3 Jun 2023
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The Old Black Dog

Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3TJ


Pat and Peter welcome you to their home and guest house on the beautiful Dorset/Devon border.

We have four rooms: one twin, two double and one family room with a double bed, bunk beds and space for a third single bed if required.

We are also able to provide a cot for guests under three years of age. Although we do not have any single rooms we operate a single occupancy rate.

All rooms have en-suite facilities, tea/coffee making equipment, colour TV with remote control, radio alarm clock, hairdryer, fans for use in hot weather and an iron and ironing board are available on request.

The Old Black Dog was built in 1916 as a public house/hotel by the builders called Spillers of Chard who are still trading today.  Prior to 1916 The Black Dog Inn occupied the site, but had to be demolished because the building became unsafe. As far as we have been able to find out, so far, there has been a Black Dog Inn on the site since before 1700.

Like all hotels it has had its highs and lows in the 70s it was a thriving hotel/pub/restaurant, with people coming from miles around for the good food and hospitality. Sadly, in 1994 the then owners decided to close it. The building was boarded up for some time until it was finally sold to our predecessors who undertook a massive refurbishment which included creating en-suite bathrooms for all the rooms, central heating and decoration.

One of the legends is that a local man who was regularly haunted by a black dog got so fed up with the ghost that he chased it with a pole into the roof of his house. The dog escaped but his pole disturbed a pile of coins that fell out of the roof. The man used the coins to build the inn, calling it the Black Dog after the ghost.  Another tale is that a black dog haunts Haye Lane (previously called Dog Lane) at dusk. The dog is said to look quite normal in the distance, but as it gets nearer to you it becomes enormous, enveloping you and suddenly disappearing. It is said that some local people will not venture down this lane at night.  More on this story here.

We are three-quarters of a mile from the sea at Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis is one of the gateway towns of the Jurassic World Heritage coastline site.
Telephone:(01297) 445070
          Web: http://www.theoldblackdog.co.uk
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