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Coastguard Cottage - Worth Matravers

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 3 stars
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 3 star Gold
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels for hire
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional coastal cottage sleeping up to six guests
  • Quiet location on the clifftop at St Alban’s Head on the Dorset coast
  • Breath-taking sea views to be enjoyed from the garden and many the cottage’s rooms
  • Plenty of space to relax, with two separate lounge rooms and four bedrooms
  • Secluded cove, ideal for swimming, within walking distance
  • Excellent location on the Isle of Purbeck with a short drive to Swanage
Property code: IC036

Former-coastguard’s cottage sleeping six guests in four bedrooms, offering spectacular sea views and a spacious lawned garden, located on St Alban’s Head on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula.

Coastguard Cottage is situated in a truly exceptional position on the cliff top of St Albans Head, surrounded by the rolling hills and countryside of the Isle of Purbeck with views of the sea and of the spectacular Jurassic coastline, both westwards and eastwards. The cottage is in a peaceful oasis which offers a wonderful escape with beautiful coastal walks and miles of cycling routes along quiet lanes and bridleways. It is also a great spot for bird watching with Peregrine Falcons and sky larks as frequent visitors. The small cove of Chapman's Pool is within a 20 minute walk - only accessible by boat or walking, it is a quiet spot for a swim and perfect for fossil hunting. The large, sandy beach of Swanage is within a 15 minute drive and here, swimming, paddling, fishing, diving and boating can be enjoyed along with steam train rides to the nearby picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Worth Matravers is approximately two miles from the cottage and here, there is a traditional public house renowned for its local ciders, plus a tea shop/supper room. Visitors can also walk to Kingston where there is a great public house for meals.

Coastguard Cottage is comprised of two cottages which have been combined and renovated in recent years to provide attractive and comfortable accommodation for six people in four bedrooms. It is one of a small terrace of four properties with coastal views from almost every room in the cottage. It is a light and spacious property with attractive tiled floors downstairs and hessian fitted carpets upstairs. The cottage is warmed with storage heaters, two open fires and three wood burning stoves.

There are two sitting room areas interlinked by French doors; one with a large comfortable leather sofa, arm chair and open fire and in the second area a further sofa, arm chairs, wall mounted flat screen television with Freeview and another open fire; a games room with a pool table; a lovely fitted kitchen with wooden units, hardwood work tops, a Belfast sink, an AGA for cooking and heating, microwave, large fridge freezer and washing machine, plus a lovely dining area by one of the windows overlooking the garden; a cloakroom with WC and basin which also provides access to the rear garden.

Stairs lead up to four spacious bedrooms which all enjoy coastal views; three double bedrooms and one twin. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and wood burning stove. There is also a wood burning stove in the twin room and attractive Victorian feature fireplaces in the other two bedrooms. There is a small bathroom with a bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. A travel cot and high chair can be provided. A small, portable electric oven with two hot plates can also be made available on request. Heating and electricity is at no extra charge. WiFi available

Coastguard cottage has walled and gated gardens with a large lawn. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided so that meals can be enjoyed outside. There is plenty of space for visitors to relax and for games to be played. A gate opens from the rear garden on to a track which leads to the cliff top and coastal path; a two minute walk away. Three cars can be parked just outside the front gate. Visitors should be aware that: this cottage is accessed via a rough stone track of one and a half miles which is not suitable for low profile cars and it is necessary to drive slowly; children need to be closely supervised at all times as although the gardens are walled and gated, they are not secure and the unfenced cliff edge is within a couple of minutes walk; the cottage is not on mains water but has a rainwater system which is stored in large underground tanks and is treated by ultra violet light. An initial supply of bottled drinking water from a nearby mains water supply is left for visitors who have any concerns.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 4 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 2 doubles, and 1 twin
  • Bathroom with shower-over-3/4 sized bath and WC
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine
  • Bed linen, heating, and electric included
  • Games room with pool table
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Cottage is not on mains water and an initial supply of bottle water is provided
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Pub and shop 1.5 miles, beach 1 mile

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 10 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Alexandra 17th August 2018

Loved it!! Such a special place!! Thank you!!!

Reviewed by Abigail Gascoyne March 2018

We LOVED Coastguard Cottage, it was a perfect half term break. Its cosy, comfortable and in a breath-taking position on the Dorset coast. 5 stars from us!

Reviewed by Korine Bishop December 2017

The location and the Cottage is amazing. This was our 6th visit and the views always amaze me. The Cottage is very clean and tidy and we love the Aga. Great place if you just want to get away from the world.

Reviewed by Sarah Hollingsworth November 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Coastguards Cottage. A truly unique and very special location. We hope to return.

Reviewed by Nic Lindsell October 2017

Simply fantastic time in this beautifully remote spot the cottage is well appointed, spacious yet still cosy, with views to die for and walks to challenge you. If you want to get away from it all then this is the perfect place to visit. We'll be back soon, thank you.

Reviewed by Jayne Owen July 2017

We had a wonderful week at Coastguard Cottage and loved the remoteness.

Reviewed by Seth Price February 2016

Beautiful cottage and location - perfectly equipped, warm, cozy... Drive in was an adventure in the dark (when you take a wrong turning), but well worth it. Absolutely recommend the place (even when the weather is bad; we were there during storm Imogen) .

Reviewed by Tess lindfield June 2015

A wonderful location which is worth the rocky road to get here. Fabulous views, wLks and birds. Very special.

Reviewed by Jan Page March 2015

Lovely warm spacious cottage. We loved the location and the views. Children loved to help make the fire (though it was warm enough without). They also loved the games room. The aga was easy to use (we had never used one before). Thoroughly recommend cottage.

Reviewed by Shirley Lunn January 2015

A beautiful, traditionally furnished cottage in a superb location. We loved being so close to nature and found this an ideal place for bird watching and photography. NB Follow the printed directions, don't trust your satnav - ours tried to take us down a footpath!

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