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The Shippen

(Ref. 961374)

Merriott, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Extremely happy with my week at the Shippen."

    Best nights sleep I've had in along time! Quiet location and within easy reach to many attractions. The pictures don't do it justice much better in reality.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2024

  • "Have stayed here several times and love the peace and quiet here."

    Equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely time in “The Shippen”, it is cosy and “hugs” you as you walk in."

    We had glorious weather and enjoyed sitting outside too. The location is perfect for exploring both Dorset as well as Somerset with the south coast only half an hour’s drive away. The owners are friendly and caring, yet respect your privacy. We strongly recommend it to anyone longing for a rural retreat to unwind in.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2023

  • "Just got back from a week at the shippen."

    Beautiful setting and peaceful. It had everything we needed and plenty of information left in the property regarding things to do (although we had ideas anyway). The owners were very helpful and were available on arrival and checked on us in the week to make sure everything was ok. Would definitely look at staying again next time we wish to visit the area (stayed 19/08-26/08).

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely weeks stay in The Shippen."

    The rating above of 6 relates to Sykes as a company NOT The Shippen. We have been extremely disappointed with Sykes recently.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jun 2023

  • "Delightful cottage in a lovely location."

    Everything you could possibly want or need is supplied. Extremely clean and well presented. Plenty of privacy assured. The photos don't do it justice. I had a terrific time. Can't recommend it highly enough.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jun 2023

  • "Everything as described."

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "4th visit here and really enjoyed it."

    Well equipped and comfortable and only half an hours drive from the Dorset coast.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay!"

    the cabin was very cozy ,being very well insulated we never felt cold at any time and this was early October it has a nice "feel" that made us relax straight away!. The facilitys were more than enough(lovely bathroom) and the welcoming touch of flowers in a vase by the table and milk in the fridge was most welcome and added to the homely atmosphere!. The semi- remote location is just enough for peace and quiet (other than the odd car or tractor passing early in the morning or in the evening) but close enough shops and pubs to not feel isolated with Crewkerne a 5 minute drive away, all in all a good hub to relax and/or visit local places of interest, but be aware you are in the countryside so places you may want to visit is probably at least 20miles/or an hours drive away!. We had the chance to chat with one of the owners who popped over to ask if we had a nice stay! nice people whom genuinely care that you have a relaxing holiday and value your opinions and feedback! all in all a good experience we would recommend this cabin. and will be returning ourselves next year finances permitting!.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Oct 2022

  • "Third visit there and love the peace and quiet there."

    Very comfortable also. Will visit again next year

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely time staying at the Shippen and it was perfect for our family holiday."

    Very quiet in a beautiful countryside location and a good base to explore Somerset from. The property was immaculate, very clean and we had everything we needed. Bed and pillows were so comfortable and just what we needed after a long day out. Plenty of towels and nice shower. Kitchen area was great and whilst there wasn’t much room to store food, this wasn’t a problem and we managed just fine. It was a nice touch having tea/coffee/sugar and some milk in the fridge when we arrived. The kids loved the outdoor area and we liked sitting with the back doors open in the evening as the day cooled down. Good to have the dvds, Amazon fire stick and a couple of games (although we apologise for spoiling the peaceful evenings when dobble and snakes and ladders became too competitive!). Thanks for a great stay. We’d definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Aug 2022

  • "Just returned from a week's holiday at The Shippen, absolutely fantastic log cabin in a lovely rural area, loads of places to visit near by, Lyme Regis and Bridport are lovely places."

    The owners were very friendly and checked in on us to see if everything was fine and if we needed anything. We would definitely stop here again .

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2022

  • "The Shippen was even better than we expected."

    We really enjoyed staying there and our girls loved being able to play in the garden with the doors to the living room left wide open for them to come and go as they pleased. We also enjoyed the regular visits from various birds in the garden and the sound of birdsong. Lovely little village and also great location for exploring other areas further afield such as the Jurassic coast.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0May 2022

  • "The lodge was very clean well equipped."

    Lovely location. All we could ask for. Would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Jul 2021

  • "A really great place to get away from it all."

    So quiet, and at night really dark as there's no air pollution. Everything you need is there, although with a bit of tweaking more storage space for the kitchen. Unfortunately not a lot of work/prep space in the kitchen.But a good hob and oven. Really great hot water all the time. A great nights sleep in one of the most comfortable beds you'll find. Good Broadband and loved Netflix etc. Sarah was really helpful, and loved the nice little touch of chocolates and a bottle of milk in the fridge. If in the area, would go back for the solitude. Great butchers and Chinese takeaway in Crewkerne. After over 18 months since our last break, it was nice to get away and have a change.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2021

  • "We were disappointed in the cleanliness of the accommodation."

    Seat cushions on the kitchen chairs were dirty and stained. The oven was dirty as were some of the oven trays. We felt we had to wash everything before being able to use them. My husband went round with my stick and a cloth to get rid of cobwebs. The photographs of the property were misleading making the place look bigger than it actually was. We were also plagued by gnats and were unable to open the doors and windows. Apart from that we had an enjoyable holiday.

    Dear Mr & Mrs Hardingham, I wish to apologise, in writing, which I have done by phone also. It was such a shame your experience was spoilt by the fact I employed a cleaner for the first time prior to your visit. The job of cleaning was obviously not carried out properly and has now been rectified. So glad you enjoyed your holiday in Somerset in spite of this. You are welcome back to a very clean Shippen any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra2.8Jun 2021

  • "We are still raving about our week stay at the Shippen over a month later."

    The location was idyllic and the cottage was perfect. The bathtub was amazing and the beds very comfortable. The owners were quite helpful as well.

    Reviewed by Kelsey5.0Oct 2020

  • "Just to say we had a fantastic time."

    The cabin was everything we thought it would be; clean and tidy and within easy reach of all the places we wanted to go and we would definitely go back again. When we stepped in my jaw dropped, the décor is so lovely.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Shippen was located in a pretty village with a good pub."

    The accommodation still had a new feeling to it and was beautiful inside, as well as in a peaceful spot. This was perfect for a couple or family. It had everything we needed for an enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2020

  • "What a wonderful lodge!"

    Great location. So clean and well equipped. I could easily live here. Had everything we needed and was a comfort to come back to on an evening after a busy day. Love it. Would definitely come again. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is the fourth year running that I have spent my summer holiday at The Shippen."

    It is located in a beautiful village called Merriott that is central to many attractions, towns and beaches. The Shippen is beautifully furnished and has a real home from home feel about it. I would highly recommend this property and I will certainly be booking a stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Brandon5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a really lovely holiday at the Shippen, the cottage was lovely and clean and the garden was a quiet space to sit at the end of the day."

    The only thing missing was a freezer, we brought all our food with us so that we could limit shop visits, we had to throw some away because we couldn’t keep it frozen. Apart from that we loved our holiday

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.1Jul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, really nice high spec, very cosy/comfortable and in good location for south coast for West Bay, Seaton and Beer (for example) and to north the Quantock Hills for mountain biking/walking and north coast and the wonderful West Somerset Steam Railway."

    Kitchen area slightly cramped for 4 of us, but was no big deal and we had expected this from the photos/reviews. Good location with nice pub only 10 mins away, serving good beer and food. Good wi-fi connection and smart TV with Netflix/Amazon for those Autumn evenings of film watching, which was a nice bonus. Had a fab week and would go again, with no hesitation.

    Reviewed by M5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a lovely holiday at The Shippen."

    It was really comfortable, clean and warm. The bed was especially comfortable. The only thing that let it down was the size of the kitchen, which looked bigger in the picture. However, it was very small and cramped, with hardly any counter space, and there was not a cupboard where we could put the supplies which we brought with us. Also the fridge is very large, but a fridge freezer would have been better. It was nice to have the smart TV with Freeview Play and Amazon Prime, as being the winter, we watched the TV a lot in the evenings. There was some milk in the fridge when we arrived, also a nice plant on the window sill, lovely welcoming touches. The Shippen is very convenient for several National Trust properties, and not too far from the coast. The owners were unobtrusive, in fact we only saw Nick once, just after we arrived. All in all we had a good relaxing break, and the weather was really kind to us.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation, so cosy and warm, perfect with a baby."

    Cot and highchair kindly provided. Lovely outside space. So many places to visit nearby, National Trust properties are beautiful and plentiful. Coast within 30 mins drive. Such a great county to explore and its sadly overlooked as people pass through to go to Devon and Cornwall. I thoroughly recommend The Shippen to eveyone and wouldn't hesitate to rebook on our next trip to Somerset. Thank you

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Sep 2019

  • "The owners of the Shippen have paid so much attention to detail I cannot fault this beautiful accommodation."

    There was even a fresh pint of milk in the fridge to go with the tea and coffee supplied, this was very welcome after a long journey. The fresh flowers in the window were also a nice touch. The double bed which is adjustable was so comfy. The Shippen is ideally located for discovering all that this beautiful area has to offer.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2019

  • "Excellent place to stay, and was central to a lot of activities and days out."

    Easy access to Weymouth, Poole, Bridport, Lyme Regis and even Longleat.

    Reviewed by William4.7Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely holiday and stayed for the second time in The Shippen."

    It is beautiful accommodation that is situated in a quiet little village which supplies a peaceful break. It is however, central to lots of other locations such as Lyme Regis, Dorchester, Glastonbury and much more which are all just over half an hours drive. The Shippen has everything you need and we feel it is like home from home and enjoyed it so much last year that we came back this year. It was very clean and tidy and when we arrived there were some freshly cut flowers in the window, those sorts of finishing touches are lovely. Thank you to both Sarah and Nick xx

    Reviewed by Brandon5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is very comfortable and clean."

    We had all the things we needed in the kitchen. We especially loved being able to open the double doors and sit at the patio table for meals. This area is tucked away behind the cottage for complete seclusion. The beds are very comfortable too.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.1Jul 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time!"

    The accommodation was beautiful, and completely exceeded our expectations. The Shippen has everything you could possibly require. It’s located in a beautiful quiet village which contains everything you need.

    Reviewed by Brandon5.0Aug 2018

  • "We were so lucky to find this place."

    We were going to stay in Travelodges nearby but soooo glad we found this only a few days before our holiday started. It was cheaper too! The cottage is superb. It was really lovely to stay somewhere almost brand new. The cottage is well thought through and was very clean and well presented. Although we were staying during the 2018 heatwave, we think it would be very cosy for an autumn or even a winter stay. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Jul 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double with overhead single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile and pub 10 mins walk.

The property

This lovely log cabin rests on the outskirts of Merriott, a historic village based around three roads surrounding a large area of farmland.

A 5 minute drive from Ham Hill Country Park, and in Wessex region of National Trust properties.

Perfect for couples or friends, the homely interior welcomes you inside, a comfortable place to relax with your loved ones and plan those up and coming adventures.

The modern furnishings compliment the style wholeheartedly, an open-plan set-up divided into a cosy lounge, contemporary sleek kitchen, and a dining area for four people.

You will look forward to returning home, and simply enjoying everything the layout has to offer.

The stylish bathroom is designed to a standard of quality, comprising of a shower over the bath and a vanity unit, well-appointed for the two fabulous bedrooms.

A bunk room overlooks the fields in the distance, whilst the master suite is presented in a desirable fashion, each promising a wonderful night's sleep.

After appreciating the unique accommodation, stroll outside to the enclosed garden with its table and chairs, also featuring barbecue for some alfresco dining.

The village is set in rich farming country with footpaths and bridle paths on the doorstep and is about 14 miles from the South Coast at Bridport and Lyme Regis.

Crewkerne, with a range of shops including a Waitrose supermarket, is two miles away.

The main line railway station for the London, Waterloo to Exeter line is at Crewkerne.

The service to Waterloo takes two hours 30 minutes with trains leaving every hour.

London Hammersmith can also be reached.

An assorted destination with much to explore.

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About the location


Crewkerne 2 miles.

The village lies in rich farming country and is about 14 miles from the south coast at Bridport and Lyme Regis. Merriott has a good range of local services including a garage, general stores, farm shops, a pharmacy, a post office, a pub, and a pottery. There is a first school and pre-school, a church, a chapel, and a village hall, tithe barn and social club which are all host to a wide range of activities.There is a recreation ground with junior and senior play areas, cricket and football pitches, tennis courts and a bowling green. There is a separate squash club and court. Crewkerne, with a range of shops including a Waitrose Supermarket, is two miles away. The main line railway station for the London, Waterloo to Exeter line is at Crewkerne. The service to Waterloo takes two hours 30 minutes with trains leaving every hour. London Hammersmith can also be reached by Berry's Express Coach which runs a regular service twice a day.