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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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Purbeck

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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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The Aspens
Swanage
4.8/5
Delightful light-filled family holiday home, situated just a stone’s throw from beautiful Swanage Pier.
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Balcony Apartment
Swanage
5/5
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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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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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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Ballard House
Swanage
4.5/5
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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The Wedge
Swanage
4.9/5
A spacious 3 bedroom bungalow, set on the cliff top in a private part of Swanage overlooking picturesque Purbeck Hills. Situated just outside of the town centre on a quiet road but with all amenities nearby, this holiday home is within short walk to the beach accessed via a pathway and steps down the cliff. It is ideal for those wishing to explore most spectacular walks and enjoy the scenery of a pretty coastline.
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Elizabeth Cottage
Lulworth Cove,
5/5
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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Old Stable Cottage
Nr Wareham
5/5
A stylish bolt hole in the heart of ancient heathland, ideal for nature lovers and walkers - a perfect couples retreat.
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Cricket Cottage
Swanage
4.7/5
1 Bedroom. This quaint seaside cottage is the perfect destination for two to enjoy a romantic getaway in the heart of Swanage. Just a 20-minute meander from the main beach, sparkling clear Swanage shores, shops, restaurants and attractions. Space is plentiful in this deceptively generous cottage.
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Heathlands
Studland
4.6/5
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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Westport Cottage
Wareham
4.9/5
3 bedrooms. A distinctive period holiday cottage to rent in Wareham, in a unique location with tastefully presented interior. This is one of only three cottages built on top of the old Saxon walls in Wareham.
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Coastguard Cottage
Worth Matravers
4.6/5
A lovely semi-detached cottage in the much sought after village of Worth Matravers, within walking distance of the Jurassic Coast.
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Little Westport
Wareham
4.8/5
Little Westport is a charming 1960s four-bedroom Colt House, in a peaceful setting with a large garden overlooking the Purbeck Hills. A perfect location for a break to enjoy walking, cycling or exploring the area.
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Wye Knot
Swanage
4.8/5
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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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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Canaan
Worth Matravers
4.9/5
4 bedrooms. A wonderful architecturally designed, large family holiday home in Worth Matravers. Completed to the highest standard and incorporating a sumptuous interior. It’s open plan design, galleried first floor landing and very large kitchen makes this the ideal choice for the extended family, walkers and those of you who wish to relax in this stylish property set in the heart of the English coastal countryside.
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Newton Manor Grange
Swanage
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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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Lizards Rest
Swanage
4.7/5
4 bedrooms. A great base and comfortable family home. This substantial detached holiday home offers ample accommodation for the extended family in a seaside location. Lizards Rest is the perfect choice for accommodation for large groups in Swanage.
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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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West Lodge
Nr Corfe Castle
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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