The Old Manor House is a 16th Century Grade II Listed family house set back from the road, with a fabulous garden behind the house.
The sitting-room has this magnificent fireplace and wood-burner.
The kitchen has everything that you need for a family holiday or special occasion, with a range cooker and two dishwashers, so that no-one has to wash up.
The master bedroom, bedroom 1, has this fabulous 6ft bed; all of the rooms are spacious and elegant with beautiful windows.
How about a holiday pool challenge?
Even the walled garden has great character and is beautifully stocked and maintained.
The church is opposite The Old Manor House, which gives you some idea of the size of the garden.
A 10 minute walk will take you to Charmouth Beach, where you may well find a fossil or two, on this part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
The craft and visitor centre at Charmouth beach.
The River Char, reaches the Jurassic Coast.
Nearby Seatown is dominated by Golden Cap, the  highest point on the south coast.
The elegant sitting-room has a cosy wood-burner for chilly evenings.
The beautiful gardens stretch way back behind the house.
The snug with original stone flooring and French doors onto the patio-area.
The snug leads from the dining-area into the sitting-room and the hallway.
Perfect for family gatherings and celebrations, the large oak table seats 10.
Almost every kitchen utensil you can imagine is in this very well-equipped kitchen.
The kitchen looks out onto the patio-area, the utility-room is to the left.
The patio is a sun-trap, perfect for a late lazy breakfast or barbecue.
This grassed-area at the top of the garden has enough space for football or cricket!
The view from the raised patio at the end of the garden.
Right at the bottom of the garden is a sun terrace, with lovely views. The building behind is for storage only.
This elegant house is set back from the main street that runs through the village of Charmouth.
The ground floor wet-room has this great space for showering sandy children and adults after a day on the beach.
Another view of the ground floor wet-room, which has plenty of space.
The master bedroom looks out over the church opposite. It has a super-king size bed and sea glimpses.
Another view of bedroom 1, plenty of space for a quiet read.
A sea glimpse from bedroom 1.
Everything in the gorgeous house is elegant, this beautiful window seat on the landing looks out over the rear garden.
Bedroom 2 has a king-size 5' bed and views over the little patio-area at the back of the house.
Bedroom 2 is at the back of the house, it has a super comfy five-foot bed and en suite shower-room.
The en suite shower-room for bedroom 2.
Bedroom 3, the triple bedroom is great for sharing holiday stories after lights out.
Another view of bedroom 3, with such great bedsteads.
The first floor family bathroom has both a bath and shower cubicle. The wet-room with double shower is on the ground floor.
The family bathroom, the wet-room with double shower is on the ground floor.
The first floor WC has to be one of the cutest.
Bedroom 4 has twin beds and can form a family suite along with bedroom 2.
Bedroom 4, this door through to the landing can be locked to create a family suite with bedroom 2, then accessed via the spiral stairs.
Bedroom 5, the little single room looks out over the church and has sea glimpses.
This house is just gorgeous.
The view from the patio-area at the top of the garden.
Such a playful garden, perfect for hide and seek.
This house is so spacious and still has some of the original stone flooring.
The spiral stairs that lead to bedrooms 2 and 4, which can be used as a suite. Both rooms can also be accessed via the main staircase.
A five minute walk from the house and you will find this little bakery, with delicious home-made bread and cakes...well you are on holiday after all.
This play park is a five minute walk from your holiday home, with great views of the surrounding countryside.
A five minute stroll takes you to The Royal Oak in the village, a good traditional pub.
A good traditional pub, just a few minutes walk from The Old Manor House.
Burton Bradstock has The Hive Beach Cafe, which serves great locally-caught seafood and delicious cakes, and has fabulous sea views.
Drive the Jurassic Coast road betwen Weymouth and Bridport, stunning views in both directions.
Lyme Regis with its iconic Cobb is still a working fishing port and so much more.
The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis.
Nearby West Bay has these amazing cliffs, a featured location in the filming of the TV series of Broadchurch.
The award-winning Felicity's farm shop has delicious local produce and holiday treats.
Mapperton House and Gardens is not far from The Old Manor House.
When you see Colmer's Hill, you are not far from your holiday destination.

The Old Manor House


1.5 miles NE of Lyme Regis / Sleeps 10 + 2 cots

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking

7 Nights from  £1330

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The George Inn (300 yards)

Set in the heart of Charmouth, the family and dog-friendly George Inn serves hearty, local food. As well as the generously sized outside seating area perfect for enjoying the sunshine, there is also a children’s play area and animal corner.

Nearest beach

Charmouth West Beach (½ mile)

Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Charmouth beach

Lovely not too busy beach, such fun finding fossils, beautiful sand when the tide is out, and great rock pools

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Battrick July 2017

Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2009

The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Nearest walk

The Jurassic Coast (300 yards)

It would be remiss not to mention the pleasures of walking the Jurassic Coast here; a good way to combine a little exercise with a history lesson is to join one of the organised Fossil Walks from Charmouth.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Swainston July 2012

Charmouth Beach & Fossil Hunting

Had two good walks down there from Stone Barrow Lodge, the first time we walked down the right hand side of the beach and collected many unusual pieces of drift wood.The second time we walked the left hand beach and found lot of fossils.Not knowing what to look for and no tools to search the clay slides we meandered to the shoreline and hey presto found a fossil being washed by the incoming tide, we then went on to find many more, all quite small but some perfect specimens. Easy to spot in the water/sand as they were in pyrite which made then stand out from the other stones and pebbles, some have a Bronze tinge and some a rusty coating. It later turns out we were in just the right place, on the shoreline and a few hundred yards from the river (which is apparently the best place to find them). Have to say the tide got us most of the time but an enjoyable time nevertheless.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Alexander June 2011

Charmouth and the delights of fossil hunting!

One of the best beaches to try your luck at fossil hunting. We found the best way was as the tide was ebbing - you are more likely to find ammonites washed up on the beach - you just need a good eye and a lot of patience! Other fossils are found in the clay which has subsided from the cliff face. The excitement of finding a fossil for the first time (young or old) is an experience you will never forget and will want to do time and time again!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

World Heritage Coast

So many delightful coastal resorts and quiet beaches, great cliff walking - with a bus service to get you back to your start point and car .

Nearest town

Charmouth (250 yards)

One of the many gateways to the Jurassic Coast, Charmouth is a bustling coastal village set on the Heritage Coast and is one of the most popular places to go fossiling. Although being a popular tourist destination Charmouth has kept its friendly village feel and is an ideal location for a traditional family holiday.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

A lovely seaside spot. There are several cafes on the front serving up basic but good value food, and most importantly ice cream. Good parking. The dunes behind the beach make for excellent kite flying. You can enjoy a walk all the way down the beach to Lyme Regis when the tide is right, and the fossil hunting is just amazing - you can't help but come back with pocketfuls of ammonites and other prehistoric goodies.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Swainston July 2012

Has a handy Monday market

Very close to the cottage (at the bottom of Stone Barrow Lane) there is a Monday market that sells a wide range of goods from fresh meats, breads, Thai food, tools, pet foods, clothing etc.

Also nearby

Lyme Regis (1 ¾ miles)

Awash with history, Lyme Regis is an integral part of Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast; guided fossil hunting tours are a popular way to discover the rich geological history of the area. Literary history is equally important to Lyme Regis; the unique harbour, known as ‘The Cobb’ was immortalised by John Fowles in his novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ and Thomas Hardy set many of his novels in the area.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Lyme regis

10 mins away, £2 to park all day, AMAZING! Beautiful town, lovely shops great sea front, and not too busy, highly recommend.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Heather September 2015

Great memories here! Would love to go back soon

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hopkin August 2012

Excellent parking very difficult in good weather but park and ride regular and drops off in good position. Beach very crowded and deckchairs etc. in short supply.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

This is a really brilliant bustling seaside town. The thing to be aware of before making the trip is that summertime parking is a challenge. We combat this by getting there early or late. Early means before about tenish, and you're guaranteed easy parking. A late visit for fish and chips on the beach watching the sun go down is brilliant too. The town has great shops to browse, and a huge range of pubs, restaurants and other eateries. There's always something going on, with Lifeboat week in late July being a particularly good event, with a Red Arrows fly by ending the week in style. There's a sandy section for the kids near the cob, but otherwise pebbly. Beach huts line the far end of the beach. You can walk to Charmouth from Lyme Regis and enjoy the amazing fossil hunting along the way.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Swainston July 2012

Lyme Regis

Okay but not a lot to do there, we walked out on the Cobb which was a little disappointing and wandered around the town.We were going to eat in the Hix restaurant but after searching reviews we decided to give it a miss, the service seemed hit and miss and had some less than complimentary reviews about poor service, quality of food, service charges etc. Seems you might just be paying for a name here rather than service. We do not mind paying for quality food but will not dine at a place that charges and does not back up its costs.There is a cheese shop down one of the side streets (The Town Mill) that has a great variety of cheeses but beware you are not allowed to touch them (even the wrapped & priced ones) you have to stand there looking only and then ask for everything you want to buy!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Dorset seaside town

A sandy beach - rare on this stretch of coast - and if not beach weather always something interesting to do and see. Fossil hunting, mackerel fishing and other boat trips, walking in the French Lieutenant's Woman's steps on the cobb, regular events like the jazz festival, town band performances , excellent range of eating places...

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

Old fashioned sea-side charm

Lyme is the most beautiful place to visit, whether it is sunny or pouring down with rain. Last time we visited it was a damp cold day in October, but the town still shone. Ideal for families as you can choose from pebble or sandy bits of beach. The cobb is great for grandparents who wish to reminisce about the French Lieutenant's Woman. For those with twenty thousand pounds to spare, you might be able to snap up the odd beach hut! For mums and daughters and anyone else who likes pottering, the shops in the town are delightful with delis, independent bookstores, Joules and White Stuff clothing and quirky giftshops.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Chown July 2008

Fond memories.....

..... of camping in a field on school trips. Mini-bus trips in the rain to the beach then the rush to the fudge shop for the best flavours!

The George Inn (4 miles)

Enjoy a (not so) swift pint by the cosy log fire in winter or out in the patio garden in summer at this 17th Century thatched country inn. Lunch and dinner menus include locally sourced seafood and meats. You can enjoy a locally brewed pint of Palmers ale while the kids play on the giant Jenga. Booking is advisable in summer.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Marsland September 2019

Great food

Great food and friendly staff

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Butler September 2017

The George

Welcoming pub, tasty food. dogs are accommodated in bar areas. Advised to book for Sun lunch.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Grainger August 2016


The first thing that strikes you about the George is the friendly welcome from the staff nothing is too much trouble, they welcome dogs with open arms.

The food is excellent and good value for money and the Palmers' ales are a delight, be brave and try the "georgeous" ploughman's it is huge and gorgeous!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker September 2011

Excellent pub food. Thursday night is pizza night and its advisable to book.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Penney January 2009

welcoming with excellent food

Often in the area and find the George welcoming and reliable for a good meal, be it a bar snack or something more substantial, highly recemmended.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Sunday Roast at The George

After a breathtaking walk along the spectacular Jurassic Coast on a Sunday afternoon there is nothing more needed than a fabulous Sunday roast. We were a little late in arriving at The George however and when everywhere else had turned us away The George were very friendly and provided a well needed refuel stop before continuing our walk. Traditional and cosy atmosphere, in a pretty thatched pub, good food, beer and service.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

Great all-rounder

Great food served here, with a huge choice to choose from and a good selection of Palmers ales. The staff and proprietor are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. As well as the bar/drinking area and restaurant there is a lovely snug with an open fire for cooler days/nights. Would definitely recommend.

Lyme Regis Golf Club (1 ¼ miles)

A clifftop course with fantastic views.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008


Friendly club that welcomes visitors,a varied and interesting test of golf ,having played the game in many parts of the world I think that the views on a good day are among the best I have ever seen.Back in the smart clubhouse to sample the good food and sup some of the local brew,as close to heaven as I shall ever get.

The River Cottage Store and Canteen (5 ¼ miles)

Local, ethical produce is the ethos at the River Cottage Local Produce Store. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of Channel 4's River Cottage, and team, source the best local produce from South West producers for the store, where regular tasting evenings and events are held.
With a different menu every day, reflecting what's in season, The Canteen also showcases the best of the South West, with mouthwatering meals and a wicked selection of cakes and cream teas. Reservations recommended for evenings and Sunday lunch.

River Cottage HQ Cookery School
Nearby, on the Devon Dorset border is the famous River Cottage HQ where you can dig deeper into the River Cottage philosophy and learn how to recreate some of those fabulous dishes. Hugh and the team run a wide range of events and day courses including bread baking, chicken rearing and meat curing at Park Farm between Axminster and Lyme Regis.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Mrs Sadowyj

Great food using fresh ingredients in interesting combinations.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2013

Stopped off for breakfast and a coffee, nice down to earth cafe, if you ignore all the self promotional books everywhere! I was expecting rip off prices due to the celebratory name but it was a very fair price for a lovely breakfast.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

Great place to go and enjoy some of the best food and drink that Devon has to offer. No fuss and bother with linen tablecloths and the like, so you can focus on the food. Not the cheapest option in town, but the experience is well worth it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2010

New for July 2010: 'Cabaret Kitchen'

From the end of July Head Chef Tim and his team will be producing typically River Cottage fare using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in front of your very eyes.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Chown March 2010

Exciting and unassuming

I have always been a big fan of the River Cottage brand so as soon as I was in the area I arranged to have lunch with a friend here. We were both travelling from opposite sides of the country to meet there, by which time it was about one thirty. You cannot book so we were concerned we might not get in, but we only had to wait a couple of minutes before being seated at a very rustic (possibly recycled/reused) wooden table in what felt like a barn/outhouse. It definately wasn't posh, but it was light and airy and very 'countrified'. The menu each day is written on a big chalk board and by the time we got there the choice was somewhat limited as lots of things had run out. However, what we chose was tasty, not too overpriced, and a twist on a classic. We very much enjoyed our lunch there and had a good mooch around the deli/shop afterwards (which you walk through to get to the restaurant), having a good friendly chat with the staff who treated you like an old friend (and ran to get you a glass of water after sampling one of the chilli jams!) I would definately choose it as top of my list for lunch when visiting the area in future, although perhaps not go out of my way to visit it on purpose.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A wide range of day courses and evening events are run, providing an insight into the humane and local production of food, and its preparation and cooking.
- H Minter

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

A sunday lunch to die for!

We go to the River Cottage Canteen whenever we are visiting Devon. The restaurent (as the name suggests) does not stand on ceremony, but it is homely and welcoming and you can turn up in walking boots! We've taken family and friends and it is suitable for an impromptu lunch or big family celebration. However what makes it particularly special is the quality of the food, which, thanks to the rearing of the meat by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team, and the cooking of the chefs in the canteen, makes for a truly delicious meal. It won't be the cheapest food you've ever eaten, but you can relax in the knowledge that all the food is truly organic and responsibly farmed and that all the ingredients taste just like they should. Highly recommended!

The Old Watch House (2 miles)

Situated on the historic Cobb harbour in Lyme Regis. Choose from fresh fish, crab, lobster or whatever happens to have been freshly landed that day. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clarissa Dickson-Wright, Charlie Boorman and Mark Hix are all fans. In 2009 The Old Watch House won silver for best retail shop in the Taste of the West awards.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

April 2010

Great traditional fishmonger

This shop's been going since the 1930's so it's got the classic charm of a proper fishmonger's. The fish comes from local fishermen in Lyme Bay as well as Brixham and Newlyn markets, so there's always a good selection and there's advice on hand for how best to cook them.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Cornish March 2010

Cracking variety

These guys really know Fish... They have a huge selection of locally sourced fish etc. Go you won’t be disappointed.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2009

This shop is great as you can be confident the fish has been locally sourced and very fresh. They even go that step further and can prepare your fish with herbs/butter etc then seal it in an ovenproof bag, ready for you to shove straight in the oven - genius!

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