Beautiful 18th Century stone cottage, which has been refurbished to a high standard. There are Purbeck stone floors throughout the ground floor and beams in the dinning room. It has a comfortable sitting room with a log burner and two set of French doors to the patio and balcony. Seating for up to 8; 2 sofas and 2 chairs, with a TV/DVD player. The dinning room has an ornamental fireplace, seating for 8, a pine dresser. and a cupboard with board games, maps, local information, a small TV. 1 double room with garden access and a separate downstairs bunk room with floor to ceiling glass doors with views over the valley below. 2 bedrooms upstairs; one twin and one double. Both with stripped floor boards and window seats. The double also has wonderful views of Corfe Castle. Bathroom upstairs, new shower room on the ground floor, a small separate WC downstairs, as well as an external WC in the garden. There are lots of pictures and paintings by local artists, outside furniture for both patios (Summer only) and logs are provided in the winter months. There is a large private parking area and an entrance gate for security and privacy. The beautiful acre garden has stunning views towards Corfe Castle, Purbeck and beyond to Poole harbour. There is a small summer house for children to play in at the bottom of the garden.
The coastline of Purbeck is part of the 185 million year old Jurassic Coast, which is one of only two natural UNESCO world heritage sites in England. The South West Coast path starts at Shell Bay in Studland and heads West to Devon.
Chapmans Pool - 1 mile walk from the Cottage, a wonderful secluded empty beach, used for smuggling in days gone by. Walk along the cliff edge to St Aldhem's Head and a stunning 13th Century chapel.
Arne - 3 miles, situated between Wareham and Corfe Castle. A protected RSPB nature reserve with stunning woodland and beach walks.
Swanage - 4 miles. Safe and family friendly, with arcades, Beach huts to rent, shopping and restaurants.
Kimmeridge Bay- 4 miles. Famous for prehistoric fossils and marine life. Wild and dramatic.
Studland Bay- 6 miles. 3 miles of award winning sandy beaches, great for buckets & spades, crabbing, swimming and watersports. There is also a lovely National Trust café and shop.
Old Harry's Rocks - a wonderful and breathtaking walk from Studland South beach to the top of the white cliffs with views over Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Isle of Wight.
Dancing Ledge - 4 miles, a steep and beautiful walk to an old quarry area. We recommend swimming in the sea pools in the rocks, taking a picnic and rock climbing for experienced climbers.
Lulworth Cove - 12 miles. Walk up to the cliff tops to the Stair Hole and on to world famous Durdle Door to see the magnificent arched rock formation in the sea and majestic cliffs.
The Local Area and beyond:
Purbeck has stunning scenery - lots to do; walk for miles, visit art galleries, great pubs and good restaurants close by. Very accessible for short breaks. Ideal for families and getting away from it all. Kingston is a small and pretty village with a stunning, majestic church. The nearest supermarkets and individual shops are in Wareham and Swanage.
By train: London Waterloo is 2hrs 10mins to Wareham.
By road: M3, M27
By chain ferry: from Poole/Sandbanks - 7 miles
Corfe Castle is an historic, atmospheric 1000 Year old ruin dating from the time of William the Conqueror, said to be King John’s favourite residence and was one of the defining battle grounds between Royalists and Parliamentarians. In summer, there are open air theatre productions and battle re-enactments. Similar to many local attractions, it is run by the National Trust. Fun fact, Enid Blyton based some of her novels on Corfe Castle and the surrounding area.
Further away is Hardy's Cottage; birth place of the novelist and Cloud's Hill retreat of Lawrence of Arabia. Drive to Tyneham - step back in time in the deserted WW2 Village or go to Milton Abbas - a wonderful 15th Century Abbey with picture postcard thatched cottages. Drive to Weymouth and scramble over Chesil Beach and then go on to Bridport for food. For TV buffs, Bridport and West Bay are where famous Broadchurch was filmed!
For RSPB enthusiasts there is Arne, which opens out onto all of Poole Harbour. Studland heathland also offers wonderful bird watching. Both areas are accessible for all and offer peace and tranquillity.
Take the ferry to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour for a day trip; see native red squirrels and walk the nature trails.
Ride the Swanage Railway on steam and diesel trains from Corfe Castle.
Stately homes - Kingston Lacey, Athelhampton, Sherbourne Castle,and Lulworth Castle for jousting shows and a great play area.
Gardens of Compton Acres and Bennetts Water Gardens.
For a different and peaceful experience, visit Sculptures in the park, where you can rent
For children - and adults - Monkey World; internationally -acclaimed ape rescue centre set in 65 acres of Dorset woodland and home to 230 primates. Bovington Tank Museum- houses the world's broadest and best collection of tanks with a great tank display. Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, Swanage
Activities: Fishing, horse riding, high ropes in Rempstone forest, water sports at Studland (banana and ring rides, water skiing etc), speed boat trips, sailing and windsurfing courses from Shell Bay Marina. Take a ferry trip around Poole Harbour and marvel at the expanse of it, the 2nd biggest natural harbour after Sydney!