|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
FABULOUS 5 BEDROOM DETACHED HOUSE WITH AMAZING SEA VIEWS & PARKING - PERFECT FOR FAMILIES - 5 bedroom detached architect designed Purbeck Stone family house with off-road parking in an elevated position with panoramic sea views overlooking the magnificent National Trust landscape towards Winspit and the Channel. Children very welcome. Superbly equipped, WiFi, centrally heated, 5 comfortable bedrooms. The house has sea views to treasure, you can gaze at the moonlight on the sea and watch the sunlight sparkle on the waves. In winter the sun rises out of the sea. Situated in sought after Worth Matravers, the most desirable sea village with world class walking on the doorstep, the beautiful family friendly sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland are a short few minutes' drive away. Worth Matravers has a 12th Century Church, duck pond, traditional village green, tea and supper rooms, a spacious charming children's playground and playing fields with sea views, and the renowned Square and Compass pub. Historic Corfe Castle 3.9 miles, Swanage 3.8 miles, Wareham 8½ miles. A superbly situated house accommodating 2-9 guests, this convenient Purbeck property overlooks a scene of great natural beauty and is in a wonderful area to discover and enjoy an unforgettable holiday with family and friends. This is the ultimate house for families wishing to holiday together in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to all amenities.
Just wanted to say we had the best family holiday! We loved Compass Cottage, such amazing views, and a lovely village. We really appreciated the high standard of accommodation, and the house suited us perfectly. We love spending quality family time with our children and grandchildren and will definitely be returning next year.
Mr and Mrs B. James, Oxford
Thank you for a wonderful family week, we had a holiday to remember with all three generations. The house was absolutely perfect for our young grandchildren and we all had an especially comfortable and relaxing stay. Mr and Mrs Hall, Reading
What a fantastic property, we loved it! The house suited everyone, the area is beautiful and we had some brilliant days with the kids on the beach. Looking forward to our next visit already. Mr and Mrs Johnson, Lewes
My review August 2015 is on this website. We went again in 2016 and all three generations of our family like it so much that we have booked again for July 2017. Compass Cottage remains an idyllic place to stay. It is spotlessly well maintained with a responsive helpful owner. It is spacious, with areas to be together and areas to be apart: in the house, in the front and back gardens and in the conservatory. It is in a wonderful location with plenty to do in the area, most notably for us beautiful walks to the coastal footpath and down to various uncrowded bays and beaches.
We are a family group of three couples meeting up for a special celebration. This large, airy and comfortable house was perfect for us. It has lots of space for relaxing, dining and cooking with useful areas in the garden. The house provides large spaces for everyone to get together as well as spaces for more private relaxation if required. Tasteful furnishings gave a comfortable and restful ambiance and the whole house was bright and spotless. The master bedroom is beautiful. The views from the property are splendid, and there are lots of opportunities for both long and short walks from the house. Good wi-fi although mobile phone reception is poor, but hey it's the countryside.
Compass Cottage is even better than it looks on the website. There is ample room on the ground floor for our three generations to be separate yet together, sitting chatting in the large kitchen, playing games or reading at one end of the huge lounge, watching DVDs at the other, or sitting in the garden. And the dedicated dining room means you don't have to disturb people to set the table. There are lots of thoughtful touches, such as two fridges (one for food, the other for beer and fizz in our case...), books for all ages and tastes, games and toys. Wonderful walks straight from the cottage to the coastal footpaths and various beaches. The owner was helpful and prompt in all communications. We love it so much we are returning for our third year.
The house was very inviting, clean, comfortable, well maintained and had plenty of room for our party of 7 (, including 5 children). It is ideal for both couples and families of all ages. The house overlooks beautiful scenery and there are plenty of walks and it is central to many places of interest, including locally, Corfe Castle and Swanage. The beaches neaarby are worth a visit as are the cliff views. We were fortunate to visit somewhere new each day as the weather was glorious all week. The owner was very friendly and helpful. There was also a welcome pack to help us get started. We would definitely return again.
Wonderful base for a Purbeck big family holiday, this comfortable house admirably served the needs of our party of nine with ages ranging from 12-weeks to 66yrs. Listing accuracy - 10/10, location and layout - 10/10. Facilities 10/10 - especially the two fridges. Cleanliness on arrival - 10/10 Well-maintained 9/10 customer service - 11/10 thanks to a communicative and conscientious owner. We'd definitely recommend it. Parents of young children will need to be vigilant about the steep drive gradient and garden steps. A paradise for children with its thoughtfully brilliant selection of books, amazing toys (Brio train and dolls' house especially awesome) and games. One very minor neg - meals in the lovely conservatory dining room were huge fun but the dining chairs seem very low. We actually had a laugh when we sat down and the table came up to our chests - a very minor thing in the grand scheme of things but perhaps more suitable chairs might be found? All things considered, one would be hard put to find a house superior to this one. Overall 9.9/10.
As a group off three families, Compass Cottage has won our collective hearts. We first booked in April 2014, came back in 2015 and have now rebooked for 2016. We have no reason to look anywhere else, Compass Cottage is everything we need and want in a holiday home.
Compass Cottage is a tardis. I admit I worried when we first pulled up that all 10 of us might find it a squeeze, but as soon as we opened the front door we quickly realised we had all the space we needed and more!
The house is well equipped and cleaned to an excellent standard. The owners couldn't be more helpful, whether it be arranging the bedrooms in the best configuration for the guests, or recommending local sights. The welcome pack (wine, biscuits etc) is a very sweet touch.
The house is large and sprawling, so even inclement weather is not an issue. There are enough games, books and space to keep everyone happy.
Locally we recommend the Worth Matravers Tea Shop in the village for a very special cream tea in an idyllic setting. The walk to Winspit is worth effort and probably suitable for age 8 and upwards. Durlston Park is absolutely glorious - the views are stunning.
Special interest holidays:
Perfect location for walking and cycling holidays.
Arts and Purbeck stone carving classes available locally at the Burngate Centre a 3 minute drive away.
Swanage Bay 3.8 miles - 1 mile long, perfect for families, water sports, Punch and Judy. Studland Bay 6.7 miles - 3 miles of National Trust sandybeach, perfect for families, water sports. Winspit and Seacombe - walk straight from the door. Chapmans Pool 2½ miles walk - empty beach. Kimmeridge Bay 8.4 miles - splendidly scenic with the Clavell Tower, fossil beach and marine reserve. Lulworth Cove 16 miles. Unsurpassed Jurassic coast walks direct from the property, just step out of the front door!
Local Swimming Pools at Swanage and Wareham
Nearby Child-Friendly Attractions.- Monkey World, Putlake Farm, Farmer Palmers, Swanage Steam Railway, Bovington Tank Museum, the lost village of Tyneham and of course the beaches!
Bournemouth airport (50 mins) and Southampton airport (85 mins). Heathrow and Gatwick are 2.5 hours. London Waterloo to Wareham is 2hrs 10 mins by train.
Swanage 3.8 miles. Studland 6.7 miles. Corfe Castle 3.9 miles. Wareham 8.5 miles. Bournemouth 23 miles. Poole 18.5 miles. Lulworth Cove 12 miles. Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum 14 miles.
The area offers unrivalled walking and superb sandy beaches. Worth Matravers is an unspoilt Purbeck village overlooking the sea and World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. It has a picturesque village green and duckpond, 12th Century Church, and a well-maintained children's playground and scenic playing field. Worth Matravers is famous for the Square and Compass pub, which also has a nationally recognised fossil museum and stunning views. The Scott Arms pub in the village of Kingston, less than 2 miles away, has a great menu and breathtaking views over Corfe Castle. Nearby Langton Matravers, less than 2 miles from Worth Matravers, has two village pubs both serving food and a good village Post Office and shop selling fresh bread, produce, stationery, general groceries and local cheese. Langton Matravers has an adventure farm offering a great indoor play area, tearoom, tractor rides etc. Swanage has two supermarkets, good butchers, delicatessen, an excellent fishmonger, and the town has an superb choice from quality fish and chips and cafes to a good variety of restaurants and fine dining, fishing and boat trips. Swanage hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, and is famous for its Carnival Week in July and New Year celebrations, as well as the Folk Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, Purbeck Arts Week etc. Historic Corfe Castle is 3.9 miles, with the castle, thriving village, four pubs serving excellent food, the National Trust tearooms, shops, the family-run Dragons Bakery and Clealls village store selling locally sourced food and produce. There are a wealth of attractions in the area including Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum, Lulworth Castle, (host to Camp Bestival) two children's adventure farms, the RSPB reserve at Arne, and the National Trust Purbeck Estate, which includes Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy, Studland Beach and huge areas of protected countryside open to all to enjoy.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$247|
CHRISTMAS 2017 IS AVAILABLE TO BOOK - THE PERFECT HOUSE FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TOGETHER - YOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAYS ARE FLEXIBLE.. PLEASE FEEL WELCOME TO CONTACT US TO DISCUSS A CHRISTMAS 2017 BOOKING. ALSO NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR SHORT BREAKS NOVEMBER THROUGH TO MARCH - PLEASE CALL US ON 01929 439204 OR 07843 085208
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE -
BOOKINGS RUN FRIDAY TO FRIDAY - the pricing chart shows the last full day/night as a Thursday which cannot be overwritten so please remember your arrival day is Friday (afternoon) and your departure day is Friday (morning)
Short break bookings are available November through to March - they are flexible - generally Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday - please feel welcome to contact us for availability - and we are happy to discuss your requirements
Notes on prices:
Prices as shown for 2017. BOOKINGS RUN FRIDAY TO FRIDAY - price chart shows first day of the rental as a FRIDAY and last day full day as a Thursday but FRIDAY morning is the departure day.
Our booking calendar is kept up to date. The perfect property for families & groups, located in Purbeck's most sought after village, we're near the sea & can book well in advance as we have 5 bedrooms, spacious living and dining areas, beautiful sea views, off road parking & are very near gorgeous family-friendly beaches.
We also offer short breaks from November through to March. The house suits larger groups getting together for weekends, a Friday to Monday for example, and we've hosted many family anniversaries, birthdays, university reunions, bridge weekends, ladies reunions etc. We can also be flexible on these out of season bookings. Longer out of season stays may be available too. Please contact us for availability and prices and to discuss your requirements.
In addition to the stated guest number of 9, the house will comfortably accommodate up to 3 additional babies/toddlers in cots or toddler bed.
Please contact us for 2017 and 2018 bookings.