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Traditional Dorset Stone Cottage, large garden, pretty village near sea.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Gulliver's Cottage in Shipton Gorge, Nr Bridport, Dorset, England - Sympathetically modernised, just 10 minutes from Hive Beach and the Chesil Coast.

Excellent reviews for this traditional coastal stone cottage on a quiet lane with large, enclosed south facing garden. You can enjoy a wonderful break just minutes away from Hive Beach, at the western end of the stunning Jurassic Coast, the setting for the award-winning TV drama Broadchurch. Recently and sympathetically refurbished with a fresh, contemporary style. Set in a great area for walking, fishing, golf and cycling with the South West Coastal Path, the National Cycling Network, Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth within easy reach. Experience the hustle-bustle of elegant Bridport with antique and farmer’s markets, unusual and specialist shops and supermarkets, historic Georgian buildings and a wide range of outstanding restaurants. You'll be well served with shops within 1 mile and the village pub with local Palmer's beers, just 300 yards away.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with exposed beams. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with single bed and loft bed (suitable for children over 6 years). Bathroom with bath and toilet. Logburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heating and bed linen included. Free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD player and film library. Free to use phone. Microwave. Enclosed garden on 3 levels with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car) in front of cottage or at bottom of lane. Welcome pack. No smoking or use of vapour devices please. No pets - sorry! Please bring your own bathing and wash towels. Bookings Friday to Friday. Short breaks may be available - please ask.

More Details

Jonathan Dixon
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Jonathan Dixon

We are Jonathan and Cate Dixon. We bought Gulliver's Cottage in 2010 and love every minute we spend there and hope you will too. We live nearby, in a small village near Sherborne and are committed to helping you get the best from your stay and are always happy to give you ideas and advice for walks, places and eat and visit. All you need do is call or e-mail!

Jonathan Dixon purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Jonathan Dixon chose West Dorset District

Shipton Gorge is a quiet, leafy Dorset village with a history going back to the Domesday Book in 1086. Built around the 13th century St Martin's Church, Shipton Gorge is well connected with a network of footpaths and bridleways to the coast at Hive Beach, stunning countryside, the South West Coastal Path, nearby ancient monuments and breathtaking hill-top views. You'll find a friendly welcome from villagers and the nearby New Inn, the village's own pub that serves great meals and Palmer's ales. We're about 10 minutes drive from Bridport which is a pretty, trendy but bustling market town. Bridport offers a superb range of independent and quirky shops, an amazing street market, a fantastic range of eating places and there is lots to see and do.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage, which dates back to the 1790's and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been converted to be easy, clean and airy but also to retain its quirky character and charm. Gulliver's Cottage is not just another holiday rental - it's our home from home, where we come to relax with friends and family and we hope that you'll feel the same way. We are within easy reach of a wealth of stunning Jurassic Coast beaches at Burton Bradstock, Lulworth and Durdle Dor, the Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis. Visit West Bay, used in the recent TV drama, Broadchurch. Local attractions include Maiden Castle, Hardy's Cottage in Dorchester, the Swannery at Abbotsbury and several historic homes and gardens.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for another great week in the cottage! We did a fun walk over the ridge at Abbotsbury, complete with compass, so thanks for that! Also really enjoyed lunch at Downhouse Farm, the Watchman and Hix's restaurant in Lyme Regis. Cottage so welcoming... Bread, milk and a prepared fire were a delight to arrive to. Just got to plan our next trip back now! S&M, London

We arrived last night and settled in with no problems. Cottage is delightful. We are very impressed. Many thanks for letting us stay here. A&C, Cardiff

A lovely week in this beautiful cottage! The guide books gave lots of ideas - a visit to Bridport, Corfe Castle and sunny Lulworth Cove. E,S & E, Luton

A wonderful week in a lovely place. Cottage is comfortable, tastefully decorated and quirky! So much to see and do. K, H & T, Essex
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in West Dorset District, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom with bath, sink and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with full-sized single bed and shorter loft bed suitable for child or adult over 6 years but less that 5'5"!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Sorry, we can't accommodate dogs or pets of any kind. No smoking or use of vapour devices please. Bed linen and dish cloths provided. Please bring your own bathing and wash towels! Outside: Patio. Mature, extensive and enclosed floral gardens. Sizeable lawns and hardstanding areas. Garden bench, picnic table and seating, two sun chairs, parasol. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, dish cloths and tea towels included. Guest towels NOT included. Gulliver's Cottage is self-catering. We ask that for the benefit of all our visitors, you leave the cottage in the same condition as you found it on your arrival.


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Traditional Dorset Stone Cottage, large garden, pretty village near sea.
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 23 reviews

Nice and cozy with some perks

  • 4 of 5

Arrived small car need and had one so win as parking spot will not fit anything bigger so good start. Cottage is cozy and nice for 2 it has good entertainment extras such as dvds, Amazon fire stick and the fire. All round a good cottage It just lacked a washing machine for two weeks.

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful place to stay at any time of the year

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed with how helpful the owners, Jonathan and Cate were before our stay at their cottage, with useful information about the place and things to do in the area. On arrival we were pleased to see how clean and well maintained the cottage was and the milk in the fridge and complimentary local biscuits , tea and coffee were very welcomed after the journey. We settled in quickly and felt at home , with the log burner making the cottage very cosy in the evenings. We were lucky with mild weather during our stay and went out exploring the area every day of the week , enjoying the beautiful coast line and country side, there is so much to see and do, even in November! Went to Lulworth Cove and walked over to Durdle Door on a blustery day and Chesil beach and across to Portland another , both spectacular in very different ways. The beach and cliffs of West Bay, just a short drive away was a favourite, being so close but also so beautiful with crashing waves. Went fossil hunting at both Charmouth and Lyme Regis a few times and visited the museum at Lyme which had a quaint feel that fitted the charm of the town. In the evening we watched one of the many DVD films at the cottage, A French Lieutenants Woman which was great after being there that day. There were lots of DVDs, games and books to choose from which we enjoyed in the evenings. The beds were very comfortable, including the bunk beds which my husband and I had, and even though the bathroom is small we all, 4 adults, managed perfectly fine. The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked some great meals in the evening as there was every thing you needed. The garden was very peaceful and private and as it was so mild we could enjoy it in the mornings before going out. I even picked a few sprigs of the herbs growing in the garden to add to a meal, which was very nice!

We particularly enjoyed our visit to Abbotsbury , a pretty village just inland from Chesil beach with a chapel on the hill overlooking the sea. Even though things like the Swannery and the National Trust buildings in the area are closed in November, like Thomas Hardy's home we still enjoyed so much else the area had to offer, but it has made us want to return to Dorset another time of the year when every thing is open to visitors. We would definitely stay at this cottage again and highly recommend it to others, for comfort and good value and great service from Jonathan and Cate - Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 19/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Esther and Chris for such a detailed review - we are very pleased you had such a wonderfully action packed stay in Dorset and that the cottage was to your liking. Please do come back and stay again - it would be a pleasure to have you back! Best wishes Jonathan and Cate
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Left after one night, very small bath

  • 3 of 5

We had booked for 4 nights but left after just one night and checked into a hotel (the Bridport Arms) in West Bay.


...nice clean cottage with comfy living room and decently appointed. Area has lots of great things to do


...small bath which was unusable for us as you couldn't lie down or really use the shower attachment

...emersion heater did not produce enough hot water (in an hour) for two baths of more than a couple of inches deep

...parking space just about useable but very tricky with anything but a small car cannot turn the car round as driveways are blocked, and as road ahead was closed off, our only alternative was to reverse 500 metres down a small lane, which is quite tricky in the dark

...not the owners fault, but only pub in the village was not serving food at 7 pm on a Friday

We have rented many character cottages and this is the only one we have ever left. Cottage was cute, but overall, very disappointed with our stay and would not recommend to anybody who might struggle with a very small bath and a difficult to reach shower attachment. I do think the owners should make the bathroom issues much clearer in the details, as I noticed other reviewers have mentioned it

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very sorry to hear that our cottage did not meet your standards. It was built in the 1790's at a time when houses were built small and for most visitors, its authentic size and design forms a large part of its charm. We provide clear, high resolution photos of our fabulous large garden and every room in the house and encourage all our visitors to look at them and ask if they are unsure that they will fit into, or be able to get out of anything that we offer. We've had plenty of visitors over 6 feet tall (I include myself) that have been very happy in our cottage. Our photos show our parking space in front of the cottage which we have used for a large Honda CRV 4x4 and a Ford Transit van - but not at the same time! The lane has had temporarily restricted access due to a landslide further uphill - sometimes its one of the joys of Dorset I'm afraid. Dorset County Council were due to re-open it in the week you were there, I gather it will be open by the end of October 2015. We use a turning space at Sunnybank which is both clear, ample and very close by, I am surprised you missed it. This cottage is not just a house for let for us - its where we spend a lot of time in and out of season, with our extended family and our friends in the village. We manage to get plenty of piping hot water... I don't quite understand where you went wrong. Did you read and follow the instructions in the welcome pack? I do make a point of providing my mobile phone number for contact day or night. If you had phoned me BEFORE your departure, I may have been able to help with this and your other difficulties?
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Great cottage, great location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay! Very clean, well presented and the location is perfect. Delightful cottage and we hope to visit again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you enjoyed your stay - we look forward to welcoming you back to Gulliver's Cottage! Jonathan and Cate
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Beautiful cottage in picturesque surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Fantastically well maintained cottage with a lovely garden. While we were there we went for coastal walks and some meals in local towns. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone; it is in a convenient location, it's an extremely comfortable place to stay and the owners were great!

  • Review Submitted: 21/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello - Many thanks for leaving a review of our cottage - pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We've done the Coastal Path too and its well worthwhile as the variety on this stretch of coast is amazing. This summer, we managed to find a Death's-Head Hawk moth basking in sunshine on a walk from Beer to Sidmouth. Not quite as scary as they sound but it was massive and the first time I have ever seen one! Come again soon Jonathan and Cate
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Excellent little cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly lovely week in Gulliver’s Cottage. The cottage itself is very clean and well maintained. It has all the facilities you need and you are even provided with fresh flowers, fresh milk, tea and biscuits upon your arrival which was a lovely touch. The wood burner was great. The cottage also has a lovely big garden which is a bit of a sun trap and was perfect for sitting out in the evening. Some reviewers have commented on the small bathroom. Whilst it is quite small, I had no real problems using it and I’m 6’4. It’s all part of the cottage’s quaint charm.

The location of the cottage is perfect and one week wasn’t really enough to explore all of the surrounding area. Bridport is only a few miles down the road and has a good range of shops and restaurants. We particularly enjoyed ‘The Stable’ which did excellent pizza and cider. There is also a market on Saturday morning which we enjoyed. The surrounding countryside and coastline is stunning. We spent most of our days walking and enjoying the scenery. Our highlights included a walk up Golden Cap and a visit to Durdle Door for a bracing swim in the sea.

Thanks very all of your help and useful suggestions Jonathan. We hope to come back someday soon.

  • Review Submitted: 21/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words - very pleased you enjoyed your stay at Gulliver's Cottage. We like the Stable too - good value and very relaxed. Next time you are down, try the cider direct from Bredy Farm on Bredy Lane. They sell several different varieties each with names like Monica Lewinsky (I don't know why either) that are delicious. The bathroom is small but we really do think that it works just fine and to be honest, when we refurbished, we just could not make it any bigger - when this house was built, I guess the bath would have been made from tinplate and kept outside for 6 days out of seven! Hope to see you back soon, Jonathan and Cate
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Nearest Train
14.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Burton Bradstock
Car: recommended


Hive Beach, at Burton Bradstock is just 10 minutes by car. Owned by the National Trust, it lies at the western end of the Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast. It has an award winning cafe that serves hot and cold food throughout the year. South West Coastal path accessible from Hive Beach - fabulous walks to West Bay, Eype, Golden Cap and Lyme Regis.

Lulworth and Durdle Dor are within 40 minutes drive, Lyme Regis 15 minutes drive.


Use of car recommended. Bus services from A35 to Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and beyond. Village is on Route 2 of National Cycling Network.


Bridport less than 2 miles.

Dorchester 14 miles.

Weymouth and the Olympic Sailing Venue 18 miles.

Waitrose and Morrison's supermarkets at Bridport.

Leisure centre with pool at Bridport.

Further Details:

River Cottage HQ and Canteen at Axminster 16 miles.

Half Moon Restaurant at Melplash 6 miles.

Beach and/or boat fishing at West Bay, Hive Beach, Lyme Regis, Seatown.

Sailing at Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis.

National Cycling Network route 2 runs though Shipton Gorge


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in West Dorset District, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid season 2
1 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mid season 3
13 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
High season
27 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mid season 4
7 Sep 2018 - 4 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mid season 5
5 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
Half term
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
Low season 4
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
New Year
28 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$80.3

Booking Notes:
Full details will be sent to you by e-mail before you confirm your booking. Payment may be made online to our bank account, by personal cheque, international payment or Paypal (we reserve the right to recoup any additional transaction fees from the deposit). Please ask for more information.

£45 security/reservation deposit is payable on booking.

1st payment of 50% of the rental is payable at time of booking.
2nd payment of 50% of the rental is payable 60 days before your stay commences.

Once you've booked, your price is fixed.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. To allow our housekeeper to prepare the cottage for your stay, please arrive no earlier than 4.00pm and for the next guest, depart no later than 10.00am. Charges may be made for over-stays. Thanks for your cooperation!

Notes on prices:
Prices include welcome pack, bed linen, dishcloths, tea towels, electricity and starter pack for the log burner (1 night).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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