The Skilling

Located in Bridport, Dorset

The Skilling is a detached cottage in Bridport, Dorset and can sleep ten adults and four children in five bedrooms with a hot tub and accepting pets.

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Pet Friendly: 4


The Skilling is a wonderful detached dwelling resting on the outskirts of Bridport in Dorset. There are five bedrooms within the property including a ground-floor super-king-size with Jack-and-Jill access to the ground-floor bathroom, a ground-floor family room with a double and truckle with access to the patio and en-suite bathroom, a ground-floor super-king-size with 2 x pull-out truckles and a travel cot with access to the patio and en-suite shower room, a ground floor twin and a first floor double, as well as a cloakroom, making the property suitable to sleep up to ten adults and four children. The property also holds a kitchen/diner, a dining room, a sitting room, a utility and a conservatory. Outside there is ample off-road parking and a large lawned back garden with furniture, a gas barbecue and a hot tub. The Skilling is a wondrous property for a large family gathering in this scenic area of Dorset.

Property Details

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 which has a hallway with storage for coats and boots, a downstairs cloakroom and access to the garden via a fully-equipped utility room. A short flight of stairs leads down to four of the five bedrooms. Two spacious family rooms with en-suites have doors that lead to the veranda, garden and hot tub. Each of these rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two children, with pull-out beds and up to three travel cots available. In addition, there is a family bathroom, a room with a super-king-size bed that can be configured as two singles and a room with two singles that can be configured as a super-king. The fifth bedroom is on the first floor and has a king-size bed. All rooms have ample hanging and storage space.

Take the stairs up from the hallway to the living rooms which boast a multi-room speaker system and ceiling fans which keep the temperature pleasant on the hottest of days. The well-equipped kitchen has a breakfast bar, dining area and a door leading to the balcony, which is a sun trap from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the coast and countryside. The dining room can seat twelve in comfort and has a further door to the balcony, whilst the sitting room offers comfy sofas, a large TV and a variety of DVDs, books and games for all ages.

Take a stroll around the mature, wooded garden, which offers a number of seating areas in which you can congregate as a group or enjoy quiet time alone. Relax in the six-person hot tub or enjoy a drink by the side in total seclusion. Soak up the sun in the daytime or enjoy an enchanting lamp-lit evening experience. A large patio at the side of the house offers a shady area for alfresco dining and the adjoining summerhouse has all the tools and tableware you need for a picnic lunch or barbecue.

The house has parking for up to five cars and with so much within walking distance you could happily leave them there for the duration of your stay. The lively and attractive town of Bridport is a fifteen-minute walk away and a twenty-five-minute walk takes you to the harbour and beaches at West Bay, which was immortalised by ITV’s Broadchurch… or you can head to Eype for a quieter beach.

Everywhere you go you will be charmed by the landscape of the Jurassic Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site.


  • Gas central heating
  • Double oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Up to three travel cots, two highchairs and a stairgate available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Large matured garden with furniture, barbecue and hot tub
  • Pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop just under half a mile, a pub just over half a mile
  • 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


Cot Available
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Ground floor facilities
High Chair
Hot Tub
Linen and Towels
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Washing machine



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Area Details


Bridport is a small, busy market town on Dorset's Jurassic Coast. The town has quite a few independent shops, a supermarket, cafes and restaurants. There are also local markets here each week. Bridport has an arts centre, cinema, and museum. The museum includes an exhibition of the town's long history of rope-making amongst other exhibits. The town hosts the local food festival for a week at the end of June and ends with the Round Table Beer Festival. The town holds its annual carnival on the third Saturday in August. Visit Palmers Thatched Brewery to sample local beers and ale. Explore Mangerton Mill which is still a working water mill, visit the tea rooms attached and finish off with a country walk by the river.

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