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St Gabriels Cottage

(Ref. 1106344)

Chideock, Dorset Show on map

3.8

Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pet-friendly

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "St Gabriel's Cottage is the perfect getaway to feel away from the hustle and bustle of our modern and busy lives."

    It's location feels remote with excellent walking around Golden Cap and the SW Coast path, but in reality the house is only 5 minutes drive from the best Dorset farm shop (Felicity's) and 10 minutes from Charmouth and Bridport. We've stayed here for three years in a row and have loved it every time.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.4Mar 2024

  • "What a wonderful retreat."

    Wish we could stay longer. Only 2 days away from London + Now completely relaxed.The cottage has everything we needed. Next time we will book for a week.

    GuestJul 2023

  • "Such a beautiful "Away-from-it-all" Cottage."

    We've had a wonderful week and return to the realities of the "real" world with lots of happy memories and a strong feeling of loss.

    GuestJun 2023

  • "What a hidden gem St Gabriels is!"

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our ''off grid'' stay here in Dorset. The walks were beautiful and we lucked out with full sunny days. Our first time in this part of the world - we will definitely be back. The quiet evenings were just what we needed.

    The LawsonsJun 2023

  • "Rang several times about a wasps nest and it wasn't dealt with or were we moved to another property."

    I removed two dozen wasps and we were able to stay the night but more got in the following day (with all windows closed). I was promised a callback three times but never got one. I got a refund for one of the two nights eventually, but that appeared in my account. It was never explained that was the outcome. Not my style to complain but this warrants it. I have a three year old that couldn't sleep for fear of the wasps, and the whole thing was handled badly. Shame because the property and location are idyllic. Lovely old cottage. Bathroom is nice and modern, but the rest of the cottage is true to it's age. I should also note that there was no hot water in the kitchen.

    We do apologise the the out of hours service did not respond to all of your communications. We did contact a local pest control specialist but as it was Bank Holiday they were not able to attend until after your departure. They did advise us that the insects were bees not wasps, and they have now moved on from the property. We apologise if this impacted on your short stay. The Lyme Bay Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joe1.6May 2023

  • "This is our second stay at St."

    Gabriel's Cottage, having had a fabulous Easter break last year we were thrilled to repeat it again this year We look forward to coming back again - maybe in a different season to see how this beautiful spot changes.Thanks again for letting us and so many other families enjoy this precious spot!

    Apr 2023

  • "What a magical place!"

    We loved it so much - thank you. Delighted also by the absence of WiFi and mobile reception. We hope to be back.

    Thank you for your kind comments. As well as being within the National Trust area the cottage is a haven if you are looking for a true escape from it all! The owner has now provided and t.v. with built in DVD player so that guests can enjoy the vast library of DVDs in the cottage. The Lyme Bay Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by J5.0Feb 2023

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay."

    The cottage is just perfect and really cosy! We'll definitely come back - would love to see the place in the summer.

    Jan 2023

  • "St Gabriels Cottage is a gem."

    It is a beautiful, sensitively restored historic bldg in a beautiful setting . The cottage is warm and comfortable and utterly charming. We found everything we needed within.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2022

  • "This gorgeous cottage has been a perfect place to spend our family Christmas."

    We already had great memories of the Lyme Regis and Bridport areas and now we have found this incredible hamlet with St Gabriels Cottage where we'd love to enjoy future family times. We have found everything we could have needed here at St Gabriels Cottage.

    GuestDec 2022

  • "St Gabriels is a magical cottage in a wonderful location."

    It is very peaceful with lovely walks and views along the cliffs. We have come every year for many years and it feels like a second home to us.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2022

  • "Location is very remote."

    No vehicle access unless you have a off road 4x4. The scenery is out of this world. But you need either tv or internet access.

    Reviewed by Colin2.5Aug 2022

  • "A gorgeous setting in a superb location."

    Not having Wi-Fi/signal was a godsend and three young boys (2/4/6) had great fun playing tag/rugby/football passing in the garden. Unfortunately the holiday was let down by a few major points: a ridiculously small downstairs bed; a kettle that didn't work 95% of the time, the remaining 5% requiring you to hold the button down; a shower head blocked with limescale and pinched hose held together with electrical tape; electrical tape used to hold the bulb holder of a bedside lamp together; and an very strong smell of damp. We own an 18th century cottage and appreciate that whilst a certain level of dampness is to be expected within a property of this age the level within St Gabriel’s was excessive. The bedding felt constantly 'damp' and clammy, clothes felt damp when left out overnight and a leather handbag strap went mouldy inside of a week. Not to mention the effect on bread and other perishable food. I’m not sure whether there was an extended duration between the previous guests and ourselves but the smell was very strong and the walls visibly damp. Crumbs in the breadbin, a half-finished bottle of open ketchup, hair in the shower and general grit/grass on the floor on arrival suggested a lacklustre approach to cleaning. There should be mention of the smaller-than-standard-double sized bed which even without a pregnant wife was completely unsuitable in this day and age; it felt like the desire to cram two bedside tables in had led to that decision yet in reality all that happened when you decided to try not sleeping on your side was that you ended up headbutting one of the very sharp corners. That said, it was a nice week and the cottage is in a wonderful setting.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry you experienced trouble with the kettle, we were unaware there was an issue, if you had let us know here at Lyme Bay Holidays, we would have replaced it immediately. This has now of course been actioned, alongside the cleaning issues. This wonderful, quaint cottage is 100’s of years old and part of it is constructed in stone rubble with no damp course on some walls and because of this it is affected by humidity levels. We find if it is aired daily this isn’t an issue. We do try to describe our properties honestly as wea can as we respect that everyone’s needs are different, and we try to note characteristics that may make the property unsuitable for some. This property is advertised as having a small double bed (4 foot) so our potential guests are aware that this is how the room is furnished. Whilst the majority of guests will have an enjoyable holiday in the properties we let, this isn’t always the case, so we welcome and appreciate your feedback as it enables us to improve the service, we offer guests and the standard of properties we let. The feedback we get on this property is usually very positive. Team LBH Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alastair4.1Jul 2022

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This property is part of the Lyme Bay Holidays collection.
Lyme Bay Holidays are a large, friendly, local agency established for over 40 years. Specialising in the area surrounding Lyme Regis on the Dorset and Devon border, they cover much of the World Heritage Coast as well as some stunning countryside and attractive market towns and villages.

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 2 x twins
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric storage and wall heating with electric stove-effect fire
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box
  • TV with built-in DVD Player (for use with DVD only - no tv signal) and a large selection of DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Private gardens, lawns, garden furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: Unloading and loading can be done from access lane near the cottage (path from this lane to cottage is uneven and may not be suitable for elderly/infirm or young children or prams) with parking a short walk away
  • Note: The cottage is accessed along a narrow and uneven country lane which may not be suitable for some vehicles
  • Note: There is no TV or WiFi at this property so please bear this in mind when booking
  • Note: Due to the age of the property the stairs are steep and uneven so please bear this in mind when booking
  • Note: This property accommodates up to five guests

The property

Enjoying a superb rural setting beautiful countryside, a short distance from the Coastal Path in stunning Dorset, is this chocolate box cottage, St Gabriel’s Cottage.

The ideal location for families or groups travelling together, the thatched cottage offers a wealth of original features and provides its guests with a truly rustic holiday.

Stepping into the sitting room is like stepping back in time with a traditional inglenook fireplace, ceiling beams, wood flooring and delightful picture windows, all of which add up to create an inviting ambience.

The kitchen is fitted with everything needed to create delicious cuisine for the whole family and there is an attractive dining area here where guests can enjoy tucking into some of that wonderful food, maybe sourcing some of the incredible ingredients available locally.

If the sun is shining then you can step outside into the magnificent cottage gardens where there are lawns, shrubberies, a patio and garden furniture; the perfect spot for everyone to gather.

The children (and dogs!) can run around the ample lawns while the adults make the most of their free time to really relax into the holiday vibe.

As the sun sets over the stunning thatched roof of St Gabriel’s Cottage, make your way to any of the well-appointed bedrooms which come complete with feature cottage stone walls, ceiling beams and views over the gorgeous gardens.

Despite the traditional feel of the cottage, the shower room is contemporary in style and is great for hopping in for a refreshing soak before planning the day’s activities.

There is no shortage of things to do locally with the simply stunning village of Chideock a short walk and from here you can start following the South West Coastal Path.

Nearby towns worth visiting include the market town of Bridport which featured regularly on the River Cottage hit TV programme and Lyme Regis known for its causeway, harbour, beaches, museum and aquarium and which also has a good range of shops and amenities.

If you want to jump in the car and be rewarded with some scenic journeys then check out Chideock Manor Gardens, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Tunnel Tree Tops, the Jurassic Fun Centre, Town Mill and Axe Valley Wildlife Park.

St Gabriel’s Cottage offers a fantastic rural retreat.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location

CHIDEOCK

Bridport 2 miles. Lyme Regis 7 miles. West Bay 4 miles.

The pretty village of Chideock (pronounced Chiddick) can be found straddling the main A35 road between Bridport and Honiton, in glorious West Dorset. Many of the quaint cottages lining the road are constructed of cob and the honey-coloured local sandstone. Lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the area has plenty of lovely walks, whilst just 1 mile away is Dorset's Jurassic Coast, famed for its fossils and ease of finding them, where a walk along the coastal path affords spectacular views across the sparkling waters of Lyme Bay towards Portland, Chesil beach and the Dorset coast. A short drive east takes you to the ancient rope-making town of Bridport, and the harbour at West Bay, or venture west to visit the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis. An excellent holiday base from which to explore this scenic area.

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Note: Unloading and loading can be done from access lane outside the cottage with parking a short walk away. Note: The cottage is accessed along a narrow country lane which may not be suitable for some vehicles. Note: There is no TV or WiFi at this property so please bear this in mind when booking. Note: Due to the age of the property the stairs are steep and uneven so please bear this in mind when booking. Note: This property accommodates up to five guests

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas