The Beach House, right on the pebble beach at the start of the Chesil Bank that stretches 18 miles along the Jurassic Coast to Portland is thought to have once belonged to one of the local fishermen and used not only for accommodation but storage of nets and other fishing equipment. It is thought it was originally built as a coast watch station before the Coast Guards were established in the 19th century and before the row of cottages on East Cliff were built and used as a new Coast Guards site. At one time it was also home to a grocer’s shop.
Recent flood prevention works to the West Bay harbour have resulted in a greatly expanded sheltered area with excellent launching facilities for small and medium sized pleasure and fishing boats. It has also made it much easier to enter the harbour in a strong South West wind.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
West Bay, in the middle of the spectacular UNESCO Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site known colloquially as the Jurassic Coast, is the harbour that has served the market town of Bridport for centuries. Once a busy ship building centre and fishing base it is now a very popular tourist destination, particularly following the television series Harbour Lights and more recently Broadchurch. It is also an ideal base to explore the many attractions of one of the few World Heritage Sites that are easily accessible to the public. Most of the West Dorset coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are wonderful walks in many directions that start at West Bay. There are also many sporting facilities all within easy reach of the Beach House. For more information on the Jurassic Coast please visit www.jurassiccoast.com.