Kate Winslet in Lyme based film.

Lyme Regis has yet another film being made in the town and this time headed by Kate Winslet who takes the role of Mary Anning in this Francis Lee film Ammonite. The film concentrates on the fictitious relationship between Mary Anning and a woman played by Saoires Ronan. It is a great shame that the film writer could not just concentrate on the facts and society in which Mary Anning made her discoveries. Bed and breakfast and hotel guests have been much entertained by the filming as much of the town has been transformed into a film set and the Coastal Ketch the Irene spent several days in the harbour. At 100ft it is the biggest boat that I have seen in the habour.


Blue Marlin Sails Again

Blue Marlin Western Consort Skerries bed and Breakfast
Blue Marlin on the water

Since my last update of this page Blue Marlin has sailed several hundred miles with two trips across the channel to Alderney, Gurnsey and Cherbourg, as far west as Fowey and East to Weymouth. Plans are generally left till last minute as we then have a good idea of the direction in which the sailing will be best. I like to have a crew of three on board including me. Janet is not a sailor and so various friends from the Sailing Club crew for me but it will not be long before several grandchildren will be available. At the moment they love going on the boat with the main attraction being my supply of biscuits. Some of our guests have also been out for trip.

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Blue Marlin – Westerly Konsort

In March 2017 I became the proud owner of Blue Marlin, a Westerly Konsort. It took until June before I was happy for her to be launched. She is in good shape and I have enjoyed many happy hours sailing her. So far Plymouth is the furthest we have ventured. She is a lovely heavy and safe boat and several of our guests have enjoyed a sail. She is currently out of the water for the winter and should be launched again in April. I look forward to some great trips next year.

Trip Advisor

A number of people have asked us why we do not appear on Trip Advisor, many have tried to post recommendations and we have also enquired about how to get on it. Apparently we do not meet the requirements because the Sail Loft flat is let self catering. We have tried to explain, that although it can be let entirely self-catering it is often let with breakfast provided in the dining room downstairs. We have received no answer to this from my emails and it does not seem possible to speak to a real person.

Skerries Spicy Old English Sausages

The pigs went to slaughter during November. Our carcass went to Colyton Butcher who jointed it and made sausages. The bacon was cured by us and we have been enjoying excellent bacon and sausages over the past few months. Not surprisingly we are getting towards the end of the bacon but there are still quite a lot of the sausages left which are delicious. I chose to have the more spicy Old English style which was a good decision.

Seasonal Deep Clean

Over the winter a considerable amount of work has gone in to freshen up Skerries for the new season including the annual carpet deep cleaning, wall painting and thorough checking, and replacement of worn items. Last year we replaced the mattresses with the Relyon Classic mattresses which was the best buy in the 2012 “Which Magazine”, survey. Unsolicited comments from last years guests was extremely positive with comments such as, “Best nights sleep for ages” and “Extremely comfortable bed”.
The bed settee cushions in the flat have been replaced with a firmer foam. The original fibre ones were much as they were when new but certainly the new ones are far more comfortable.
We also decided to replace the B and B breakfast ware and after much deliberation went for Denby Ware Imperial Blue which looks very smart and is also hard wearing.

Christmas in Lyme Regis

Christmas in Lyme Regis

It’s Christmas in Lyme regis and Broad St, is looking stunning this year with the new Christmas lights and people coming from all around to see them. A huge improvement from previous years and the Christmas Carols around the tree event was super, very well attended with the Town Band playing and the Royal Lion and Rotary providing soup, mince pies and chestnuts. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to organise it.

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