Explore the Beauty of the Jurassic Coast

Set in the pretty town of Charmouth with a glorious beach only 5 minutes walk away, beautiful coastal walks, and market towns like Bridport to idly wander around, The Abbots House is the perfect base if you want to explore the South West.

The popular coastal town of Lyme Regis is a 5 minute drive to the West, with frequent buses also serving the route. Further afield, the cathedral city of Exeter offers plenty of shopping opportunities in its newly redeveloped centre with national chains and independent boutique and designer stores.

Alternatively, if you want to sit in front of the fire reading a good book, before retiring to the comfort of your spacious room for a quiet nap and a long bath, you can just make yourself at home.

Here are some videos filmed mostly by Nick about the area:

Some more ideas for things to do in the local area:

  • Go for a coastal walk along the stunning Jurassic Coast or the Marshwood Vale – contact Marshwood Trails for walking tours and cycle rides. www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk
  • Sample the abundance of fresh, local produce at Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Food Store in Axminster, or one of the many local farmer’s markets.
  • Discover some of the beautiful countryside of South and West Dorset which inspired the works of literary greats, such as Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and John Fowles. www.literarylyme.co.uk
  • Try out a woodworking course. www.mallinson.co.uk/
  • Wander around one of the art galleries, antique shops and boutiques, in the neighbouring towns of Bridport and Honiton.
    Do something different and try out fishing or scuba diving from West Bay or Lyme Regis.
  • Be entertained at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis. 



The Fernhill
01297 560 492
see website


The George
01297 560 280
see website

The Royal Oak
01297 560 277


The Old Bank Café
01297 561 600
see website 

Charmouth Fish bar & Pizzeria
01297 560 220

The Beach Cafe

Lyme Regis

The Harbour Inn
01297 442 299
see website

The Alexandra
01297 442 010
see website

La Quilla Indian Restaurant
01297 442 505


01297 442668.                                                               


Hix Oyster & Fish House
01297 446 910
see website​


River Cottage Canteen
01297 631 862
see website


The Bull

01308 422 878
see website

The Riverside Fish Restaurant
01308 422 011
see website

Other things to do …

Antiques & Bric-a-Brac

Selection of shops in High Street

Warehouse by River Exe with several floors of various bric-a-brac

St Michaels Trading Estate
Street Market Wednesday and Saturday


Marine Theatre Lyme Regis
see website

Electric Palace Bridport
see website

Dorchester Cinema
see website


Burrow Farm Gardens
see website

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens
see website

Mapperton House and Gardens
see website

Bennetts Water Gardens – Chickerell
see website

Forde Abbey
see website


Forde Abbey – Chard
see website

Athelhampton – Dorchester
see website

Montacute – Nr Yeovil
see website

Killerton – Exeter
see website


Please note – If you are going to River Cottage – Park Farm by taxi, it is important to book a taxi in advance.

Floyds Taxis Charmouth
01297 560 733

Lyme Regis Taxis
07900 69 85 69