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6 bedroom property for sale

4 Church Street, Lyme Regis

Offers in Region of £750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Six Bedrooms some with sea views
  • Three En-Suites and Two Bathroom/Shower Rooms
  • 100 yards from Beach and Jurassic coastal walks
  • Drawing Room with fire place and beams
  • Artists Studio / Reception
  • Huge Basement Kitchen / Dining Room with Medieval Well.
  • Historic Medieval House in heart of Lyme Regis
  • Private off Street parking for two cars
  • Commercial opportunities from Shop, Gallery & B&B

Full description

Brief Description

“The Tudor” (incorporating the Mermaid Gallery and shop) is a Listed Grade II property of local and national historical importance, built in the 16th century, it is one of the oldest buildings in Lyme Regis.

Formally the The Tudor Hotel, it is now an amazing family home with six bedrooms, three en-suites and two bathroom/shower rooms, Two/Three Reception Rooms and a huge cellar kitchen and dining room complete with medieval well, all set just a 100 yards from the beach.

The property has a thriving  B&B business and gallery/shop in the form of the Mermaid Gallery thus providing the new owner with some interesting commercial opportunities if desired.


Lyme Regis is a 'Gateway Town' to the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site taking in the coastline from Swanage to Exmouth some 95 miles, it was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in December 2001 and is also designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Lyme Regis`s character is closely bound up with its landscape and maritime setting, street pattern, and countless character properties with picturesque narrow side streets and the historic 'Old Town' which includes the tiny River Lym and artisans quarter with the Town Mill (a working water mill), art galleries, restaurants and shops, which the Mermaid Gallery is one.

The main high street has a thriving heart, offering convenience and bespoke shopping of a surprising variety for a town of its size, as well as a number of renowned popular restaurant and hotels. The area has a variety of day to day amenities including banks, a health centre, churches, a library, and a charming independent theatre, called the Marine Theater, complete with love seats.

There are a variety of excellent beaches to cater for all tastes in the area, whether it be bathing, a spot of fishing, rock pooling, or a fossil hunts.

Sporting facilities in the area included golf at the nearby Lyme Regis Golf Club, Sailing at Lyme Regis Sailing Club, there is also a bowls club, various other local societies and clubs. Horse racing at Exeter, Bath and Salisbury and numerous other water sports can be enjoyed along the Dorset coastline.

Transport and Communication Links

The nearest major towns to Lyme Regis are Exeter to the west (32 miles) a trip of about 49 minutes, Taunton to the North, (27 miles) taking about 46 minutes by car and Dorchester to the east (25 miles) with a travel time of about 35 minutes. London is approximately 146 miles away and takes about 3 hours by car via the M27 and M3.

Rail links via Axminster station, (5 miles to the north of Lyme Regis) have regular trains to London Waterloo (2hrs 40 minutes) or west bound to Exeter and Plymouth.

Exeter International airport offers a varied schedule of flights to a number of European destinations and currently daily flights with Flybe to London City Airport (1 hr 10 mins flight time).

Architectural Information

The construction is partly of plastered stone front with long and short quoins and moulded dentil and fluted eaves cornice and a stringcourse above ground floor. Upper floors are timber-framed and the roofs are slate-covered. The front block dates from early in the 16th century with additions to the whole building in c. 1600. The house was remodelled, raised and refronted in the 18th century.

Inside the building, the Drawing Room and Studio has original moulded ceiling-beams and there is evidence that the first floor formerly projected in front of the building. In the hall is a moulded wall-plate of the 17th century and C17 to C18 staircase.


Full description:

The house is located in the old quarter of Lyme Regis on the West side of Church Street opposite Long Entry.

Entrance via Doorway with dripmoulds over to ledged oak door and and step down plinth leading to :


Entrance Lobby:  1.78m x 1.58m (5`10 x 5`2)

Period tiled floors and wood paneling to walls. Window onto the Shop Counter area and door to:

Reception Room / Shop 6.29 x 2.13 (20”7 x 7)

Originally the Hotel Reception this room now forms the Mermaid Shop and Counter area. Window to front with window seat. Half Panelled walls with painted wood panelling. Exposed period floorboards. This room is currently divided into a shop area and a counter area but could easierly be turned back into a Reception Room for pure residential use. Currently set out as a shop; The Mermaid Gallery, the room has a number for free standing display areas and a counter area, which is in addition to the measured area above but part of the same room. Also access via a door to Drawing Room, Wc and counter area and rear landing.

Reception Room / Shop Counter Area 3.52 x 1.75 (11”6 x 5”6)

The original reception counter of the hotel now forms the shop counter. Fire place and period timber mantel behind. Radiator with cover. Period wood screen/wall to one side with glass panels and Bullseye glass providing screening to the rear landing and staircase.

Drawing Room 5.34m x 5.15m (17”6 x 16”10)

Two Windows to front flooding the room with light. An amazing feature of this room are the Tudor moulded ceiling-beams, Tudor stone fireplace and original exposed floorboards. A bespoke arts & crafts iron balustrade leads via some stone steps down to the cellar Kitchen/Dining room. The Fireplace has recently been fitted with a modern Cast Iron Log/Coal stove fire and has integral stone book shelves to one side. The drawing room and Studio areas are mostly open plan to each other, but as the rooms are distinctly divided living/work areas and we have measured and listed them separately, but could be converted to one huge reception room. Exposed stone walls. Radiator.

Studio Area / Reception 4.63m x 4.33m  (15”3 x 14”3)

Large metal casement window to rear overlooking the terrace garden. Exposed stone walls and wood paneling to one wall from the Tudor period. Period Floorboards. Radiator. 

Rear Landing 4.00m x 1.41m (13”2 x 4”7)

Access to the stairs leading to the first floor and to the lower level and also a useful area for a desk or work place.

Ground Floor Wc 1.43m x 1.29m (4”8 x 4”3)

Originally the telephone box for the former hotel it is now the understairs WC, to the side is part of the original timber wall of 1570, White low level Wc. Wall mounted wash hand basin.

Lower Level Cellar

The cellar can be approached either via the stone steps in the front Drawing Room or via the main wooden stairs in the Rear Landing area.

Basement Cellar 9.20m max x 7.12m max (30”2 x 23”4)

An amazing room with historical features in every direction, the most obvious of which is the Medieval Well which, according to local legend is visited by the Lyme Bay Mermaid. The cellar has stone walls and some stone or tiled floors and huge tudor timber beams that span over 30ft across the whole of the room. There is a small window to the front at external pavement level and additional light comes from the stairwell from the Drawing room above, there are also a set of Double Doors that open to the rear giving access to the terraced garden area.

Kitchen Area 3.6m x 2.18m (12”1 x 9”3)

This area is incorporated into the overall cellar measurement.

In the South Eastern corner of the cellar is the Kitchen area with a range of attractive  blue eggshell painted base and eye level units. Contrasting white works tops. Double bowl white ceramic sink with stainless steel high mixer taps.. Space for large fridge freezer, washing machine and Dishwasher. Inset Gas hob and Oven below.

Cellar Store Room and Wine Cellar  8.12m x 1.81m (26”3 x 5”9)

On the North side of the cellar is a panelled wood screen made from reclaimed period timber, this provides a useful storage room and wine store with stone storage stacks. There is is also a redundant brick fireplace, This area could be (STPP and consents) opened up to provide even more open reception space in the cellar.

Outdoor Garden and Terraced Area 5.23m x 3.57 m (17”6 x 12”1)

Steps up from Kitchen ti a paved area with a range of potted plants and shrubs providing screening and shade from the afternoon sun and perfect for summer “al fresco dining”.

There are Two allocated parking spaces in the small parking area to the rear of the property.


From Ground Floor Rear Landing the grand staircase, dating from the 17th and 18th Century, rises to the first floor :

First floor Landing : 3.74m x 1.44m (12”4 x 4”8)

With stairs returning to the second floor. Exposed period wall timbers. Doors to all three First floor Bedrooms, and door to :

Landing Store Room 3.76m x 1.67m (12”4 x 5”6)

With restricted height to one half of the room and a suspected former priest hole to one end, it makes an idea for storage area or (STPP) it could be converted to a further separate Bathroom and Wc.

Bedroom One (Front) : 4.99 m x 4.25 m max (16”10 x 13”11 max)

Two sash windows to front with window seats, Fireplace with marble surround and mantle. Exposed period floorboards. Double Radiator. Door to :

En-Suite Shower Room 1.73m x 1.66m (5”8 x 5”6)

White suite with enclosed shower cubicle and electric shower. Close coupled Wc, Pedestal wash hand basin. Painted period wood floors and matching painted half height wood panelling. Radiator.

Bedroom Two (Front) : 4.75m max x 4.02m (15”7 x 13”3)

Two sash windows to front with window seats, Fireplace with marble surround and mantle. Built in cupboard to one side. Exposed period floorboards. Double Radiator. Door to :

En-Suite Shower Room 2.32m x 1.58m (7”8 x 5”3)

Pampus coloured suite with enclosed tiled shower cubicle and electric shower. Close coupled Wc with wooden seat. Pedestal Wash hand basin with tiled splash back. Period wood floors. Radiator.

Internal Hallway/ Storage 4.01m x 97cm (13”3 x 3”3)

This area was formerly an access corridor and could be incorporated to allow further space to Bedroom Two and/or Bedroom Three with the possibility of providing bedroom three with en-suite facilities.

Bedroom Three (Rear) 4.45m x 4.37m (14”7 x 14”4)

Period corner fireplace with surround, mantle and cast iron insert. Large casement window to rear. Wood floors. Radiator.

Stairs ascending to upper Half Landing:

Cupboards on both sides of the half landing, the larger being a good sized store cupboard 1.92m x 1.19m (6”4 x 3”8).

Stairs ascending to Top Floor Landing:

Access to all rooms on the top floor. Central skylight casting light to the stair well.

Bedroom Four (Front) : 5.05m max x 4.83m max (16”8 x 15”10)

Two sash windows to front. Two integral cupboards either side of a former fireplace.  Period painted floorboards. Radiator.

En-Suite Bathroom Room 2.41m x 1.92m (7”8 x 6”4)

White bathroom suite with enclosed corner bath and tiled splash backs, close coupled Wc, pedestal wash hand basin. Period painted floors. Radiator.

Bedroom Five (Rear) : 4.92m x 4.54m (16”3 x 14”10)

A bright and spacious room currently used as the principal bedroom. Windows to rear and side overlooking the rooftops of old Lyme to one side and views of the sea from the other. Skylight window. Double height vaulted room with exposed tudor wall beams. Exposed Wood Floors. Radiator

Bedroom Six (Rear) : 4.33m x 1.66m (14”5 x 5”7)

Small window to rear. Wood panelling to one wall. Vanity wash hand basin.Exposed period floorboards. Radiator.

Family Bathroom (Front): 4.51m x 2.98m (14”10 x 9”9)

Two sash Windows to front. Exposed period brick fireplace. Free standing cast iron claw foot bath with chrome “telephone” mixer taps and shower attachment. Vanity unity with white wash hand basin. Large walk in cupboard. Exposed period wood floor boards. Radiator.

Shower Room / Wc 1.91m x 1.87m (7”1 x 6”3)

High level opaque window to bathroom. Half tiled walls with modern white suite including enclosed shower unit with electric shower, Close coupled Wc, Pedestal wash hand basin.

Boiler/Storage Room 3.53 x 1.43 (11”6 x 4”9)

Window to side. Wall mounted boiler. Megaflow water heater and storage tank.


Whilst providing further storage, the loft was once the hiding place catholic priests visiting the house to give forbidden mass, hidden away behind disguised doors is an original intact priest hole dating back the late 1500`s.  

EPC : This property has Listed status and as such does not require an Energy Performance Certificate

Some interesting facts you might not know about Lyme Regis.

~ Lyme is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, by 1284 it was one of the largest british ports, and in the same year Edward I granted it a Royal charter, the town adopted the “Regis” and thereafter it was added to the town's name.

~ By 1780, Lyme Regis was a larger and more important that the Port of Liverpool.

~ On New Year's Day, 1915, the H.M.S. Formidable was torpedoed, the first major U-boat loss of World War I. A local lifeboat delivered bodies to the Pilot Boat Inn on Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, the dog of the Inn's owner, licked the face of Seaman Cowan, believed dead, and seemingly aroused him back to life. The namesake of the cross-breed became a legend of books, radio, film and television; the name of the dog ? ... Lassie.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
25 February 2017


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