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Crabbs Bluntshay Cottage
Shave Cross

Crabbs Bluntshay Cottage, Shave Cross, Dorset

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 6

Pricing From: £308.00

With a lovely a flagstone floor and a cosy sitting room with wood-burning stove, the property is able to sleep up to six people in one double room, one single and one with adult bunks.

Situated in the rural hamlet of Shave Cross, in the heart of The Marshwood Vale, this picturesque cottage is a lovely 19th Century semi-detached property just six miles from Bridport. This former farm worker's cottage offers comfortable, well-equipped accommodation in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and maintains much of its period charm. There is a small shop next door selling preserves and farm cider whilst for other essentials the bustling market town of Bridport is just a short drive away and offers all the amenities that guests to this property might need.


Not the friendliest of welcomes
The cottage itself is comfortable. It is in the middle of no where. Hoping goid walks but lacking in footpath signs and very boggy. I think what upset us is the lack of welcome. Signs saying vacate by 10:30 and strip beds. Leave as you find. Big sign on black board 'rubbish Tuesday' no welcome, have a nice holiday. Thought we might see the owners so we could ask for dry logs as logs left were very wet and wouldnt burn. When we did see the owner it was to tell us off for parking in the deserted caravan park next door. It says parking space for 2 cars. There isnt. Its a single track road with very fast cars and tractors belting up and down day and night. Maybe if the owners removed the wooden platform with dead plants on this would make more space? As it is, any cars parked in space 2 will have a scratched dented car. Not so much as a 'are you having a nice time?' Shocked by miserable attitude. Wouldnt stay here again as really put a dampner on holiday. Stay nearer coast as lovely countryside and walks.

Quiet, peaceful location. Ideal base to tour the area. Neat, enclosed rear garden. Clean, welcoming and plenty of room. Overall impression of the property was fantastic.
Mr Baker

Lovely cottage had everything we needed .Enjoyed the local attractions and we were very lucky with the weather.
Mrs Tulett

Lovely cottage in peaceful location but some details let it down
We have just returned from a week's stay at this cottage and thought a review may be useful to others as there are no recent ones on Tripadvisor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the cottage and the fact that it is pet friendly, the owner kindly permitting us to bring both of our small terriers, was very attractive to us. It was also excellent value. It is literally in the middle of nowhere and if you are looking for peace and quiet, you will certainly find it here. It was so nice to awake each morning to the sound of the farm animals (noisy geese!) and birdsong. The roads around the cottage are single track so there is very little passing traffic. To get to the Shave Cross Inn is a 10 minute walk along the narrow lane, but there are torches supplied so we didn't feel it was too dangerous in the dark. The cottage is equipped with the essentials and it was handy having a washing machine and dryer. We found the beds extremely comfortable and the shower is hot and powerful. The cottage was clean and tidy. It is full of character and has been furnished in keeping with the age and style. There is a lawned area which, although enclosed by hedge, we could not let our small dogs run loose because there were gaps leading onto the road. However, there is an enclosed area at the rear which also has seating. There is a new flat screen TV with integrated DVD player so don't be misled by the photographs on Sykes's website of a rather old fashioned TV. With a few special touches, this cottage could be perfect : Towels - not supplied. We only found out when we contacted the owner direct. Although not a problem, Sykes should state this on their website. Wifi - none available. We had been told there WAS Wifi so this was a little irritating for us as we use the Internet to research local restaurants, points of interest, etc. Hairdryer - None. DVDs/books/games in case of wet weather - none. Welcome pack - none. Not even a tea bag or a jug of milk which after a 5 hour drive and with the nearest shop being 5 miles away would have been a nice touch as the cottage is so remote. It's such a pretty cottage, I longed to add pretty pictures and lamps, a few knick knacks and a cosy fireside rug. The most disappointing thing for us was the lack of contact from the owner. Usually, as a courtesy, owners call round to check everything is okay and whether you need any information. When I ran out of tin foil during the week, and knocked at the owner's farmhouse next door to borrow some, I was asked to purchase a replacement roll at a cost of £1.25 which I thought was very petty and poor customer service. There is cider and honey available to purchase from the farm, but there are no details in the cottage so a sales opportunity is probably being missed there. Overall, our week was very enjoyable; the weather was excellent for September, and we travelled widely throughout East and West Dorset all of which is beautiful. The cottage was a good base to return to after a long day and with a little more attention to detail could be even better.

The cottage had a really cosy feel about it. Although a small cottage, it was surprisingly spacious; we loved the flagstone floor and the period features. The enclosed garden was great too, for the dog. The cottage had everything that we needed - it was really well equipped. We loved the setting - in the middle of nowhere, but also within easy access of the coast. We also loved the Shave Cross Inn nearby.
Mrs Chilcott



Linen Provided Linen provided
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
High Chair High Chair
Cot Cot
WiFi WiFi


Double Beds

Twin Beds

Bunk Beds


Storage heaters with woodburning stove in sitting room
Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV/DVD with Freeview, stereo/CD player/radio etc
, WiFi
Fuel, power and starter pack of fuel for woodburning stove inc in rent
Bed linen inc in rent
Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
Roadside parking for 2 cars only
Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled area and garden furniture
One well-behaved dog welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop 5 miles, pub 10 mins walk
Note: Farm-reared turkeys available for Christmas week each year
Please request in advance

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Whitchurch Canonicorum, St Candida & Holy Cross Church - 1.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Jurassic Coast - 3.8 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Melplash, Christ Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Beaminster, St Mary's Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Bothenhampton, Holy Trinity Old Church - 4.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Monkton Wyld, St Andrew's Church - 4.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Forde Abbey - 5.7 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Mapperton Gardens - 5.7 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Mapperton, All Saints Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Clapton Mill - 5.9 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

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