Short House Chesil Beach

Bridport, Dorset
+44 (0)1305 871600
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Light-and-colour filled cottage with gardens and sea views on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, a short stroll from Chesil Beach


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Drive through swaying pampas grass and umbrella pines to this newly-restored Purbeck stone and pink rendered cottage: the deep blue sea shimmers behind the house and a solemn terracotta warrior stands guard. Sheep graze the surrounding National Trust farmland and you’ve only an unspoilt meadow between you and Chesil Beach. Charming owner Andrew lives next door in Long House.  Find a large, sociable, open plan kitchen (you can stock up with wine and Dorset delights in the farm shop) dining and sitting room with high ceilings and bright kilims on oak floors. Bold canvasses hang on the walls, there’s plenty of comfortable furniture, piles of books and DVDs, a swanky TV and an excellent Bose sound system. Two double bedrooms have finely dressed beds in Egyptian linen, the lightest feather and down, glorious watery views and smart bathrooms with roll tops and travertine stone walls. Both bedrooms open onto a west-facing private terrace overlooking the garden and ocean. You can play tennis, hop on a horse from the riding stables, visit Abbotsbury Gardens or ancient Swannery by foot, or start wonderful coastal walks from the door.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Beach runs and towels for drying after splashing in the sea.

Secluded location, no main roads nearby. 400-metre walk to the beach across the front field.

Pubs/restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £160
Weekly price
from £1159
Extra beds/sofabeds available at no charge. Second bedroom is a king-size double/twin.
1 House for 5
From £1604 beds2 bedrooms


Even coasting down the drive to Short House is a treat: striking umbrella pines on either side with pampas grass in between that brush the car with a soothing whisper as you pass... A lovely house to escape to with only the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep. Great open-plan living space, a suntrap terrace and bedrooms with stunning sea views. Only a few hundred yards down the field to dramatic Chesil Beach - perfect for your dog to come along too. Andrew was friendly and has lots of tips about the area - crunch along the shingle for an outstanding fish lunch at The Club House restaurant.

Wendy, Bristol

I'm not sure I have the vocabulary to do the Short House justice. A simply beautiful, tranquil and uniquely located bolthole to escape the hustle and bustle of life. The facilities are perfect, - great kitchen & living area; two fantastic bedrooms and two great far, so good; but then you get the 'garden'...a perfect 500 yard walk down to Chesil Beach. If there is a better back garden in the world I haven't found it. Couldn't recommend highly enough. Andrew & Julie; thank you for being such wonderful hosts - we will be back.

Ian, Reigate

V pleasant cottage in an excellent location, close to Chesil Beach. Comfortable, nicely decorated and kitted out. Decent WiFi. Good for the dog too - plenty of running room and no long lists of restrictions.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Andrew

  • Walk 45 minutes along the beach to the magical Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. Tea & scones are very good in a Colonial Style cafe restaurant there, with a great terrace amongst the palm trees.
  • If you're up for it, another 20 minutes walk gets you to Abbotsbury's 13th century Swannery on the Fleet. Hundreds of swans in a beautiful setting and you can walk amongst them. Memorable. Check out their bouncing bomb exhibit; it was tested on the Fleet.
  • Bridport, the quintessential market town with a busy Saturday morning market and a brass band in the square by the Arts Centre, is 15 minutes away. The largest hat shop in the country is a very good place to buy a hat. They do wicked socks as well
  • West Bay (aka Broadchurch, as seen on telly) has a small fishing harbour, and the best fish & chips.
  • Go find a fossil or two on the beach at Lyme Regis; about 30 minutes away. Mark Hix has a restaurant there with the best view of Lyme Bay. On a clear day you can see Short House.
  • Take the kids for a splash in the multi jet fountains in Dorchester's Brewery Square; shops & restaurants and a new Odeon cinema; winner of the 2015 Cinema of the Year award. You have to go there to find out why.