FAQ

Arrival and Departure
Our weekly change over day is Friday. You may enter the cottage from 4pm onwards. Please vacate the cottage the following Friday by 10am leaving it clean and tidy. Short breaks change over on Mondays and Fridays.

Keys
Before your arrival we will send you a 4 digit number. You can get into the cottage by entering this number into the key pad on the key safe located by the Front door of the flat.
To Use Outside Key Pad
Push the top black button and open the door to the key safe.
Enter the 4 digit number.
Remove key and repeat the process to hide the key again on your departure.

Towels
As a frequent guest myself I have for a long time struggled with the practice of being charged for towels.
Who really wants to lug around an extra suitcase on holiday only to return with a load of wet, heavy and mildewed towels to look forward to laundering upon one’s return?
Not me.
So I’ve decided to include towel sets at no additional charge. When booking please indicate how many sets you’ll require, bearing in mind on occasion they can be shared, for instance just a hand towel for each bathroom and children’s bath towels may be shared.
Do however bring your own beach towels, or purchase them at Rainbow, the discount shop next door.

Pets
I welcome well-behaved pets and their responsible owners.
In the hall you will find a couple of dog bowls.
A charge of £15 will be made per pet.
All pets must be kept under control at all times and not be left alone in the property or courtyard. Please do not allow pets onto the furniture. All dogs must have had a recent flea treatment before visiting the property. It is essential that you clean up after your dog.
The local Dog Warden is VERY keen so please always have plastic bags handy and use the dog-friendly beaches – Monmouth Beach (west of the Cobb), Gun Cliff Beach (east of Marine Theatre) and East Cliff (beach up to Black Venn). Lyme Regis Main Beach and Charmouth West Beach have a dog ban from May to September and Charmouth East Beach has a dog ban between 10am and 6pm in  July and August.

Bins
There are several bins in Smugglers Way passageway before you reach the front door. The big black wheelie bin is for household rubbish and the big green wheelie bin is for recycling. There is also an additional smaller black bin which is for glass. All bins are clearly marked. There is an additional large black canvas-like bag for extra household rubbish.

Children
I have provided some DVDs and games for children to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. Travel cot (please bring your own linen), stair-gate and high chair are all provided.

WIFi
High speed WiFi is available fre of charge and the code is inside the welcome pack – so don’t forget to pack your laptop.

I hope you have a great time and I leave you with a few of my recommendations.

Shops
Blue Lias, Coombe Street.(01297444919) Art gallery. Great selection.
Fuego, Coombe Street. (01297 443933) Latin American fun.
Supermarkets
Co-op, Broad Street. Lyme Regis. Open until 10pm.
Tesco. Broad Street. Lyme Regis. Open until 11pm.
Tesco. Axminster.
Morrisons. Bridport.
Waitrose. Bridport.
Pubs and Restaurants
Hix Oyster & Fish House (01297 446 910). Famous chef Mark Hix’s restaurant on Cobb Road. Amazing.
The Harbour Inn.(01297 442299) Chill out on the beach. Good food.
Antonio Trattoria, Church Street.(01297 442352) Good atmosphere, Italian food a speciality.
Lal Quilla, Broad Street.(01297 442505) Excellent Indian food.
Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street.(01297 442010). Lunch on the lawn with spectacular views.
The Town Mill Bakery. Coombe Street. (01297 444035) Great for breakfast.

Boat Trips
Phone Tax Williams (07974 796002) he will take you for a fun mackerel fishing trip. Great guy, lots of stories to tell.

Markets
Charmouth – Monday.
Bridport – Wednesday and Saturday. (Saturday well worth a visit)
Axminster – Thursday
Honiton – Tuesday

Other Activities
Fossil Collecting – best beaches are Monmouth Beach and the beach between Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Look out for small ammonites, belemnites, devils toenails and crinoid stems. If you find anything unusual you can get it prepared by Chris Moore and Tracey Barclay in their Charmouth Fossil  workshop. 07974 810437
Daily fossil walks meet outside my kitchen window in front of the museum.
Walks – see some great views from The Undercliff (Near Lyme Regis) Stonebarrow (Near Charmouth), Golden Cap (Near Morcombelake), Colmers Hill (Near Symondsbury), Coneys Castle (Near Wootton Fitzpaine), Lamberts Castle (on the way to Marshwood) and Blackberry Camp (inland from Branscombe).
Also recommended – Rowing up the river – hire a boat from West Bay near Bridport.
Beer – fishing village the other side of Seaton. Boat hire. Caves.  Lunch on the beach. Art galleries and antique shops.
Branscombe – Pretty village. Best pubs are The Fountain Head (top) and The Masons Arms (bottom). Also home to the Donkey Sanctuary.
Honiton – High Street full of antique shops.

Throughout the year there is a Fossil Festival (End of April), Classic Motor Cycle Rally (June), Jazz Festival (July), Lifeboat Week (July), Marine Week (August), Regatta & Carnival Week (August), Arts Fest (October), Christmas Lights (December) and firework displays in the summer months and in November and at New Year.