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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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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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Balcony Apartment
Swanage
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2 Bedrooms. Fabulous seaside apartment in Swanage. Stunning views from the balcony across the bay to the Isle of Wight. This spacious and comfortable property is equipped with all you might need for a family get away.
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Daisy’s
Swanage
4.6/5
Stylishly decorated 3 bedroom holiday home in Swanage. Daisy's offers everything you need for a relaxing break, from comfortable bedrooms with ensuite for each room to a private bubbling hot tub, perfect for unwinding after a long day exploring the coast!
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Purbeck Cottage (Kings)
Swanage
5/5
3 bedroom family home with two parking spaces and large covered patio to enjoy outside dining whatever the weather.
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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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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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Newton Manor Grange
Swanage
4.7/5
3 bedrooms. This beautiful four star holiday home is the ideal choice for a self catering holiday in Swanage. This home boasts large picture windows and is an unusual upside down house that takes full advantage of the views, across the seaside town of Swanage to the sea and the Isle of White beyond. WIFI.
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Ballard House
Swanage
4/5
Nestled in the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, just a stone's throw away from the beach and town, lies a modern holiday retreat designed for families or groups seeking a tranquil escape.
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Seashell View
Swanage
4.8/5
A stunning 3 bed apartment with sea views – perfect for a family beach holiday in the coastal town of Swanage, Dorset.
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Froxfield Cottage
Langton Matravers
5/5
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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Ailwood Cottage
Nr Corfe Castle
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1 Bedroom spacious holiday cottage near Corfe Castle. Nestled in the heart of the countryside within walking distance of Corfe Castle and the coast. Excellent quality detached accommodation which is highly recommended for walking and beach holidays.
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Old Stable Cottage
Nr Wareham
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A stylish bolt hole in the heart of ancient heathland, ideal for nature lovers and walkers - a perfect couples retreat.
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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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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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Newton House
Swanage
4.6/5
3 bedrooms. The owners of this spacious seaside home, which is very close to Swanage beach have stylishly furnished with a contemporary and comfortable interior.
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Greenhayes
Langton Matravers
4.8/5
Lovely, traditional cottage with stunning country views to the coast. Ideal for a romantic getaway or for small families. Pet friendly.
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Malvern Apartment
Swanage
4.5/5
This appealing large, ground floor apartment is part of a modern conversion of a former Edwardian hotel, right in the heart of the seaside town of Swanage in a quiet residential, tree lined street, less than 5 mins walk to restaurants, pubs, shops and the beach. You can enjoy a lovely glimpse view across Swanage bay from the lounge bay window.
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Seaspray
Swanage
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Located steps away from the sandy beach and traditional promenade in Swanage, Seaspray is a three-bedroom, 1930s-style apartment with panoramic sea views. Situated on the wonderful seafront parade, this town centre location is perfect for families or friends seeking a relaxing coastal escape within a stone’s throw of many of Dorset’s prolific attractions.
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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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Leap House
Wareham
5/5
Leap House is a well-presented three-bedroom semi-detached holiday retreat, sitting peacefully within a short walk of Wareham Quay. This well-presented holiday accommodation, is an excellent base to explore one of England’s Saxon Walled towns and nearby beaches of the Jurassic coast. Entering the house via the patio area, you will be greeted by a fully-equipped kitchen, featuring integrated appliances and all the amenities for your culinary creations, which you can enjoy in the next-door lounge/dining area. The inviting living area features two leather sofas, an armchair, and a wood-burning stove – ideal for those wanting to unwind with a book or a favourite movie.
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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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