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Ancient Lights

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Lyme Regis, Dorset Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful home, immaculately clean."

    Only a short walk away for the hustle and bustle of Lyme Regis but far enough away that it's lovely and peaceful.

    Thank you for your great review which is much appreciated. Hopefully you will be able to return to Ancient Lights for another stay in the future. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great house invited in-laws to stay with us this time and plenty of room for 4 adults."

    ate out most days but the kitchen is well stocked with equipment if you did decide to cook a meal

    Many thanks for your 100% review. I hope that we will be able to welcome you back to Ancient Lights in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent property, our second visit, and would like to return."

    Simply and adequately furnished. Well maintained

    Thank you for the great review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Ancient Lights again in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jul 2023

  • "Ancient Lights is a lovely, comfortable holiday cottage."

    It was exceptionally clean and tidy and we really enjoyed our stay. It offered everything we needed, however, a couple of extra bin bags for the kitchen bin would have been useful.

    Thank you very much for your review of Ancient Lights. Your comment about the kitchen bin bags is noted. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare4.4Jun 2023

  • "This was our second visit here after last year."

    We love this cottage, great facilities - the kitchen is lovely and the new wooden floor in the living room is very nice too. We had two children with us, nearly 4 and 6 months. The garden has two locked gates which means you don’t have to be on the lookout all the time which is good, and is a lovely place to sit in to take in the amazing views of the Golden cap. I would say that whilst the property might aesthetically not look the best, everything else about it is top notch, we are looking at when we can next go.

    Thank you very much for such a great review. We do try to provide the best facilities and guest experience that we can. The lockable gates do provide a secure garden for those guests with little ones, so hopefully the older ones can relax a little more! I hope that we can welcome you back to Ancient Lights again for another holiday in Lyme. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property in a great location just a short walk from the town."

    The house had everything we needed very well maintained, clean and comfortable. Would definitely stay there again

    Many thanks for your positive review about our cottage. I hope that we are able to welcome you back to Ancient Lights in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a great time, staying in a house we've stayed in at times over the last six years."

    We wanted to re-book for September, having enjoyed ourselves so much, but it proves impossible because of the huge rise in costs. We know about inflation, but your prices go above and beyond what is reasonable. Oh, and I notice we couldn't book 4-day stays any more, just 3. It seems a bit odd, given there are 7 days in a week.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely house."

    Has everything needed for a great coastal holiday.

    Thank you for your kind words about the cottage. We hope that we can welcome you back to Ancient Lights in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Megan4.7Apr 2023

  • "Ancient lights remains our favourite place to stay in Lyme; it is beautifully presented, spotlessly clean and very comfortable."

    It really feels that the owners want us to enjoy our time there as guests and that we are valued as such. The cottage is immediately welcoming and very easy to settle into, with a lovely welcome pack. The quality of the fixtures and fittings is excellent; lighting is well thought out (especially in the sitting room); the bed is very comfortable and the whole cottage is a lovely place in which to relax.

    Thank you very much for such a fantastic review of Ancient Lights. We do try and keep the property as comfortable and welcoming as we can. It is lovely to have our efforts recognised by guests, which makes it all worthwhile. We hope that you will be able to make a return visit to the cottage in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Mar 2023

  • "Wonderful property much better than the photos."

    Location looking over the sea was perfect. A real bonus to have parking for two cars. Would recommend this property.

    Thank you for such a great review. We hope that we can welcome you back to Ancient Lights again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Feb 2023

  • "Apologies for a late review."

    We visited with our 7-yr-old and new baby in February half term. This holiday let is absolutely stunning and far exceeded all our expectations. It is bigger than the photos suggest, spotless, tidy, comfy and very well equipped. It has character, stunning views and a great location walking distance into Lyme Regis. We even had a lovely little welcome hamper when we arrived. There are no negative comments, this is honestly one of the best places we have ever rented. Thank you

    Many thanks for such a positive review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the cottage and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage is superb with everything in it you could possibly ever need."

    The view of the sea is good and it’s proximity to the town excellent. Couldn’t have asked for a better home from home. Thank you to the owners. The only letdown is the management company who really are disappointing. They send copious emails about what you have to do on leaving, whilst you are trying to enjoy your time away (including stripping the beds - never had to do this anywhere) which takes the shine off the stay especially as you can’t get into the property until 4pm and have to leave by 10am! What do the housekeepers need all that time for when we’ve emptied the bins and left everything as we found it - they have 6 hours!! 11am and 3pm seems to be the norm elsewhere.

    Thank you for the positive review of our cottage, Ancient Lights. I am glad you found it a "home from home" and I hope that we can welcome you back in the future. Regarding your comments on the changeover process, I have passed these to Lyme Bay Holidays. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Della5.0Oct 2022

  • "Loved our stay at Ancient Lights."

    It had everything we needed. Loved Lyme Regis

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "We love this property it is just perfect for us."

    .beautifully kitted out, great garden and view. The house is really comfortable and has pretty much everything we need.This is our 2nd stay and were looking to come again but REALLY concerned with the price increase for next year so just not sure if it will be possible for us to return which is a real shame.

    Thank you very much for such a positive review of Ancient Lights. I note your concern regarding pricing for a return visit. I have discussed this with Lyme Bay Holidays and they would like to contact you directly to talk through this issue. I very much hope we will be able to welcome you back to Ancient Lights in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2022

  • "I stayed here with my Husband, parents and daughter."

    We had a lovely stay, it had everything you needed and even the little things had been thought of. It is very modern and clean and in a perfect location. It was lovely being able to sit in the window seats and look out at the sea my 1 year old enjoyed this very much! We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2022

  • "My family of three had a lovely stay at Ancient Lights."

    The pictures on the website do not do it justice. It was even better in person! It was the perfect place to relax and call "home" during our stay in Lyme Regis.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is our third visit to Lyme Regis and to Ancient Lights."

    It was as always an absolute delight and we had the added bonus of good weather. We love Lyme Regis and would not consider staying anywhere else but ancient Lights as this now feels like home from home. Thank you for your great service we will be back.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely Cottage clean and comfortable in ideal location and great to have a parking space - would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a great stay here, the cottage was fantastic, lovely location and all the facilities you would need."

    We’d love to come back again! Only very slight concern from the stay was that we couldn’t find the key for the upstairs twin bedroom (we have a 2 year old boy), but appreciate this can happen. One other point I’d like to mention is we have looked at the same week next year and noticed the price has gone from £962 to £1309 - whilst I’m fully aware prices have gone up on most things, 36% seems quite excessive - my fear is this is following the takeover by Sykes as I have read a lot over the last two years about them putting the prices up. This will change peoples choice of holiday and put them out of reach at a time when peoples pockets are hurting. I would have given the property 10 out of 10 were it not for this.

    Thank you for the positive review about our cottage. I am sorry you had an issue with the lack of key for the twin bedroom. Lyme Bay Holidays (LBH) as our booking agent advised us to remove all unnecessary keys to indoor rooms to prevent children from inadvertently locking themselves in. Regarding the pricing for next year, I have forwarded your comments to LBH and await their response. I do hope you are able to return to Ancient Lights for another holiday in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2022

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This property is part of the Lyme Bay Holidays collection.
Lyme Bay Holidays are a large, friendly, local agency established for over 40 years. Specialising in the area surrounding Lyme Regis on the Dorset and Devon border, they cover much of the World Heritage Coast as well as some stunning countryside and attractive market towns and villages.


  • A 4 star Gold property
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, hairdryer
  • TV, DVD player, Bluetooth sound bar, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, gravel, furniture and storage for kayaks and bikes
  • Highchair available on request
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Due to the size and style of the staircase banister rails it is not possible to use stairgates

The property

Overlooking the quaint town and seaside views of Lyme Regis, Dorset, this wonderful traditional cottage was formerly a ship master’s residence and built in 1830.

Ancient Lights is set into a prime location of the Jurassic coast and will make a fantastic family holiday.

Be welcomed into a delightful cottage, where a delightful sitting room offers a place to recline, with stylish blue sofas and a woodburning stove to warm your feet after a day at the beach.

When mealtimes call, any budding chef will be inspired by the fully-fitted kitchen/diner to create a masterpiece from local produce, with tasteful sage cupboards, a more traditional tiled floor and an additional leather sofa, this space is great for social mealtimes and cooking due to the spacious setup.

As the evening wears on, enjoy a refreshing shower in the beautifully styled shower-room before finding your way into one of the two beautifully set up bedrooms, beginning with a fantastic super-king-size with a fireplace, wonderful grey furniture, a writing desk and a wonderful window seat with a view across the bay, and a second bedroom with twin beds, an ornamental fireplace, a window seat and a theme of green, both spacious, airy and opulent.

If you wish to dine outside, there is a great rear garden with an extensive lawn, gravel area and seating area where you can dine al fresco, enjoying breakfast with a bay view or a glass of your favourite beverage in an evening.

The local town of Lyme Regis is within easy reach of this property, with an abundance of eateries for a family meal out, before heading over to one of the towns many attractions including Cobb Harbour, a selection of shops, museums and an aquarium.

There are a multitude of fantastic beaches close by where you can enjoy a stroll in the seaside air before taking to the waves in your kayak, or you can search amongst the rocks for fascinating fossils.

Further from the town there is easy access to countryside walks and historic attractions including Cannington Viaduct and Blackbury Camp.

With so much to do, you will simply love Dorset with a stay at Ancient Lights.

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About the location


  • Charmouth 3 miles
  • Axminster 6 miles
  • Bridport 10 miles
  • Sidmouth 16 miles

The delightful seaside town of Lyme Regis has much to offer its visitors, boasting a maze of narrow streets filled with craft and antique shops, galleries and cafes. Take a stroll along the world-famous Cobb causeway overlooking the ancient harbour, where fishing trips can be enjoyed, or try your hand at fossil hunting in the area. The scenic coastal path offers excellent walking opportunities and spectacular views of the stunning Jurassic coast, whilst the gently shelving sands and sparkling waters of Lyme Bay provide the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. A holiday destination to savour!

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Note: Due to the size and style of the staircase banister rails it is not possible to use stairgates

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas