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Super Purbeck Stone Cottage with modern interior in a Conservation Area

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,582 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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 way-marked 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, stair gate and high chair are provided.

The cottage has free internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi and LAN, Smart HDTV, a Blue Ray/DVD player, Netflix etc, digital radio, USB charge points, 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 stay. A dual zone central heating system ensures comfort in the cooler months. All bed linen, hand towels, bath towels, tea towels, dishcloths and bath mats are provided. Please bring bedding for the cot if you have an infant. We operate a strict no smoking policy throughout the house and garden. Sorry, we do not accept pets.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

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 property 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, golf, exploring places of interest


Langton Matravers Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1582 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Super Purbeck Stone Cottage with modern interior in a Conservation Area
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

We have reported back to the owners and they are fully satisfied.

  • 5 of 5

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  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Fantastic home from home

  • 5 of 5

Liz was very quick to respond to messages when arranging our last minute booking. The house is beautifully decorated, very comfortable and well equipped. It is well located in a small village with a shop and pub, and is just a few minutes drive from Swanage

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Owner's Response: Thank you for making time to let us know your views! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your short stay and we do hope that you will tell your friends and come to stay for longer next time.
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Lovely Langton Matravers

  • 5 of 5

We have had an excellent few days break staying in this top class accommodation, three generations together. Liz and John have been very obliging answering any queries and providing many extras that we have never experienced in other holiday homes. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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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
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Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
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 commandeered 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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late September Specials
Sep 16 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 $129.36

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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