If you’re looking for a UK holiday rental then read my review of Brook cottage, Lyme Regis, Dorset
AD: this review is based on a PR experience
Who knew as the NYE fireworks were filling the night skies, that a global pandemic was on its way. A rethink of planned holidays was necessary, as trips outside of the UK were cancelled.
When I was growing up, Cornwall and Devon were our go-to holiday destinations, but over the years, holidays abroad became more accessible and affordable. In later life, and like so many, I went off in search of guaranteed sunshine. Travel restrictions in 2020 changed that, but a positive outcome was reacquainting myself with the delights of the English south coast.
I experienced an overwhelming desire to escape the walls of my home after the first wave of COVID. Desperate to inject some sense of normality and more importantly to take care of my mental well being. What better way to do so than a holiday by the sea, to feel the fresh sea breeze on my face. To reconnect with nature and soak up some peace and tranquility.
I met the lovely owners of Brook Cottage, Matt and Mila, via their Instagram account and was immediately enamoured by their delightful holiday home. It looked like the perfect location to take a break from the rat race and pressures of daily life.
I believe the decor and styling aspects of a holiday let can impact on your whole experience – negatively and positively. Brook Cottage has a light, airy and calming feel, boasting whitewashed wooden floors, serene colours and comforting textures. You can’t help but feel relaxed when surrounded by a such a sense of tranquility.
I once stayed in holiday accommodation that was dark, cluttered and totally oppressive – what a dampener that was! Our holiday at Brook Cottage was the exact opposite of that, so let me share with you why.
Brook Cottage, ground floor layout
As you enter the cottage you area greeted by an open, bright and perfectly styled living space with plenty of seating, cosy textures and stylish accessories.
The living room
The interior stylist in me was totally drawn to all the finishing touches that make the cottage a cut above the rest. There are vintage pieces mixed with modern, natural elements and an informative and quirky collection of books. If you’re partial to a dog-eared Mills & Boons you‘ll not find one here! I particularly loved the creative use of a vintage Singer sewing machine base that housed the TV. Comforting childhood memories of my mother using hers came rushing back to me.
We were blessed with plenty of sunshine during our October stay and it flooded through the bay windows each morning. At night as the temperature dropped, we made use of the fire and snuggled up on the sofa with a glass of wine – perfect! The cottage benefits from central heating as well so there were never any chilly moments. There are also several cosy throws around the cottage, should you need them.
Off the living room, is the well-equipped kitchen/diner which has everything you need to prepare a meal and eat at the dining table. We chose to cook for ourselves rather than eating out, which was partly due to the social distancing measures in place at the time. That said, Lyme has plenty of options when it comes to eateries, we opted to sample the nearby fish and chip shop on our first night in Lyme, which I highly recommend. We were also greeted by a lovely welcome package of locally produced food items which was a really nice touch.
The shower room
Adjoining the kitchen is a passageway to the back door, shower room and separate loo. Another plus point for me was the constant supply of hot water and the shower is powerful too. The shower room has a large wall mounted radiator which keeps it toasty on chilly mornings. It was also appreciated after being caught out a few times in the rain – that’s English weather for you!
Brook Cottage, upstairs floor layout
The cottage has three bedrooms; two doubles, one single and comfortably sleeps up to five guests.
The master bedroom is very spacious and has the added benefit of an en-suite toilet and wash basin. I loved the period features of the picture rail, fireplace and brass bedside lights that were clipped onto the wooden headboard.
The beautiful blue walls are a stylish compliment to the white floorboards and vintage furniture, which provide more than enough storage. As someone who struggles with the concept of packing light, that was a welcome bonus!
Bedroom two is again tastefully decorated and the pretty pink walls create a relaxing, soothing vibe. The complimentary blue upcycled furniture adds a further pop of colour and the spherical glass lights tick all the style boxes for me. The clothes hanging solution in this room is by way of a wall mounted peg rail which is both practical and quirky.
We didn’t use bedroom three as there was just the two of us but it was pretty spacious for a third room. It houses a single bed, chest of drawers and again a peg rail for hanging clothes.
Brook Cottage, outside area
The cottage has a gated and secluded gravelled front garden that leads directly onto the walkway over a little bridge. There is a seating area where you can relax with your morning coffee or chill out with a glass of wine in the evening. Due to the time of year we didn’t get to use this, but I imagine it would be absolutely lovely in warmer weather.
Dedicated parking isn’t available at the cottage, but there are plenty of pay & display car parks in the area. More often than not, we managed to bag a space on one of the residential roads just up the hill.
Easy access to all Lyme as to offer
Nestled in the heart of picturesque Lyme Regis, the cottage is tucked quietly away alongside the babbling River Lym. It is accessed from the walkway that runs from one of the quaint streets that leads down to the seafront. A one minute walk further down the pathway and you reach the back end of the Town Mill, home to galleries, a restaurant and a micro brewery. If you carry on for a couple more minutes you reach the beachfront and charming promenade which is lined with pastel coloured beach huts. At the end of the prom you come to the Cobb, Lyme’s iconic curving harbour wall that dates back to the 13th century.
Out and about in Lyme Regis
The main shopping street in Lyme is host to an array of characterful shops, tearooms and galleries. As this area is known as the Jurassic coast, there are also plenty of fascinating fossil shops – great for adults and children alike.
Lyme itself is a delightful seaside town and there are plenty of stunning scenic walks in the area. The cottage is a great base if you want to explore the Dorset coastline and East Devon further. Our time was mostly spent walking during the day and then cosying up by the fire in the evenings. It really was a perfect opportunity to unwind, recharge the batteries and make the most of the tranquility the cottage and area have to offer.
Exploring the surrounding area
As well as exploring Lyme to the fullest we also travelled further afield during our week’s stay and visited Torquay, Sidmouth and West Bay.
Having checked out early on our last day we wanted to make the most of the time we had left on the coast. It seemed a shame not to visit a few more places in Dorset and Devon before heading home.
Durdle Door, Lulworth
We went to the famous and breathtaking Durdle Door, one of the most photographed and iconic landmarks on the Jurassic coast. It’s roughy an hours drive from Lyme and a must-see if you’re in the area. The walk down to the beach, via the steep steps can feel a little daunting but it’s fine if you take your time. The views from the top are incredible, but once you get down to the cove, the true beauty of the natural limestone arch can be appreciated.
We then headed to Poole and ended up in Sandbanks where I drooled over the millionaire mansions that overlooked the fantastic sandy beach. What can I say, I’m obsessed with houses and a girl’s gotta dream right!
What I loved most about my stay at Brook cottage
- It is located in the heart of this beautiful coastal town with easy access to shops, the seafront and eateries.
- The cottage itself is stylish, characterful and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need.
- The secluded position of the cottage benefits from peace and quiet and I loved waking up to the sound of morning birdsong.
- There are plenty of coastal and inland walks in the surrounding area for you to explore and enjoy.
If you are looking for a perfect UK holiday destination on the south coast of England, then I would encourage you to consider Lyme Regis. Brook Cottage gets a 10/10 from me on location, style, and home comforts. It really is a tranquil, well cared for little haven that I cannot wait to revisit. We had the most wonderful holiday and my heartfelt thanks go to Matt and Mila for allowing us to experience the delights of their slice of Dorset heaven.
*Although our stay was a PR experience I received no money for writing this post, all opinions and views of the cottage and the location are my own. All photographs were taken by me.
As a side note given the Covid situation – there wasn’t one moment where I felt uncomfortable whilst in Lyme, everyone was very respectful of social distancing and mask wearing. Every shop I went into had restrictions on the number of people allowed in at any one time and hand washing at the door was mandatory. The cottage itself has also adopted additional measures for enhanced cleaning in between guests arriving which is extremely reassuring – guests are given full details at the time of booking.