Traditional stone cottage dating from 1790's with large, enclosed gardens.
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 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 Dorset
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.
Bed linen, dish cloths and tea-towels are supplied. Visitors are asked to bring their own towels.
On final payment, we will send entry instructions. If any aspect of this is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Comfortable and very clean!!
The cottage was perfect for a week, it’s very well equipped and comfortable. The garden is beautiful and really made the visit, to sit out in the evening with a glass of something cold!!
Thanks for leaving your lovely review of Gulliver's Cottage. Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Our neighbours have said that you were perfect visitors to the village - please come again!
Jonathan and Cate
Nice and cozy with some perks
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.
Delightful place to stay at any time of the year
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!
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!
Jonathan and Cate
Great cottage, great location
Really enjoyed our stay! Very clean, well presented and the location is perfect. Delightful cottage and we hope to visit again soon!
Very pleased you enjoyed your stay - we look forward to welcoming you back to Gulliver's Cottage! Jonathan and Cate
Left after one night, very small bath
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
...you 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
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?
Beautiful cottage in picturesque surroundings
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!
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
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.
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