Looking towards the front of the property
Cosy up in front of the woodburner
Relax after a long day exploring
Spcious living room with exposed beams
Plan your days adventures over breakfast
Well equipped kitchen perfect for cooking your favourite meals
Further exposed beams in one of the double bedrooms
En-suite shower room
Bring a book and relax in the window seat of the second double bedroom
En-suite shower room
Light and spacious twin bedroom
Spacious single bedroom
Large family bathroom
Relax in the enclosed garden
Patio and lawned enclosed garden
A warm welcome awaits in this beautiful stone cottage
The drive up to the property
1 / 17  Looking towards the front of the property
2 / 17  Cosy up in front of the woodburner
3 / 17  Relax after a long day exploring
4 / 17  Spcious living room with exposed beams
5 / 17  Plan your days adventures over breakfast
6 / 17  Well equipped kitchen perfect for cooking your favourite meals
7 / 17  Further exposed beams in one of the double bedrooms
8 / 17  En-suite shower room
9 / 17  Bring a book and relax in the window seat of the second double bedroom
10 / 17  En-suite shower room
11 / 17  Light and spacious twin bedroom
12 / 17  Spacious single bedroom
13 / 17  Large family bathroom
14 / 17  Relax in the enclosed garden
15 / 17  Patio and lawned enclosed garden
16 / 17  A warm welcome awaits in this beautiful stone cottage
17 / 17  The drive up to the property


Shipton Gorge, Dorset
Sleeps 7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A pretty, stone cottage in a quiet village location
  • Original features blended with contemporary touches create a country-cottage style throughout
  • Less than a mile to the A35, which provides easy access to the rest of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Only 200 metres to the local village pub
  • Close to Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast
  • Hive beach with beach café only 2.5 miles away
Property code: DC019

This delightful, wisteria-clad cottage in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge is the ideal base for families looking to enjoy quality time together in the stunning county of Dorset.

Draped in Wisteria, this family-sized retreat brings holiday dreams to life. Located on a quiet village lane in Shipton Gorge, it embodies a melting pot of traditional themes and contemporary comforts. Relax in the cottage’s sumptuous interiors together and write the pages of your own adventure. Only a 2-mile drive from the coast, 2 miles from local shops and 200 metres from the local pub, luxury and discovery are there to be enjoyed in equal doses.

Stepping inside, the ground floor creates spacious living areas that exude a light and airy quality. Settle into the lounge’s comfortable seating, including ample sofas, as the wood burner throws an amber glow over the room’s neutral tones and exposed old beams. For meals at home, a large kitchen houses lots of room and appliances for culinary preparations. Lending an extra sense of occasion, the formal dining room is a gorgeous spot to gather together over plates of steaming food. Comfortably sleeping seven people, this property has plenty of bedrooms for everyone to enjoy a quiet night. Head upstairs and find the four bedrooms. Including two doubles, one twin and a single, we’ll leave it to you to find the perfect combination. The double bedrooms both have en suite shower rooms and there is a further restricted height bathroom with bath with handheld shower attachment.  For a breath of fresh air, there is a terrace with a lawn area and BBQ for lazy summer afternoons.

3.5 miles from West Bay, treat yourselves to long walks along the beach taking in the views of the Dorset coastline. Only 1.5 miles from Burton Bradstock, pop into the village to stock up on supplies or pay a visit to some of the eateries offering local food. For an unbeatable walk and panoramic views, the famous Golden Cap is 7.5 miles away.


Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 4 bedrooms – 1 super king-size with en-suite shower room, 1 king-size with en-suite shower room, 1 twin and 1 single
  • Bathrooms - 2 en-suite shower rooms, 1 family bathroom with low ceiling, 1 WC downstairs
  • Kitchen - fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • TV/DVD and Roku box in lounge (with access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, iPlayer), TV in dining room
  • Central heating and electricity included
  • Wood burner - logs included October - end of April
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Enclosed garden to the rear with seating and gas BBQ
  • Children's garden and beach games available
  • Secure storage available for bikes
  • Driveway parking for 3 cars
  • Regret no dogs
  • Pub 200 metres
  • Shop 2 miles

This property is personally managed by Belinda.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
Overall equipment
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Reviewed by Carole 13th September 2019

This is a lovely cottage, and the owners have done everything possible to make your stay enjoyable.

Reviewed by Carolyn 9th September 2019

Cottage was very clean and very nicely decorated.Was in a lovely village but only about a mile from the main road. Exceptionally well equipped. Please go to the local pub, the food is good and the people who run it are lovely and very hard working. Everybody was very friendly.

Reviewed by 2nd August 2019

Have been going to Bowhole since 2013. There are six in our party. I would rate the cottage excellent, It is clean, spacious and well equipped. It is situated in a quiet area and has a Public House nearby which serves meals and is just a 5 minute walk from Bowhole. Good eating houses in Bridport which is approximately 5 minutes drive from Bowhole.

Reviewed by Ian 4th July 2019

The house is well equipped and spacious. An enchanting garden and good garden furniture as well. 3 bathrooms are very useful. Well located for Dorsets attraction, many country houses near and a lovely beech at Burton Bradstock, close by. Bridport is close for any shopping for food etc. 5 mins in the car.

Reviewed by T 21st June 2019

Second visit to Bowhole. Very comfortable and fully equipped accomodation. Stairgate at top of stairs is a thoughtful provision for families with young children. Quiet location in delightful village. Richard and Chris next door are very helpful if you need them. We have been twice - says it all!

Reviewed by Mr A Bruton 17th April 2019

A spacious cottage with all the facilities necessary.

Reviewed by Mr RM Smith 9th January 2019

Beautifully maintained and comprehensively equipped throughout. Bedrooms and bathrooms very comfortable and warm, kitchen and other living accommodation very welcoming, as were our hosts. We loved the large woodburner with a constant supply of dry logs. Lovely old stone build cottage in centre of a small village with pub. Nearest beach and other faRead morecilities are in Burton Bradstock about 2 miles away. We loved our stay here, one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed. Highly recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Mr N Greenwood 6th January 2019

We used to let our gite here in France and often rent holiday properties both here and back in the UK, so we have ample experience of holiday lets and accommodation. Without a doubt Bowhole was our very best rental choice ever. Not only did the property exceed our expectations in all aspects of furnishings, equipment, comfort and cleanliness, but Read moreit was a true home from home where we lacked for nothing. Also, our let was for a family Christmas, so imagine our surprise to find the house decorated throughout and a 7 Christmas tree in the sitting-room. The owners couldnt have been more welcoming and helpful. We are grateful to them and to Dorset Cottages for every aspect of this letting. Hide

Reviewed by Miss M Grillet 5th October 2018

The cottage was perfect, its close to the beach, beautifully furnished and wonderfully comfortable.

Reviewed by Mrs P Tucker 5th September 2018

Very welcoming and absolutely spotless

Reviewed by Ms S Carden 31st August 2018

The cottage exceeded all expectations. It was spotlessly clean, roomy, comfortable and had everything we needed.

Reviewed by Mr M Dunne 22nd August 2018

Clean, spacious and well equipped.

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Looking towards the front of the property
Cosy up in front of the woodburner
Relax after a long day exploring
Spcious living room with exposed beams
Plan your days adventures over breakfast
Well equipped kitchen perfect for cooking your favourite meals
Further exposed beams in one of the double bedrooms
En-suite shower room
Bring a book and relax in the window seat of the second double bedroom
En-suite shower room
Light and spacious twin bedroom
Show 5 moreSpacious single bedroom


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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