Peaceful self-contained studio apartment adjoining owners' eco-house set in its own woodland and wild meadows with spectacular sea views from garden. Beautiful walks to Lyme (2 miles) & River Cottage (1 mile). Stunning retreat in nature. Walkers/bird-lovers/foodies paradise. 1 of 2 studios with plenty of outside space. This is the larger of the 2 with a bath instead of a shower, a bigger kitchen and distinct areas for kitchen and bedroom.
A former artist's studio, the apartment is a modern airy space within a wild, woodland setting. It has been newly decorated (and redecorated January 2017) throughout and has a particularly spacious bathroom with a large comfortable bath and views out to the woods to the south and a wild flower bank and natural spring to the west. It is perfectly located for some truly wonderful walks: the East Devon Way adjoins the property and there are several beautiful routes through the countryside to Lyme Regis, including the River Way along the River Lyme into the centre of town. It's about an hour's walk to the Cobb or to the Town Mill cluster of shops, restaurants and galleries or 10 minutes' drive. You can have a great day on the beach or walking and then come home to the seclusion of the woods and meadows. We have some of the best bird and wildlife around. You will hear owls calling in the evenings and maybe spot a badger snuffling about in the garden. Bird-feeders are positioned opposite the bedroom and bathroom windows so you can watch in comfort. We are in the process of restoring the wild meadows and have a mass of wild orchids, bluebells, foxgloves and native daffodils, depending on the time of year. There are views of Lyme Bay and the island of Portland from the top meadow where a bench is provided for your use.
The room is designed mainly for 2 people but we do have a z-bed (fold-out bed) to accommodate an extra person.
The main bed is a king-size with a slatted base and a soft reflex foam mattress. The bedlinen is 100% Egyptian cotton.
We now have a new TV for the room and a music system with a cable to plug in your phone/ipod. There is a DVD player in the room.
Guests have their own entrance to the side of the main house. We now have two studios which both use this entrance but each has its own area of the courtyard garden with table and chairs. There is access to the top meadow to enjoy views of the sea and you are welcome to wander from there into another meadow where there are masses of snowdrops in early spring and hundreds of wild orchids in early summer. We have plans to add some rustic seating (logs!) but until then, you can take a picnic rug or a coat and enjoy being totally surrounded by nature.
There is a sauna with en-suite shower room and chill-out area in a separate part of the house which can be booked for £10 for a 2 hour slot. Just let us know when you would like it and we will turn it on.
Interakcija s gostima
We live full-time in the main house and often work from home. There is usually someone around if needed or if not, we can be contacted by text or mobile. However, we anticipate that guests will want their privacy and the apartment has been designed with this in mind. At certain times of the day some sound from the family may travel into the apartment but at night it is extremely quiet. The walls and ceiling have been sound-proofed (early 2017) to provide maximum privacy.
We are committed to supporting the natural environment of this very special place so use eco-cleaning products, and avoid excessive chemicals. New for 2015: handmade organic soap and hand lotion made in Dorset by Enchanted Plants is provided for your use. We think this is so beautiful that we are considering stocking some for guests to purchase - so we'd love your feedback on this.
A clothes drying rack, an iron and ironing board can be provided on request.
There is a hairdryer in the bedroom.
* We are quite happy to welcome babies before they can walk but due to the steepness of the terrain and unfenced nature of the garden, we would prefer not to have children older than one year to stay.
* No smoking please unless you are well away from the house. Please dispose of cigarette ends in the apartment rubbish bin sealed inside another plastic bag.
* Sorry no dogs.
* If anything gets damaged or broken, please tell us straight away. We do ask for a security deposit (held by airbnb) but if the value of the damaged things exceeds the deposit, we ask for an additional payment to cover replacement like for like. The apartment is stocked with good quality linen etc and we would like to make sure it can stay that way so our future guests can enjoy the same level of luxury.
* Please bring your own beach towels and don't take equipment from the apartment off the premises.
* No parties please. Equally we will make every effort to respect your peace and quiet if we have other visitors.
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I work a couple of days a week in London, and the rest of the week work from home with my family near Lyme Regis on the Jurassic coast.
We have 2 wonderful daughters and my wife is a writer.