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Purbeck

Purbeck, the beautiful Isle, is not a true island but an area of outstanding natural beauty.  It is bordered on one side by the Jurassic coast and two rivers on the other.  Wareham is said to be the gateway to the Purbecks, the main road runs from Wareham, through Corfe Castle and onto the seaside town of Swanage.  But in between, dotted down country lanes are idyllic little villages…just waiting to be explored.

Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset

Arne

Arne is a small hamlet nestled in a nature reserve just outside Wareham. Managed by English Nature, the reserve is a bird watchers’ paradise renowned for its Nightjars. It also boasts beautiful walks over open heathland. A sandy beach on the reserve is a hidden gem often overlooked by visitors. A picnic area makes this an ideal spot for a family walk.

Church Knowle, Corfe Castle

Church Knowle

Church Knowle is a beautiful, tranquil village close to the ruins of Corfe Castle.  The village is home to an animal rescue centre which is open to the public.  A lovely spot for walking, either into the village of Corfe Castle or over the Purbeck Hills, with panoramic views over Purbeck to Brownsea Island.  A lovely traditional pub called the New Inn is famous for its Dorset Blue Vinney soup.

Barn on countryside hill near Purbeck, Dorset

Harmans Cross

Harmans Cross lies centrally between Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage.  Guests can enjoy a ride on the vintage steam railway that stops in the village.  Views across valleys Putlake Adventure Farm is a two minute drive: a fabulous day out with the children.

Kimmeridge coastline at sunrise

Kimmeridge

Kimmeridge village lays approx. 1 km from the coast at Kimmeridge Bay.  The Bay is backed by low cliffs of soft shale, beneath which sprawls a fabulous wave cut platform named ‘The Flats’, and a rocky shore with an abundance of rock pools to explore. Surfers can regularly be seen at Kimmeridge.

Purbeck ridge in Dorset

Kingston

Kingston is a small village on the Isle of Purbeck that overlooks the historic village of Corfe Castle.  It is only five miles west of Swanage and the sea.  The village is home to two churches and a pub called the Scott Arms. Be sure to sit outside to soak up the view.

Langton Matravers signpost carved into a stone

Langton Matravers

Langton Matravers is a small Purbeck Limestone village on the edge of Swanage. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly sleepy character; there is history around every corner. Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, was educated at the now closed Durnford School which was located in the village.

Chapmans Pool near Worth Matravers, In Dorset
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Worth Matravers

Worth Matravers is a sprawling village on the Dorset coast on the Isle of Purbeck.  It comprises of Purbeck stone cottages and larger, modern stone houses which overlook the sea. The cliffs of Worth Matravers were the site of a Chain Home radar station during World War II, which was instrumental in the development of radar. The rocky beaches of Winspit, Seacombe and Chapman’s Pool are well within walking distance of the village. About a mile from the village is Winspit, an old quarry on the cliffs. This was used as a filming location for an episode of Blake’s 7 and also two Doctor Who stories. The village is also well known for its pub, The Square and Compass, which accommodates a small museum exhibiting fossils and other local artefacts. The pub also holds an annual stone carving festival. The tomb of Benjamin Jesty lies in the churchyard. Jesty’s family may be the first recorded deliberate attempt to induce immunity to Smallpox using Cowpox. See all of our holiday cottages in Worth Matravers.

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Seacombe
Langton Matravers
4.9/5
Nestled in the sleepy village of Langton Matravers proudly stands Seacombe, an exquisite 4 bedroom family home. This stunning link detached home could easily be the set to a photoshoot for Country Living magazine. Furnished with high quality new furniture, sumptuous duck down quilts, crisp white linen and beds so comfortable you will struggle to leave them, Seacombe is the holiday home you've been searching for. ?
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Angel Cottage
Swanage
4.7/5
Nothing is more refreshing than a coastal holiday near the sea and if you’re looking for a cosy, quaint cottage, Angel Cottage should be first on your wishlist. This mid terrace cottage is the perfect base to discover miles of heritage coastline or relax and unwind on the blue flag sandy beach
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Ridgeview Cottage
Corfe Castle
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Located in the sought-after National Trust-owned village of Corfe Castle, Ridgeview Cottage is a modern, detached, family home found moments away from many of Dorset’s prolific attractions.
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Brook Cottage
Corfe Castle
4.8/5
Step back in time and enjoy this delightful semi-detached cottage, exuding charm and character throughout. Built in the early 1730s, this distinctive Grade II red bricked cottage, is set in the heart of the historic village of Corfe Castle. This cosy retreat, nestled in the heart of the Purbecks, would surely be able to tell a tale or two! Sitting peacefully at the bottom of the romantic Castle ruins, you will enjoy morning coffee with arguably one of the most impressive backdrops in Dorset.
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Winspit View
Worth Matravers
4.8/5
3 Bedrooms. The bungalow is located on the edge of the village of Worth Matravers, in a rural idyll with fantastic views across open farmland to Winspit and the sea. A lovely holiday cottage to rent in Worth Matravers, an exclusive village in Dorset.
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Pembroke Cottage
Langton Matravers
4.7/5
Beautiful 19th century stone cottage offering a peaceful retreat to families and friends. Well situated in the village of Langton Matravers, this holiday home offers endless attractions and picturesque views of the countryside.
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Below Decks
Swanage
4.8/5
Below Decks is a gorgeous, seafront holiday home that sleeps 6 guests. Situated on the Parade in the heart of Swanage with the main beach, restaurants and shops directly on your doorstep, it is perfect for a relaxing coastal getaway.
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Woody Hollow
Swanage
4.8/5
2 Bedrooms. Located in a prime spot at the entrance to Durlston Country Park, Woody Hollow is the ideal choice for families looking to holiday in Dorset.
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Gable Cottage
Corfe Castle
4.8/5
3 bedrooms. Located on a large corner plot, this light and airy family holiday home in Corfe Castle, offers comfortable furnishings and modern fittings. Conveniently situated close to the common and village amenities including the bakery, general store, tea rooms and pubs.
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Beach Approach
Swanage
4.8/5
Settle into a lovely family holiday at Beach Approach. A two bedroom ground floor apartment. A flat walk will take you to Swanage beach and High Street, which is lined with cute cafés, boutiques, and fine restaurants. Beach Approach is perfect for families with top sights in easy reach: Swanage Railway is just a two minute stroll away; take a trip down memory lane on the vintage steam engine to the historic village of Corfe Castle.
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Elizabeth Cottage
Lulworth Cove, Dorset.
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2 bed chocolate box thatched cottage. Ideal for a romantic break by the sea. Just a short walk to Lulworth Cove.
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Castle View House
Corfe Castle
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Escape the ordinary at Castle View House, a haven in the countryside that accommodates up to nine guests. With its enchanting views of Corfe Castle, stylish open-plan interiors, and dog-friendly atmosphere, this residence promises a unique and memorable retreat. Nestled in the heart of Corfe Castle village, it provides an ideal setting for switching off from the demands of everyday life and savoring every moment with friends and family. Whether you're captivated by the historic charm of the surroundings or indulging in the comfort of the stylish interiors, Castle View House invites you to create lasting memories in a tranquil and welcoming escape.
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West Lodge
Wareham
5/5
Tastefully presented and finished to a high standard, this fabulous holiday home in Church Knowle, will appeal to those of you visiting with extended family and friends. Located just a mile outside Corfe Castle, as the crow flies between Kimmeridge Bay and the golden sands of Studland, you will be truly spoilt for things to see and do.
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Purbeck Cottage (Kings)
Swanage
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3 bedroom family home with two parking spaces and large covered patio to enjoy outside dining whatever the weather.
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Froxfield Cottage
Langton Matravers
4.9/5
3 Bedrooms. Froxfield Cottage is a cosy renovated quarryman’s cottage built in the 1850’s, sympathetically decorated in a mix of contemporary and traditional style.
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Wye Knot
Swanage
4.6/5
A delightful ground floor apartment with private garden is perfectly placed for a family's getaway, within easy access to Swanage beach and town attractions.
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Lulwind
Lulworth Cove
4.8/5
3 bedrooms. Lulwind, a comfortable and pretty modern semi-detached thatched cottage, particularly suitable for families is set in the heart of this beautiful village, with views of the South West Coast path and only a two minute walk from Lulworth Cove. An excellent choice for a self catering cottage in Lulworth Cove.
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Heathlands
Studland
4.5/5
3 bedrooms. Heathlands is a modern cottage, the ideal base for family holidays in Studland. This light and airy holiday home is a short walk from Studlands long sandy beach.
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Purbeck Escape
Swanage
4.8/5
3 Bedrooms. Super reviews for this recent addition to our holiday homes. Purbeck Escape is a spacious, newly equipped family home.
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Orchid House
Langton Matravers
4.9/5
A delightful four-bedroom holiday accommodation, set right on the doorstep of Dorset’s most breath-taking coastal walks, in the village of Langton Matravers.
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Piona
Swanage
4.8/5
For a seaside break to remember, look no further! Piona is set in a prime location in the heart of Swanage in Dorset. You will have a wealth of attractions, amenities and the all-important sandy beach right at your fingertips – all just a 5 minute walk away!
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