The Old Watch House

Lyme Regis, Dorset
+44 (0)1305 262505

A lovely fresh décor for this pretty flat; curl up with a book and gaze out to sea. Seafood restaurants and the Jurassic coast await...


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

Coastguards once kept watch here. Now you can sit at the big sash window and gaze on the enchanting, bustling harbour (where The French Lieutenant’s Woman was filmed!). This whitewashed building, whose thick cob walls have been part of Lyme’s harbour front for 300 years, has been in the Homyer family for generations, and couldn’t be better placed for supplies of the day’s glorious catch – it’s right downstairs. From the welcoming little hall where shrimp nets and deckchairs await, a panelled stairway leads to the apartment on the first floor. Enter a delightful, double-aspect sitting room with two sofas, a pretty elm table, a cushioned chest for a window-seat, rich rugs on seagrass matting, books, maps, magazines and fresh flowers: you’ll feel immediately at home. Bathroom and kitchen are fresh, spotless and well-equipped; the bedroom, with its pretty white-painted furniture and restful whites and creams, is a delicious place for a read in the late afternoon sun – beside it find a delightful wood panelled dressing room. Then set off for a steaming bowl of river Exe mussels at Hix Oyster & Fish House: bliss to dine on the terrace with a view of the sea.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. 7 nights on weekdays. 7 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Children over 8 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
£50 Any damage to the flat is the liability of the guest.
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 House for 2
From £752 beds1 bedroom


My sister and I used to come on holiday to Lyme as children and it has lost none of its charms. The Old Watch House was the perfect place to wallow in Lyme's delights. What a comfortable, well equipped and light apartment , with very friendly owners, and stunning views across the Cobb. Rain or shine there is a big picture window from which you can sit and watch the boats go by. A very special place that comes highly recommended.

Fiona, Bristol

Well furnished, spacious first floor flat with a wonderful view over the Cob. Flat walks along the beach and paths into the town, steep climbs behind. Short steep walk to car parking space. A really lovely place for an out of season break with plenty of activity to watch.

Ferriel, London

We have just come back from a week's break and it was a lovely property which made you feel at home.

Kay, Ripley

What a comfortable and relaxing apartment. So convenient for all shops. Would highly recommend this property.

Lesley, Birmingham

We had an absolutely fantastic stay in this beautiful and spacious apartment and we will definitely return. The Cobb is only a minute walk away. There is a view over the Cobb from the flat which is wonderful (both in the glorious sun and during the stormy weather!) and there are pubs, restaurants, take away food places and small convenience stores all within a 2 minute walk. My husband particularly appreciated being above a high-quality fishmonger! The main street with Tesco, fossil shops etc. is a lovely 10 minute stroll along the marine parade. I thoroughly recommend the apartment and Lyme!

Jennifer, Truro

If you like Lyme Regis and West Dorset, this is the perfect place for two. Quite simply.


Read more reviews Down arrow


The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sarah Wilkinson

  • Collect fossils millions of years old, or seashells on the seashore. Paddle your own canoe around the bay or just sit in a deck chair on the Monmouth Beach with your toes in the sea, listening to the waves and the cry of the gulls.
  • With your boots on, the wind in your hair and sun on your face, walk to Charmouth, on over Stonebarrow to Golden Cap, along the Fleet to Portland. Spot the Great Bustard in the reeds. Or head westward on the coast path through the Undercliff to the Axe.
  • From the sitting room watch Lyme's bustling little historic harbour with private boat hire, fishing & diving.. Watch the sail boats and the world go by, or hire ,a dinghy to sail round the bay or go mackerel fishing with Harry May.
  • Come back in the evening with fresh fish, crab&lobster caught daily from the award winning local wet fish shop downstairs Cook an unforgettable supper in our fabulous little kitchen and eat by candlelit storm lights. Watch the moon rising over the bay.
  • With wifi, click on the Philpott Museum, ,Google the National Trust, visit Historic Houses and National Gardens. Take a literary tour of Lyme from Jane Austen to John Fowles; walk in Eliza Musgrave's footsteps but don't trip on the Cobb...
  • Explore the Jurrasic coast and little streets of Lyme, eat dinner at Mark Hix or Hugh Fearnley's. Learn to build your own boat or have a game of Bowls on the Green. Swim as the sun rises and walk home in your towel for a hot shower and breakfast...