Hensleigh House

Charmouth Bed and Breakfast
3 minutes to Jurassic Coast beach
Close to pubs & restaurants
Twin, Double & Family rooms

Jurassic Coast Bed & Breakfast close to the famous Charmouth fossils & Lyme Regis fossils

Lower Sea Lane Charmouth
Nr Lyme Regis DT6 6LW

+44 (0)1297 560830 9:30am-9:00pm

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Charmouth & Lyme Regis Hotel exterior view


  • An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • England's only UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
  • Beautiful coastal walks
  • The only UK beach in National Geographic's 21 BEST BEACHES IN THE WORLD 2017
  • One of five finalists for BBC Countryfile Best Beach 2017
  • Filming location for Broadchurch
  • 10 min bus ride to Lyme Regis runs every 30 mins (avoid the notorious parking!!!)
  • Walk to Lyme Regis at low tide along the beach
  • Thomas Hardy & Jane Austin Country
  • Thatched cottages, country pubs
  • Beautiful and accessible (London & Birmingham 3 hours)


We have SPECIAL REDUCTIONS ON ALL ROOMS booked for two nights or more arriving before 30 March. These offers are available when booked through this website or by phone on 01297 560830 (9.30am-9.00pm).

OUR LARGEST ROOMS CAN ONLY BE BOOKED DIRECT! Book here for a Charmouth Family Room, or Lyme Regis Family room. We still have some availability at Easter and in the summer holidays.

We occasionally have single night availability midweek. These are only bookable within 7 days of the stay, and must be booked direct. Call for details. We regret we can not accept one night bookings via Booking.com, nor bookings for our larger rooms and family rooms. Our more flexible terms such as single occupancy rates are only available for DIRECT BOOKINGS.

Ideas for what to do and where to go

See our What to do and where to go page for lots of ideas on local walks, country houses and gardens, attractions and activities. There is something for everyone!

Download our free 'Beginners guide to fossil hunting in Charmouth'

Beginners guide to fossil hunting in Charmouth

Download our free Beginners guide to fossil hunting in Charmouth to learn how to start fossil hunting on Charmouth Beach.

For advice on dates when the tides are most favourable for fossil hunting, and details of local organisations and individuals who can provided guided fossil walks/hunting, email info@hensleighhouse.co.uk or call 01297 560830 (9.30am-9:00pm).

Friendly, comfortable Charmouth accommodation in a quiet location

Situated in Charmouth on the Jurassic Coast just 2 miles from Lyme Regis, Hensleigh House Charmouth provides quality bed and breakfast, 300 metres from the famous fossil beach. The West Dorset coast is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with spectacular scenery and a favourite for fossil hunters from beginners to professionals. Charmouth village centre with its pubs and restaurants is just a 3 minute walk.

The 8 comfortable rooms have flat screen televisions, en-suite bathrooms, free toiletries, hairdryers, and tea and coffee making facilities. Family rooms and family suites with connecting rooms are available. Free WiFi is available throughout.

We pride ourselves on providing clean, comfortable and friendly accommodation in a perfect location to explore the Dorset coast. Whether you normally stay in hotels or bed and breakfast, we are sure you will enjoy Hensleigh House.

A hearty English breakfast prepared with local fresh produce is served in the delightful conservatory, with cereals, fruit, fish and vegetarian options also available.

In Lyme Regis family rooms are often in short supply. However, we have two family rooms each with two bedrooms enabling parents and children to have a little privacy. With Charmouth beach a 3 minute walk, and Lyme Regis two miles away, you are perfectly located for a great family holiday.

With the facilities of a small hotel such as a lounge, bar, sunny conservatory, and daily maid service, Hensleigh House offers more than just bed and breakfast. With a full automatic fire alarm, fire doors, correctly positioned and maintained extinguishers, CCTV and other requirements of a business of our size, we provide your family with the security you expect.

Relaxation, and beautiful scenery

"Charmouth, with its high grounds and extensive sweeps of country, and still more, its sweet, retired bay, backed by dark cliffs, where fragments of low rock among the sands, make it the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation"
Jane Austen

Our latest fossil find

Ichthyosaur Vertebrae

We were extremely lucky recently to find a section of Ichthyosaur vertebrae on Charmouth West Beach. It has now been renamed the 'Hensleighsaur' and is on display at Hensleigh House.

See our video of the local area

Hensleigh, Charmouth and Lyme Regis

Charmouth Fossil hunting, walking, country houses

Whether you want to search for Charmouth fossils on the beach, walk across Golden Cap and the hills to Seatown, or visit country houses and gardens such as Forde Abbey, West Dorset and the Jurassic Coast always has something to do.

Our sister web site www.westdorsetcoast.co.uk has ideas for all ages and interests. We also have our own Guide to Charmouth Fossils which also explains why we are part of the UKs only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Forde Abbey

Looking for a Lyme Regis hotel?

Why not stay in Charmouth? Famous for its Jurassic Coast fossils, and just 2 miles from Lyme Regis, Charmouth provides an ideal base from which to explore our beautiful coast. Hensleigh House has it's own car park and a level walk to the beach. Regular buses let you visit Lyme Regis without the need to fight for parking!

Why visit the West Dorset Coast?

'spectacular', 'dramatic', 'ancient' 'time-travel' 'pretty' 'wildlife' 'It is without question one of my favourite places in Britain to visit', 'One of the joys of the Jurassic coast is an afternoon spent fossil-hunting at Charmouth'

Just a few of the words and phrases used by BBC Countryfile to describe the Coastline which stretches either side of Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Read the full article yourself for an overview of the wonderful scenery and pretty villages in this fantastic part of the United Kingdom.

Best Beaches in the World 2017

The beach around Lyme Regis and Charmouth is the only UK entry in the National Geographic 21 Best Beaches in the World 2017. It's great to have further recognition of the unique nature of our coastline, and it's attraction to discerning visitors.

In addition Charmouth Beach has been nominated as one of five finalists for BBC Countryfile Magazine Beach Of The Year 2017. Whether you enjoy relaxing, walking or hunting for the famous Jurassic Coast fossils, Charmouth Beach has something for everyone.

Charmouth Beach Huts
Charmouth Beach looking towards Lyme Regis


Hensleigh House Supports the Jurassic Coast Trust

We are pleased to be a business partner for the Jurassic Coast Trust, an independent registered charity which supports the delivery of science, conservation, arts, education and sustainable development programmes along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. In particular the trust provides training for 'ambassadors' who help with providing education to school groups and the public. See jurassiccoast.org for more information. Jurassic Coast Trust

Charmouth & Lyme Regis Family Room

Our family rooms can be booked as double rooms at a reduced cost when booked direct. See our booking pages for details.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

We are delighted to have received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in each of our first two years. Thanks go to all our fabulous guests.

Pet Policy

Sorry - we cannot accommodate any pets