Hedgehog Corner in Lyme Regis

Hedgehog Corner

Hedgehog Corner Lyme Regis

Things are on the Up for Accommodation in Lyme Regis this year!

For anyone thinking of visiting then you will be pleasantly surprised with the standard of accommodation in the area.  B&Bs have made huge efforts to provide comfortable and clean accommodation at great prices.

To name one of several here on our web site we have the multi award winning Hedgehog Corner which is a Visit England accredited 4 Star with Gold Award situated on the Devon Dorset border in Uplyme on the edge of the town.

At the end of 2011 they scooped the Silver Medal for B&B of The Year for Visit Devon and swiftly followed this up with a Highly Commended for all of the South West,  presented at a ceremony on Torquay presided over by Simon Calder the well known travel writer.�

The judges comments said “If all our hospitality businesses were run with this level of care, attention and love no-one would bother venturing abroad”.

Owner Joy Raymond, daughter of a local farmer and cider maker and Manager Tara Dare another truly local lady said “Naturally we are delighted at this recognition for our business.  We found that attending courses not only kept us up to date with ever changing legislative requirements but helped to tick all the boxes for the awards.  There is a bit more to running a B&B than frying a few eggs and changing a set of sheets.  These days its sensible for B&B proprietors to attend Food and Hygiene courses, check their Fire Safety is up to date with fire alarms, fire doors and emergency lighting. 

Its good to network with other B&B owners too and swap tips on everything from local tradesmen and sources of exceptionally good local produce.  We are so lucky here on the Jurassic Coast that not only do we have a World Heritage Site on our doorstep but some nationally renowned chefs such as Mark Hix in Lyme Regis itself with his Hix Oyster & Fish House and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage nearby.  By their presence we certainly feel that the standard of food in local restaurants and eateries has improved enormously over recent years and visitors to the area can really look forward to sampling some delicious fare as well as buying local produce to take home”.

Already holding the Silver for Green Tourism in Business Hedgehog Corner is now going for Gold.  They recently had PV Solar panels installed as one of many eco friendly and energy saving devices – all of which reflects in the tariff charged which is competitively priced from £37.50 per person B&B which includes VAT.

Joy said their next challenge is the Taste of the West B&B Breakfast of the Year.  Already holders of the Visit England National Breakfast Award for three years on the trot, Tara and Joy have entered this prestigious competition to see how they compare to other guests accommodations across the South West for the tasty breakfast served at the B&B.  “As well as our home made marmalade and bread we source as much local produce as possible – wonderful natural oak smoked kippers from “Si the Fish” at the Watch House fresh fish shop down on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, Millers Farm Shop over at Kilmington is a must for fruit and veg and Award winning Complete Meats of Axminster supply our sausages and thick home cured smoked bacon”.

All in all we keep busy with visitors here to fossil hunt, attend cookery courses at River Cottage or simply to relax by taking in the sun and sea air on Lyme Regis beach.  We are so looking forward to the host of entertainments this year down at Lyme Regis with the Monmouth Reenactment on Monmouth Beach on Saturday 16th June to the Red Arrows returning on Sunday 29th July.

Our top tips for a great visit are to take in a local fossil hunt, sit with a coffee on the Marine Parade, pick out some cheese from The Cheese Monger in the Old Town and have a cream tea on the decking of the Alexandra Hotel overlooking the Cobb….. and that is to name just a few……

Find out more about Hedgehog Corner on the website:  http://www.hedgehogcorner.co.uk/


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