04 March 2010

March to Lyme Regis

Quite a few years ago we stayed in The Alexandra in Lyme Regis.
We were meeting our friends who moved to Birmingham some while ago and all thought Lyme Regis would be nice this time of year!.
Dispite the threats of gale force winds and torrential winds.

The Hotel was gorgeous!
I love almost all of the interior design.
The image below was the hallway from our room.

Below is the sitting room.
A lovely bright place to sit and read.

The large windows of the sitting room looked out over the garden and onto the sea and the Cobb.
Check out that gorgeous blue sea!


This is the bar, the barman made a wicked Bloody Mary!
The bar led through to conservatory dining or a formal dining room.
All very elegant.

Our bedroom was wonderful.
The view fantastic.
We could see The Cobb which was to the right but you cannot see int his image.

This is The Cobb.
Remember The French Lieutenants Woman?
I love that film.
After seeing it in the 80's we booked The Alexandra Hotel just so I could walk on The Cobb!
I am silly like that!

The day we arrived was chilly but dry, at least..
It was great to get out there,
 well wrapped up and smell that wonderful sea air.

Of course no trip to the beach would be complete without real chips in a paper bag!
And they were so good.
Here we are, a bit fuller and fatter which was to get steadily worse as the weekend progressed!

Next day after breakfast and feeling even fatter, we put on the walking boots and set off for
The Golden Cap.
You can see the soil erosion in this image.

We huffed and puffed our way along.
Up hills and down dales, which was good.
I could feel the 'good' it was doing in my calves, my bottom and my lungs!

Every now and again Loraine and I were allowed to stop and take in the view
 and catch our breath!

But, let me tell you,
 we struggled and moaned as we tried desperately not to fall over in the deep sticky mud.
Well I failed and went down...but managed to laugh!

It was bad idea to wear tight jeans, still we gave our men a laugh as we tried to get over the styles and gates without falling off.

My poor aching legs.
 At last we were on the top of Golden Cap and the view was beautiful.....but no way were we going to let them take us back down the way we came up.
Not unless we were happy to slid down on our bums in the mud.

After yet more food and drink we collapsed into wonderful big cosy beds with feather duvets and pillows.

Next day after another large breakfast we set off for Axminster and a visit to River Cottage Shop.

Food for the eyes.

And just in cast we needed more food, a little place to dine as well.
But still feeling stuffed to bursting point we gave it a miss this time.

Dave bought a book on Fish Cookery.
Not a suprise, that man is Fish bonkers!
Eats it, grows it and catches it....all the time it seems to Loraine!

This was a fab weekend to midweek break.
Too much food and drink....
But it has to be done sometimes.
Big diet this week!

Lots of lovely beach walks.

Wonderful weather.

Fossil hunting.

And a even a little Shabby Chic paraphernalia  hunting.

Made this a great place to share with great friends.
This is one of those places you should try to visit someday.
So where next then Loraine?

I hope that you have a good weekend, looks like I may venture out into the garden if this glorious weather continues.
A little up date on Mum....she has suffered a minor stroke, but is looking like she is making quite a good recovery after receiving treatment.


Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

Looks like a fab time and brought back memories of our holiday there a couple of years ago :) bit scary walking the Cobb but I enjoyed the chips as well :)

Homes and Dreams said...

It looks like you had a lovely time. I've never been but you have inspired me to put it on my list of to do's.
I hope your Mum is on the mend and send you lots of positive vibes.

charl said...

sorry to hear about your mum .. the poor love is really going through it at the minute.. she sounds like a fighter though..
your hotel looks amazing.. it just looks so stylish and comfy at the same time
i love the film french leuitentants woman.. i thought meryl played her amazing!!!

Katy Noelle said...

What a wonderful time away! I really lived vicariously for a moment there! The hotel is gorgeous and I wish that I could just cut and paste the sitting room (model ship and all) into my own home. I mean, I wish, I wish, I wish I could! A lovely long explore in unsuitable clothes seems to happen once every vacation. It means that your having impromptu adventures, right? I'm so glad that you had a lovely time.

We, also, have several friends who are in the same situation that you're in with your mom. I've been following your blog since January and am feeling for you.

Love, Katy Noelle

LoloDesigns said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Nice to get muddy once in while, it's like being a kid again :o)
The views look stunning, think I may have been there once as a child but not sure, will have to check with my mum. Could live in that hotel quite easily!

Get well wishes to your wonderful mum.

Let's hope we can all do some gardening this weekend, it would be nice to get out there. xx

Lalabibaby said...

I love Lyme Regis .... we stayed in Charmouth a couple of years ago which looks across the bay to Lyme and spent some lovely days in Bridport and across the border into Devon at Sidmouth. Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories x

bellaboo said...

So sorry to hear about your Mum's stroke,what a worry.Hope she will make a speedy recovery.
That hotel looks fabulous,so neat and clean looking and with amazing views!
I remember climbing Golden Cap on a really hot,sticky day.We started at Charmouth and ,silly me, didn't take any water.When we eventually got to Seatown, and the pub, I think drank a pint of cider in one go.We didn't return the same way,but got a taxi back to Charmouth...I was knackered!

Bellaboo :o)

mollycupcakes said...

Oh you lucky bunny.
I'd love to go to Hugh's River cottage cafe. It looks amazing and like you all had a wonderful time.
Thanks for sharing.
Catherine x

topchelseagirl said...

What fantastic views. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Chips always taste better at the seaside don't they? Hope your Mum is recovering well.

Simone said...

Sorry to hear about your Mum Carol and hope she is soon on the mend. The place you stayed out looks idealistic. I could really do with getting away somewhere nice right now. The photos are stunning. Thank you for sharing your trip! x

Rubyred said...

What a lovely break with gorgeous scenery!
The hotel looks wonderful!Where are you off to next?
Sorry to hear about your mum, hope she recovers well!
Rachel x

Knittings Nice! said...

Crikey...that hotels changed since I last stayed there about 15 years ago...then....old aged cruddy crabby a typical old seaside hotel...looks like a good spruce up beens done...might have to visit again...thanks for sharing.

Pearly Queen said...

Sounds fabulous, and if it's fabulous at this time of year, it'll be fabulous any time!

Best wishes for your Mum's recovery too.

country rose corner said...

I want to know how come you made walking on the Cobb look easy! About 8 or so years ago I decided to do the French Lieutenants Woman and try and walk on it during a stormy sea, very frightening!One of my favourite places though. Speedy recovery from the stroke for your mum xxx Betty xxx

Pondside said...

That was a lovely visit to a place that I'll probably never see for real, but one that is so familiar from film and books. It looks as though you have a grand time!

Diane said...

Sorry about your mum bless. I love love love that weekend - it looks so great - its on my list of places to go now!! I have been to Lyme Regis and stood on the Cob - but the kids were really littel and I was scared they would launch themselves off!! The hotel looks great - I wouldn't have wanted to leave. xxx

Thecraftytrundler said...

I must go to Lyme Regis!! It looks as though you had a great weekend!!
I hope your mum is reecuperating well, and wish you all a great weekend!

Sharon xx

Lisa said...

Very sorry to read the news about your mum.
You did choose a lovely place to spend a weekend. The hotel looks wonderfully realxing and inviting.
Lisa x

Andi's English Attic said...

We were in Lyme for the half-term hols. I absolutely loved being there. I believe I have that very same photo (fossil hunting no.1) of that very same rock. Did you find the antique shop on the front? Spent an enjoyable half hour in there. xx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Im sending a big virtual hug to your mum and yourself, I really hope she is ok!
Your weekend looked fab, the hotel did look very inviting!!
Claire xxx

periwinkle said...

gorgeous pics, looks like an amazing time with lovely friends - sorry to hear about your mam

Louise said...

Best of wishes to your Mum. It's such a worry for you all as a family. You've taken some fantastic photos Carol. It certainly looks like you and your friends had a very good time. You look just like I do getting over that gate! The hotel looks absolutely immaculate. I can't imagine any bad reviews coming from there. Whenever we visit Lyme Regis we always have fish 'n chips on the Cobb. The day just wouldn't be the same without it. x

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

What a wondrous place to visit! Beautiful pictures. Hope your Mum is recovering really well.


Andrea said...

What a gorgeous Hotel! I did chuckle when I saw you both perched on the gate!!! Hope you mum makes a speedy recovery, I am sure the sight of all her family around her will give her the drive to fight and get better! x

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Hiya, just dropping to say hope you are well!
Claire x

the homely year said...

What a lovely place to stay. We enjoyed a weekend recently along the coast at Weymouth. We set off for Lyme Regis for the day but got waylaid at Chesil Beach and never made it...and I had my cloak all ready for the Cobb!
Margaret (and Noreen)

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Me again, I've just watched Escape to the Country and think I've seen your old cottage, if it is your one, it is gorgeous, I recognised a few of your bits and pieces around your home! You have such beautiful taste!
Claire x

Catherine said...

Great photos.

swedishouse said...

Hello nice to meet you...and what a lovely family you have.

I have just discovered your beautiful blog and have been reading through your posts.

I Love granny blankets...AND a camper van is on my WISH LIST :-)
You have 3 gorgeous dogs too.
I love lakeland terriers especially. We have a mini-schnauzer called Stanley lOl!

I'm a dedicated follower now...
Love it!


swedishouse said...

Hello Carol

Me again, don't worry I'm not stalking you lol!
I have left an award for you on my blog :-)
Julie x