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Wonderful Purbeck Stone 5-Bedroom House in Purbeck's Most Sought After Village

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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Stunning Detached House in Worth Matravers, Nr. Swanage, Dorset, England -With Magnificent Sea Views Overlooking The Jurassic Coast Near Sandy Beaches

CHRISTMAS 2016 AVAILABLE AT OFFER RATE- £300 DISCOUNT- PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL FOR DETAILS - 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, comfortable beds. The house has 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, with world class walking on the doorstep, the beautiful sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland are a short drive away. Worth Matravers has a 12th Century Church, duck pond, village green, charming children's playground 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 Purbeck property overlooks a scene of great natural beauty and is in a wonderful area to discover and enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

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
Nov 2010
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Wonderful Purbeck Stone 5-Bedroom House in Purbeck's Most Sought After Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

So good we've booked Compass for our 4th season!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fantastic review Helen, we love doing our utmost to make our house the perfect base for family holidays in this beautiful area by the sea, and we really look forward to welcoming you all back again next year.
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Lovely property in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review, it's a pleasure to know the house has provided the perfect base to enjoy and host a special family occasion and holiday. It's wonderful to receive such fantastic feedback from our guests.
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More family home than holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fantastic review Helen. It's really rewarding to hear how much you and your family enjoy the house and your holiday together. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Wonderful spacious property with great views!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your super review Kathleen, it's fantastic to know that you enjoyed the house,the area and the wonderful weather. We're so glad the accommodation provided a welcoming and comfortable base for your family holiday. It's really great to receive such positive feedback.
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb house & pretty location for a group holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Kelly, it's a pleasure to welcome you back. We're really happy to hear how much families enjoy the house and the area. It's fantastic to receive such positive feedback for Compass Cottage
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Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Square and Compass Pub
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Rooms
Car: recommended

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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Worth Matravers House Rental Rates

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Rate 14
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Rate 15
Dec 20 2016 - Dec 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Rate 16
Jan 6 2017 - Feb 9 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Rate 17
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 16 2017
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7 night minimum stay
Rate 18
Feb 17 2017 - Mar 16 2017
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3 night minimum stay
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Mar 17 2017 - Mar 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Mar 31 2017 - Apr 6 2017
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Apr 7 2017 - Apr 20 2017
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Apr 21 2017 - Apr 27 2017
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May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
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Jun 2 2017 - Jun 15 2017
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Jun 16 2017 - Jun 29 2017
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Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
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Jul 7 2017 - Jul 13 2017
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Jul 14 2017 - Jul 20 2017
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Jul 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
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Sep 1 2017 - Sep 7 2017
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Sep 8 2017 - Sep 14 2017
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Rate 12
Sep 15 2017 - Sep 28 2017
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Sep 29 2017 - Oct 19 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
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Rate 14
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
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Rate 15
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 16
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $244


Changeover Day:
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)

Notes on prices:
Prices as shown for 2015. 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 property perfect for families & groups, located in Purbeck's most sought after village & can book well in advance as we have 5 bedrooms, spacious living areas, beautiful 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 2015 and 2016 bookings.

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Worth Matravers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
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  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , En suite to master bedroom
    Toilet 1 - toilet , Downstairs loo, basin and utilities
  • Bathroom 1: family bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, basin. Bathroom 2: master bedroom en suite bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, basin. Downstairs loo/utility with wc and basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Beautiful master bedroom with sea views + cot/toddler bed
    Bedroom 4 - comfortable twin/double room with garden view - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Zip and link beds so can be twin or double + cot/toddler bed
    Bedroom 3 - comfortable twin/double bedroom with garden view - 1 queen , Choice of twin beds or large double with zip and link beds
    Bedroom 2 - comfortable single room with side sea views - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Light and airy single bedroom + room for cot/toddler bed
    Bedroom 5 - downstairs twin/double with garden view - 1 queen , Choice of twins beds or large double with zip and link beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/9 Adults (5 Bedrooms) + 3 babies/children Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 master bedroom, fabulous sea views, en-suite bathroom, king size bed. Bedroom 2 with single bed, side sea view. Bedroom 3 with twin beds or king size Bedroom 4 with twin beds or king size Bedroom 5 downstairs, with twin beds or king size
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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Absolutely perfect house for families and friends wishing to holiday together.This house was built by the owners who have lived in the area for many years, and it has a wonderful atmosphere and location. This comfortable house was designed to create a feeling of relaxation and space. Quality beds and sea air make for a restful stay. WiFi. There is a great selection of books for adults and children in the house, books on the area, a doll's house, and lots of Brio and Duplo. WiFi. It is a wonderful house to enjoy for families, couples and friends. You can walk the Jurassic coast literally from the doorstep. Beautiful beaches, the unique history, countryside and coastline of the Purbecks make this a very special base for your holiday. Regret no pets allowed. No smoking. Cots,highchairs, toddler bed,baby bath, stair gate available on request. Zip and Link beds in Bedrooms 3,4, and 5 so you have a choice of using these bedrooms as twin bedrooms or double bedrooms to suit your requirements. Outside: Off road parking for 3 cars, enclosed rear garden. Landscaped patio area is a sun trap and wraps around the rear of the property, steps to top level of rear garden which is laid to lawn and has sea views. Clothesline. Outdoor tables and chairs so you can sit and enjoy the sun. Off road car parking for 3 cars, area at front of property laid to lawn. Set in a walkers' paradise, you can walk the Jurassic coast from the front door. Utility Room: Separate utility room with washing machine, separate drier, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided. Weekly cleaning service and change of linen and towels. The property is beautifully prepared to a very high standard for your arrival and is very welcoming. All baby equipment available on request Other: WiFi. Open plan sitting room adjoining kitchen. Also gorgeous conservatory dining room seating 10, with vaulted roof & patio doors to lovely rear patio area, landscaping and split level garden. Bedroom 5. Entrance hall for coats, boots, buckets, spades.

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