|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Beautiful18th Century stone cottage, refurbished to high standard; Purbeck stone floors throughout ground floor and beams in the dinning room. Comfortable sitting room with log burner and two set of French doors to patio and balcony. Seating for up to 8; 2 sofas, 2 chairs, TV, DVD player and ipod speakers. Dinning room with ornamental fireplace, seating for 8 and pine dresser. Cupboard with board game, maps, local information, small TV and video player. Some CD and VHS videos. 1 double room with garden access and a separate bunk room with floor to ceiling glass doors downstairs with views over the valley below. 2 bedrooms upstairs; one twin and one double. Both with stripped floor boards, window seats and the double has wonderful views of the Corfe Castle. Bathroom upstairs. New shower room on ground floor,Small separate WC downstairs. Lots of pictures and paintings by local artists. Outside furniture for both patios (Summer only). Logs provided in the winter months. Large private parking area, entrance gate for security and privacy. Beautiful garden extending to almost an acre in size, with stunning views to Corfe Castle, Purbeck and beyond to Poole harbour. Small summer house for children to play in at the bottom of the garden.
Coast and Beaches:
The coastline of Purbeck is part of the 185 million year old Jurassic Coast which is England's only natural UNESCO world heritage site. The South West Coast path starts at Shell Bay in Studland and heads West to Devon.
Chapmans Pool - 1 mile walk from 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 11th Century chapel
Arne - 3 miles. protected inlet
Swanage - 4 miles. Safe and family friendly - Punch & Judy and arcades and Beach huts to rent
Kimmeridge Bay- 4 miles. Famous for prehistoric fossils and marine life. Wild and dramatic.
Studland Bay- 6 miles. Award winning - 3 miles of sandy beaches, great for buckets & spades,crabbing and swimming. NT café and ice cream. You can also water ski, banana boat ride and sail.
Old Harry's Rocks - a wonderful and breath-taking 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, swim in sea pools in the rocks. Fantastic for enthusiasts to rock-climb
Lulworth Cove - 12 miles. Walk up to the cliff tops to the breath-taking Stair Hole and on to Durdle Door and 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. Nearest supermarkets and individual shops in Wareham and Swanage. Post office in Corfe.
Train: London Waterloo is 2hrs 10mins to Wareham.
Good road links: M3, M27
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. 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 15 Century Abbey and picture postcard thatched cottages. Drive to Weymouth and scramble over Chesil Beach and then to Bridport for food.
Attractions: 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, Lulworth Castle for jousting shows and a great play area.
Gardens of Compton Acres and Bennetts Water Gardens.
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!
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.
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.
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 ''
This was a perfect cottage for a group of us doing the Endurance run near Lulworth Cove. The location is perfect for local walks (and many thanks to Sarah for the information on a few additional walks) and the pub around the corner is delicious. The only consideration in this cottage is if you were planning on doing much of your own cooking, the kitchen was small. However, other than that this was a place we'd happily stay again and again.
We stayed in the cottage over a rather rainy November weekend. We still managed to enjoy some blustery walks and loved coming back to warm up by the fire.
Myself and my family stayed the cottage for a week as I was getting married at Lulworth Castle. The whole family were blown away by the stunning, surrounding country side with views of Corfe Castle.
The cottage was very spacious and clean as well as being extremely cosy.
I highly recommend that you go and stay!
Cottage is well kept and clean. Group of 8 stayed for long weekend and were lucky with the weather in April. Lots of space in lounge and dining room for everyone to get together. Lovely large garden for dogs and children to run around.
Only 20 minutes to Studland Bay beaches, 10 minutes to Corfe Castle and 15 minutes to Swanage by car. Many local pubs with good food including the local pub which a couple of doors away. You will be happy, especially in the summertime when you can open the lounge double doors onto the patios with fantastic views.
A really pretty cottage in Kingston from which you can easily walk along the costal path on exhilarating walks. It is right next door to a great pub which does very nice food and is a perfect spot for an end of afternoon post walk refresher. The cottage garden and terraces have uninterrupted views down to Corfe Castle and are the perfect place for morning coffee or evening drinks. A very comfortable cottage. The upstairs bedrooms are by far the nicer ones which makes for a slight discomfort if coming with two families when choosing allocation of rooms! The owner is extremely responsive and helpful dealing with all our queries quickly and thoroughly. Take cash if you go to the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers. Eat at the pub (The Scott Arms) if you can, we found the cooker a little bit frustrating sometimes but there were 8 of us. The decor in the cottage is lovely and the beds extremely comfortable. It is very clean and well maintained. I would thoroughly recommend it and would love to go back.
Superb views everywhere, especially over Corfe Castle (as noted by Simon Jenkins in his book: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/interactive/2013/sep/27/simon-jenkins-favourite-english-views-interactive)Kingston is a jewel on the Isle of Purbeck ,with lovely stone cottages, and a great pub- The Scott Arms was included in The Times 25 Best Country Pubs for food in 2014 ( the only pub to be included in Dorset!)also in he Good Beer Guide. In addition there is a magnificent church built by the Scott Family (architect George Edmund Street (1824–1881). St James's Church resembles a miniature of an early English cathedral). Walks out to the coast or through the old wood at the edge of the village.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. 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.Wareham has a lovely old traditional cinema. Visit local art studios scattered throughout the area.
From the cottage there are beautiful walks out to the cliffs at Hans Tout or up to Swyre's Head- look out west to Portland and east to Swanage or go down to Corfe Castle over the heathland to buy fresh bread at the bakery.
Taste wonderful local produce ( Purbeck ice cream and Joe's cider made in Kingston) visit Farmers Markets and Farm Shops.PYO blueberries and raspberries.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
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 £175 a night. Extra nights at 10% of the full week's rental. The cottage is having an additional shower room and upgraded bunk room in January 2014 so will be unavailable until early March.