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Relishing a life of brine in England’s West Country

News of a respruced Dorset B&B – and a classic hand-built yacht

Relishing a life of brine in England’s West Country

July 02 2011
Sophy Roberts

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.