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Shipton Gorge, Dorset (Ref. 994340)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "The photos of cottage were very misleading especially about the steep steps and slope at the top by the garage."

    If we had known they were that steep we would not have booked that cottage. There was a lot of dead insects around the upstairs area aswell as live ones too. Spiders and cobwebs in bathroom especially a problem for me. The bedroom with the 2 sloping ceilings and the connecting piece of wood over the chest of drawers are a bit of a hazard which I felt should have a warning notice as there was a lot of them about but not relating to this problem. Unfortunately I had banged my head several times on the wood and grazed my scalp whilst there on 4th to 11th Sept 2021. The area is lovely and the Pub very friendly when it was open. Unfortunately it had to close for 3 days while we were there for covid issue. I dont think we will be coming back to the area in future though as we are getting too old for the hilly terrain even in our 70,'s

    We are sorry you found our beautiful area of Dorset not to your liking. We have strived to make it clear in both description and photographs that the property has steps to access. Insects with open windows are always a problem in the countryside. We can assure you all were removed before your visit and the house was spotless. Liliput is a "quirky" property and the timbers are a feature of such. We're sorry you didn't enjoy the area as it is delightful. We have all been struggling to provide the friendly welcome this area normally offers and if the pub was shut it was for your own safety. Kind regards, The Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarbaraSep 2021

  • "The cottage is situated in a lovely village with a great community pub and surrounded by beautiful landscape but conveniently close to beaches and Bridport."

    So far, so good. Our problem with the house was that although relatively spacious and reasonably well -equipped, it was grubby and a bit shabby, and certainly not at the standard we'd expect for the price we paid for our week's stay. The shower wouldn't drain away, and the cubicle was mouldy, and we had to stop halfway through showering to prevent flooding (we noted that this was brought up by previous guests over a month before our visit).There was food beneath the microwave and mould in the bin. When we stripped the beds in the ground floor bedroom, there was mould on the wall in the corner. The carpets were stained, the skirtings dirty. The whole house could do with a really good clean, and it made staying there uncomfortable. Overall , we felt over-charged for the property of that style and condition. It's a shame because it could be really pretty, but it needs an overhaul.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2021

  • "Very comfortable and well kept cottage in a pretty village with a great pub , well located for walks and the coast."

    We had a lovely time .

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2021

  • "Great attention to detail has been paid to ensure complete comfort - beautiful Parker Knoll furniture, accommodates 9 seats."

    I think you need a photo online of both ends of Lilliput’s lounge to give it its full potential, high quality carpets, fantastic bed mattresses, support pillows and bed linen. We met the owners who were onsite in the garden when we got back one day during our holiday and they are both very nice.

    Reviewed by ChristinaMay 2021

  • "Good location and great attention to detail to make you feel welcome and have a hassle-free stay."

    The garden is very pleasant and the lounge is very comfortable. The parking is awkward though and the layout of the cottage, although fine for two people, might be tricky for larger groups, especially as there isn’t a dishwasher! Most people who stayed before seemed to have eaten out a lot but that wasn’t so easy In April 2021 because of the lockdown easing rules. Nevertheless we have a lovely few days; great to be able to get out of London!

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2021

  • "The owners of the cottage were on site when we arrived and greeted us warmly."

    The cottage is so comfortable and airy. It is a beautiful, comfy cottage. And the owners had provided extras including dog biscuits for Jess our Springer spaniel. It has really nice gardens to back and front. We will most definitely return.

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2020

  • "Nice cottage in a quiet location, will book again in 2021, hopefully the local pub will be open then :-)."

    Not too far for local beeches that we're dog friendly.

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2020

  • "A good location from which to visit Dorset's surrounding areas by car."

    The owners were easily contactable for any queries.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2019

  • "We were delighted at the quality of the furniture and fittings."

    There was everything you needed. The beds were comfortable and the property was very roomy. The garden was secluded and peaceful. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something peaceful but with nearby facilities. 3 generations enjoyed a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2019

  • "We stayed there the last week of June It’s a nice and clean house located in a nice area."

    When you like quietness then you're on right place here. We had a great week we enjoyed the coast and museums. -Castletown D-Day Centre -Portland Bill Lighthouse -Tank museum Bovington -Hive Beach -Durdle Door beach -Man O war beach -Lulworth cove -Nothe Fort in Weymouth

    Reviewed by SanderJun 2019

  • "Beautiful gardens, lovely cottage with good sound proofing and homely touches."

    Great base for exploring the local area which has a lot to offer.

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    The coast was only a short drive away. Excellent walking coun

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2019

  • "Very comfortable and peaceful cottage."

    Owners left a lot of welcome gifts and we had an enjoyable week's stay.Beautifully sunny weather all week...rare for March! Not suitable for older or disabled visitors,because access is via some fairly steep steps. Philip and Cathy

    Reviewed by PhilipMar 2019

  • "Good communication with Dream Cottages."

    Excellent cottage, great for exploring this part of the Dorset coast. Very comfortable and roomy, well presented and equipped. Owners left tea, milk, biscuits for our arrival as well. Stayed August 2018

    Mr Carl GoodmanAug 2018

  • "A thoroughly charming cottage set in a beautiful garden."

    Extremely well equipped. There is just about everything you need for a restful break. Highly recommended. Only minor detail I would mention is that the bath is small. However, the shower was excellent. Stayed June 2018

    Mrs Valerie KingJun 2018

  • "Thank you so much for such a beautiful garden and well equipped cottage, this is so clean, A really pleasurable holiday."

    Thanks again. Stayed August 2017

    Mr Martin BakerJun 2018

  • "Wonderful well equipped cottage enjoyed our short stay very much hope to return sometime."

    Stayed March 2018

    Mrs BrownMar 2018

  • "It was lovely to sit in the garden for breakfast and dinner enjoying the peace and quiet in this beautiful setting - Stayed July 2017 I have already recommended Lilliput to friends and family and would definitely stay there again."

    Stayed July 2017

    Mrs StubbsSep 2017

  • "Lovely property, very quiet setting, and clean."

    Stayed August 2017.

    Mr MadeleyAug 2017

  • "Lilliput was a lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    It was more than adequately equipped and suited our needs to a tee! We were a family of 5 adults meeting up for a long weekend over Easter and we had a great time. The village pub was staggering distance away and they were very accommodating, the sights of Dorset were all on the doorstep and the sea was minutes away. We were able to sit out in the garden, and although it wasn't quite warm enough to eat outside, the facilities were there. The lounge was bright and airy and a great size for a family. All in all, a winner! Stayed April 2017

    Mrs Tracy BaggApr 2017

  • "Ideal location and very well equipped."

    Stayed September 2016

    Mrs NevilleOct 2016

  • "So spacious."

    So quiet.so central to every where. So relaxing. So going again next year... Stayed June 2016

    Mr Gary WallaceJul 2016

  • "A quiet, comfortable and well-equipped cottage with a pretty garden."

    We had a lovely holiday and would be happy to stay there again. Stayed May 2016

    Ms DyerMay 2016

  • "Very enjoyable stay even though it rained."

    Cottage very comfortable, beds really comfy, excellent kitchen with all new pots and pans, very clean throughout. Stayed Dec/Jan 2015

    Mrs WykesJan 2016

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The property

Lilliput is a quirky detached cottage in a hollow tucked quietly away in the small and beautiful Dorset village of Shipton Gorge. Just three miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline and surrounded by breathtaking countryside, this cottage is an amazing base to explore Dorset on foot, by bike, by car (or by bus from Bridport or Burton Bradstock). For those seeking an ideal country walking base, or explorers of our iconic historic coastline to those who seek the peace and tranquility of countryside and a slower pace of life - Shipton Gorge is a hidden gem.

Even better there's a village pub within two minutes walk of this property. Sleeping up to six people with three well furnished bedrooms, one of which is downstairs and the upstairs ones having quirky sloping ceilings, Lilliput offers a comfortable hideaway from busy town and city life.

With a sunny garden and terrace stocked with beautiful plants, you will be sure to sit back and unwind while listening to the birds. Once you have relaxed and want to explore further afield you can find the picturesque village of Burton Bradstock with the Hive beach a short distance away and just a little further on West Bay with a fascinating old harbour and the extraordinary Chesil beach and Bridport the exciting nearby historic market town. The property welcomes two well behaved dogs but respectfully the owners ask they are not left alone or allowed on the furniture. The nearby eating places such as The New Inn, The Anchor, The Hive Beach cafe are all dog friendly.

There are many more and all offer local food. Those looking for more adventure can try the stunning scenic coast road to Abbotsbury, Portland and Weymouth to the east or going west you can visit Lyme Bay (with its fossil interest), Golden Cap and Charmouth. Those who have National Trust membership may find this an advantage. All this makes Lilliput the perfect getaway at any time of the year for family or a group of friends.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin , 2 x double upstairs
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, WiFi
  • TV in three rooms
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garage for one car with off road parking for a further vehicle in front accessed along a short unmade, unlit private track Garden with patio and furniture
  • Enclosed area for dogs although this may not be secure for all dogs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 1 min, farm shop, Post Office and garage 5 mins
  • Beach 3 miles.

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About the location


The village of Shipton Gorge has its first reference in the Domesday Book of 1086. There is no "gorge" but it is an interesting and pretty village with high banked lanes, lovely houses and a community spirit. There are a number of thatched properties as well as listed buildings, one site of special scientific interest, two small woods and a network of public footpaths and bridleways to be explored. It has an early 15th century church tower, a 13th century font and the exterior is floodlit for much of the year making it an important feature of the village both day and night.

Region Information

Note: not suitable for children under five or those with limited mobility due to the stepped/sloped access to the property via 24 steps from the parking area. There are 2 ponds in the garden.
Note: max 6 people.
Note: dogs are not to be left unattended in the property at any time.
Note: bath is shorter than standard on the first-floor bathroom.
Note: garage 2.4m x 4.8m, plus parking for an additional car in front of garage, accessed a short way along an unmade, unlit road.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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