Pristine fossil beaches, peaceful, rolling hills and breathtaking clifftop walks are all good reasons to find a Dorset holiday cottage for a self-catering holiday in Charmouth. This lovely seaside village lies at the mouth of the River Char, on the west Dorset coast, overlooking Lyme Bay. Often called ‘The Gateway to the Jurassic Coast’, this historic community is a brilliant base from which to experience one of the UK’s most enchanting regions. As you explore sandy bays, rocky coves and unspoiled countryside, it’s easy to see why the area surrounding Charmouth is England’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Charmouth’s narrow streets are lined with pretty thatched cottages, charming independent shops and a scattering of excellent places to eat and drink. For a pint from the neighbouring Palmers Brewery or a tasty meal prepared with fresh, local ingredients, head to the Royal Oak, a historic pub in the village centre.
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Charmouth’s sand and shingle beach is a wonderful place for a day by the sea. With its gently sloping shore and calm waters, it’s a popular swimming spot and there’s always enough space to lay down a towel or while away an afternoon with a bucket and spade. Low tide reveals a network of rockpools for paddling and crabbing. You’ll also find cafes, gift shops and beach huts for hire. For more information on the area’s fossils, visit Charmouth Heritage Centre, which runs regular fossil hunts and features fascinating exhibits. Self-catering holidays in Charmouth are perfect for exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coast. Some of the country’s best night skies, wildlife and geology awaits discovery on this rugged, 95-mile stretch of Devon and Dorset coast. You’ll also find idyllic fishing villages and elegant coastal resorts. Within a short distance of Charmouth holiday cottages, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis and Weymouth are all worth a visit.