Crabbs Bluntshay Cottage

Shave Cross near Bridport, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 1690)

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Cottage features

  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
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The property

A lovely, 19th century, semi-detached cottage situated in the rural hamlet of Shave Cross in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, 6 miles from Bridport. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this former farm worker's cottage offers comfortable, well-equipped accommodation. The property boasts a fitted kitchen with lovely flagstone floor, a cosy sitting room with woodburning stove and wonderful countryside views. Glorious walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep, while preserves and farm cider are available to buy next door. Situated close tothe local pub and within a short drive of the stunning Dorset Heritage Coast at Charmouth and the bustling market town of Bridport, this idyllic rural retreat is a superb base from which to explore this beautiful part of West Dorset and the surrounding area.


Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunks. Bathroom with bath with electric shower over, basin and WC. Modern fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.


Storage heaters with woodburning stove in sitting room. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV/DVD with Freeview, stereo/CD player/radio etc. Fuel, power and starter pack of fuel for woodburning stove inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Roadside parking for 2 cars only. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled area and garden furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 5 miles, pub 10 mins walk. Note: Farm-reared turkeys available for Christmas week each year. Please request in advance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Cosy”
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    • “A lovely, surprisingly spacious, small cottage with period features and a nice, cosy feel about it. It had everything we needed. Despite being 'in the middle of nowhere' (which we wanted) there was a lovely old pub within easy walking distance up the road and it was within easy distance to the south coast.”

    Heatherchilcott, Bath, United Kingdom, March 2014

    • “bliss”
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    • “Lovely, had everything you could possibly want bar internet connection. However that aside it meant we spent more time enjoying ourselves rather than wondering what the rest of the world was doing. Lovely scenery lovely places and lovely peace and quiet.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, December 2013

    • “Everything you could possibly need”
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    • “This cottage was home away from home, everything we could possibly need was there. It was comfortable and clean. The roads to and from the cottage were narrow country lanes and you need to take care while driving but just a few miles up the road you have all you can need shop wise. Would really recommend for a family holiday especially if you want to take your dog, although there are not many places you can walk them close to the cottage.”

    E Heley, Bedfordshire, November 2012

    • “delightful Dorset”
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    • “Crabbs Bluntshay Cottage booking was so easy to do & the owners were very helpful with directions when contacted, the cottage itself was a fantastic base for our holiday & quite a few nights were spent in the Shave Cross Inn 10mins walk up the lane. Everywhere we visited was less than 1 hours drive from the cottage, we even made it to stonehenge for summer solstice for the experience. There was nothing not to like about this property.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Lancaster, September 2012

    • “A great holiday”
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    • “Lovely cottage and a lovely area. We had a good time both localy and the surrounding area. The cottage had all we could ask for. Well worth the money.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Canterbury, December 2011

    • “Lovely cottage in peaceful location but some details let it down”
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    • “We have just returned from a week's stay at this cottage and thought a review may be useful to others as there are no recent ones on Tripadvisor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the cottage and the fact that it is pet friendly, the owner kindly permitting us to bring both of our small terriers, was very attractive to us. It was also excellent value. It is literally in the middle of nowhere and if you are looking for peace and quiet, you will certainly find it here. It was so nice to awake each morning to the sound of the farm animals (noisy geese!) and birdsong. The roads around the cottage are single track so there is very little passing traffic. To get to the Shave Cross Inn is a 10 minute walk along the narrow lane, but there are torches supplied so we didn't feel it was too dangerous in the dark. The cottage is equipped with the essentials and it was handy having a washing machine and dryer. We found the beds extremely comfortable and the shower is hot and powerful. The cottage was clean and tidy. It is full of character and has been furnished in keeping with the age and style. There is a lawned area which, although enclosed by hedge, we could not let our small dogs run loose because there were gaps leading onto the road. However, there is an enclosed area at the rear which also has seating. There is a new flat screen TV with integrated DVD player so don't be misled by the photographs on Sykes's website of a rather old fashioned TV. With a few special touches, this cottage could be perfect : Towels - not supplied. We only found out when we contacted the owner direct. Although not a problem, Sykes should state this on their website. Wifi - none available. We had been told there WAS Wifi so this was a little irritating for us as we use the Internet to research local restaurants, points of interest, etc. Hairdryer - None. DVDs/books/games in case of wet weather - none. Welcome pack - none. Not even a tea bag or a jug of milk which after a 5 hour drive and with the nearest shop being 5 miles away would have been a nice touch as the cottage is so remote. It's such a pretty cottage, I longed to add pretty pictures and lamps, a few knick knacks and a cosy fireside rug. The most disappointing thing for us was the lack of contact from the owner. Usually, as a courtesy, owners call round to check everything is okay and whether you need any information. When I ran out of tin foil during the week, and knocked at the owner's farmhouse next door to borrow some, I was asked to purchase a replacement roll at a cost of £1.25 which I thought was very petty and poor customer service. There is cider and honey available to purchase from the farm, but there are no details in the cottage so a sales opportunity is probably being missed there. Overall, our week was very enjoyable; the weather was excellent for September, and we travelled widely throughout East and West Dorset all of which is beautiful. The cottage was a good base to return to after a long day and with a little more attention to detail could be even better.”

    AnnetteCurtin, Manchester, October 2015

    • “If you like the Country”
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    • “The cottage was well equiped, spacious and would fit 4 people easily. You need to drive carefully around the lanes leading to the cottage, the locals tend to drive faster than the visitors, tractors and even a herd of cows on one day were encountered! The area itself was good for relaxing, views of fields is ideal, Bridport is local and has everything you need, the beaches are ideally for walking the dog. Around the cottage the walks for dogs are minimal unless you have a very well behaved one, as the footpaths go through fields of cows. Overall very relaxing time.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, East Sussex, December 2011

    • “Christmas at Shaves Cross”
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    • “The cottage was well equipped, comfortable and in a lovely rural spot. The owners were also very helpful and provided us with a turkey from their farm. The location is excellent especially if you have a dog as there are a number of country walks close by as well as the Shave Cross Inn which is about a half mile away at the end of the lane. The pub was recently mentioned in the one of the Sunday papers as one of the best country pubs and worth a visit and it was! There were a few minor drawbacks, the log burner was often difficult to get going and if you have more than one car then others have to park on the narrow lane, however this did not impact too greatly on our stay. We would recommend this cottage to anyone, especially at christmas.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Somerset, December 2009

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    • “The cottage had a really cosy feel about it. Although a small cottage, it was surprisingly spacious; we loved the flagstone floor and the period features. The enclosed garden was great too, for the dog. The cottage had everything that we needed - it was really well equipped. We loved the setting - in the middle of nowhere, but also within easy access of the coast. We also loved the Shave Cross Inn nearby.”

    Mrs Chilcott, Bath, February 2014

About the location


Bridport 6 miles; Beaminster 7 miles; Lyme Regis 9 miles.

Shave Cross is a tiny hamlet nestling in the picturesque Marshwood Vale, in the glorious unspoilt countryside of west Dorset. Just over 5 miles from the beautiful Dorset Heritage Coast and 6 miles from the thriving historic market town of Bridport, often featured in TV’s The River Cottage, this is a wonderful holiday location. Beaminster, with its Georgian buildings and picturesque 17th Century cottages, is just a short drive away, as is the delightful seaside resort of Lyme Regis, offering an array of shops, restaurants, museums and gardens.

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