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The Skilling

Bridport, Dorset (Ref. 1021105)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 14

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely comfortable house with glorious views towards the countryside and coast - felt at home as soon as we walked through the door."

    Reviewed by JamesMay 2022

  • "Excellent holiday home throughout, well equipped kitchen, lounge, dinning room and bedrooms."

    Plenty of cleaning materials provided, especially hand wash. Garden area was very good.

    Reviewed by TerryMay 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful place excellent facilities and the hot tub which we used at least twice a day."

    Just one point could you make the sign to the property bigger and instructions to get there better. We were going up and down the hill trying to find the house and asked at 3 or 4 local people who did not know where it was we had to get the cleaners to show us where it was in the end

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the lovely comments. We are so sorry that you had difficulty finding the house. A friend of ours made us a beautiful new sign which blends in perfectly with the spring flowers on the bank. In retrospect, this is not great if you are trying to find the house for the first time. We will replace it with a bigger one. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrendaMar 2022

  • "We had a fabulous weekend stay at The Skilling."

    Great for a large family get together. Everything you need and good communication from the owner. Lovely area to stay in and really easy to find. You are in the countryside, a walk from the sea and a walk to a bustling town all at the same time. We would have loved to stay for longer as still plenty to see and do.

    Reviewed by JeanMar 2022

  • "Fabulous week at the Skilling."

    6 Adults and 6 grandchildren ( under the age of 10)And 2 dogsThe Skilling was large and comfortable with easily enough space. The garden was secure and a great adventure playground for the children. Sitting on the large balcony at night with a hot chocolate star gazing was a great way to occupy the children for half an hour before bed. Lol.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "Wonderful xxxxx"

    Reviewed by LeanneFeb 2022

  • "Lovely house with brilliant facilities, arrival hamper was a lovely touch ."

    Owner was lovely and made sure with had everything we needed . Lovely location for exploring local area .

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2022

  • "Thankyou, The house was perfect for our family celebration."

    The beds were all comfortable and the house was so clean. The hot tub was an added bonus. Would visit again

    Reviewed by KirstyJan 2022

  • "We booked this house as it looked ideal for 3x families with older children (14 people) for a pre christmas break /50th birthday celebrations and we were not disappointed."

    The house was perfect, location was fab, hot tub great and amazing views, not a single complaint from anyone. We can’t wait to return next year. :-)

    Reviewed by KellyDec 2021

  • "An amazing place to stay the views were out of this world."

    Fantastic accommodation and lovely welcoming property. Really lovely and helpful owners thank you for a wonderful stay

    Reviewed by CorbettDec 2021

  • "The best equipped house we have ever stayed in with lots of kitchen resources and more than enough seating (which is very unusual for large parties)."

    Lots of cleaning materials provided which was very much appreciated as this too, is often an extra responsibility for the shopper on arrival. Completely stress free.

    Reviewed by DaphneJul 2021

  • "The Skilling is ideal for a large family group such as ours."

    We had plenty of room to be together but also maintain some privacy. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch, thank you. The views from the balcony toward West Bay are wonderful. The house is roomy and well cared for. The garden is private and filled with delight in terms of secret areas, fragrances and places to sit. The hot tub was a huge hit with us all. The house is in a great location we enjoyed walking into Bridport which is very pleasant with many independent shops. The market on Saturday and Wednesday was worth a visit too. Overall we felt the house offered a super base for a large group, close to local beaches and shops for food supplies. The only negative was the noise each day from building work being completed down the hill. It started at 07:30 Monday to Friday and went on all day. Tranquil it was not, but we appreciate there’s not much the owners could do about it and looks to be nearing completion. The living area was comfortable and well thought out. The kitchen could have had a larger fridge considering the amount of people visiting. Overall we all had a good holiday experience.

    Reviewed by RobinJul 2021

  • "We loved our stay at The Skilling."

    It was everything promised and more. It provided the perfect base for our family holiday. The basket of goodie was very much appreciated too! My husband loved the apple cake!

    Reviewed by ShirleyJun 2021

  • "Our family party consisted of 3 generations and the Skillings was ideal for us in respect of accommodation (particularly bedrooms and bathrooms) and the location - perfect for access to Bridport and various coastal resorts."

    The owners were easily contactable and responded immediately to any issue we raised. Already thinking of when we can next book. Loved the hot tub!!

    Reviewed by SteveJun 2021

  • "The house has stunning views and the location is great for access to all local attractions and amenities."

    Lots of space and no shortage of facilities for families or groups staying . Lovely welcome note and goodies along with contact from the owner before and after stay which was a lovely touch. A recommendation of the Ropemakers pub in Bridport was also welcomed and spot on!

    Reviewed by CarenMay 2021

  • "Really loved our stay at The Skilling."

    I had originally booked it due to its location but have totally fallen in love with the house. Every day was a joy sunshine or rain Just loved the views each day across the hill to the sea. We both loved the Hot tub and the garden in general is a delight. The house provided everything we needed & our bed was very comfortable & all the other bedrooms looked equally wonderful. There is surround sound & our wonderful hosts provided everything we needed to make our stay perfect.

    Reviewed by ElaineApr 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage in a gorgeous location."

    The upside down arrangement works great, and the cottage was extremely well stocked for cutlery/plates/consumables etc, and the hot tub was a bonus . Met the owners who were exceedingly helpful, and useful sourc eof local information. Would recommend very highly!!

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "Why do people need to go abroad when we have holiday properties like this in our country, The property had everything you could need that caters for everyone and pets."

    Have already recommended the property to others. Covid friendly.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2020

  • "The Skilling met all our holiday needs."

    Easy parking, 5 good sized double bedrooms, spacious well equipped kitchen, large living room, sizeable balconies upstairs and downstairs, Well positioned to walk to town or the beach whether at Eape or WestBay and the large Morrison’s supermarket is only a quarter of a mile away. We had one minor issue on arrival which was dealt with quickly and helpfully by the owners who otherwise remained unobtrusive. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "We were a family of 8 adults and very much enjoyed staying at The Skilling."

    We hardly used our cars as it’s proximity to Bridport and West Bay was great. There’s a small trek back up the hill walking on the road which was fine for us as we were all adults but I would think if you had children or elderly people with you you might think twice. Not much garden space for lounging around but lovely to have the hot tub. The house is an upside down house to make the most of the views to the sea, all the bedrooms we used had en-suite which, given the Covid situation, was really helpful. Nice and clean, well stocked with equipment. The owner was extremely helpful and prompt in her communications with us. Lovely stay.

    Reviewed by LeonieAug 2020

  • "Fantastic setting and good layout for families and hot tub was a bonus and lovely and clean and hot."

    Fantastic area for outside activities. Staff everywhere were friendly and helpful . Owner very helpful and good communication when contacted. Thank you. Useful to have had :- Pegs ( I brought my own) There was only 2 long plastic tumbler and no small tumbler plastic tumblers for children No cups and saucers More mugs needed for larger parties would have been helpful or smaller mugs for coffee as mugs were very large Hairdryer in each room would have been helpful as had to share. Definitely recommend. It’s one of the best holidays we have had.

    Reviewed by JaniceJul 2020

  • "Lovely house for a family gathering."

    Well equipped. A hand juicer would be useful and a tea cosy. Hot tub great.

    Reviewed by ValerieFeb 2020

  • "Very comfortable house for large groups, everyone enjoyed the hot tub and the location for shopping, eating out was great, though the hill to get back to house when walking made us puff!"


    Reviewed by CarolynJan 2020

  • "We were so pleased with the property and with its location in particular that we have booked this house again with a group of friends for later this year."

    Reviewed by DouglasDec 2019

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  • Five bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a superking bed with steps leading down to an additional single bed, A further child’s trundle bed is available on request
  • It has an en-suite bathroom
  • It is ideal for a couple with children
  • Bedroom 2 has a superking bed which can be split to form 2 singles, with two additional child’s trundle beds available on request, It has an en-suite shower room and a TV with integral DVD player
  • It is ideal for a couple with small children or if up to four children want to sleep in one room
  • Bedroom 3 has twin beds which can be joined to make a super-king on request, It has a door leading to the family bathroom which can be used as an en-suite if there is no-one using Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 4 has a king size bed
  • Bedroom 5 has a king size bed and an en-suite shower room
  • It is ideal for grandparents or couples without children as it is on a separate floor to the other bedrooms and has level access to the communal areas
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Utility
  • First-floor kitchen/diner with balcony
  • First-floor dining room with balcony
  • First-floor sitting room
  • Summer house
  • Gas central heating
  • Double oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Up to three travel cots, two highchairs and stairgate available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Large matured garden with furniture, barbecue and hot tub
  • Pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: No more than 10 adults (bringing four children) are encouraged to stay at the property at one time
  • Note: There are a couple of stairs down to some areas of the ground floor including bedrooms so the property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Please note that due to current government restrictions, all rooms advertised may not be available, however, please contact the office to discuss discounts for smaller parties

The property

This large family house is situated in the heart of the West Dorset countryside, close to the market town of Bridport and overlooking the coast at West Bay.

Offering a quirky layout and plenty of social space, this property is perfect for a multi-generational family or for couples or families holidaying together.

The front door leads into the mezzanine floor...

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About the location


Lyme Regis 10 miles; West Bay 2 miles.

The attractive market town of Bridport grew up around the River Brit, and was shaped by its extensive history of rope and net making. The long, wide streets and alleyways between the houses were once where the flax strands were twisted into rope, while today those streets are filled with an interesting variety of shops, restaurants and inns. Bridport’s market is regularly featured on the River Cottage TV programme. 2 miles south of Bridport is the dramatic Jurassic coast at West Bay, now a World Heritage Site, home to the backdrop for TV's Harbour Lights and the coastal setting for popular Broadchurch, whilst the picturesque resort of Lyme Regis is within 10 miles. A superb base for exploring wonderful West Dorset.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas