First Look at Cherry Tree Cottage Dorset

Cherry Tree Cottage Corfe Castle

Cherry Tree Cottage at Corfe Castle in Dorset is a new Purbeck self catering holiday home available for holiday in 2018. This stone built Dorset cottage is located in a rural part of the Isle of Purbeck and within a short walk of Corfe Castle.

Cherry Tree Cottage Dorset Location

The countryside of Purbeck is famous for the rolling hills, spectacular views and beautiful footpaths. It is an ideal area for walking, cycling or exploring the historic buildings and monuments which are scattered throughout the area.

Purbeck is traversed by a Swanage Steam Railway which connects Corfe Castle with Swanage. Guests at Cherry Tree Cottage are able to do a circular walk which includes a section of train travel.

From Cherry Tree Cottage it is only a short drive to the beach at Swanage where there is a long stretch of gently sloping sand. Alternatively, Studland beach is a 10 minute drive away and here one can also enjoy the peace and tranquility of the nature reserve which runs behind the beach.

The village of Corfe Castle has the impressive ruin of Corfe Castle as well as a good supply of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is a regular bus service to the village centre or a pleasant foot path gets you into the village within 20min.

Inside Cherry Tree Cottage

This 1 bedroom cottage is suitable for a couple or someone looking for a peaceful retreat in the country. The interior has been decorated for style and comfort with a spacious sitting room and a comfortable double bedroom.

A dining room / breakfast area adjoins the front room and from here you can enjoy beautiful views of the Purbeck views while eating.

Find Out More About Cherry Tree Cottage

For all the latest information about Cherry Tree and to view interior photos, read a full description as well as see live availability, prices and online booking visit Cherry Tree Cottage Corfe Castle Dorset

Isle of Purbeck – Events Autumn/Winter 2017

The summer may be well and truly over, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of things to keep you busy in the quieter season. Here are our top picks of events happening between now and the end of the year.

Purbeck Outdoor Weekend – 15-17th September

Although entries have now closed for this outdoor athletic event, there’s still plenty of opportunities to watch the runners, cyclists and walkers along their courses. With each event starting from either the Downs or Sandpit Field in Swanage, the atmosphere in town is sure to be busy. There are also individual events happening throughout the town; including yoga, kayaking and talks with a real-life explorer available for the adults and the kids. Use the link above to find out more and to book a space.

Film Nights @ Purbeck Golf Course – Various Dates

Set within the stunning surroundings of the golf course, these film nights are a wonderful way to spend a cosy evening. Cheap and cheerful, the films being shown are Rocky Horror (25th of September), Lion (15th November) and Hackshaw Ridge (29th November). Each film will be showing from 7pm, and the bar will be open for ice cream, snacks and drinks. The course has exquisite views over to Poole Harbour, as well as valleys and generally lovely countryside. You can book in advance from the reception.

Stargazing at Durlston Castle – 29th September

These stargazing events offer the chance to use the various telescopes at Durlston, including their main telescope inside the new observatory. There is also a short talk beforehand to give you more of an idea of what you’re looking at and what specifics to look out for. The Purbeck skies are extremely clear and offer a really good chance to enjoy stargazing without light pollution. The new observatory is supported by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society, which means the talks are informative and interesting.

Swanage Blues Festival – 5th – 8th October

The biannual Swanage Blues Festival is the towns last music based festival of the year. Growing ever more popular as the years go on, the Blues Festival takes place in almost every venue in Swanage, with over 30 bands and 15 indoor venues taking part. The support wristbands are only £10, and although they’re not compulsory for each venue, buying one supports the festival and allows it to continue each year. There are also jams and open mic nights, so if you want to get more involved you can!

Purbeck Film Festival – 13th -29th October

A huge number of films are being shown at various venues throughout Dorset and the Purbecks over this festival. There’s everything from indie comedies, blockbuster dramas and kids flicks, so no matter what your taste, you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit you. The film festival is also showing several foreign language films as well, which really backs up the idea of education through film that the charitable trust behind the event stands for. For more information, including how to book tickets, use the link above.

Santa Special Trains – Various Dates

These ones are perfect for the kids! A return journey on the steam train, with the opportunity to meet Santa, these trips are really quite magical for the little ones. Starting from and returning to Swanage train station, the journey is an hour long and includes a gift, soft drink and biscuit for the children, and a mince pie and seasonal drink for the adults. Whilst taking in the beautiful Purbeck countryside, you’ll also be entertained on board. The trains run four times a day, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the beginning of December, and every day throughout the week from the 18th to the 24th. There is also a canapé and champagne version for the grown ups, held in the luxurious Pullman Observation Car, and Christmas Luncheons on the Wessex Belle as well.

Places to eat in the Purbecks with incredible views

The Cabin, Swanage

This outdoor cafe is a seasonal treat for those visiting Swanage, as it only pops up during the Summer. It’s situated along the private end of the beach, though anyone is allowed to walk down and take a seat. The menu offers a variety of fresh seafood and light bites, as well as a selection of drinks to wash it all down. The cafe has an adjoining shop where you can purchase beach equipment, which can be enjoyed on the beach in front of the cafe. The views are lovely, going from Bournemouth to your left, the Isle of Wight directly in front and Swanage itself to the right.

Shell Bay, Studland

This restaurant is set slightly back from the road to the Studland ferry crossing, but this does not get in the way of the view across to Brownsea Island and the other smaller islands in the water, as well as the heathland at Studland. It’s primarily a seafood restaurant and offers a wide selection of seafood, as well as some other choices, such as steak and Gnocchi. The restaurant has brilliant reviews on TripAdvisor and is extremely easy to get to, so is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

The Scott Arms, Kingston

A traditional countryside pub, The Scott Arms has possibly the best setting possible! It’s nestled in the Purbeck hills in Kingston, and has stunning views over to Corfe Castle. It’s an extremely historic pub, dating back to the 18th century, and is full of character. The food is standard fare for a pub, with all the usuals on offer, as well as regularly updated specials. They have a wide range of drinks available and are close to Corfe, Langton, Worth and Swanage.

The Bankes Arms, Studland

The Bankes Arms is well known for it’s attractive views and welcoming atmosphere. It’s perfect for walkers as it’s situated a little walk from the main Swanage-Studland route, as well as being easily accessible by car or bus. The view is looking over the sea towards Poole and Bournemouth, as well as taking in the beach at Studland. Well behaved dogs are welcome, and the pub has an extensive menu of pub classics, as well as selections for vegetarians and vegans. They also have an in-house brewery, where they brew ales to add to their selection.

Wessex Belle, Various

Confused by the heading?  The Wessex Belle is set on a train which runs from Swanage and back again, taking in the beautiful surrounding countryside so it’s not set in one location! The menu is varied with a focus on fine dining and there is a smart dress code to reflect this. From the reviews on Trip Advisor, this only adds to the intrigue and feel of the occasion. The food has consistently good reviews, and is definitely worth a visit if you’ll be celebrating a special occasion. The trains and the station are run by volunteers, so it’s a great way to donate to keeping the historic station alive.

New Corfe Castle Self Catering Daisy Cottage

Daisy Cottage in Corfe Castle is a beautiful and historic holiday rental cottage in a quite part of the village and within a short walk of the village centre and the castle of Corfe Castle.

This two bedroom cottage is a newly available self catering cottage and there are new photos showing the care and attention put into making it available for holidays this year.

Corfe Castle is a wonderful holiday destination for those wishing to explore Purbeck and the wider Dorset area. Corfe Castle is connected by steam railway to Swanage on the coast and is also within a lovely cycle ride of locations such as Kingston, Studland, Worth Matravers and the Jurassic Coast.

For more information about this beautiful Corfe Castle Cottage visit Daisy Cottage Corfe Castle Dorset

Escape the crowds in the Purbecks

The Purbecks are full of busy beaches and crowded attractions however, if you know where to look, you’ll never be too far from a secluded area to chill out. Why not take a break from the crowds during the summer by heading towards some of the lesser-known and quieter attractions.

Swanage Beach

Although the main beach is extremely busy during the Summer, if you walk up towards the cliffs you’ll find a much quieter area to enjoy. It offers gorgeous views over the bay and back towards the town, and during the high season there are multiple beach cafes to enjoy. You can also easily access the cliff to walk up to Old Harry, which can be a peaceful place for a picnic in the evenings or outside of peak times.

Agglestone Rock Walk

A rather large rock perched on top of a hill, this attraction may not sound interesting, but the views from the rock are second to none. You can walk there from Swanage or Studland and enjoy the views on the way there as well. It makes for a nice gentle stroll, so is suitable for children. Whilst walking through Godlingston Heath there is a wide array of wildlife and plants to enjoy as well.

Arne Nature Reserve

The nature reserve is a hotspot for birds, reptiles and insects alike. Located overlooking Poole Harbour, you can spot plenty of rare species. Made up of old oak woodland and stunning heathland, there is plenty to keep the children entertained with a range of activities. You’ll find more information in the Information Hut, and can even go on guided tours of the reserve with staff.

Church Knowle

Situated to the west of Corfe, Church Knowle is the epitome of the quaint country villages which litter the Purbecks. The buildings are made of Purbeck stone, and the area boasts all you’d expect from a tiny village; a church, a pub and a manor house. The village is also home to Margaret Green Animal Rescue, who rescue all kinds of animals; from cats, dogs, donkeys, goats and pigs. It’s free to visit and well worth a stop off if you’re an animal lover!

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is steeped in the history of Dorset, Somerset and the surrounding countryside. A cumulation of the struggle against new machine labour and the continued reduction of wages, this museum tells the story of the 6 men who were unfairly trialled and convicted for standing up for workers rights. The museum may not be one that fills a day, but is certainly worth a flying visit, especially if you’re interested in politics or the social history of the countryside.

Your Purbeck Event Guide 2017

The Purbecks are well known for their wide-ranging events throughout the year. With Swanage playing host to numerous themed festivals, and more exciting events happening in locations around the Purbecks, it can be difficult to keep up with! So, we’ve put together a handy guide;

Think your Purbeck based event should be here? Get in touch with us and we’ll add it to our guide.

Swanage Fish Festival (10th June – 11th June)

Chefs demonstrations, music and food stalls – this festival is for you if you’re even slightly partial to fresh seafood (or indeed, fish finger baps!) This year, the festival will be sharing the town with the European Paddleboarding Championship, so it’s sure to be a busy, festival atmosphere.

Purbeck Pirate Festival (1st July – 2nd July)

Equally as fun for the kids and the adults, the second Pirate Festival will feature stalls, music and ships. You might want to make sure to pack some fancy dress costumes, to don as Swanage Bay gets ‘invaded’.

Swanage Jazz Festival (14th July – 16th July)

The Jazz Festival has become a mainstay in Swanage over the years. Although it has been decided that this year’s will be the last, the organisers have certainly not let the standards slip. With music from around 50 acts, this year’s festival will be split over multiple venues in and around Swanage town centre. There will be plenty to keep both jazz enthusiasts and those less knowledgeable happy!

Camp Bestival (27th July – 30th July)

Making the move from the Isle of Wight, this year’s Camp Bestival will be held in the grounds of Lulworth Castle. It’s packed full of a wide variety of acts (from Mark Ronson to The Skints) so there’s something for everyone. Plus, this year will see the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webbers ‘The School of Rock’ performing, not one the kids will want to miss!

Swanage Carnival (29th July – 5th August)

It’s famous for a reason – Swanage Carnival is a huge, lively and ambitious event held annually. The two mile carnival procession, along with stalls, music, food, a talent show as well as all kinds of watersports is definitely not one to miss. Perhaps the best part is the fancy dress human wheelbarrow race, which is always a laugh. This year will also see the return of the Red Arrows, who will be doing a air display in Swanage for the first time in four years!

Purbeck Rally (11th August – 13th August)

Held just outside of Wareham, the Purbeck Rally involves tractors, classic cars and motorbikes, stalls, a beer tent and much more. There will be entertainment from Xtreme Falconry (the Harry Potter owl handlers!) as well as Poole Field Gun Display as well, definitely worth a visit!

Swanage Folk Festival (8th September – 10th September)

This festival aims to celebrate all things folk – with Morris Dancers, workshops and performances taking place across the weekend. There will be performances all over the town, including open air and indoor venues. The craft fair will include over 60 stalls, offering (for example) jewellery, goods from the east, stoneware and clothing. The beer tent will also be open – selling real ales, ciders, wines and soft drinks to keep the dancers quenched!

Swanage Blues Festival (5th October – 8th October)

Throughout the Blues Festival there will be top quality musicians playing all over the town, from pubs to restaurants to golf clubs. The event also hosts open-mic nights for those budding performers! Hosted twice a year (the other is held in March) this event boasts a huge turnout each time.

The best historic areas of the Purbecks

The Purbeck Isles are full of fascinating historic areas. From an 11th century castle to Victorian-era wonders, here’s our top pick of places to visit.

Corfe Castle

It had to be at the top of the list! A castle built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Corfe Castle is now owned by the National Trust. The village of Corfe lies beneath the castle, and is full of cute cottages, cafes and pubs. The castle itself is great for kids – as they’ll love exploring the nooks and crannies. There’s also some stunning views across the Purbecks from the castle.

Fort Henry

Studland was used to prepare for the D-Day landings, and Fort Henry is a leftover observation bunker from these days. Definitely one to read up on for those military history buffs, the bunker is also part of the ‘Studland beach Second World War walk’ which takes in pillboxes, the bunker and ‘Dragons teeth’ used to defend against incoming enemy tanks.

Wareham

Wareham is a Saxon walled town in the Purbecks, and has plenty to keep history enthusiasts intrigued. Situated on the banks River Frome, you can walk around the wall or make a visit to the Wareham Town Museum to learn more about the town’s history. There have been excavations carried out in many nearby locations, with the earliest house found dating to the 15th century BC.

Durlston

When local architect George Burt decided he wanted to make the area of Durlston a high-society tourist destination, he build the ‘castle’ at Durlston. Although it is a purpose-built restaurant, it still dates back to the late 1800’s. There are plenty of interesting artifacts around the castle, including cast-iron bollards bought from London. You can walk to Durlston from Swanage, passing Tilly Whim caves as well – an added historical bonus!

Tynham

The lost village has a more recent history than the previous entrants on this list; but if you’re interested in World War 2, it’s certainly an area to visit. Previously a small, non-descript farming village, Tynham was evacuated during the war to make way for arms testing. Only meant to be a temporary measure, the land was acquired after the war, and has led empty ever since. The old buildings have been restored and provide plenty of information about the time.

Updated Honeypot Cottage Corfe Castle Dorset 2017

Honeypot Cottage in Corfe Castle Dorset is a traditional and historic cottage in the Purbeck and within a few minutes walk of the Castle of Corfe Castle.

Corfe Castle is at the heart of the Isle of Purbeck and walks and cycle routes radiate out to Swanage, Studland, Kingston and the Jurassic Coast.

Honeypot Cottage has all new photos to show the changes and improvements for the 2017 self catering holiday season. Here are some of the new images.

For more photos, a full description and live availability and prices visit Honeypot Cottage Corfe Castle Dorset

Photos of Castle View Cottage Kingston 2017

Castle View Cottage in Kingston Dorset is a traditional, stone built cottage with views of Corfe Castle and the Purbeck countryside. This self catering holiday cottage has three bedrooms and is ideal for family holidays in a peaceful location in Dorset.

Kingston is a small village overlooking Corfe Castle and only a short walk from the sea along the Jurassic Coast. The local beach of Chapmans Pool is a landmark of the Dorset coast.

The village also has an excellent public house and guests at Castle View cottage are only a short walk from local ale and good food.

Castle View Cottage has made many updates and improvements for the 2017 holiday season with new bathrooms, new furniture, new decoration and much more. The new photos show some of the many changes made to Castle View Cottage in Kingston since last year.

For all the latest information visit Castle View Cottage Kingston Dorset

Purbeck House 2017 Photos

New photos of Purbeck House are now online. The new pictures show the conservatory, new bedroom configuration and the new kitchen.

Purbeck House is a beautiful historic cottage in Corfe Castle and has a traditional Dorset cottage design. It is a 2 minute walk to Corfe Common and a 5 minute walk to the foot of Corfe Castle where there are public houses, a small village shop and much more.

For more information, including the new photos and a full description visit Purbeck House Corfe Castle Dorset