Visit Charmouth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Charmouth, Dorset. Jane Austen found it a nice place for “sitting in unwearied contemplation”, but that was before the motor-car, when it was a fashionable coachstop. Its hillside street is still lined with thatched houses and some Regency bow windows. It is situated in one of the few gaps in the hills that break into the cliffs overlooking the wide sweep of Lyme Bay. Its most historical building is the Queen’s Armes. Built, it is thought, as a house for an abbot of Forde, it was stayed in by Catherine of Aragon soon after her arrival in England in 1501, and also, when later an inn, by the fugitive Prince Charles in 1651, after he had come disguised from his Trent hiding-place looking for a boat to take him to France.
The beautiful beach, sandless at high tide, is about 4 miles South. It is good for fossil hunting and there are good walks over the cliffs. At Black Ven, about 4 miles West of the car park, a 12-year-old girl in 1811 found the famous fossilized ichthyosaurus now in the Natural History Museum, London. The sandstone-scarred cliff-top to the East called Golden Cap is most easily reached from Chideock.
Nearby towns: Beaminster, Bridport, Crewkerne, Lyme Regis
Nearby villages: Axminster, Axmouth, Beer, Blackdown, Bradpole, Broadwindsor, Burstock, Burton Bradstock, Chard, Chardstock, Chideock, Colyford, Colyton, Combpyne, Corscombe, Dalwood, Greenham, Ham, Hawkchurch, Kilmington, Leigh, Loders, Marshwood, Membury, Misterton, Morecombelake, Mosterton, Musbury, Netherbury, Nettlecombe, Pilsdon, Powerstock, Rousdon, Shute, South Perrott, Southleigh, Stockland, Stoke Abbott, Thorncombe, Uplyme, Wambrook, West Bay, Whitchurch Canonicor, Widworthy, Wootton Fitzpaine, Wyke, Yarcombe
Have you decided to visit Charmouth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Charmouth bed and breakfast (a Charmouth B&B or Charmouth b and b)
- a Charmouth guesthouse
- a Charmouth hotel (or motel)
- a Charmouth self-catering establishment, or
- other Charmouth accommodation