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Why we love it for a weekend
You feel like a celebrity staying at Sundial House in Lyme Regis, Dorset. This stunning Arts & Crafts cottage is loved by locals and has been admired by visitors for centuries. It is a unique property on the seafront and a wonderful place to call home for a Dorset weekend. The trouble is, leaving it behind.
If ever there was a holiday cottage in Lyme Regis that could be described as an icon, it is the beautiful Sundial House – also know as The Sundial. This Grade II listed property stands bolt upright on Marine Parade on the Lyme Regis seafront, gazing out over the shingle towards the Cobb and harbour, as if on duty.
As it stares out to sea, through leaded windows, passersby stare back; many stop to take photos, struck by its handsome Arts & Crafts features and dashing honeycomb good looks.
Since the 1830s, Sundial House has been a holiday cottage that has turned the heads of coast-loving visitors, and many have returned to Lyme Regis with their families just to stay in this remarkable place.
Sundial House Holiday Cottage: The Inside
Set over 3 floors, with enough room inside for 9 guests (there are 5 light and fresh bedrooms), Sundial House is a self-catering cottage in Lyme Regis made for a special celebration like an anniversary or a birthday.
Of course, it’s the ideal spot to just spend some time together as a family or group of friends – or even a girls’ weekend away. Understandably, given its stylish interior and plush furnishings, stag and hen parties are not on the guest list at Sundial House.
Inside, the interiors are unfussy and bright, and the layout somewhat quirky adding to the the unique character of this exceptional holiday cottage. On the first floor, you will find the kitchen which, like the rest of the communal rooms in Sundial House, looks out over the beach – with the views flooding in through a large bay window.
Sit at the long dining table with hot coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening and watch the waves break on the shore. The kitchen is well equipped with hand-painted wooden units, a Belfast sink and a lovely Aga, and furnished in keeping with the modest, authentic period of the house. Just pack the basics with you for cooking and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’d prefer to cosy-up, head to the ground floor of Sundial House where there’s a huge sprawling sofa in the living room to sink into. The lounge comes kitted out with a TV with DVD player, and a Sonos speaker. Open a window in the summer and the fresh sea air drifts in, along with the sounds of children playing on the beach below you. Come winter, light the log-burner and let the crackle soothe you as you watch waves crash over the Cobb.
Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms arranged over the top two floors: three double bedrooms, a single room and a room with bunk beds. The single room and bunk bed room are interconnecting, making a great communal space for family members or close friends (but maybe not for those who like their privacy). From the rooms the views are equally stunning and you can hear the sea as you climb into bed. The cottage also has two large bathrooms (one of which connects two of the bedrooms).
“Because of its fame; because of its remarkable seafront location, when you stay at Sundial House you really do feel like royalty.”
Sundial House Holiday Cottage: The Location
Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the UNESCO World heritage site, Lyme Regis is a sublime location to spend a long weekend or a mid-week break. You’ll find Sundial House on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis, a few steps away from the shingle and pebble beach known as the Town Beach. The Cobb is a five minute walk from your front door, as are a huddle of pubs, fabulous Lyme Regis restaurants, and kiosks serving hot fresh food to those enjoying the beach. It really is a prime spot that will turn the other holiday accommodation in Lyme green with jealousy.
If you’re looking for things to do in Lyme Regis, there’s a water sports centre a stroll away for sailing and paddle boarding, or you can head to the harbour for crabbing or a deep-sea fishing trip. In the summer months, try beach yoga on the front. Lyme’s main high street is ten minutes in the opposite direction, along with the creative heart of Lyme Regis, the Town Mill, and the Lyme Regis Museum where you can book onto a fossil walk.
That’s only if you can tear yourself away from gazing out of the beautiful bay window to the mesmerising coast beyond.
- Weekends and midweek breaks from £600 – £1800 (min 3 nights). Week-long breaks from £900 – £3,900
- Your host is Mark Holmes, a Lyme local, who is happy to help should you need him
- Beachfront location with uninterrupted views over Golden Cap, The Cobb and the harbour
- Everything nearby is walkable
- Although there is no parking outside, there is a nearby car park for £2 a day.
- Small garden and private terrace
- Check-in after 5pm; check-out is 10am (self check-in available)
- No pets allowed
- Supermakets and takeaways deliver
- Weekends and midweek breaks from £600 – £1800 (min 3 nights). Week-long breaks from £900 – £3900