St Andrews House, Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3LP T: 01297 445495: M: 07899 726084
St Andrews House, which until the late 1970′s was the former boys’ boarding house which accommodated up to 60 pupils, dates to the mid-1850’s and has been extensively renovated on a number of occasions.
Fiona and Jon offer four four individually-designed, double en-suite rooms. Ours was comfortable but small and the bed snug.
Several of the rooms offer extensive views across Lyme Bay, The Jurassic Coast and the iconic Golden cap, the highest point on the South Coast of England.
I can pay no bigger compliment to Fiona and Jon – who are ideal hosts – than to say we were made to feel at home.
The outdoor swimming pool is on a sun-drenched terrace with a great view. Yes, I did take a dip and it was wonderfully refreshing after the initial shock.
Later I played on the full-sized snooker table on which I convinced myself I had no talent whatsoever for the sport.
The house also has an extensive library and was are a 15 minute uphill walk to the well-appointed seafront in Lyme Regis.
There, you will find a wide choice of cafes, bars and restaurants and takeaways. Try the freshly-baked pasties from Mulberry Manor on Broad Street near the clock but beware the seagulls if you are eating them outside.
As for food, our breakfast at St Andrews House was perfectly presented and cooked.
Fiona and Jon could not have been more helpful with advice on where to eat and where to go and we found the B&B a perfect base to explore the Jurassic coastline of West Dorset and East Devon.