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4.6 stars cottage rating
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38 guest ratings

Sleeps 8/9 in 4 bedrooms. Children welcome
Charming detached stone cottage situated in the picturesque village of Worth Matravers - a coastal village in the heart of the wonderful rolling hills of Purbeck. The cottage is beautifully furnished and equipped. It has a large garden with panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside. This Purbeck cottage at Worth Matravers sleeps 9 people in 4 bedrooms. Speedwell has availability and prices for self catering holidays in 2017.

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Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset
Speedwell - Worth Matravers Dorset

Speedwell, Worth Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3LQ

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Mark Underhill - Jul 2017 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Fabulous property, wonderful garden and views. Very clean and comfortable. Spacious inside and out. Three generations of our family all thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The toys in the house and garden were much appreciated. Lots of little extras. Great holiday , thank you. Cottage rating: 5 Stars

Philip Smith - Jul 2017 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Want peace, quiet and space to enjoy - perfect. Cottage rating: 4 Stars

John Law - May 2017 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Thanks to the owners for leaving such an array of toys for children. It really made the holiday. Cottage rating: 5 Stars

Denise Curtis Wrigglesworth - Mar 2017 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Perfect house for a family holiday. The owners have created a very comfortable, spacious, warm and thoughtful environment. Cottage rating: 5 Stars

Speedwell is a beautiful detached stone cottage which enjoys wonderful views of the sea and the rolling hills of the Purbeck countryside. It stands close to the centre of the idyllic coastal village of Worth Matravers - a village renowed for its lovely stone cottages, beautiful 11th century church, pretty duck pond and the old fashioned charm of its public house with local ciders and beers along with home made pasties. Speedwell is in a wonderful walking area and visitors can enjoy a pleasant 20 minute stroll down to the sea and enjoy the spectacular rocky Jurassic coastline. From here the coastal path leads westwards to the charming bays of Chapmans Pool, Kimmeridge and Lulworth or eastwards to the small seaside resort of Swanage. Swanage is renowned for its sandy beach which gently slopes into the water making it ideal for swimming and paddling plus traditional entertainments such as pedaloes and Punch & Judy. A variety of boating activities, fishing and diving can also be enjoyed here. The town has a wonderful steam railway which links with the pictureque village of Corfe Castle, famous for its medieval castle, tea shops and pretty thatched cottages. A variety of small coves are within a 20 minute drive of the cottage. Swanage is within 10 minutes drive, and the mile long sandy beach of Studland is less than a 20 minute drive away.

Speedwell is a charming traditional Purbeck stone cottage with a traditional stone roof. Part of the cottage is approximately 200 years old and is within a Conservation Area. In 2009/2010 Speedwell was skilfully extended and refurbished to provide very spacious and attractive accommodation which has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard. The cottage is centrally heated, the bedrooms have attractive fitted carpets and the living rooms and bathrooms have a lovely mixture of Purbeck stone floors, slate tiles and oak flooring with rugs. The cottage comfortably sleeps 8/9 in 4 bedrooms. On the ground floor there is a wonderfully spacious sitting room with a large sofa, comfortable chairs, a wall mounted flat screen television with DVD/Freeview. This room has a number of windows and has a light and airy feel with French doors opening onto a splendid terrace. Two seats by the glazed doors provide a lovely place to relax and enjoy the view. The fireplace is built of Purbeck stone and has a wood burning stove so that, in colder weather, visitors can relax in front of a real fire. A door opens into a separate small sitting area with a sofa, children's games, and an additional TV and DVD player. The dining room is spacious and charming with a lovely Purbeck stone floor and a large table which can comfortably accommodate 9 people; the galley style kitchen is very well equipped with attractive wooden units, hard wood work tops; an electric oven and hob with extractor. An adjoining utility area houses the microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer dryer. There is a pretty ground floor double bedroom – a lovely light room with a French door opening on to another patio in the garden. Adjacent to this room is a fully tiled and very well equipped shower room with a built in shower, basin and WC. Upstairs there are 3 beautiful bedrooms – the master bedroom is very spacious and enjoys spectacular views to the sea and downs from the many windows. It has a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and overhead shower, basin and WC. There is a charming smaller room with a 4 ft 6ins bed with a fitted wardrobe and views across the garden. This room has been designated as a single room as it is only easy to access the bed from one side. In addition there is a lovely children’s room with a bunk bed and a single bed. This room has a variety of toys and books children may enjoy. There is a family bathroom with a bath and overhead shower, basin and WC. Heating, electricity and logs are provided without extra charge and there are plentiful supplies of hot water. A travel cot /high chair are available. WiFi internet and a telephone for incoming and outgoing calls.

Speedwell has a wonderful large secluded garden surrounding the cottage which is walled, gated and fenced, making it a splendid place for visitors to relax and children to play games. The garden has large areas of lawn with attractive shrubberies and a raised patio so that meals can be enjoyed whilst taking full advantage of the panoramic views. There is a second patio area to the side of the cottage with additional garden furniture. The full size trampoline can give much entertainment and children may enjoy the sand pit and various garden toys provided. Three cars may be parked in the drive. The Square & Compass public house and Worth Tea and Supper Rooms are within a 5 minute walk and there is a village shop in Langton Matravers - 2 miles away. A limited rural bus service is available.

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Speedwell has ground floor accommodation and is a non smoking cottage. WiFi Internet is provided free of charge at Speedwell. Speedwell is available for weekly self catering holiday bookings from Friday to Friday. The normal arrival time at this holiday cottage is 17:00 and the normal departure time is 11:00. Short break weekend and midweek self catering holidays are available from and 27th October 2017 to 14th December 2017.

For details on access to Speedwell for those with impaired mobility or disabilities please read the cottage access statement in the tab below.

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Speedwell Availability, Prices and Online Booking

Click on your holiday start date below to book online or telephone us on 01929 481555.
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Speedwell has live availability and prices. Click on the start date to begin you booking. Booking information and options and extras available at Speedwell are detailed below.

Booking Fee £19.75 per booking Cot & High Chair £0.00 per booking Towels (Bath & Hand Towel) £0.00 per person per booking WiFi Internet Free WiFi Internet Heating & Electricity Free of chargeBed Linen Free of chargeBooking Deposit 25% (min £250.00)of cottage rental Security Bond Refundable Deposit £250 per booking

Speedwell has short break self catering holiday availability on the Purbeck. These are the short break periods.

Speedwell Short Breaks 2017 27th October to 14th December Weekday & Weekend Short Breaks

Pricing and Booking Notes for Speedwell

Arrival Time 17:00 Departure Time 11:00 Sleeps 9 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3

Speedwell Local Holiday Information Purbeck Dorset

Worth Matravers is a pretty rural village within a short walk of the sea on the Southern side of Purbeck in Dorset. This charming and traditional village boasts a village duck pond, a historic church, attractive stone cottages and a renowned local public house (Square and Compass Public House) which has a calendar of traditional village activities including stone carving and pumpkin growing.

The coastline below Worth Matravers is well known for the dramatic landscape and abundance of wildlife. It is a popular spot with walkers who stop off while walking along the coastal path and some take the time to have a swim.

Go Ape AdventuresIt's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don’t have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience! Go Ape offers up to three hours of tree top fun. It’s a great way to get outdoors and have some fun. The Moors Valley GoApe Country Park is within a 40min drive of Purbeck and is a great day out for the whole family. goape.co.uk

The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsular of land located in the South of Dorset and is famous for its sandy beaches, beautiful countryside and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. The sea surrounds Purbeck on three sides and nowhere is for from the coast. Apart from the small town of Swanage, the Isle of Purbeck is made up of small rural hamlets and traditional villages.

The North side of Purbeck is dominated by a wooded and heathland nature reserve and where it meets the water of Poole Harbour it attracts a great deal of bird life. The East coast of Purbeck is known for the two long sandy beaches at Studland and Swanage but also for the limestone pillars at Old Harry's Rocks. Along the South Coast is the start of the Jurassic Coast which is characterised by impressive coastal formations like Dancing Ledge and Durdle Door but also for quiet coves and peaceful beaches for swimming.

Much of Purbeck has been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the vast majority of Purbeck remains in the hands of nature. This is ideal for walkers and cyclists who are free to explore large areas of countryside and take in a number of wondrous locations.

The Isle of Purbeck has a number of events which take place throughout the year. To find out more about local events go to our Purbeck Events pages.

Walking, Nature & Wild Life Links:

Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Details of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ways to enjoy them with walking and cycling information as well as some great places to see. - www.dorsetaonb.org.uk

Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve - Find out more about the efforts to conserve the marine wildlife, where you might find some sea horses and how you can also get involved with fun projects. - www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Purbeck Coast Walks - A walking route along the Purbeck Coast with links to other walks nearby - www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_a/2579/

Where to Ride Purbeck - Cycle routes and information for Purbeck - www.britishcycling.org.uk/

Jurassic Coast Holiday Cottage

Speedwell enjoys a great view down to the Jurassic Coast and a footpath runs near to the cottage and down to Winspit Bay. This dramatic Jurassic Coast location has a bay for swimming as well as fantastic coastal scenery, caves, rock stacks and a history of hand quarrying and smuggling. Speedwell Cottage is also within a pleasant walk of St Aldhelms Head and Dancing Ledge. St Aldhelms Head is to the West and Dancing Ledge to the East and both can be reached via the coastal path from Winspit.

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Speedwell Local Public Transport Information:

Bus and train travel is an excellent way to see Purbeck and can be very useful when walking or exploring the peninsula. For all your local public transport information as well as taxis visit Speedwell Public Transport Purbeck Dorset »

Speedwell Walking Holiday Information:

For walking information on Purbeck Dorset visit Purbeck Walking Holiday Information »

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Sea/Beach: No
Walking Trail: Yes
Public Transport: No
Food Shop: No
Cycle Route: No
Public House: Yes

Speedwell Guest Book Comments

Lesley Porter - Jan 2017 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Absolutely amazing cottage, very homely and spacious just like the photos and amazing views too. Super! Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Mrs S Rowland - Jan 2017 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

We loved spending Christmas week at Speedwell Cottage and were touched by the thoughtfulness of the owners. When we opened the door we saw they had provided a huge, decorated Christmas tree - what a lovely surprise! Such a pretty village, great local walks and a superb cafe. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Gillie Goodchild - Dec 2016 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Speedwell was a wonderful home from home for our special family holiday. It had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxing week, with plenty of space for eight adults and two little ones. We enjoyed the garden, the toys, the playground opposite and the lovely walks around the area. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Keith Berry - Sep 2016 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

A lovely welcoming cottage with beautiful views. Our grandchildren loved all the toys and at every opportunity were out in the garden playing on the trampoline or in the sandpit. The wood burner was pure luxury in the evenings. A wonderful setting to celebrate our Golden Wedding. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Neil Stephenson - Aug 2016 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Ann Andrews - Jun 2016 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Lovely comfortable cottage with lovely atmosphere. Home from home. Really appreciated the log fire and games.Would definitely return Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Clementine Bernhardt - Feb 2016 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

I couldn't recommend Speedwell highly enough. The cottage is beautifully furnished and cosy, with stunning views of the sea and surrounding countryside. Perfect for a weekend away to disconnect from the grime of the city! Worth Matravers has excellent walking, and the Square & Compass pub is remarkable! Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Claire Thompson - Sep 2015 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

We have just celebrated our 40th anniversary with all the family in Speedwell. A really lovely cottage and the children loved the trampoline and sand pit. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Angela Crocker - Aug 2015 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Fabulous holiday cottage enjoyed by young and not so young for a family holiday. Great location too. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Sancha Robinson - Jul 2015 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

we had a lovely family holiday in this home away from home. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Fiona Underhill - Jul 2015 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Fantastic comfortable luxurious accommodation with wonderful garden and location, so well equipped, something for everyone, so much to do for children of all ages, and opposite the playground. Could not have been better in any way. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Beverly Cadman - Jun 2015 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

This is a lovely property. Large lounge and dining room , spacious gardens and convenient location make it very suitable for families. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Barbara Boniface - May 2015 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Great place for a family get together. Lovely house and garden in a peaceful location. Everything had been thought of. Thank you. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Melissa Williams - Apr 2015 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Thanks for sharing this lovely place. Great walks from your door and a beautiful coastline to explore. There are lots of indoor and outdoor toys for the kids, and a very relaxing and spacious sitting room. Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Sue Owen - Oct 2014 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Jill Dawson - Oct 2014 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Lovely and luxurious cottage. Beautiful village and setting. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Cheryl OCallaghan - Sep 2014 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

We returned once again to Speedwell. Each visit seems to be even more magical than our visit before. Thank you Mr and Mrs Butters for sharing your beautiful house and anticipating and exceeding everyone's holiday wishes and even providing this most wonderful location. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Joanne Morrow - Aug 2014 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Great views, great location, great cottage. We enjoyed the café and the Village Hall sale of baked goods, local produce, artists and crafts from the region, cream teas and rummage sale held every day. The 2 children enjoyed the park across the road. Best swings ever. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Kim Smith - Jun 2014 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

All the features of a boutique hotel but with the additional space and equipment of a home. Beautiful house and gardens, wonderful for a stay with family. Owners have made this a home from home Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Janet Nippard - Jun 2014 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

We had a great week with Speedwell as our base for exploring Dorset. The cottage is spacious, well equipped, and furnished to a high standard. There is also a great garden, and some lovely views. We would definitely recommend. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

S Lancaster - Oct 2013 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Katherine Wilson - Oct 2013 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

This is a beautiful house, comfortable, well equipped and child friendly. The views are magnificent, the village is very picturesque and to top it all there's a small childrens' playground across the lane, and delightful tearooms and restaurant in the centre of the village. I didn't want to come home. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Cheryl O'Callaghan - Sep 2013 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Speedwell Cottage far exceeds expectations in every way. Every need and want is catered for and every age thoughtfully considered. It lacks nothing and delivers everything to make a truly memorable holiday. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Joanne M - Jul 2013 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Phil W - Oct 2012 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Clair M - Oct 2012 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Lovely house, wonderful setting, well equipped. A very enjoyable stay and we plan to revisit in the future. Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Jo Griffiths - Sep 2012 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Our family of 7 stayed here & it was great. The cottage is extremely well equipped & comfortable, we couldn't have asked for more. Spent a lot of time in Swanage & were blessed with fab weather. A great holiday thank you. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

ian k - Jul 2012 4 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Pamela T - May 2012 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

A delightful family house in a location to die for. Our greatest sorrow was having to leave. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Deborah D - May 2012 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

Speedwell was a wonderful place to stay with the family. Very comfortable and a perfect base for walks. Beautiful scenery from the windows too. Well equiped and spotlessly clean. Perfect for families. Wonderful tea/supper rooms in the village well worth a visit. Hope to be back soon. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Jackie B - Apr 2012 5 Star Holiday Cottage Customer Rating

We enjoyed a perfect week at Speedwell in Worth Matravers, with family and friends. Facilities are exceptional and the cottage beautiful. We can also recommend the Square and Compass, a lovely traditional village pub selling delicious pies and pasties. Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Speedwell Access Statement and Disabled Access Information

The access statement is designed to help our guests with disabilities to choose a suitable self catering holiday cottage and check that the accommodation matches specific requirements. If you have any questions about disabled access in any of our holiday cottages please call us on 01929 481555.


Speedwell is a detached two storey stone cottage close to the centre of Worth Matravers. The property enjoys good circulation, both internally and externally, but it is not recommended for users of wheel chairs. Use of the single stone built garage is excluded from the holiday letting.


Please also refer to Island Cottage Holidays website. The nearest main line railway station is at Wareham circa 20 minutes distant. There is a limited bus service to the village.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

There is a loose stone covered drive for 3 cars, approximately 10m from the main entrance to the cottage which is accessed by a wooden five bar pedestrian gate. Between the gate and the main entrance there are two steps down.

Main Entrance and Ground Floor

The keysafe is on the left hand wall beneath the porch. From the entrance lobby there are two steps up to the kitchen and two steps up to the sitting room. The downstairs bedroom with a standard double bed and separate slate tiled cloakroom/shower room are on the same level as the lobby.

Doorways are generally circa 80cm wide and the furnishings/fittings appropriate for 8/9 people are complementary to the spacious and well laid out accommodation.

There is a single step up from the kitchen to both the pantry and dining room. The external door leading directly into the kitchen has reduced headroom. The kitchen has traditional wooden units and a Belfast sink at a finished height of 90cm. There is a ceramic electric hob with single electric oven beneath. The pantry has a large fridge with two drawer freezer, washer/drier, dishwasher micro wave and small sink with oak topped work surfaces. Both rooms have stone floors.

The sitting room is very spacious and comfortably furnished with a lovely southerly aspect and French doors leading down four steps to a large terraced area. This room has a dark wooden floor and a wood burning stove built into an attractive raised Purbeck stone fireplace with a log store beneath. The main external covered log storage area is easily accessed from the sitting room by a separate wooden door.

The small playroom/study also has the same dark wooden floor and leads into a charming dining room with a stone floor, another wood burning stove and part wood panelled walls. The rectangular french oak table can hold up to ten people.

First floor

There is a narrow single flight staircase to the first floor landing with three bedrooms (including one ensuite bathroom) and a separate family bathroom leading off it.

The bathrooms have fully tiled floors, part tiled and timber panelled walls. The stairs, landing and bedrooms are all close carpeted.

The bedrooms, including ground floor, all have feather duvets and pillows with cotton sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases. The first floor bedrooms are arranged as follows:

Main bedroom (with en suite bathroom) spacious room with king size double bed, spectacular sea and garden views.

Middle bedroom – small, designated as a single room, with standard double bed fitted wardrobe and views across the garden. Pleas note it is only possible to access the bed from one side.

Childrens bedroom – a good sized room with a bunk bed and a separate single bed; views across the garden.


The garden which is mainly surrounded by stone walls is just over a quarter of an acre roughly rectangular in shape. It is mainly laid to grass with large stone terraced areas and some concrete paths. There is a raised children’s sand pit in two sections.

There is a large trampoline, without a safety net surround, which must be used with care and appropriate adult supervision. There are two outdoor tables benches and chairs. A barbeque is not provided.

Additional information

An information folder and separate instructions/list of amenities is left on the dining room table for the arrival of all guests together with a Visitors Book and a notepad for recording any items in need of repair.

Replacement bulbs, batteries and a torch can be found in the cupboard beneath the telephone and Wifi router in the kitchen. The code for the Wifi is also by the router. Two additional torches are in the bedside cabinets in the main bedroom.

No dogs or animals are allowed in the cottage or garden

Use of candles only permitted under controlled conditions.

Strictly no smoking inside the cottage.

Contact Telephone and Email Address

Contact: Island Cottage Holidays, The Old Vicarage, Kingston, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5LH.

Telephone: (01929) 481555; Email: enquiries@islandcottageholidays.com

We welcome your feedback to help us continually to improve. If you have any comments please telephone or email Island Cottage Holidays.

Please note that all measurements quoted are approximate. All information is kept up to date but if there is a particular requirement of special importance to you we would ask you to contact us for clarification.

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The cottage description, photos and cottage details for Speedwell Worth Matravers, Dorset were updated on 23/07/2017 10:40:33

Speedwell Availability for Purbeck Holiday Weeks Dorset

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Purbeck Cottage to Rent 20th December to 27th December

Speedwell has 84 days available for Purbeck self catering holidays from the 23rd July 2017 to 31st December 2017. That means Speedwell is 48.15% booked for this holiday period with 11.1 weeks confirmed so far.

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