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Gullivers Cottage, Shipton Gorge, Dorset coast.

SuperhostShipton Gorge, United Kingdom
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4 guests2 bedrooms4 beds1 bath
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Gulliver's Cottage dates back to the 1790's and situated in an AONB at Shipton Gorge in large and private gardens, 5 minutes drive from the Jurassic Coast and 10 minutes from beautiful Bridport. The cottage has been carefully renovated for a fresh, airy feel and retains its quirky character and charm. The cottage makes a perfect base for peaceful country breaks near the sea with friends and family. Gulliver's Cottage is 100% powered by renewables! Up to 40% discounts for 5 and 7 day stays!

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Gulliver's Cottage is thought to date back to the 1790's and is named after Isaac Gulliver, a local hero and notorious smuggler that owned land and property across West Dorset.

Like many of the older cottages in Shipton Gorge, Gulliver's is built of local golden sandstone beneath a slate roof supported by oak crux timbers. If you look closely, you'll find fossils of ammonites and belemnites embedded in the 1 metre thick walls!

Internally, Gulliver's Cottage can comfortably accommodate up to four people between two bedrooms and is perfect for family and adult getaways. The ground floor is fully open plan, making the interior light, airy and very sociable. Depending on the time of year, Gulliver's may be booked for a weekend or a longer stay. A discount of up to 40% may be available for bookings up to 7 days.

For entertainment, there is a satellite TV and DVD player with a wide range of films for all tastes and ages. If you need to get online, Gulliver's has an unlimited superfast wifi connection and we provide a phone that you can use free of charge for UK calls to landlines and mobiles. There is a small library and a wide range of local maps and guides on places to go and things to do in the area.

Gulliver's Cottage is green! All the power supplied to the cottage is renewable and logs are sustainably sourced from local suppliers. Our log burner is perfect for relaxing and getting cosy after a day walking or beach combing and we supply a stock of logs to get you started. On summer days, our sun-trap garden is fully enclosed and private. Lawns and mature planting on two levels, provide a haven for birds and other visitors that have included field mice, bats, badgers and the occasional slow-worm. In summer time, the scent of the lilac, honeysuckle and ceanothus can be intoxicating. In autumn, the vine drips with ripening fruit under flame-red foliage.

Upstairs, there is a double bedroom at the front and at the rear, bedroom two has a full size single bed and a smaller loft bed, suitable for children over 6 years old. The deep window seats provide just the place for quiet contemplation or to catch-up on a favourite book.

Shipton Gorge is a peaceful leafy Dorset village with a history going back to the Domesday Book in 1086. There's no gorge here - the name is derived from the de Gorge family that owned the land in Norman times. St Martin's Church was built in the 13th century and occupies a site on a small hill in the centre of the village. Thomas Hardy worked on the church as a young architect in the 1860's. In summer, you may be lucky to see glow-worms by the church door.

The village is well connected with a network of footpaths and bridleways to Burton Bradstock and onward to the coast and to Bridport. You'll be surrounded by stunning countryside and the village has its own ancient hill settlement on Shipton Hill, where, from the very top, on a clear day you can see three counties. The South West Coastal Path passes nearby and provides spectacular walks in both directions.

You'll find a friendly welcome from villagers and we're about 10 minutes drive from Bridport which is a pretty, trendy, 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.

Gulliver's provides close access to Hive Beach, at the western end of the stunning Jurassic Coast, the setting for the award-winning TV drama Broadchurch. You can also enjoy the very best in fishing, golf and cycling with the National Cycling Network Route 2 running almost past our door. Lyme Regis, Durdle Dor, Lulworth, West Bay, River Cottage and Weymouth are within easy reach.

Guest access
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 and landline telephone, satellite TV, DVD player and film library. Microwave. Enclosed garden on 3 levels with patio and furniture. Parking for one car in front of cottage or at bottom of lane. Welcome pack.

No smoking or use of vapour devices please. No pets - sorry!

Short breaks may be available - please ask.

Other things to note
Arrival after 4.00pm and departure before 10.00am.
We provide bed linen, dish cloths and bathing/wash towels - please remember to bring your own towels for the beach.
Gulliver's Cottage dates back to the 1790's and situated in an AONB at Shipton Gorge in large and private gardens, 5 minutes drive from the Jurassic Coast and 10 minutes from beautiful Bridport. The cottage has been carefully renovated for a fresh, airy feel and retains its quirky character and charm. The cottage makes a perfect base for peaceful country breaks near the sea with friends and family. Gulliver's Cott…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed, 1 bunk bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wi-Fi
Indoor fireplace
TV
Iron
Heating
Hair dryer
Essentials
Smoke alarm
Hangers

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Shipton Gorge, United Kingdom

Shipton Gorge is a peaceful leafy Dorset village with a history going back to the Domesday Book in 1086. There's no gorge here - the name is derived from the de Gorge family that owned the land in Norman times. St Martin's Church was built in the 13th century and occupies a site on a small hill in the centre of the village. Thomas Hardy worked on the church as a young architect in the 1860's. In summer, you may be lucky to see glow-worms by the church door.

The village is well connected with a network of footpaths and bridleways to Burton Bradstock and onward to the coast and to Bridport. You'll be surrounded by stunning countryside and the village has its own ancient hill settlement on Shipton Hill, where, from the very top, on a clear day you can see three counties. The South West Coastal Path passes nearby and provides spectacular walks in both directions.

You'll find a friendly welcome from villagers and we're about 10 minutes drive from Bridport which is a pretty, trendy, 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.

Gulliver's provides close access to Hive Beach, at the western end of the stunning Jurassic Coast, the setting for the award-winning TV drama Broadchurch. You can also enjoy the very best in fishing, golf and cycling with the National Cycling Network Route 2 running almost past our door. Lyme Regis, Durdle Dor, Lulworth, West Bay, River Cottage and Weymouth are within easy reach.

When you arrive at Gulliver’s Cottage, you’ll find a range of guides on local walks and nearby attractions.

If you’ve not been to the area before, here is a list of things that we like to do in Dorset – we hope they give you some ideas!

The nearest walk from the cottage is to Shipton Hill, thought to be the village's very own prehistoric hill fort and takes about 25 minutes from the door and offers sweeping views to the sea and across the Dorset landscape, including Eggardon Hill, another Neolithic fort and Colmer’s Hill, topped by a stand of trees, just west of Bridport. Being quiet at the top, we've managed to surprise deer, rabbits, buzzards and lots of butterflies here. Relax and admire the view!

Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast of England and is the best way to see the Jurassic Coast from Start Point to the west and Portland Bill to the East. Combine with a walk on the beach at Seatown. We were lucky enough to see a dolphin there at close quarters. The Anchor Inn on the cliff serves good food and lovely Palmer’s ale!

Our nearest beach is Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock. It sits at the western end of the Chesil Beach. Always good for walks and it can be exhilarating in the wildest Atlantic storms. The Hive Café does a good range of food, drinks and ice creams too.

If you're feeling hungry, Abbey Tea Rooms at Abbotsbury does a great lunch – the grilled fish is our favourite. Go on a good day for a seat in the garden. Abbotsbury is a pretty village and the route there gives fine views across the Fleet to Portland Bill. We can also recommend the Half Moon at Melplash, The Olive Tree and The Stables (behind the Bull Hotel) in Bridport and the Marquis of Lorne at Nettlecombe. Worth booking in advance almost everywhere on any night, especially in summer.

Bridport on Saturday is good fun. It's a bustling little town with a street market selling farm produce, bric a brac and there's much to see. Lots of independent shops – Snook’s hat shop is one of our favourites and there’s even a proper toy shop on South Street that goes on forever like all good shops should. Buildings are very long in Bridport, it’s all to do with the old rope making trade.

If you like fish, its good fun to take a fishing trip in a boat from the Cobb (harbour) at Lyme Regis or from West Bay (book via the angling shop). Trips last from around 50 minutes and you get a great view of the coast from the sea and if you are lucky, you may catch some mackerel for supper. Fish fresh from the sea is really quite superb. Fishmongers Samway’s in West Bay and Davy’s Locker in Bridport are highly recommended.

Durdle Dor is a large natural archway in the sea, around 40 minutes drive from the cottage. It can be busy there but the white cliffs are very beautiful and Lulworth cove can look more Mediterranean than English Channel. Further along is Corfe Castle – a large ruined fortress dating back centuries and steeped in history. Easy to imagine yourself leading an assault on the gates in battle armour at any age!
Shipton Gorge is a peaceful leafy Dorset village with a history going back to the Domesday Book in 1086. There's no gorge here - the name is derived from the de Gorge family that owned the land in Norman times…

Hosted by Jonathan

Joined in July 2016
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We live in Sherborne, Dorset, about 30 minutes from the cottage. After 30 years of living and raising a family in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, we decided to take the plunge and move to a place that we love. We know the area well, Jonathan was born and raised in the South West - about 12 miles from the cottage. We love our time there and hope you will too!
We live in Sherborne, Dorset, about 30 minutes from the cottage. After 30 years of living and raising a family in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, we decided to take the plunge and move…
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    Things to know

    House rules
    Check-in: After 4:00 pm
    Checkout: 10:00 am
    Self check-in with key safe
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events
    Safety & Property
    Carbon monoxide alarm
    Smoke alarm
    Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $164

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