If you fancy a break in a laid-back resort full of history and nostalgic seaside attractions, Lyme Regis holiday cottages could be exactly what you are looking for. This historic town lies on the West Dorset coast, 25 miles east of Exeter. Nicknamed ‘the Pearl of Dorset’, it is famous for the fossils which are found on its cliffs and beach, on the rugged Jurassic Coast. From your holiday cottage in Lyme Regis, wander down to the seafront, where the town’s most famous landmark, the Cobb, is located. This sweeping harbour wall has appeared in several novels and films, including Jane Austen’s Persuasion and The French Lieutenant’s Woman. In the tangle of narrow streets behind the harbour, you will find a mix of independent shops, cosy pubs and restaurants, many of which serve seafood fresh from the harbour. With Regatta and Carnival Week, a renowned jazz festival and fossil festival, there is no shortage of events to enjoy on self-catering holidays in Lyme Regis.
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In and around the town, you will discover stunning beaches, where you can while away a peaceful day, gazing out to sea, absorbed in a book or sunbathing before taking an invigorating swim in the sea. Near the town centre, Front Beach is a popular spot with cafes, pubs and spectacular views along the coast. Nearby, picturesque Church Cliff Beach is home to a scattering of rockpools, where crabs can be found at low tide. With its rows of colourfully painted beach huts and pretty bowling green, Monmouth Beach is also a glorious spot for a day by the sea. Lyme Regis has great family attractions, including the aquarium, where an incredible selection of underwater creatures can be discovered. With the East Devon, Blackdown Hills and Dorset Areas of Outstanding Beauty all a short drive away, Lyme Regis is the perfect base from which to explore south Dorset and Devon. Charmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and the lively city of Exeter are all close enough for an enjoyable full or half-day trip.