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“Reasonable B&B, some shortcomings”

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Rhododendron House B&B
Ranked #18 of 45 Lyme Regis B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 5, 2014

I can see how this might work out as a really nice stay for some, particularly, say, people with children and those who maybe value character over comfort in B&B, but it didn't really completely work for me. A few things were a bit irritatingly inefficient. The decor was quite fancy (Laura Ashley apparently), but I definitely prefer it for things to be well maintained and sensibly arranged, which they weren't always (eg the lights and fan in the bathroom did not work; the mirror wasn't fixed on securely and rattled every time you turned the light on - not great when the bathroom was not en suite and you feel a little self-conscious in going to the toilet in the night). There was a tap-attached shower fixture in the bathroom which gave a decent pressure, but no shower glass and the tiling only went part way up the wall so you couldn't have a stand up shower without getting water everywhere (the wallpaper, meanwhile, was pealing off where people had tried anyway). The television in the bedroom was an old-style cathode ray with a really tiny display, which was a bit silly for what was a large bedroom (I mean, really, even the £30/night places have flat screens these days - I would taken a better telly over designer wallpaper personally).

Owners were generally nice and helpful, although the guy did ask whether my pannier bags were 'clean enough' to take in the house itself (which he determined they were, in fairness), which I was a little bit put out by. Those pannier bags are my luggage and you wouldn't suggest that a guest's suitcase that had (say) been dropped in mud should be emptied out before they entered their room (you might offer to clean it down or provide an extra towel to rest it on or whatever) - in other words, a sure-fire way to offend cyclists is to treat them as second-class citizens! Wasn't the best initial welcome, but I was otherwise fine with the service.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We spent three nights at Rhododendron House. Mark welcomed us and made us a drink, we sat outside in the glorious sunshine. We stayed in the Hawthorne room and had a great view out towards the sea. Our 7 yr old son couldn't wait to play outside with Jo and after a while Mark and I joined them both for a bit of footie. Zoe and Mark made sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely visit again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We just spent three nights at Rhododendron House and were wonderfully looked after. We stayed in the Kimono and Lori rooms which were lovely airy rooms with great views, especially loved the window seat. Zoe and Mark were great and couldn't do enough to help us, they dealt with feeding three fussy children with patience and smiles, the guinea pig egg cups went down brilliantly. We would recommend Rhododendron House to anybody visiting Lyme very highly.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed only one night as a family with 2 children of 8&10y. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were immaculate and very confortable, with attention paid to details. The B&B owners Mark and Zoe, were very welcoming and helpful to tell us were to find fossils. The 1910 (I think) house is well built, with thick walls in the Art and Craft spirit. Should we go back to Lyme Regis, I would go back to Rhododendron House with no hesitation.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Marianne R
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

We had a really lovely and enjoyable time. Zoe and Mark and family were delightful and were so friendly and helpful especially when we got lost ! We really enjoyed staying in such a warm welcoming family home. Our room was lovely, very comfortable and quiet and we could see the sea. I really enjoyed breakfast, we sat round a big table with other guests and it was great, a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Thank you so much for such a special time.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Karen B
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

A delightful, homely B&B. It was lovely to feel as if we were in someone's home, especially with such pleasant, accommodating children. My family had walked the coastal path for a week in August and this was definitely the best B&B we stayed at along the coast.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Lawrie C
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Driving from a camping in Cornwall to one in Folkestone, we decided to have a stop at Lyme Regis. What a good decision. We enjoyed staying at Mark & Zoe! Very nice atmosphere, nice room, and most of all: friendly people! For our children it was their first experience in England, they said: these people are so nice! We wanna go back next year!
Zoe even helped us to get our car in front of their house, as we're not used to hill

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Sandra V
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Address: 3 Colway Rise | Colway Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3HJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Lyme Regis
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Ranked #18 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Lyme Regis
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