graffiti art.

Lyme Regis lies on a stretch of coastline that is a World Heritage Site, so rich in fossils that it bears the name Jurassic Coast and was England’s first natural World Heritage Site. It covers 95 miles of stunning coastline from Old Harry Rocks near Swanage to East Devon and offers a unique insight into an unbelievable 185 million years of the Earth’s geological history. There are excellent fossil-hunting opportunities to be had along the entire length of the coast for young and old alike.

Inland you will find all that is best in rural England – rolling hills, gorse heaths, woodland and sleepy villages with traditional thatched cottages. The landscape of Dorset has a pastoral charm immortalised by Thomas Hardy, who set his novels here. He turned the county town of Dorchester, close to where he was born, into Casterbridge. Thousands of visitors arrive each year to explore the real-life locations of his novels Far from the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge.

My pick of cottages in Lyme Regis to rent

cottages in Lyme Regis to rent choice

Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour, this is just one of an attractive cluster of individually owned cottages in Lyme Regis to rent. They enjoy a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. Click here for more details.