The Garden House Studio lies within East Devon ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and midway through the stretch of Jurassic coast, which was named a World Heritage Site in 2001.
There’s lots to explore on foot or by car, from coastal adventures to inland markets: drive East to Charmouth for fossiling and cliff top walks, beyond to Eype and Seatown for smaller more rugged beaches, 15mins further East to Bridport with its street markets, arts scene, cinema and The Stables pizza restaurant. Drop down to West Bay for dramatic sandstone cliffs, the Watchouse Cafe set right on the beach and it’s own clay pizza oven, Sladers Yard Gallery and Riverside Restaurant. East of Bridport lies Burton Bradstock and its famous seafood cafe, Hive Beach Cafe and the Seaside Boarding House (ex-Groucho owners) and then on to Abbotsbury & Chesil Beach.
Drive 20mins West from The Garden House Studio into Devon for fishing villages, Beer and Branscombe: good pubs, fish&chips, walks, boat hire etc and further to Sidmouth, Topsham and eventually Exeter with its famous cathedral, newly refurbished museum, lovely quayside walk and array of shops.
Or go inland to nearby Axminster to find the fantastic River Cottage Canteen, and the TV-friendly HQ set in farmland 5mins away. Continuing the rich culture of local food & dining, Brassica in Beaminster is an award winning restaurant with delicious food and a set weekday lunch menu.
Lyme Regis lies at the meeting point of West Dorset & East Devon. It’s a small town which has carefully protected its geography and architecture to become a desirable, beautiful seaside town with a lively arts scene and prolific food culture.
Famous for its Cobb & harbour (immortalised in The French Lieutenants Woman), Lyme Regis is at the heart of The Jurassic coast with 3 beaches and boasting the only sand in its 20 mile stretch. An ammonite is the towns badge and all things fossil have been closely associated with the town for almost 200 years.
The town has a bustling high street with galleries, boutiques & cafes aplenty; local food is exceptional at the Hix Oyster & Fish House, casually delicious at Town Mill Bakery and vegetarian café Tierra Kitchen. Enjoy a Devon cream tea at the stunning Alexandra Hotel overlooking Lyme Bay. For more simple food pleasures try scallops and chips from the Fishermans Wife takeaway on the seafront or the authentic wood fired pizzas from Poco Pizza. There are regular festivals and arts events including Dorset Art week, Lyme Regis Fossil festival, Lifeboat week, Dorset Food week, Lyme Regis Art festival. See www.lymeregis.org for more general information and for interesting ideas My Jurassic Coast.
The Garden House Studio lies 2 mins by car, 25 mins scenic river walk from the seafront at Lyme’.
*Hix Oyster & Fish House– 10% discount on your final bill, even for tea and crumpets…please mention The Garden House Studio on your booking at Hix to redeem your treat!