Lower Sea Lane Charmouth
Nr Lyme Regis DT6 6LW
+44 (0)1297 560830 9:30am-9:00pm
See our latest Trip Advisor reviews to see why the Cornish love coming to Charmouth for their holidays. "Quiet" "Stones throw from the beach" "Great big fossil adventure" "Absolutely breathtaking"
*** We have a few rooms still available in July and August - Click here for details ***
*** See also the best dates for fossil hunting in August ***
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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.
"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"
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.
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.
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! If you are looking for a Lyme Regis family room, then our two bedroom family suites are the perfect solution.
'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.
OUR FAMILY 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.
Jurassic Coast Guides help you get the most from your visit to West Dorset
West Dorset is full of hidden gems. From fantastic coastal walks, to fossil hunting on the beaches, to visits to the filming locations for the TV series Broadchurch.
If you are here for just a few days why not use an expert guide to help you get the most from your visit and make sure you visit the best locations, see the best views and learn about why this area is so special and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, for example a coastal walk in the morning, and fossil hunting in the afternoon. These guided walks and tours are especially useful for overseas visitors and those who want to get the most from a few days on the Dorset coast.
Walks and tours can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities. They are led by a qualified, insured & experienced Coastal Leader.
For more information please see The Jurassic Coast Guides website
A number of local organisations offer guided fossil hunting on the beaches around Charmouth and Lyme Regis. There are 'public walks' which are lower cost, but where you could be in a large group of people, and 'private walks' where you hire a guide exclusively for yourself and your family. Click below to see dates for the public walks in July, or see our Fossils page for a list of all the organisations.
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.
* Private parking for guests
* Free WiFi
* Sorry - No pets
* See our guests recent reviews below
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01297 560830 (9.30am-9:00pm).
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 provide education to school groups and the public. See jurassiccoast.org for more information.
Our family rooms can be booked as double rooms at a reduced cost when booked direct. See our booking pages for details.
Sorry - we cannot accommodate any pets
Our standard terms are a two night minimum stay (three nights during some public and school holidays). However, we occasionally have single night availability midweek for twin and double rooms only. These are only bookable within 7 days of the stay, and must be booked direct. All family rooms have a two or three night minimum stay. Our more flexible terms such as single occupancy rates are only available for DIRECT BOOKINGS.