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YOUR OWN SECOND HOME!
Mark Hix does things properly – with the right people, in the right places and his Townhouse in Lyme Bay is yet another stroke of genius.
Tip tap the code on the front door and spontaneously squeak; ‘honey I’m home’...
Room keys and instructions are left for guests should reception be unmanned in the pristine, welly-clad, fresh flower adorned entrance.
The ground floor is mostly allocated to shared self- catered kitchen facilities – don’t get me wrong – I mean delicious nibbles, Nespresso coffee, fresh breads, teas, biscuits, proper ice and all those little details that you just don’t get in a hotel... We are told by the just charming team that there’s everything one would need for those midnight munchies – we can only presume that means for those guests NOT eating at Mark’s Oyster and Fish House, as the midnight munchies after a meal there, are simply not possible!
On this occasion we are
lucky enough to stay in the Temperley Room – a split-level double with a view, cosy snug area down a few steps that in fact lends itself to a few drinks, and plenty of cider to sample
– and with Mark’s prompt from his Bloody Mary recipe pointing to the Black Cow Vodka stash
– it’s a shame not to really!
Pop on the DAB Bush, run the freestanding roll-top bath and yes, life is pretty good!
Each room has a theme – and this is all about cider. Designed by the Temperley family – the hammered copper sink is set in an old barrel and the lounge adorned by a neon apple.
Other themes include; the Sailing Room, the Mad Hatters, the Fishing Room and Hunting Suite – take the rooms with the seasons, and your fancy... what fun!
We dine – as you will read in the next feature – at Mark’s Oyster and Fish House, and return, replete, down the hill a tad before midnight, and a super night’s sleep is only broken by the hamper fairy.
Each breakfast is delivered to the door – fresh fruit, salmon, GF muffins, fresh yoghurts, pastries, cereal and fresh juice in a generous hamper. It’s like an adventure
all of its own. Our advice is to book for two nights or more, genuinely make the most of it – as leaving after the hamper heaven and more of the seaside town to explore is a tad frustrating – we can’t wait to go back...
www.hixrestaurants.co.uk/restaurant/hix-townhouse 01297 442499
Hix Townhouse, 1 Pound St, Lyme Regis DT7 3HZ
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