Swansmead Bed and Breakfast Charmouth, Dorset

A warm welcome awaits you at Swansmead Bed and Breakfast. Situated less than 100 yards from Charmouth beach amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Dorset, we offer very comfortable accommodation with full English or Continental breakfast included.

We have a large en suite room with a king-sized bed, television, refrigerator, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. We also offer a large family room with private bathroom (bath and separate corner shower), one double bed and trundle beds, television, small refrigerator, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Parking spaces are provided. Wifi available.

Both rooms have exceptionally large windows with excellent sea and cliff views and the dining room looks out onto the large garden, fields, cliffs and sea. From the bottom of the garden you can walk across to the River Char and to the famous Jurassic beach which is a level, two minute stroll away.

Sorry, minimum two-night booking only.

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View of the sea from the en suite room
View of the sea from the family room
View of Stonebarrow Hill
The view of the sea from the family room
The en suite room
The family room bathroom
Room rate for the Ensuite Room is from £90.00 per night.
Room rate for the Family Room is from £90.00 per night
Children, according to age, are from £25.00 each per night
5% discount for 7 nights or more.
10% discount for single room occupancy of the above rooms.
Contact Me
Mrs. Anthea Gillings, Swansmead, Riverway, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6LS

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Tel: 01297 560465 Mobile: 0780 1952 199

About Charmouth and Surrounds
The village of Charmouth nestles in a valley at the heart of Lyme Bay, in the far South Western corner of Dorset. With a population of around 1000 the village is a perfect base for walking and fossil hunting along the world famous 'Jurassic Coast'.

The coastline is now part of a World Heritage Site, the first such landscape designation in the UK, ranking it alongside such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. The status was conferred by UNESCO in recognition of the areas unique natural history. The Heritage Coast Centre situated by the beach has a comprehensive multi-media exhibition.

The first settlement began in the early iron age by a Celtic tribe known as the Durotriges. Evidence of their impressive hill forts survive today at Lambert's and Coney's Castle and Pilsdon Pen. Charmouth's first claim to fame came in 833, now a Saxon settlement, when the Wessex King Egbert failed to repel Viking invaders. In 840 King Ethelwulf again tried to repel the Vikings who eventually began to settle peacefully among the local people living at the bank of the river then known as the Cerne (stony river), the village being known as Cernmunde. In 1501 Catherine of Aragon stayed at what is now the Queens Armes Hotel as did Charles 11 as he escaped from his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Today Charmouth is a relatively peaceful place offering seaside facilities without the razzmatazz of the big resorts. The village has two grocery shops, a newsagents, gift shops, a chemist, a camping and leisure store, two fossil shops, two cafes and two pubs. There is also a large playing field with tennis courts, bowls and putting greens. Between Charmouth and Lyme Regis is Lyme Regis Golf Course .

The beach has a mix of pebbles and at low-tide acres of sand with rock pools. The coastal hills rise steeply on either side of the meandering River Char with Stonebarrow Hill to the east and Black Venn to the west. About a mile to the east beyond Stonebarrow Hill is Golden Cap , rising almost vertically from the beach to 617 feet. The flat topped hill is the highest point on the south coast and is part of the National Trust's Golden Cap Estate, which also includes Stonebarrow Hill. There is vehicular access to the top of Stonebarrow with staggering views of Lyme Bay with Portland in the east and Start Point to the far west.

To the west, two miles by beach and three miles by road is the charming and famous town of Lyme Regis. The towns narrow streets are lined with many listed buildings and delightful shops with lots of art, crafts, books, antiques and specialist food shops and eateries. The old Town Mill is a restored, working watermill with a cafe, gallery and pottery and is well worth a visit. At the western end of the town is 'The Cobb' an ancient harbour wall which became renowned as the place from which 'The French Lieutenants Woman' (played in the film by Meryl Streep) looked longingly out to sea!

If you would like to go mackerel fishing, bird or dolphin watching or just sit back and enjoy the stunning Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon, we recommend the Marie F and Sunbeam both based at Lyme Regis harbour, Dorset.

So, if you fancy spending some quality time in this beautiful and unspoilt area I look forward to hearing from you and assure you of a warm welcome.

Anthea Gillings