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“Quirky, unique, good location”

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Sanctuary Bookshop and Booklover's B&B
Ranked #18 of 47 Lyme Regis B&B and Inns
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Leighton Buzzard
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15 reviews
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“Quirky, unique, good location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2010

As the other reviews state, this is an extremely quirky B&B, filled with books. Excellent hosts; Bob met us in the nearby public carpark (immediately behind the B&B/shop), showed us the ropes about the parking ticket machine (saves money!). The rooms are homely; if you are expecting a hotel experience, this is not for you. If you are expecting somewhere to feel instantly at home, and comfortable, it is (and bargain rates). Mariko's English breakfast was excellent; I didn't have the opportunity to sample her Japanese breakfast, but I'm sure that is also of an equally high standard. If you want to browse the books in the shop while staying, after hours, be sure to ask where the light switches are (difficult to find). The B&B is also ideally situated in the heart of Lyme Regis, near the pubs and beach. If fossil hunting, have a word with Bob, who can make good recommendations about where to go.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2009

This B&B is in a very central location in Lyme Regis - the front room that we stayed in has a view of the sea. It is located on top of a book shop and if you are into books this is a great place as you have access to the bookshop 24 hours and each room is crammed full with books.

The place is run by Bob and his japanese wife Mariko, both who are friendly and keen to make your stay pleasant. The B&B itself is decorated in a rather quirky style and may not be to everyones taste, but for the price of 60ish pounds per night it is good value for a short stay.

Bathroom for the front room is 1 floor down, large bath and shower with good hot water supply.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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West Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2009

We visited Lyme Regis for a short holiday with our 1 year old son. We stayed in the room with a sea view. The room was very small once the travel cot was erected and with a 1 year old who is into everything the books and crockery/ornaments didn't stay on the shelves for very long. While we were in Lyme the weather was quite bad and the room wasn't suitable to sit and chill while the weather passed with our little boy and there was a lady in the communal lounge ironing and we weren't comfortable sitting in there while she was working away!

Mariko is a lovely host and nothing is too much for her, you can have whatever you want for breakfast as it is made to order.

We didn't pay a lot for our stay and although I wouldn't return to the B & B with children, I would recommend it to couples/singles who can manage a lot of stairs and like books. The location is perfect for the beach and surrounding restaurants and areas (Beer is a lvoely spot, our favourite place visited!). The room we stayed in was ok for a couple of nights but I wouldn't recommend it for a long stay. The bathroom we used was on a different floor too, negotiating the stairs during the night was a task in itself! I would say that the decor is a little run down and tired but I suppose to some people that adds to the 'charm' of the place.

There is parking available but only for 1 car and this is a 15/20 minute walk away from the B & B, if you don't manage to get the parking space, parking in Lyme Regis is quite a struggle.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Sussex, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2009

The bookshop b&b is a fabulous idea and Mariko was especially helpful with hints on where to eat and things to do! The bedrooms are romantic and full from floor to ceiling with books! Although it was a little shabby in areas such as the desk in the window and under the bed I found dust and old shoes and clutter which put me off slightly. The bathroom was spotless and the breakfast was very yummy. The b&b has a family feel to it as the couple who own it have small children, so do expect them to be around in the morning at breakfast time. I would have preferred to walk in and not find push chairs etc in the hall way as with luggage and the skinny staircases, it is difficult to maneuver at the best of times! But overall the bookshop is a great place to stay in terms of value and originality and i would love to stay again!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2009

We stayed here May 18th. Bob (retired astro-physicist) runs the bookshop, whilst Japanese wife, Mariko runs the B&B upstairs. The bookshop is a cavern of delights. The books continues up the stairs, in the sitting/breakfast room and into the bedrooms. This is a clever ploy as you cannot help but pick up books and end up taking more home. The B&B is £26 per person. The Breakfast is excellent and you can ask for whatever you want. The rooms are comfy, have internet (if you must!) and TV plus the sitting room has a TV. The bathrooms are separate but literally two steps away and very well equipped.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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UK
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

Imagine the most higgledy piggledy, full up second hand bookshop you've ever visited. Now imagine wending your way up some windy stairs, surrounded by bookshelves on all sides. Two floors up you reach the stockrooms of the shop. These also have beds in them. The rooms are not especially beautifully decorated or posh. But there are books EVERYWHERE! And you have the run of the bookshop at night. Which is extremely eerie, but great fun.

The owners were perfect hosts. To the extent that when I forgot my mobile in the room on leaving they popped it into the post on the same day so that it would be at home when I got back. The rooms were cheap. Well they'd have to be - they aren't especially contemporary, wallpaper was falling off the walls and it was all terribly floral. The bed wasn't exactly the most comfortable I've ever slept on either. Frankly the bibliophiles who'd stay in a place like this will be spending more than the extra on books, which is totally worth it, the breakfasts excellent and the whole thing was generally a rather fun adventure for a couple of days.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2009

The name of this Bed & Breakfast could not be improved upon. Not only is It located above a bookshop but you feel as though you’re taking the bookshop with you as you ascend the wooden flights of stairs to your bedroom on the second floor. Every wallspace seems to be covered with floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves heaving with books on every subject you could name. And the bedrooms are no exception. This is one place where you won’t need to pack any holiday reading. In addition to the books, the décor is charmingly thought out to include visually appealing furniture and details. I liked the arts & crafts style mirrors in the bathroom and vintage electric fire which warmed the bedroom when the evening temperatures dropped. The bathrooms, though not ensuite, have lovely features and are very clean.

English Breakfast here is one of the best we have come across which is saying something as Mariko – ever smiling and helpful - comes from Japan. Mariko and her husband, Bob – who is in charge of the bookshop – seem to have combined their interests to produce an establishment that is, at once, quirky, comfortable and welcoming.

You get a good view of the sea from the front bedroom and you only have to cross the road to reach the seafront promenade. It couldn’t be better. We enjoyed being in Lyme Regis so much that we stayed an extra night and are looking forward to returning to stay at this exceptional B&B. Check out their website for more details and photos. [-]

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank emmach
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Property: Sanctuary Bookshop and Booklover's B&B
Address: 65 Broad Street | The Sanctuary Bookshop, Lyme Regis DT7 3QF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Lyme Regis
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Ranked #18 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Lyme Regis
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Number of rooms: 2
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