Local Amenities

Dorset offers a wide variety of things to do and see whilst visiting on holiday.

The 88 miles of the world heritage coastline will provide ample opportunity for walkers wishing to take advantage of  Dorset’s favourable climate. Similarly photographers and artists will wish to capture images of the rolling hills, cliff faces and dramatic seascapes.

We have dedicated a page to fossils but the coast also offers other forms of recreation such as sailing, wind-surfing, fishing, diving, and climbing.

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Vine Cottage is located at the junction between Queens Walk, a recent residential development and The Street which is the main street of the village. It’s location makes it perfect for access to the local shops, restaurants, pubs and recreation facilities.


Shopping in Charmouth

There are good stores on hand with a butchers, pharmacy, hairdresser and Ida’s traditional grocery store ‘with a contemporary twist’ who provide an excellent range of organic foodstuffs. Morgan’s of Charmouth is a comprehensive newsagent who also supply beach items such as buckets and spades and some items of hardware. There is little need to bring food with you as opening times are extensive. There are also supermarkets such as Tesco in Axminster. Somerfields and Morrisons can be found in Bridport.

Food & Drink

The George Pub

Whether you are looking for a more formal restaurant, good pub food or fish and chips all are available within a few minutes walk from Vine Cottage. The White House Hotel on The Street and The Hensleigh Hotel on Lower Sea Lane both have celebrated restaurants and The George and The Royal Oak, both on The Street serve good food. The George has a play area at the rear for children. For picnics by the beach there are picnic tables by the beach car park where one can enjoy looking out to sea with the backdrop of Stonebarrow Hill.


Child at PlayThere is a children’s playground within 5 minutes walk and the beach in Charmouth is child friendly. Charmouth West Beach, otherwise known as 'The Jurassic Coast', is an extremely scenic 'Blue Flag’ beach that stretches for two miles with intervening rock pools between Black Venn and Golden Cap and this is where fossils can be found.


For Golf enthusiasts the Lyme Regis Golf Club is just on the outskirts of Charmouth and is open to non-members, they have a good website which provides helpful information for visitors and details of the club.