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Dolphins Leap

(Ref. 1106121)

Charmouth, Dorset Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Our second visit to Dolphins Leap in what was my childhood home ☺️ Views are amazing, lovely home from home and the welcome basket is so thoughtful."

    We will be back, Charmouth is beautiful ❤️

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Nov 2023

  • "The views were amazing, the garden was lovely and safely enclosed."

    We loved all the wild birds and enjoyed sitting out. There was everything we needed and lovely flowers and a welcome hamper. We definitely hope to come back.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Dolphin's Leap despite very variable autumnal weather."

    The bungalow had wonderful views, a great location and was very comfortable and warm on the chilly mornings. We appreciated the welcome basket and beautiful flowers and meeting the helpful host and felt at home as soon as we arrived. We loved the peace too and would highly recommend this property, we will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2023

  • "A beautiful bungalow with amazing views down to Charmouth."

    The property had everything we needed and lots more beside. The armchairs were unusually comfortable for a rental property and the heating was very efficient the one evening we needed to turn it up. The hill is very steep for older people so we usually went out in the car. However it was worth the effort to walk up to the top for the wonderful view down to Lyme Regis.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great property and a super host."

    Fantastic views and peaceful location, yet very close to amenities. Highly recommend Dolphins Leap.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Dolphins Leap."

    I booked the cottage at short notice as my stay in England is longer than planned. A great place to catch up with family, and has amazing views of the sea and countryside. Will certainly come back and stay again.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2023

  • "Conservatory doors need tlc"

    Reviewed by Cheryl3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely bungalow, beautiful garden and views."

    Clean and comfortable. Only comment - my son noticed the decking needed some attention but my son pointed this out to owner on his visit. Would love to visit again some time.

    Your son is a qualified carpenter and I have gratefully accepted his advice and commissioned a carpenter to replace several planks on the decking. Thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage up on the hill above Charmouth."

    The owner called to check we were ok on the second day and had left gorgeous flowers and perfect hamper. Great arrangements for recycling everything.

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was easy to find,very clean and welcoming ."

    Welcome basket was amazing ,Thankyou . View from conversatory and bedroom was out of this world looking over sea and hills . Everything you need for a week away to rest and relax .

    Reviewed by Pam4.4Mar 2023

  • "We found dolphins leap easily and arrived after dark."

    Follow the website instructions (take right fork on old lyme hill), then after the last street light on the right it is 5 properties further up on the left. Our cars headlights picked up the dolphins leap sign on the front garden retaining wall easily. My partner has worked in the cleaning industry for 30 years and specialises in finding important areas which havent been cleaned. There are none at dolphins leap. The welcome pack is generous, best i've ever had and even included treats for our dog. The bungalow itself has central heating and a log burner. We visited in November and did not need to light the fire as the main central heating kept us warm, even in the conservatory, which has sea views. It is one of the best rental properties i have used. Theres a TV and dvd player (we didnt use them as we dont go on holiday to watch TV), plenty of games, books, local maps and even a pool/snooker table. Charmouth beach is walkable which our dog loved. It is on a hill, however the gradient on the left fork of old lyme hill is shallower and it joins the right fork at the top, so we walked that way back to the property from the Royal Oak, which has great beer, food, allows dogs and is far more reasonably priced that the pubs in lyme regis. Lyme Regis itself is only a 10 minute drive and there are many other places of interest to visit all within 30 mins. Its a great base to explore the jurassic coast. We loved it and will return in the future

    Reviewed by J5.0Nov 2022

  • "No bin bags and other such items left."

    T V very small Cold in conservatory Not very clean Tiles needed cleaning around sink. Position of property not realistic. Hard to find property . Name plaque positioned to low and to small. Would not recommend or return to this property.

    Dorset Council has a comprehensive and highly regarded doorstep recycling scheme which does not incorporate bin bags. Instructions at the property indicate how the scheme works. A brown kitchen cady is provided for food waste, with a bio bag supplied by me. A plastic bin in the kitchen is provided for clean paper, plastic containers, cardboard, etc and no plastic liner is needed. Landfill waste goes into the plastic bag supplied by me attached to the cupboard under the sink. All of these are emptied into the wheelie bins at the side of the garage. Glass bottles go into a square bin outside the property. I offer a container for clean aluminium foil which I take to the village car park for collection by a charity in Dorchester. If customers support the recycling scheme it is helping limit climate change. I accept that the television has become small by modern standards and will purchase a larger screen television as soon as I am able. I apologise if this affected your happiness on your stay. Plastic conservatories struggle to retain heat. However, it has been one of the warmest autumns on record. The insulated panelled roof that is now fitted under my ownership helps keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in sunny weather. The conservatory is centrally heated and there is an oil filled radiator in place for cold weather. Blankets are provided in the wardrobe of the ensuite bedroom. The new gas boiler fitted this year is very efficient. My housekeeper is very dedicated and works to a high standard. My apologies if you felt that the cleanliness of the property did not meet your requirements. You do not find the position of the property realistic, found it hard to find and found the name plate too low. I do not accept these criticisms. The property has some of the best views of the Jurassic Coast in Charmouth, with Golden Cap and Portland visible in good weather. The driveway is the width of three cars and is directly on Old Lyme Hill. There are two slate nameplates for the property, one on the driveway to be seen on the approach and a second on the bungalow to the left of the front door. I can read them both at 100 feet without my glasses on. They were added by me when I purchased the property six years ago. The bungalow is now on the route of the South West Coast Path and is very easy to find and locate, being on a tarmac public road which is straight and is an historic Roman road. I hope that you enjoyed the locally sourced welcome pack. Several bottles of Palmers of Bridport real ales, several packets of Moores of Bridport biscuits, a granary loaf from Evershot bakery, a box of Dorset Tea and half a dozen organic eggs. A plastic bottle of semi-skimmed milk is in the fridge. Flowers are in the vase on the dining room table. Nuts and bird seed are available under the kitchen sink for guests to top up the feeders in the front garden, so that they can see the birds come and go. Guests with a dog receive a treat for their pet. I normally do a curtesy call on guests to check that all is well. This is not so easy in November with the dark evenings and my commitment to my employer Monday to Friday. I did not manage to catch you when you were in the property, for which I apologise. I can assure future guests that my visitors book has many positive comments and that I am dedicated to customers having a happy and comfortable holiday in Dolphins Leap. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine2.5Nov 2022

  • "A lovely property which is probably the best equipped of any we've stayed in and the welcome pack was wonderful."

    The only probable negative was that the conservatory was cold in the evenings. Could do with more heating in that room.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very comfortable and pleasant stay."

    Great views of the coast. The bonus for us was being able to have our dog with us. Though the pubs and amenities of the village are only 5 to 10 minutes walk away the return journey is not for anyone who is infirmed like myself. No worry’s we had the car. The best feature was the south facing night time views with dark skys so glad I packed my telescope, viewing and photographing Saturn, Jupiter and the Andromeda Galaxy.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our recent holiday at Dolphin's Leap, Charmouth."

    It was a lovely, comfortable cottage with a great view of the bay from the verandah. There were more facilities than we had expected and this made for a relaxing stay. We would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in Dolphins Leap."

    The views were to die for. Thank you very much for the lovely welcoming basket . We would certainly like to go back again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Dolphins Leap is a wonderful place to stay and is the perfect holiday home for us."

    The welcome pack was lovely and absolutely everything has been thought of to make perfect. This is a great location for exploring Dorset.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely property,beautiful views."

    Fantastically clean.Secure rear garden meant we could all relax.Probably more aimed at family of 4-e.g.4x outdoor dining chairs so the 5 of us couldn't all eat outside together,& larger/2nd sunshade might be good for future heatwaves so more than1 or 2 could sit out in shade.Lovely big master bedroom with oversized wardrobe, artwork & mirror- but small double bed! (Went and bought blowup mattress and bedding as bed too small for 2x6fters,so problem solved!)Sofa arms could use a quick clean,but otherwise property was spotless! Beautiful sunrise/sunsets & lovely quiet location on a steep narrow lane on the hillside. Sad to forfeit our last day,but had to be up before sunrise to beat the heatwave home! Thanks to the owner for a nice break... 'can't beat a bit of Charmouth and Lyme!

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Aug 2022

  • "We stay in Dolphins Leap regularly and have always been pleased."

    One of the few places anywhere where the owner checks to see if everything is OK.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jul 2022

  • "The holiday cottage was in a fabulous location with amazing views and secure garden four our dogs."

    Very clean and tidy which is how we left it to. The cottage was very well equipped with all needs considered. Only negatives we had were - The furniture was a little tired and could do with a little updating. A Smart TV and a larger bed in the master bedroom would have made the holiday even more perfect. We hope to return in the future. Happy for our review to be published, but wouldn’t want our few negative points to put people off due to the fabulous location.

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Jul 2022

  • "Excellent. - but just one suggestion -a bigger television screen please."

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 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.


  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower-room with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower-room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with pool table and woodburning stove
  • Sitting room
  • Gas heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed garden with patio, lawn and furniture
  • Pet-friendly (maximum of three dogs are accepted)
  • No smoking allowed
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Maximum of three dogs are accepted

The property

Shrouded in stunning countryside views across the rolling hills of Charmouth, Dorset, this fantastic property overlooks the landscape, offering a fantastic base for your Dorset holiday.

Pet-friendly and with a large garden and living area to enjoy, Dolphins Leap is perfect for a family looking to explore the Jurassic coast.

Enter into this property after utilising the ample off-road parking and be drawn into the conservatory sitting room where you will instantly be able to make yourself at home, reclining in one of the many sofas on offer and overlooking the wonderful garden of the property, this is a great spot to relax and plan the day ahead of you.

A fantastic kitchen/diner caters to all of your culinary needs with a spacious and tasteful kitchen space where you can enjoy cooking together, and with wooden flooring throughout and a great woodburning stove to warm you as you dine, you can enjoy your heart-warming meal on the central dining table amongst the airy space and homely décor, and you will be delighted to find a pool table where you can enjoy a game together.

Enjoy a relaxing shower in the contemporary shower-room before settling down for the night in one of the bedrooms provided, beginning with a double room with paintings adorning the walls, wooden flooring and blue décor, as well as a stylish en-suite shower-room, and the second bedroom is a twin with matching blue décor, perfect for children.

Outside, the conservatory sitting room opens up onto a decking area with seating, where you can look out across the scenery that is simply breath-taking, with rolling hill, towering cliffs and the ocean beyond, it is a space that you will return to time and again to enjoy the scenery with al fresco breakfast or a glass of your favourite beverage as the sun sets, and an extensive lawn area with shrubs makes a great spot for children to play and your four-legged family member to recline.

Picturesque and quaint, Charmouth offers a range of activities for you to choose from, however visiting Charmouth Beach is a must, and you will be able to enjoy watersports, swimming, family walks and fossil hunting along the stunning rocky shoreline.

Visit Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and enjoy a walk around Lambert's Castle where you will be able to explore the history of the area, before having a family meal out at one of the local pubs.

For a more adrenaline filled day visit The Tunnel Tree Tops or enjoy a leisurely walk through the hills.

With so much to do, you are bound to make the perfect family holiday with a stay at Dolphins Leap.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Charmouth is an unspoilt seaside village, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a fantastic beach world renowned for its fossils on the famous Jurassic Coast.

Note: additional guest can be accommodated on the sofa bed
Note: This property only accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings