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

Did you see BBC 'Beach Live' from Charmouth?

The programme was broadcast less than 3 minutes walk from Hensleigh House. Come and stay in our fantastic location, halfway between the beach and the pubs/shops

More rooms, more dates, best rates!

Book your 2018 holiday or short break. Always Book Direct for the best rates and best terms. Guaranteed! To ensure we can offer the best service and value to our guests we do not offer all rooms, or all dates, on other booking sites. Book Online or call 01297 560830.

Charmouth & Lyme Regis Hotel exterior view

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.

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 Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon Ichthyosaur Vertebrae

We were extremely lucky to have found our own section of Ichthyosaur (Sea Dragon) vertebrae on Charmouth West Beach. It has now been renamed the 'Hensleighsaur' and is on display at Hensleigh House.

If you enjoy the BBC documentary David Attenborough and the Sea Dragon why not come and hunt for your own fossils, you never know what you might find. Guided Fossil Hunts are available from several local organisations including

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! If you are looking for a Lyme Regis family room, then our two bedroom family suites are the perfect solution.

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.

Come and see the David Attenborough Sea Dragon

Now on display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre (closed Tue, Wed, Thu until Easter)


  • 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)

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.

Make the most of your visit

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

Fossil Hunting Walks

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. See our Fossils page for more information.

Book your fossil walk with:

Charmouth Heritage Centre www.charmouth.org
Lyme Regis Museum www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk

Coastal walks, fossil walks, and Broadchurch experiences can be booked with:
Martin Curtis www.jurassiccoastguides.co.uk 07900 257944

Fossil walks are also available from:-
Nigel Clarke www.lymeregisfossils.net
Chris Pamplin www.fossilwalks.com
Brandon Lennon www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com

One of the Best Beaches in the World

The beach around Lyme Regis and Charmouth was 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


* Private parking for guests

* Free WiFi

* Sorry - No pets

* Check-in 4:00pm - 9:00pm

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, emailedwardsjayne66@gmail.com or call 01297 560830 (9.30am-9:00pm).

NEW! Fossilien in Charmouth Finden (Deutsche)

Beginners guide to fossil hunting in Charmouth

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 provide 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.

Pet Policy

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.