Imagine a holiday right on the seashore of a very special beach, relaxing on your verandah with a glass of something refreshing, watching the gentle waves at one of the most famous fossil locations in the world. Monmouth Beach, at the west end of Lyme Regis, is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and home to the ammonite pavement, a stretch of foreshore with dozens of large ammonites on the exposed boulders and bedrock at low tide; some of the rocks date back to 199 million years ago.
This fabulous bijou chalet has been lovingly furnished and equipped and has all the essentials for a unique holiday right on the beach, just add sunscreen! The open plan living-area has a compact fitted kitchen with under-counter fridge, complete with ice-box for that perfect gin and tonic; the wet-room with shower, WC and wash-basin has snug under-floor heating for a touch of luxury at the seaside. Steep stairs lead to the bed 'shelf', with super comfy mattress, the headroom is very limited, but the hatch at the top of the stairs gives an amazing view out to sea (the sofa can also be pulled out to become a bed for flexibility, if required). There is even a little area for sitting and dining too.
Monmouth Beach is much quieter than the main town beach, a mixture of sand and rock, and is a fantastic location all year round. From your deck you can look across Lyme Bay to Golden Cap, the highest point along the south coast, an energetic but very worthwhile walk, The Anchor Inn at Seatown your reward at the end; further out in the bay you may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins.
A short stroll down to the iconic Cobb and you can watch the comings and goings of the fishing boats, or book a fishing trip and see this dramatic coastline from the water. Stroll along Marine Parade and choose from the many cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, bistros and ice cream stalls, all the ingredients for a perfect seaside holiday. At the end of the promenade you will find the high street, with dozens of independent shops to browse, the Lyme Regis Museum and the Marine Theatre.
If you can tear yourself away from the coast, River Cottage HQ is a 5 minute drive, treat yourself to a special holiday meal or even a 1 day cookery course; the River Cottage Canteen and Deli, in nearby Axminster, is just 15 minutes away. A trip to the beach wouldn't be the same without something to take home and if you spend a little time, you will find a fossil on Monmouth Beach – one word of warning, follow the Fossil Code, there is a copy in the chalet; stay clear of the cliffs and make sure that you are aware of the tide times, better still take a guided fossil walk and learn from the locals. In 1811 local fossil collectors Mary Anning and her brother Joseph discovered the remains of some significant marine reptiles, a number of these can now be viewed in the Natural History Museum.
If you feel like getting in the car, the quirky market town of Bridport is a 15 minute drive eastward, whilst pretty Budleigh Salterton is to the west over the Devon border, or ride the Jurassic Coaster Bus to the Isle of Purbeck in the east, which is where this National Heritage Coastline starts at Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Induction 1 ring hob, combination microwave, fridge (with ice-box), TV, sofa bed and ladder up to bed shelf with double mattress
Wet-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
If the local coastguard receives a storm warning during your stay, you will be advised and informed accordingly. Please be aware that, although this property does not accept pets, the owner occasionally visits with her dogs.
- No pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 car
- No WiFi
- No smoking
- Pub 400 yds
- 1 electric heater and under-floor heating in the wet-room
- Beach towels
Relax and dine al fresco on your decking with the sound of gentle waves.
The gorgeous interior.
This bijou bolthole is right on Monmouth Beach, one of the most famous fossil locations in the world.
What a fabulous location!
The Chalet on the Beach is quite literally on the beach.
This really is a unique setting.
The spacious interior has some fabulous vintage features.
The bijou kitchen is tucked beneath the stairs to the sleeping shelf.
The compact and cute kitchen has a one ring induction hob, combination microwave and fridge freezer for all those holiday treats.
Stairs lead up to the sleeping-area.
The comfy sofa can pull out to become a bed if required.
Gaze at the spectacular view.
Sit back and relax!
The super cosy sleeping-area has limited headroom; 98cm into the window recess, 77cm to the ceiling and 35cm at the foot of the bed.
The spectacular view from the hatch in the bedroom-area.
The ceiling hatch is perfect for star-gazing, although a blackout blind will prevent the mornings being too early!
A view from the sleeping-area down the stairs, a little rack and basket are perfect storage for a book and your phone.
The sofa set up as a comfy bed, if you prefer not to use the bed shelf; drift off to sleep listening to the waves.
The wet-room has an electric shower, fully flushing WC, wash-basin and underfloor heating.
The wet-room has an electric shower, and cosy underfloor heating.
There are lovely touches throughout this very special beach chalet.
The Chalet is very well-equipped.
You will want for nothing here.
Grab a book and sit in the sunshine taking in the view - perfect!
You won't want to leave!
The interior has some fabulous vintage finds.
Every detail has been thoughtfully put together, the window blinds have been made with Pierre Frey 'Beach' fabric.
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Breakfast with a view!
You really are right on the beach here, the cliffs are formed of blue lias clay, where many a fossil has been discovered over the years.
The Chalet and its neighbours.
The Chalet on the Beach.
The Chalet on the Beach is one of a group, with private parking to the rear of the chalets.
This stunning ammonite pavement appears at low tide.
The iconic Cobb, with views across to Golden Cap, just a five minute walk from The Chalet on the Beach
Bustling Lyme Regis.
Take a stroll along the beach and the Cobb.
Lyme Regis from the Cobb, with its beach and vibrant promenade.
Fancy a beach day, this sandy beach is in the direction of the town.
Lyme Regis is still a working fishing port.
What will you take back to cook up a scrumptious dinner with?
A view of the Cobb from up high.
The River Cottage Canteen and Deli are in the nearby town of Axminster.
River Cottage HQ is a short drive from Lyme Regis, just over the border in to Devon.
The key safe is tucked away beneath the veranda, on the left-hand side as you stand facing the sea.
The key safe, as viewed from the side, beneath the veranda, on the left side of the chalet as you stand facing the sea.