July 02 2011
In West Dorset, boating glamour begins and ends with the working fleet and the odd Cornish Crabber pulling into Lyme Regis. But the sight of a simple English gaffer doesn’t mean a lack of sophistication; the town is shaking off the blue rinse to compete with the best of British sea culture. For those hanging up their oilskins, a night of simple comfort can be found at recently respruced B&B 1 Lyme Townhouse (www.hotel1lyme.com; from £85).
And don’t write off the little boats bobbing on the seafront: the Crabber (pictured; www.cornishcrabbers.co.uk; from £18,350) is a cult piece of English craftsmanship – a hand-built yacht made in Cornwall. Chic, elegant, understated – and a long way from the boat hop along Ibiza’s Cala Jondal.