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.
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 OS maps and guides on places to go and things to do in the area.
The 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.
Living/dining room/kitchen with exposed beams.
2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with single bed and loft bed (suitable for children over 6 years). Bathroom with 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!
Bookings Friday to Friday. Short breaks may be available - please ask.