The 17th Century Mariners Hotel is a true celebration of interior design, where old meets new and contemporary fittings and the latest technology blend seamlessly with majestic period features. There are 14 comfortable guest rooms – all en-suite – and many boast inspiring views of the sea.
The building is drenched in a rich and absorbing history, see if you can find the fossil in the stone wall in the hotel lounge? Beatrix Potter was inspired to write ‘The Tale of Little Pig Robinson’ while staying at the hotel when she was just 17. And many of her illustrations in the book are based on the spectacular scenery she encountered while visiting Lyme Regis and the neighbouring towns and regions.
Beatrix Potter isn’t the only historically important figure to have stayed in the hotel. In 1805 the three Philpot sisters moved to the area and lived in the building while collecting fossils, for which they later became famous. They were great friends with Mary Anning – probably the most renowned female geologist of all time – there is now a museum in the town dedicated to their discoveries – The Lyme Regis Philpot Museum.
The Jurassic coast around Lyme Regis is famous for its fossils and well known to fossil hunters. The Mariners Hotel have available fossil hammers and protective goggles for those residents in search of Jurassic history. Its best to explore with a local guide, and always check on the time of the tides.