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The Old Workshop At Downshay Farm

Corfe Castle (2mls SE), Dorset
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A beautifully renovated cart shed made of Purbeck stone
  • Located on a working farm, in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck
  • Nestled between Corfe Castle and Swanage, within walking distance to Swanage Steam Railway and children's play park
Property code: 82828

This beautifully converted farm building is ideally located in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, within easy access to local amenities and the coast, whilst also being surrounded by pretty countryside.

This traditional cottage is situated 3.5 miles from seaside Swanage, offering a great base for couples and small families to explore the Dorset coast and countryside. The working farm setting is a treat for those who can’t resist adventures in the great outdoors, and there’s an on-site campsite too. Weary from your explorations, head inside and snuggle up in the lounge with a delicious hot chocolate and your favourite films for relaxing evenings in.

Beneath the Purbeck stone exterior is a welcoming retreat characterised by stylish interiors, impressive accessories and all the home comforts you could wish for. The tiled hallway leads through to the country-cottage-style kitchen with its timber beams, ample worktop space and an array of equipment for rustling up meals that are best enjoyed around the spacious table. On the chilliest nights, the underfloor heating is a blessing once you’ve pampered yourself in the first-floor bathroom. Upstairs, there is also a bunk bedroom best suited to children and an double bedroom with sloped ceilings. Stepping outside will reward you with a pleasant lawned garden complete with a patio and rural scenery.

Swanage is a treasure trove of independent shops and eateries that lead all the way down to the pretty beach, providing endless scope for entertainment. The majestic ruins of Corfe Castle loom in the distance, inviting you to soak up some fascinating local history as you navigate the narrow streets of the village of Corfe 2.5 miles away. Slightly further along the coast, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door 15 miles away are legendary in their appeal, but the entire area is a walker’s paradise with plenty of pubs to pause at for a slap-up lunch and some tasty ale.

  • Sleeps 3 + 1
  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 bunk (suitable for 1 adult or 2 children)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave washing machine and dishwasher
  • TV with ROKU box converting to Smart TV and DVD player in lounge
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • WIFI included
  • Lawned garden with Patio Parking for up to 2 cars
  • Beach 4 miles, pub 3 miles and shop within walking distance
  • The farm has its own organic bio-digester systems and is not on mains sewage
  • Arrival: 15:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Bronwen 8th July 2022

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The cottage's farm location with its fields and hills is striking. We enjoyed seeing the ordinary life of the farm. In a hot, sunny week this cottage, so near to Swanage, was admirably placed to provide a restful holiday that made the most of sea and sun. The owners were particularly kind, fitting up a sail to give us shade in the beautiful little Read moreback garden (so well designed.). And they helped us very much in a tyre crisis: what a great local garage. We're missing the very quiet nights Hide

Reviewed by Helen 3rd July 2022

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A lovely cottage on a working farm. Lots of country walks nearby. We stayed as a couple. The kitchen was well equipped for a weeks stay and the owners had left a useful starter pack which was most appreciated. Comfy bed, a cute hayloft bedroom upstairs, cosy sitting room. The garden at the rear was a sunny place to sit early evening after a day outRead more in Dorset. . Hide

Reviewed by Paul 13th May 2022

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The cottage is absolutely lovely. It has everything you need for a relaxing break. It is perfectly situated between Corfe Castle and Swanage with lots of walks through beautiful countryside. The owners Martin and Justine are very helpful, friendly and obliging. Would certainly return but only when the camping fields are closed as the farm can get vRead moreery busy. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 11th March 2022

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Reviewed by Stephen 19th February 2022

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Excellent venue. Super clean, well equipped, great location and lovely people. Coming back!

Reviewed by Helen 19th November 2021

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Lovely, comfortable cottage in a great location to explore the Purbecks and a short drive to Swanage. Spotlessly clean with tasteful decor and all the modern comforts you need for a good break. Would highly recommend to couples and families with young children who are suited to bunk beds.

Reviewed by Monica 9th October 2021

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Reviewed by Daniel 4th October 2021

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A very quiet location with proximity to coast and town. Peaceful and cosy.

Reviewed by Christine 27th September 2021

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We were very happy with The Old Workshop. It was clean, comfortable & well equipped. The location was good for reaching a variety of tourist attractions. We enjoyed the quiet there at the end of September. The owners were approachable & very helpful with anything we required.

Reviewed by susan 17th September 2021

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A very comfortable and well furnished cottage in beautiful surroundings. Well situated for exploring Dorset.

Reviewed by Barry 3rd September 2021

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A delightful well equipped cottage with open skies on a working and well managed family farm.

Reviewed by ANDREW 27th August 2021

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A lovely clean cottage in a quiet location. Very helpful and welcoming owner.

Reviewed by Michelle 16th July 2021

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We had a great time staying at this beautifully converted cottage! The kitchen is very well equipped and we spent lots of family time cooking and chatting there. We loved cooking everyday and having dinner al fresco in the garden! The BBQ in the garden was a bonus! Everything was so well thought-through. The cottage was very clean throughout and soRead morecial distancing was also good.. Justine and her husband are very friendly and helpful hosts, a very welcoming pair Thank you for a lovely stay Hide

Reviewed by Chris 11th June 2021

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Reviewed by Lucy 4th June 2021

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Very clean property. Made to feel welcome by owners. Lots of complimentary items provided on arrival . Would recommend

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