St Edmunds House in Corfe Castle is a beautiful stone built cottage with original features and a lovely garden with views of the Purbeck Hills.
This new Corfe Castle Cottage in Dorset sleeps 8 people in 4 bedrooms and has two sitting rooms, a dining room ideal for family meals, a open plan kitchen with breakfast bar for sociable preparation of meals and immediate access to the historic village of Corfe Castle and the Purbeck countryside.
St Edmunds House is the product of two adjoining cottages which have been redesigned into one larger property. This layout means it is possible to enjoy a holiday in Corfe Castle with the whole family but still have plenty of room for separate activities and some quiet time.
Within a short walk of St Edmunds House is the castle of Corfe Castle. This imposing monument is one of the land marks of the region and it is possible to climb up and enjoy the view across the Isle of Purbeck.
Within a short drive of St Edmunds House is the beach at Swanage and this can also be reached by bus or the steam railway that joins Corfe Castle and Swanage. The Jurassic Coast is within walking distance and footpaths run to the coast via Kingston and Worth Matravers.
The village of Studland on the North East coast of Purbeck is a beautiful place to enjoy a coastal walk, have a drink at the public house or enjoy tea and an ice cream down by the sea. The village of Studland is a short drive from Swanage or Corfe Castle and can be reached via Old Harry Rocks from Swanage or the hill top path along the Purbeck hills from Corfe Castle.
Our walk today goes from the Bankes Arms Public House where there is also a car park. This is a short walk but you will pass the village shop on the way to the car park and it is a good place to pick up water and a snack for your trip. This walk also has a two cafes along the way. You can follow the route on this Studland Coast Walk Map Link
On the opposite side of the road from the car park is a path running towards the sea. It is to the left of the houses and is well hidden. Follow this path down to a beautiful view over Studland Bay.
From the view point turn left with the sea on your right and follow the path for 150meters till you reach Fort Henry. This historic building dates back to the Second World War and has a wonderful view over the beach at Studland and across to Bournemouth in the distance. There is a board showing some of the history of the fort and it is possible to walk inside the fort to get an idea of what it would have been like at the time.
The path continues with the sea to your right till it joins a tar road. Here you turn right (almost going back on yourself) down to the sea. There is a convenient seaside cafe selling locally made ice cream.
The path continues along the sandy beach along to where there is a visitors centre for the beach. This is a good place to start and exploration of the wetlands and sand dunes or to simply enjoy a relaxing day on the soft sand. The walks in the wetland and dunes are especially rewarding and form part of a nature reserve which attracts a large variety of birds. Bird hides by the small lakes came complete with descriptions of birds you might see.
To complete the walk we retrace our walk back to the car park.
The Isle of Wight is a wonderful place for cycling and walking and many of our guests recommend walks to us so we can share them with others holidaying on the Isle of Wight. This walk is an easy to moderate walk on the East of the Island and visits the woodland at Borthwood, the nature reserve at Alverstone and the historic village of Newchurch. This walk is nearby for anyone holidaying around Shanklin, Godshill, St Helens, Seaview and Sandown.
The walk starts at Borthwood but it is easy to follow if you wish to start at Newchurch or Alverstone. Park your car at the small car park on Alverstone Rd near where the road branches off to Forest Road. The Postcode PO36 0LE will help your satnav find it.
From the car park walk into the woodland following the footpath and continue straight but bearing left at any forks. The woodland is full of wildlife and it is common to see red squirrels if you sit quietly and wait. You will exit the wood on the North East corner and join a tar road for about 10 meters before bearing right onto a gravel track (do not take the track going behind you but continue in the same direction as you exited the woodland).
This farm track takes you down to some housing and a small farm. Continue straight and follow the footpath through a gate and across the field in an Easterly direction. This path quickly reaches the edge of the wetland reserve and a gate leads onto a raised wooden path across the reserve. Follow the wooden path to the t junction and turn right through two gates before turning left to walk in a northerly direction.
Here the small path joins a larger gravel road onto which you turn right and follow it East with the Sandown and Shanklin Golf Club on your right. After a short way you reach the road and turn left for 10 to 15 meters before tuning left again into a small orchard. Here there is a picnic table and a orchard garden with sculptures carved in wood. Follow the path through the orchard and through an arch to join the main Sandown to Newport cycle route.
Turn left onto the cycle route and follow the wide track to Alverstone. Either side of the cycle route is open countryside and a rich variety of birdlife. Look out for birds of prey by looking along the rows of fences. The birds like to sit on the fence posts and observe their surroundings.
At Alverstone the tack crosses the road and heads onwards towards Newchurch. Along this stretch there fields either side of the track and many contain long haired highland cows.
When you reach the next road you have reached the outskirts of Newchurch. Turn left and follow the road into the centre of Newchurch where there is a public house serving food. The pub has a lovely pub garden with views over the countryside. Newchurch also has a historic church with a wooden spire.
In Newchurch take School Lane on the left and follow it past the school and down to a field. Turn right to follow the edge of the the field before crossing over to continue along the path to the road. Turn left onto Skinner’s Hill Road and up the hill, down the hill and then up the hill to a junction. Continue straight on and turn right into the woodland at the small style 20 meters further on. Follow the path till you reach the path in the woods you followed at the beginning of the walk. Turn right and retrace your earlier steps back to the car park.
We have a sneak peek inside Luccombe Chine House on the Isle of Wight located between Shanklin and Ventnor. This large and luxurious holiday cottage has sea views from the South East of the Isle of Wight and is a pleasant walk to Bonchurch Beach, Ventnor Beach or Shanklin Beach.
Luccombe Chine House sleeps up to 12 people in 5 double rooms and 1 twin room. It is ideal for a large family get together or for a couple of families sharing. There are large function rooms including a light and spacious sun room with views of the sea and two spacious sitting rooms for relaxing in the evenings.
The large gardens at Luccombe Chine House have views of the sea and a large lawned area for relaxing or playing games in the sun.
Purbeck has many of Dorset’s best known land marks and we have collected up some photographs, of which many have been sent in by holiday guests, to show Purbeck from some personal perspectives.
Photo 1 – Swanage Pier on Swanage Beach photographed by Island Cottage Holidays; Photo 2 – St. Aldhelm’s Head with a view of the sea below; Photo 3 – St. Aldhelm’s Head Chapel near Worth Matravers in Purbeck Dorset photographed by Jude Browne; Photo 4 – Durdle Door in Dorset photographed by Kenny Riley; Photo 5 – Man of War Bay near Durdle Door in Dorset by Frances Moore; Photo 6 – Swanage Bay Headland in Purbeck Dorset by Elizabeth Knight; Photo 7 – Corfe Castle in Purbeck Dorset by Island Cottage Holidays; Photo 8 – Kimmeridge Bay Purbeck Dorset by Lynn Mash; Photo 9 – Swanage Steam Railway in Corfe Castle by Sue Casey; Photo 10 – Durdle Door in Dorset by Korine Bishop; Photo 11 – Monument to Radar at St. Aldhelm’s Head Purbeck Dorset by Korine Bishop; Photo 12 – Durdle Door Dorset by Jo Stephenson; Photo 13 – Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast; Photo 14 – St. Aldhelm’s Head Chapel by Patrick Geldhof; Photo 15 – Swyre Head Dorset; Photo 16 – Grange Arch Purbeck Dorset; Photo 17 – Studland Beach Purbeck Dorset; Photo 18 – St. Aldhelm’s Head with a view of the sea below; Photo 19 – Chapmans Pool Purbeck Dorset; Photo 20 – Worth Matravers Village Pond Purbeck Dorset
Apse Wood Cottage is a new self catering holiday cottage located in a rural location near Shanklin on the East of the Isle of Wight. This large and luxurious cottage has a large and comfortable living rooms, four bedrooms sleeping upto nine people, a large kitchen and a wonderful cascading garden with patio seating area overlooking the lawn.
Apse Wood Cottage is located within a short drive of the beach at Shanklin but there is also a lovely walk along the old railway line footpath to the coast. Cycling and walking routes run right from the cottage and it is possible to take an easy and pleasant rural walk to the village of Godshill where there is a public house and lovely boutique shops.
We love receiving photos from our guests’ holidays on the Isle of Wight and we have been sent a number of beach photos taken at sunset.
The evening is a lovely time to enjoy a walk as the change in light can give a whole new look to the environment and it is also a better time to see wildlife which is shy in the middle of the day.
We have collected some of the photos taken at sunset along the coast of the Isle of Wight and include some great beaches to enjoy at sunset.
These photos are Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight by Kayleigh Cope, Ferry Journey from the Isle of Wight photographed by Javier Fernandez, Yaverland Beach near Sandown on the East Coast of the Isle of Wight photographed by Sam Haig, Alum Bay and the Needles on the Isle of Wight photographed by Kayleigh Cope, The Needles on the Isle of Wight photographed by Andrew Rowe, Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight photographed by Kayleigh Cope, Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight photographed by Mark G and Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight photographed by Amanda Cartwright.
Some of the best places to observe the sunset on the Isle of Wight are on the West of the Isle of Wight and include the beaches along the South West Coast and North West Coast. Probably the most famous sunset location on the Isle of Wight is the view over the Needles which can be seen from the Rocket Testing Site at the end of the headland. This can be reached by walking from the Needles Park car park or along the coast from Freshwater Bay. Continue reading “Sunset Beaches Isle of Wight”
Both cottages have wonderful access to the coast and being on an Island the size of the Isle of Wight there is plenty of coast to explore. The coastline is also incredible varied with stretches of soft sandy beaches in the East of the Isle of Wight around Shanklin and Seaview, dramatic chalk cliffs in the Western point near Freshwater, sand stone backed coves along the North West near Yarmouth and one large and almost unbroken beach of sand and shingle along the entire South West coast.