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Thatched Cottage On The Beach With Sea Views



Updated: 29-Jul-2016
Cottage in West Bay, Bridport, Dorset, England

Ship Cottage, right on the pebble beach at the start of the Chesil Bank that stretches 18 miles to Portland. The current accommodation in Ship Cottage consists of a fully equipped kitchen with twin ovens and microwaves, a dining room that seats 14 to 18 and sitting room with 32'' flat screen TV and DVD/ video players. Leading off from the sitting room there is a small lookout/sunroom above the beach with views of the sea and harbour entrance. There is a large bootroom just off the entrance hall perfect for coats/walking boots etc. The bedrooms consist of 3 twin , 3 doubles and 1 king size with TV. One of the twins and one of the doubles have wash handbasins. There are 2 bathrooms with lavatories, 1 separate shower, 2 separate lavatories, and a self-contained annex with 1 twin bedroom with TV and 1 double, shower with lavatory and small entrance hall with a galley kitchen including a fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle.

  • Sleeps 19
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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Great location and full of character!

  • 4 of 5

We gathered at Ships Cottage for a big family holiday, with 7 adults, 2 little ones and a baby and we had a fabulous stay! The layout meant that we all had our own space without feeling on top of each other, plenty of bathroom/toilets for us all, the kitchen was well equipped, the dining table was enormous and it felt very homely! It was obviously well used but that meant that we could relax and feel at home rather than being on edge with the little ones! The location was amazing, in the middle of everything and right on the beach. A few of the electrical bits needed updating (e.g. Radio/ DVD-Video player/ Microwave). The only thing it lacked was some outdoor chairs to sit in the sunshine.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage and location at a great price

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to say how lovely the cottage was when we stayed last weekend. Exactly what we were after and expected.

Absolutely fantastic setting and the kids were overjoyed to be so close to the beach.

We were sat on the beach at 7am on the Saturday morning drinking coffee and watching them splash in the sea in their pyjamas!

Hopefully we will be back for another fun weekend at some point.

Thanks very much.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great family holiday

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a long weekend at ship cottage with our 3 kids and our extended family. 12 in total.

We all throughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage is in an amazing location, literally on the beach and a stones throw from the harbour (great for crabbing!), there are a couple of lovely pubs that do nice food within 2 minutes walk, a lovely beach cafe that does great breakfasts/coffees/pizzas etc. we all had a lovely time.

The cottage is huge and was very well equipt for large parties, it has a dishwasher, wifi, washing machine... Everything you need. Yes it is a bit tired and could certainly not be disribed as modern, but it's a 200 year old thatched cottage for goodness sake! We loved it's shabbyness because it meant we could all relax (even with 3 small boisterous boys!) and enjoy our fantastic holiday! We can't wait to go back

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location but poorly maintained inside

  • 1 of 5

We were a party of five families and booked to stay for three nights but all left after two nights. The location of this property is amazing (directly on the beachfront) but unfortunately parts of the inside really let it down. At best it could be described as 'shabby chic' - the property has huge potential and is characterful but in its current state is more akin to student digs. The main living area and dining area were okay but the bathrooms and some of the bedrooms were in a very poor state. Our bedroom had a sink in it and a heater / boiler that ignited every few hours - felt very unsafe with young children around. The place also looked like it needed a good clean. Sorry for the poor review - it was lovely to see our friends but the accommodation failed to meet expectations and was overpriced for what we got.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive feedback on the location, and also for pointing areas that need improving. While we believe most of the areas are in a good condition, some parts have probably been neglected. The owners are now working very hard in order to get the bathrooms up together - while they they were clean and functioning, I would agree that they were 'tired' and needed updating. The owners are also replacing the carpets and painting throughout, as I write this, so everything should be in order soon. We would welcome for you to return and enjoy the house again, and see how much better everything is. While it is by no means a five star property, I think one star is a little harsh! I would also say that the price reflects the fact that it isn't a luxury property. I believe you'd be hard pushed to find a 9 bedroom property on the beach, at £1260 for a three night weekend.
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Activity and Interests


The cottage is directly on the beach, which is shingle.


1.5 miles to Bridport, 15 miles to Dorchester.

Further Details:

Pub directly opposite the cottage, with 'mini marts' close by. Many other pubs and restaurants in the vicinity around West Bay. Supermarkets, shops and more hotels/pubs etc. can be found in Bridport, which is 1.5 miles away.


Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    One third of the total price is taken as the holding deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to your stay.

    Changeover Day:
    Lets normally begin on a Friday.

    Notes on prices:
    Please enquire for prices for weeks and mid-weeks.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Television

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 2 bathrooms with lavatories, a shower room with lavatory, 1 further shower room and 2 separate lavatories.


  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 19 (9 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The bedrooms consist of 4 twins , 4 doubles and 1 king size with TV. One of the twins and one of the doubles have wash hand basins. One of the doubles has the option of an extra single bed.


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: As the house is situated directly on the beach there is no private garden, but it's fine to take portable bbqs to the beach in front of the house Utility Room: Boot room with washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included, but towels are not provided. Other: Dining room with bespoke tables that seat up to 18

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