View towards cottage
Spacious kitchen
Relax in the open plan kitchen/diner
Comfy lounge
Relax in front of the fire
Ensuite double room
Ensuite bathroom
Spacious double room
Family bathroom
Sunny garden
Twin room in the attic
Enjoy a film in the lounge
1 / 12  View towards cottage
2 / 12  Spacious kitchen
3 / 12  Relax in the open plan kitchen/diner
4 / 12  Comfy lounge
5 / 12  Relax in front of the fire
6 / 12  Ensuite double room
7 / 12  Ensuite bathroom
8 / 12  Spacious double room
9 / 12  Family bathroom
10 / 12  Sunny garden
11 / 12  Twin room in the attic
12 / 12  Enjoy a film in the lounge


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

  • A lovely stone cottage set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Situated in a picturesque and tranquil rural location
  • Just a short drive from the delightful seaside resort of Swanage
  • Perfect for exploring coastal paths and the Jurassic Coast
  • This is a fantastic holiday base for glorious walks and bike rides
  • Ideal for visiting Corfe Castle, Kimmeridge, Studland and Winspit
Property code: IC081

Nestling in the beautiful Purbeck Hills and just a short drive from the sandy beach at Swanage, this charming 19th century stone cottage is attractively situated in the picturesque hamlet of Acton.

This charming stone cottage is attractively situated in Acton with open views from all of the main rooms. Acton is a quaint, rural hamlet of traditional stone cottages amidst the rolling Purbeck hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a wonderful walking and cycling area. Visitors can walk directly from the cottage and join footpaths to the coastal village of Worth Matravers and the coastal path. The cottage is near Dancing Ledge and St Aldhelms Head - a dramatic area of rocky coastline between Swanage and Chapmans Pool. This is part of the renowned Jurassic Coast and is known for its fossils and the amazing range of bird life and wild flowers. Puffins, gulls, seals and dolphins can be seen as you walk towards Swanage. The village of Langton Matravers is within a 15-minute walk and here, there are two public houses, a village shop and beautiful church. The seaside resort of Swanage is just a five-minute drive away. Here, there are a range of restaurants, public houses and small shops. Fishing can be enjoyed and water sports are available, plus diving. The sandy beach is perfect for paddling and swimming with Punch and Judy shows often on the beach in summer. The steam railway links Swanage with Corfe Castle - a picturesque village with thatched stone cottages and the majestic ruins of an ancient castle.

Marblers is a detached stone cottage which dates back to 1867. It has been furnished and equipped to provide attractive accommodation which is centrally heated and double glazed. Care has been taken to retain the stone fireplaces and cottage doors, and it has been renovated using traditional materials. It has lovely stone window sills and attractive Purbeck stone tiled floors in the open-plan living areas, combined with rugs and fitted carpets in the bedrooms. It has a spacious fitted kitchen with wooden units and a Purbeck stone worktop. It is equipped with an electric cooker and hob, microwave, Belfast sink, dishwasher and refrigerator with icebox. French doors can be opened from here onto a sunny terrace where meals can be enjoyed. (A washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer and Belfast sink are in a separate utility room). There is a pleasant dining area which will seat eight and this is particularly welcoming in colder weather with a wood burning stove. Here, there is also a large sofa by a window so visitors can relax. There are additional sofas in a sitting room area with a fireplace and a rustic coal/wood burner, and a flat screen television with Freeview and DVD player.

A door opens from the sitting room to reveal a staircase to the first floor bedrooms. These are light and spacious bedrooms; one double room and a second double room with a king-size bed and en-suite shower room with a walk in shower, basin, shaver point and WC. There is also a family bathroom with a bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. A door opens from the first floor landing to reveal a staircase to two interlinked attic bedrooms which provide an exciting den for children. The beds here are full size, but due to the low ceilings particularly in the second of the attic bedrooms, are most suitable for children. A travel cot and high chair can be provided. Central heating and electricity is without extra charge. WiFi internet available.

Marblers has a beautiful, walled and gated garden at the rear of the cottage with a stone terrace, garden furniture and a barbecue. There is also an area of lawn where visitors can relax and games can be played. The garden is on two levels with a small number of steps leading up from the back door. A further walled garden is at the front of the cottage and there is a grassed area just beyond the quiet lane in front of the cottage where cars can be parked. (This gravel track is only used for access to the cottages beyond Marblers). A public house and village shop are within 15 minutes walk, and a regular bus service is within ten minutes walk.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

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

  • 4 bedrooms - 2 double, 2 single (Sleeps 6+2)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • 1 en-suite shower room with WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with ice compartment
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in utility room
  • Coal/wood burner TV/DVD in lounge
  • Wood burner in dining room
  • Walled and gated garden with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Central heating and electric included
  • Bed linen included
  • The single bedrooms have lower ceilings (especially suitable for children)
  • Public house and village shop within 15 minutes walk
  • 2 small/medium size dogs welcome

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 29 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Claire 2nd August 2019

An attractive cottage with a wonderful location for dog walks. Surprisingly spacious in the kitchen diner and beautifully quiet.

Reviewed by Matthew 26th July 2019

Very peaceful area, have in mind the road surface is not suitable for any low riding cars. Views are beautiful and the cottage area is secure for pets.

Reviewed by Sylvia 14th June 2019

The garden was a disappointment needed cutting back and grass cutting. The small sofa in lounge was very smelly and a stong smell of dogs.

Reviewed by Vanessa 7th June 2019

Great location, plenty of parking. Loads of walking from the door and beautiful scenery whilst walking and lovely views from the cottage. In all a very enjoyable holiday.

Reviewed by Linda 12th May 2019

Lovely cottage, ideal for walking direct from cottage,easy to pick up Priests way ,walks in all directions,well signposted . Very comfortable bed , well equipped with everything youd need .

Reviewed by Robert 3rd May 2019

We had a excellent holiday in this nice cottage. A short walk to the sea. Walking Routes start right before the door. Ideal with dogs.

Reviewed by Paul 19th April 2019

Excellent accomodation for 4 adults and two children on our stay but another two children could also be accomodated easily even without adding cots and blow up beds. Excellent warm, quiet and sunlit house. Seemed brighter and even cosy on a cloudy day also. Great amenities and in great condition. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Joanna 8th March 2019

We arrived on a windswept rainy night and walked into this wonderfully welcoming cottage, with milk and wine in the fridge and all the makings for a fire. We loved this cottage. Quirky, homely and welcoming - it felt like somebodys home, rather than a sterile holiday house. This was a walking holiday (with dog) for us and the house is perfectly plaRead moreced with footpaths and the coast path on the doorstep. Acton has its own bus stop but a car is pretty essential. Wonderful holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Trudie 8th February 2019

The location was peaceful, with lovely views from the bedrooms and you could get to the South west coastal path easily. The cottage was very cosy and comfortable and we loved the kitchen dining area, and the log burner in the lounge. Thought it was homely and would love to return.

Reviewed by K 14th January 2019

Beautiful cottage, warm and clean and ideally located for countryside walks and trips to the beach at nearby Swanage. Plenty of space at the cottage also parking and pretty garden. We took our 2 dogs who loved it and spent colder evenings snuggled beside the log burner. The kitchen is open-plan and is great for family meals with a large wooden diniRead moreng table. Kitchen well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine and dryer too. Overall perfect holiday getaway Hide

Reviewed by Emily 11th January 2019

This is an exceptional cottage. We stay around the Purbeck area about twice a year and always try a new place but we would definitely go back here. We loved the stone floor, we played games after dinner around the big kitchen table with the wood burner making it cosy. The bedrooms were all comfy and well catered for. It is not over cluttered or covRead moreered in cream carpets, so you feel able to walk in after a blustery walk along the coast and de-robe without the fear of breaking or making a mess. Hide

Reviewed by John 2nd November 2018

Cosy and well equipped cottage in a great location. No photos of the bedrooms on the website but these were actually some of the nicest parts of the property. Would definitely return.

Reviewed by Matt, Kathryn, charlie, George, Bertie, Freya and Roobarb October 2018

Thank you for a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage. Amazingly its been our 7th Autumn half term here at Marblers and our week of long dog walks, pub lunches and beach exploration has become part of our childrens upbringing.

Reviewed by Joanne 21st September 2018

A beautiful, cosy, well equipped cottage, a real home from home with everything there that you could possibly need. The quiet hamlet setting, with amazing, scenic walks right from the doorstep meant our dogs enjoyed a mostly lead free holiday, (except for when crossing fields with livestock grazing). We would most definitely book this cottage againRead more. Hide

Reviewed by Guest July 2018

What a lovely cottage - thank you for allowing us to stay! The beds were very comfortable and we had loads of room for all of us (6 of us and 2 dogs) The cottage is very well equipped and we very much appreciated all the facilities and 'little extras' we didnt expect. We'd love to come back. Thank you also for cleaning the cottage - spotless!

Reviewed by Guest April 2018

A comfortable cottage and a great place to stay to explore beautiful Dorset. Well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds. Well stacked book shelves with maps and guidebooks.

Reviewed by Christine Thompson August 2017

One of our best holidays ever! We could walk straight out onto Priests Way and vary our walks daily. The facilities in the cottage were excellent. Outdoor eating with a BBQ when hot, yet a wood burning stove on the miserable cold day we experienced. We will return - hopefully.

Reviewed by Desmond Bowe June 2017

Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location. Coastal walks on your doorstep, village pub only a 15 minute walk and Swanage 10 minutes by car or just over an hour to walk. We loved our stay in Marblers.

Reviewed by Lynda Jones April 2017

Another amazing few days at Marblers cottage with the Jones and Andrews family- we love the cottage, the location and all the lovely contents and art work the owners share with their visitors. Great the owners update too-lovely new carpets upstairs and attention to detail. We will be back fabulous.

Reviewed by Kerry Porter December 2016

This was such a perfect cottage for me i will definitely book again !

Reviewed by Brenda Bailes April 2016

We had a wonderful holiday. This is an amazing location for views, walks and a feeling of tranquility. We felt very at home.

Reviewed by Helen Miller March 2016

The location was perfect as well as the cottage. The owners had thought of everything. It's cosy and full of character. The decor was very tastefully done. The bedrooms were beautiful and the beds very comfortable. Beautiful views of Swanage and the countryside. Thank you

Reviewed by Heather Male March 2016

Great location with walks from the door and lovely views over the valley. The kitchen is well equipped and the bathrooms good. Very comfortable beds. More comfortable sofas would be good if they could fit in. At least our third visit and no doubt we will be back.

Reviewed by Anne West January 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable stay - lovely kitchen and bedrooms. Would go again

Reviewed by Katherin Whitby November 2015

Lovely cottage, great location.

Reviewed by Cara Rodger October 2015

Very pleasant holiday with all the family.

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