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The seaside town of Lyme Regis is nicknamed "The Pearl of Dorset". It sits on the border between Devon and Dorset, overlooking the English Channel. It's an unspoilt resort which wraps around the historic Cobb harbour, in between towering cliffs that mark the beginning of the world-famous Jurassic Coast. It's long been a magnet for amateur fossil hunters and palaeontologists, who come to dig around along the coast. The town's got some serious history that stretches all the way back to a mention in the Domesday Book. Today, it's a buzzy little resort town with families of holidaymakers coming to enjoy the long stretch of beach, feast on cream teas in the quaint cafes or go for long hikes along the beautiful coastal footpaths.
Staying in Lyme Regis bed and breakfasts just feels so right, in this tiny coastal town. They're almost always run by locally born owners who know the region like the back of their hand, and who can offer advice on the goings-on in town and the surrounding area when you arrive. Whatever your budget or taste, you're bound to find what you're looking for on Expedia, which lists every bed and breakfast in Lyme Regis, with descriptions and photos. Some are housed in beautiful Victorian terraced houses, whose handful of guestrooms look straight out over the harbour and the ocean. Alternatively, you can pick 1 of the nearby thatched cottages or farmhouses, just outside of town, which puts you right in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Either way, you're guaranteed a stress-free holiday when you check into your seaside bolthole.
Your guestroom comes with all the comforts of home, like facilities for making tea and coffee, a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall and an ensuite bathroom, stocked with toiletries. You can stow your things in the plentiful storage then log on to the free WiFi, if you need to research your trip or catch up on your emails. If you're looking for specific facilities, like free parking or family-sized rooms, finding them on Expedia is a breeze. When you wake up in the morning, there'll always be a hearty breakfast waiting for you in the dining room downstairs, with piles of bacon, eggs, toast and tea. If you pick right, some even offer light lunches or dinners, accompanied by a licensed bar. After your little seaside getaway, you could always hop on the train and head north to Bristol to explore the museums and galleries of the big city.
Most holidaymakers come to stay in Lyme Regis bed and breakfasts to bask on the sunny stretch of coastline. Here, you can grab your bucket and spade and make a beeline for the sandy beach with the kids, to build sandcastles, or kick back on a sun lounger to work on your tan. If you're feeling brave and the weather is hot, the cool waters of the English Channel are a quick way to cool off. If you're not a beach-dweller, fear not. A walk along the Cobb is a good way to while away a morning. You can stand looking out to sea, the same way Meryl Streep did in the movie, The French Lieutenant's Woman. History buffs shouldn't miss a visit to Lyme Regis Museum, just a stone's throw from the seafront, where they can dive into the town's fascinating past or take 1 of the guided history walks to learn about the town's 2-month siege during the Civil War.