The Sundial

Lyme Regis, Dorset
+44 (0)1297 445432
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Fresh sea air, drowsy afternoons and nights of warmth and company against the backdrop of the sea in this big old house on Lyme Bay


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 9

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A bright, airy, Arts & Crafts house just made for seaside socialising.  The kitchen with its long table is grand for gathering over morning coffee or cooking for a crowd with a bottle or two. Keen foodies will be up with the lark and off to the harbour to bag the freshest catch but the star of the show will still be the mesmerising views through the bay window.

Swim from the shingled beach below you or a sandy one a few hundred yards along, there’s a water sports centre a stroll away for sailing and paddle boarding, or you can shell out for a deep-sea fishing trip. The less lively can idle on the sofa with a book or simply gaze out of the mullion windows.

You’ll be warmed through by the Aga in winter, and when the waves hurl themselves right over The Cobb it’s cosy to light the wood-burner, get out a board game and watch the weather drama unfurl from the inside. Drift off in fresh, big bedrooms to the murmur of shifting shingle.

The Sundial - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being able to walk to everything: curious shops, restaurants, and the boat-filled harbour, and swimming from the shingle beach in front of the house
  • A spectacular watery backdrop for meal times
  • People and bird-spotting from the sofa
Living room with coffee table

You should know

  • No parking outside. Drop your luggage off then use nearby car park, £2 per day.
  • There are four flights of stairs
  • Bedrooms on the third floor don't have their own bathroom


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £695
Damage deposit
Short breaks from £125 per night.
1 House for 9
From £2006 beds4 bedrooms


A unique, iconic building right on the sea front with access to everything that Lyme offers from the doorstep. The kitchen and dining area is spacious and has wonderful views along the Jurassic coast as far as Weymouth. I could spend hours here fossil hunting and collecting sea glass!

Andrea, Sawday's Inspector

Sundial is in a perfect position on the seafront. We loved sitting on the terrace for a coffee, watching the sea. A wonderful arts and crafts building - full of character, comfortable and fully equipped - a super place to relax. We shall return!

Lisa, Chalfont St Giles

Our 3rd family gathering at this unique property and certainly won’t be our last. Ideal location whatever the weather: watch the waves crashing over the Cobb from the cozy dining room, or sit on the sunny terrace getting envious glances from passers-by. Recent improvements increased our enjoyment and the owner has always proved to be very helpful.

Steve, Tunbridge Wells

We spent a lovely week at Sundial. The house is huge, plenty of space for two families. The best thing about it is its position on the seafront - amazing sea views and fabulous access to the beach. The Lyme seafront is full of activity - people promenading, cafes, crabbing off the Cobb, fish and chips,. We didn't use the car, which was a plus. You can walk to Charmouth for excellent fossil hunting. Fab holiday spot.

Susie, London

This house was on our "to visit list" for close to 20 years (we visit Lyme Regis once a year) and we finaly had the chance. Quite a few staircases but many young legs in our company. A wonderfull house, what a view. The sea, the people admiring the house, what privilege to stay here if only for a week.

Theo, Asperen

We had the whole family down for a few days to rediscover the Lyme Regis of my childhood. The house is wonderful and eccentric. We loved it and will return. Right on the marine parade. Wonderful views from the front rooms.


Words can not express the wonder of this house! Beautiful location, wonderful character and you feel like royalty in a castle!

Michelle, Reading

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The neighbourhood

There’s something moodily old-fashioned about Lyme with its literary and naval connections, its deep fishing traditions and one-time near total invasion by Victorian palaeontologists. The cobbled streets still invoke romance but there are galleries to visit, Hix Oyster & Fish House for perfect seafood and plenty of wet-suited and sandy paddle boarders and kite surfers strolling about.

Local points of interest from Mark Holmes

  • Uninterrupted sea views of the Jurassic Coast stretching from Portland to Exmouth and including Chesil Beach, Golden Cap and Charmouth
  • Fossil hunting on your doorstep and along the shoreline to Charmouth and beyond in Mary Anning country.
  • Magnificient coastal paths and country walks from the house plus many water sports including Paddle Boarding, Gig Rowing, Sailing and fishing.
  • Foody heaven with Celebrity Chef Mark Hix's restaurant within walking distance and River Cottage HQ and Canteen a short drive away.
  • Home to famous literary writers, Jane Austen, John Fowles and set in Thomas Hardy countryside. Plenty of historical interest with Monmouth Beach where the Duke of Monmouth staged his attempt to claim the throne from King James II.
  • Festivals all year round including Folk, Fossil, Food, Art, Walking etc...


Mark Holmes

Mark, who lives locally, fell in love with Lyme on a long-ago holiday so once he’d made the move here, he hunted for a unique house to buy. He had to wait with a great deal of patience for The Sundial to come on the market, but in 2014 it did and he’s very proud to own it.