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Versatile Kilderkin Cottage

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Langton Matravers Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 4 - 6 + Baby in 3 Bedrooms. 2 Bath + Ground floor cloakroom.

Kilderkin Cottage cleverly combines a traditional Purbeck stone exterior with the bright and generous interior space of modern open plan living. This exceptional property is newly fitted to a high standard with comfortable furnishings and modern conveniences. “Added touches” ensure it offers a home from home ideal for families, couples and groups of friends anytime of the year.

Dorset’s Purbeck district offers some of the most scenic views in England, including the dramatic cliffs of The World Heritage Coast, pristine sandy beaches, heaths, and rolling downs. Swanage and Wareham and a scattering of quaint villages will reveal a rich variety of attractions to suit all tastes and ages.

The quiet coastal village of Langton Matravers is within Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) and surrounded by National Trust land. On the edge of the village, in a conservation area and quiet private road is Kilderkin Cottage with two reserved car spaces. From here all of Purbeck is easily reached by road. The village stores and the local pub, serving good value “pub grub” food, are only a short walk away. For children the recreation ground is just a stone’s throw away. Hourly a bus runs to Swanage and Wareham.

A network of waymarked footpaths leads directly from the doorstep into the ANOB. A 20 minute stroll over fields will take you to spectacular sea cliff views of the World Heritage Coast. Perhaps Dorset‘s most quirky and charismatic pub, The Square and Compass, is an easy 40 minute walk with many splendid views of the coast en route.

On entering Kilderkin you will find a large, entrance hall with cloakroom. To the right is the dual aspect open plan living/dining area and kitchen. Adjacent to the kitchen is a modern utility room. The west facing French windows create a light and airy, yet cosy, sociable space in which to unwind. The windows open into a small walled garden that catches the sun from mid-morning to dusk. Quality teak furniture and a barbeque are provided for relaxation and al fresco dining.

From the hall modern oak railed stairs lead to an impressively large landing. This in turn leads to two double bedrooms (one en-suite) and a very spacious a fully tiled modern family bathroom. Further stairs lead up to a landing and a large twin bedroom. All bedrooms have comfortable mattresses and copious storage space. A travel cot and high chair are provided.

The cottage has free internet access, Wi-Fi and LAN, Smart HDTV, a Blue Ray/DVD player, digital radio, and connections for your own media. Mobile phone coverage is good.

The property is available for lettings from Saturday to Saturday. Short breaks are available by negotiation, October to March inclusive, subject to a 4 night minimum. A dual zone central heating system ensures comfort in the cooler months. Tea towels, dishcloths and bath mats are provided but please bring your own hand and bath towels. Please note we have a no smoking policy, and regrettably, cannot accept pets.

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More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016

About The Owner

We are John and Liz Wingham. We have lived in the New Forest for over 30 years and we have always said that we would like to retire to Dorset and preferrably to the Isle of Purbeck. We are now retired from paid employment (Liz as a hospitality specialist) but 6 grandchildren keep us employed in other ways! We are still looking for our permanent retirement home but I suspect that Kilderkin Cottage has already crept into our hearts and may be The One! We have three daughters who are all married and have children - four boys and two girls - ranging in age from 14 years to 16 months. Two of the girls live approx 15-30 minutes away from us. The other lives in Surrey.We have had family holidays in Swanage for over 55 years so we know the area extremely well.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2015

Why The Owner chose Purbeck

Kilderkin Cottage is approached by a private lane in the conservation area of Langton Matravers. We first saw the property when it had been reduced to a shell by the developer in September 2014. However, we knew right from the start that it would be the house for us and we enjoyed watching it being transformed into the lovely house that we finally bought in April 2015.The Purbeck stone exterior blends well into the conservation area and the planners insistence that the style of window should be retained has meant that the diamond-paned sash windows have become a real feature. The configuration of the rooms, the high quality of the build, fittings, equipment, etc. are all exactly what we would expect and will ensure that the house will remain " as good as new" for a long time to come. It has also been an excellent opportunity for us to put paint on to the blank canvas that the house presented to us and to make it into our holiday home very quickly. The location of the house meets our and guests' needs for proximity to country walks, beaches, beautiful scenery, church and places of interest. There is a pub and village shop within walking distance and there is a bus service on the main road through the village. Old Malthouse Lane is a quiet backwater serving only 10 houses.It is quiet with only the occasional car or farm vehicle going up or down the road. The house is easy to maintain - apart from the windows which take ages to clean!

What makes this cottage unique

A well-designed modern interior in a traditional Purbeck stone structure.

Good-sized accommodation. Small enclosed terraced garden laid to lawn.

Peaceful but not isolated location.

Proximity to a network of footpaths leading to all sorts of places.

Wonderful views from the surrounding of which are owned by the National Trust.

Suitability for a variety of holidays - beach, walking, photography, painting, bird watching, exploring places of interest


based on 23 traveler reviews

Versatile Kilderkin Cottage
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

Ticks all the boxes plus more.

  • 5 of 5

Kilderkin is a well designed & constructed property built to a high specification. The cottage is exceptionally well equipped, John & Liz have obviously put a lot of thought into the fixtures, fittings & equipment.

From the moment we walked in we felt comfortable & at home. Our grand children are not always good at bed time, particularly in unfamiliar places, but they both settled and at bedtime they wanted to go to bed. The children's toys & DVD's in the house provided them with lots to do when we got up & returned from a day out.

The location is ideal for the beaches at Studland, Swanage, the coastal path, Corfe, Wareham and Poole. A 5min walk down the road takes you to the Kings Arms. This is a traditional friendly pub serving excellent beers & ciders. We didn't eat there but the food looked fine, as one of the bar staff said, "it is pub grub".

There are too many good points to list on this review but the personal little touches were the icing on the cake for us.

All being well & if available we will definitely return

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A gem of a property that would be hard to beat

  • 5 of 5

We never go back to the same place twice but having stayed at Kilderkin last year and experienced the perfect holiday home we returned again this year (three generations plus friend). Another wonderful weeks break, with every need catered for in a very clean, exceptionally comfortable, peaceful and well placed cottage. A lovely bright, social living space has been created and with the addition of Scrabble this year! Customer service - 5 stars for Liz and John, communication and information brilliant. Think we may be back for a third visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Holiday Home in Quiet Village

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the area many times before with our family which is now growing up. We love Knoll Beach, Swanage and the beauty of the area. This week we took our traditional ride on the open top bus from Swanage to Bournemouth (getting off at Sandbanks beach for a picnic on the way) as we do every time we visit and we also discovered cycle hire at Corfe Castle. This provided terrific scenery which was good for the soul but the cycling was tough on the legs! Small children would not manage this ride but we had a brilliant time.

As for the cottage, it is perfect. Everything you could possibly need has been thought of and everything is lovely and new. We found it very restful to be there. It's ever so light and airy and of such a high standard. We hope very much to stay again. Many thanks.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Better than anticipated

  • 5 of 5

We found that Kilderkin Cottage has every modern amenity, together with being decorated and furnished to a very high standard. For six of us, the open plan living/dining room and kitchen, make for an incredibly spacious is much larger than it appears on the internet. The first floor landing itself is a generous size, so much so that our grandson (3) enjoyed playing there with his own and the cottage toys.

Kilderkin and Langton Village are away from the hustle and bustle of a town, but within easy reach of whatever entertainment you seek. The sea, sandy beaches, country parks, an ancient castle, museums and some beautiful surrounding countryside.

The cottage and its situation, cater well for the complete age range from young children, through to the 'young at heart'!

Thoroughly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Welcoming and comfortable cottage in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Liz and John have created a lovely holiday cottage that is truely a home from home. - without question one of the very best we have stayed in.

Kilderkin cottage is spacious and bright, well-furnished and equipped, with numerous homely touches.

The kitchen is well laid out with all equipment you could need. - although it is difficult to justify eating-in too often with excellent meals available in Swanage and more locally.

The accommodation is generous and nicely appointed.

A selection of games is provided for rainy days.

The garden is small but well maintained, with quality wooden furniture. A lovelly spot to relax at the end of a long day walking or on the beach.

Despite unsettled weather during our stay, Purbeck was a fantastic area as always. The cottage is perfectly located for easy access across the fields to the coast path. Langton is a pretty village, with a friendly local pub which served good value pub grub and well kept beeers. A visit to the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers is an easy walk across the fields. This is a very friendly traditional pub, with home made cider and a small exhibit of local fossils.

The cottage is only a ten minute drive to Corfe Castle, or alternatively makes a nice day out from Swanage on the steam railway.

Another 'must visit' is the Tank Musuem at Bovington. In recent years new exhibits have been added that really bring the place to life.

All in all we (2 adults and two teenage children) had a great time staying at Kilderkin Cottage and would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this very positive review! We are delighted to know how much you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and we do hope that you will come again and tell your friends about us. Yes, Kilderkin is in a very beautiful and interesting part of Dorset with plenty to see and do for all ages. Our garden is small and will probably stay that way but we will be spending lots of time there in the autumn to make it prettier and better stocked.
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An individual modern and spacious house of character just off the Main Street Of the village.

  • 5 of 5

You will be very hard pressed to find such a lovely,quality house so well equipped and immaculately maintained as this. Everything about it is absolute top notch from the furniture to the fabrics to the kitchen and bathroom units. It is lovingly maintained by the owners who have thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable from providing comprehensive advice on where to visit in this beautiful area to leaving you some creature comforts to start your holiday!

Thoroughly recommended in every way by us.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of which we are very proud! Our guests' comfort and enjoyment is of paramount importance to us and we really do want to know if any aspect of the cottage is not up to scratch so that we can continue to improve. We do hope you will return in the not too distant future.
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Studland Beach and Nature Reeserve
Durlston Country Park
Corfe Castle
The Square and Compass
Lulworth Cove
Durdle Door
Bovington Tank Museum
Monkey World
Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
"Great experience for children 0-10 years!"
Swanage Railway
Nearest Airport
42 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Kings Arms, Langton Matravers
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Poole Cross Channel Ferry Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Purbeck Golf Club
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The ruins of Corfe Castle.

Dancing Ledge

Tillywhim Caves

Chapmans Pool

Lulworth Cove

Durdle Door

Tyneham Village - a local village comandeered during WW2

The Tank Museum at Bovington

Monkey World at Bovington - a sanctuary for many types of ape, monkeys, gibbons, etc.

Swanage Bay - a traditional British seaside resort with a long stretch of sheltered sandy beach

Studland - a really long stretch of sandy beach between the village of Studland and Sandbanks near Poole.

RSPB Reserve at Arne - beautiful and peaceful walks through light woodland to the seashore where hides are provided for enthusiastic bird watchers.

Swanage Steam Railway - from Swanage to Norden via Corfe - an excellent idea for keeping children (and adults!) amused when they are tired of the beach or the weather is not too good.

Walking along the Coastal Path - some beautiful scenery at all times of the year.

The Isle of Purbeck's golf club is among the most spectacular courses in England. Visitors will enjoy splendid views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. The course has consistently been included in Golf World's list of the top 100 in Great Britain.


Rates & Availability

Langton Matravers Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Autumn 2016
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late October 2016
Oct 22 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn/Winter 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 22 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2017
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early April 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late April 2017
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Whitsun 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid July 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $122

The security deposit is to be paid along with the balance of rental payment 28 days before the start of the rental. Enquiring guests will be sent a booking registration form, a copy of our rental terms and conditions and an access statement. The 50% deposit will be required with the completed registration form.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Langton Matravers Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 47 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , TV, fitted wardrobes, chest of drawers
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , TV, fitted wardrobe, drawer space. Room for cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers. Room for cot
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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