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Highland Cottage

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 3 stars
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
VE 3 star Gold
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Just a short drive from the lovely beach in the delightful seaside resort of Swanage
  • This is a cosy and romantic cottage retreat for two
  • Close to some of the breathtaking highlights of the Jurassic Coast including Winspit and Dancing Ledge
  • Ideal for exploring the spectacular the South West Coast Path
  • Perfectly situated for enjoying the whole of the Isle of Purbeck
  • An ideal holiday base for keen walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers
Property code: IC062

Perfect for a couple wanting to explore the wonderful coast and beautiful countryside, this lovely and cosy rural stone cottage lies in a tranquil hamlet in the heart of the picturesque Purbeck Hills.

This traditional stone cottage stands in the small hamlet of Acton, almost surrounded by National Trust land amidst the rolling Purbeck Hills. It is a nature lovers dream with a rich variety of birds, butterflies and wildflowers. This is a wonderful walking and cycling area with paths and bridleways directly from the door. The sea at Dancing Ledge is a 15 to 20 minute walk away, as are the villages of Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers. Nearby Priests Way - an ancient pathway used by priests travelling between Worth Matravers and Swanage also provides a fairly direct path for walkers and cyclists. The nearby coastal path offers the most breath-taking views and forms part of the South West Coast Path. The sandy beach of Swanage is within a five-minute drive and here, swimming, paddling, boating, diving and fishing can be enjoyed. Swanage Steam Railway links the town with the historic village of Corfe Castle.

Highland Cottage provides an idyllic retreat away from busy roads. It is a cosy quarryman's cottage which stands at the end of a small terrace, and enjoys spectacular views from the upper floor across fields towards the coast. Original features have been retained. It has been furnished and equipped with care to provide comfortable accommodation for two people. On the ground floor there is an open-plan living area with original beams and a flagstone floor, with a sofa, flat screen television with Freeview and DVD player, and wood burning stove; a small dining area with a granite topped table by a window; a fitted kitchen equipped with an oak worktop, a butler sink, an electric cooker, two ring hob, microwave and refrigerator with ice box.

Steep, open tread stairs with a rope bannister wind up to the upper floor where there is a double bedroom with windows on both sides of the room and views across fields towards the coast; a well-equipped shower room with a built in shower, basin and W.C. The cottage is warmed with a combination of storage heaters, electric heaters and the wood burning stove. WiFi internet can be made available. Please be aware that the steep stairs in the cottage are unsuitable for anyone with agility issues.

At the front of the Highland Cottage there is a walled and paved courtyard with an ungated open entrance. This is an attractive place to relax and garden furniture is provided so that meals can be enjoyed in the sunshine. Visitors can stop on the unmade track beside the cottage to unpack their car, and a parking space is available in the quiet lane within a short walk. Low slung vehicles need to take extra care on this path. A regular bus service is within a five-minute walk, offering direct access to Swanage, Corfe Castle, Wareham and Poole - making this an ideal cottage for visitors wishing to leave their car at home. A public house and village shop are available in Langton Matravers, and in Worth Matravers there is The Square and Compass, renowned for its local beers and ciders, plus coastal views.

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.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven with hob, microwave and fridge with ice compartment
  • TV/DVD and wood burner in lounge
  • Walled and paved courtyard with an ungated open entrance with garden furniture
  • Parking space available in the lane within a short walk
  • Regret no children
  • 1 small/medium size dog welcome
  • Please note the garden is not fully enclosed
  • Heating and electric included
  • Bed linen included
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steep cottage style open tread stairs, with a rope banister
  • Please be aware that the steep stairs in the cottage are unsuitable for anyone with agility issues
  • Cars with low clearance need to take extra care along the lane
  • An easy drive from Swanage beach and walking distance from Dancing Ledge and Winspit on the Jurassic Coast

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Nicholas 11th August 2018

Charming cottage, well equipped in a great location.

Reviewed by Anita Martin October 2017

Lovely, cosy cottage extremely well equipped. Perfect for 2!

Reviewed by Joan Skilbeck July 2017

The cottage was ideal, comfortable and well equipped. It was in a good location for visitors - and I could leave the car outside the cottage as the efficient bus service was at the end of the road. Perfect (well apart from the weather!).

Reviewed by Lesley Horlock June 2017

A superb cosy coastal property. The owners provided everything needed for a lovely holiday. A superbly comfortable bed, and good shower - two major plus factors! Superbly located, cannot fault it any way and will definitely return for another visit. If only all holiday cottages were so well equipped. A complete joy. Didn't want to come home.

Reviewed by Richard Todd May 2017

Very small, but very cosy, very cleverly designed, all good quality fittings and furnishings. Interesting locality, and nice neighbours. lots of walks on the doorstep. Dont miss the fascinating little mining museum just down the road. We are certainly considering coming again.

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