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Lovely cottage with spectacular views of Corfe Castle and the Purbecks

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, sitting room, dinning room, plenty of outside space and garden

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

steam Railway.

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!

More Details

Sarah Worth
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

Why Sarah Worth chose Kingston

we fell in love with Purbeck on a family holiday in the later 1990s. With a young family we wanted somewhere easy and accessible to go to from home for a weekend and for longer holidays. We saw our cottage and new it was just right for us. We renovated it and have added to it over the years and love its simplicity and rustic nature.

What makes this cottage unique

The view takes your breath away at times- especially on a cold frosty clear morning in winter!. Corfe castle sits majestically in the centre and you can imagine the knights of old guarding their lands and the battles for supremacy that ensued. The castle stands in splendid decay and beyond is Bournemouth and Christchurch and all their lights and they seem a lifetime away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fabulous weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the cottage, it's so cottagey yet plenty of room for us all. The garden is spacious and the views are far reaching and really stunning. One of my favourite moments was enjoying breakfast on the patio overlooking the valley & Corfe Castle on the Sunday morning, listening to the nearby church bells. I suspect we'll return! Many thanks, Bethan & Ian ''
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kingston in Corfe Castle

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , downstairs loo and basin
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , outside loo in the garden
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , New shower room, wash basin and toilet on ground floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , shower attachment
  • Bathroom upstairs with bath and shower attachment. Separate WC downstairs. We have just put in an additional new shower room ( with loo and basin) on the ground floor and an outside garden loo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , double bedroom on ground floor with external door.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1st floor with lovely views over corfe castle
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , on 1st floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , bunk beds in a new bedroom with views over corfe castle
  • Upstairs rooms have stripped floor boards and window seats,the double has a feature Victorian fireplace and lovely views over to Corfe Castle, Purbeck and beyond to Poole harbour. Downstairs ground floor: 1 double room and 1 bunk room with a new shower room on the ground floor, this can now be used almost as its own area, so very good for families - . Both bedrooms have outside access to the garden.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A big sloping garden surrounds the cottage. There is a Summer house at the end of the garden. Ponies are often in the fields below. A Purbeck stone path from the cottage winds down towards the end of the garden. A paved patio and terrace each catch the sun at different times of the day and have lovely views. One by the entrance, the other at the front of the cottage off the dinning room and close to the kitchen. This one has fabulous views of Corfe Castle, over Purbeck and beyond to Poole Harbour. The cottage is suitable for most people - please note that there are steps down to the cottage from the private car park and from one of the patios down to the front garden. Plenty of space for up to 3 cars to park. Front gate provides privacy from the lane (cul-de-sac). Unfortunately, the cottage is not suitable for wheelchairs due to the number of steps leading from the car park to the cottage entrance. The sitting room has a wood-burner, and seating for 6-8 people at a time


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Lovely cottage with spectacular views of Corfe Castle and the Purbecks
average rating of 4.851852 based on 55 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The owner was great to deal with. The cottage is idyllic. Would book again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kingston is an idyllic peaceful village in a great location. The house was full of character.

  • 4 of 5

The garden had attractive views over the countryside and would be ideal in the summer for family games. Inside the house was well furnished. Unfortunately the kitchen is small by modern standards but it adds to the overall character.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Warm, Cozy, Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was cozy and comfortable. The views from every window were spectacular. The garden was alluring - even in the rain. There was a plenty of room for several cars. The location of the pub just steps away was a huge plus. There were amazing walks right from the back door. One doesn't have to drive anywhere. It's all here. This cottage was what made our vacation a huge success.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Character cottage with lovely far reaching view of corfe castle

  • 5 of 5

Nice cottage. Lots of character. Works well for 2 families as bedrooms can be self contained per family group. Great view of corfe castle. Good food in local pub.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andrew for your review , I am so glad the cottage worked well for you all and you had a lovely half term break
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fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

good walks, fabulous views, good food at the scott arms, cottage very clean, ideal for dogs.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with huge garden

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (all adults) recently stayed at this lovely cottage for the weekend early January. It was cosy and warm, which was a godsend as it was absolutely freezing outside. The location was perfect with Corfe castle, studland bay (a must for dog owners) and swanage all near by. We ate at Scotts inn on the Saturday which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I would definitely recommend and would without hesitation stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review of our cottage , it is always wonderful when guests enjoy Purbeck and the local area as much as we do ;it is underrated but so easy to reach and seems a million miles away from city life. We be delighted to welcome you , family and friends another time
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Scott Arms - next door
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Scott Arms
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: recommended

There are superb views everywhere, especially over Corfe Castle (as noted by Simon Jenkins in his book: Kingston is a jewel on the Isle of Purbeck ,with lovely stone cottages, and a great pub: The Scott Arms, which is included in The Good Pub Guide. In addition, there is a magnificent church there that was built by the Scott Family (architect George Edmund Street (1824–1881). St James's Church resembles a miniature of an early English cathedral).

There are scenic walks out to the coast or through the old woodland at the edge of the village, with access to the sea and countryside. From the cottage you can walk to the cliffs at Hans Tout or up to Swyre's Head- looking out west towards Portland and east to Swanage. Otherwise you can travel slightly further afield to visit and explore Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove or Old Harry's Rocks. We recommend going down to Corfe Castle over the heathland to buy fresh bread at the bakery, visit the local pubs and cafes, and take in the breathtaking castle. The grand house of Encombe is up the lane. Travel to Worth Matravers, stop at the Square & Compass pub and go out to St Aldhem's head, a beautiful 13th century Norman chapel located on the Jurassic coastline cliffs.

Drive to the unspoilt Studland beaches, see the Isle of Wight from the hilltops and hundreds of sailing boats in the bay. Poole has a good Water Park and cinema complex and Wareham has a lovely old traditional cinema. You can also visit local art studios and artisans scattered throughout the area.

Taste wonderful local produce (Purbeck ice cream and Joe's cider are made in Kingston, chocolate is made at the award winning Chococo in Swanage and English wine is produced throughout the county), visit Farmers Markets and Farm Shops, and PYO blueberries and raspberries.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5
Damage Deposit £200

Short Breaks available except in High Season and Christmas/New year. Mid season offered any day of the week priced at 75% of the full week's rent for 3 night stay. Low season 2 night stay available from £200 a night. Extra nights at 10% of the full week's rental. Up to 2 well behaved dogs - £5.00 per night or £30 per week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.