New Purbeck Cottage November 2017

There are a number of new self catering holiday cottage available this month. New cottages in Purbeck are added all the time and here is a selection of some of the latest. All are available for holiday in 2018 and are located in rural and seaside locations in Southern Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.

Hill View Cottage – Langton Matravers

Hill View Cottage Langton Matravers Dorset
Hill View Cottage Langton Matravers Dorset

This new Purbeck cottage is a stone built rural property nestling in the Purbeck Hills and located within a short walk of the Jurassic Coast and short drive form Swanage Beach. Hill View Cottage has rural views and is well located for walking and cycling in Purbeck.

Local attractions Near Hill View Cottage

The principle attraction at Hill View Cottage is undoubtedly the views but within a short walk it is also possible to enjoy the very heart of the Jurassic Coast. The dramatic coastal landscape is punctuated by bays, coves and caves, all of which are packed with things to explore and interesting local history. Wildlife along the coast includes endangered shrews, birds of prey, the rare horse shoe bats. Dolphins can occasionally be spotted swimming off the coast.

Inside Hill View Cottage

Exposed thick stone walls, flagstone floors and traditional Dorset architecture are combined with simple lines, clear spaces and comfortable furnishing. Hill View combines the look of the stone cottage with the functionality and comfort of a modern home. There 3 bedrooms and the cottage is able to accommodate up to 5 people.

Find out more at Hill View Cottage Langton Matravers Dorset

Vine Cottage Studland Dorset

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Vine Cottage is a traditional thatched self catering holiday cottage by the coast in Studland Dorset. It is only a short walk from the cottage to the sandy beach at Studland. By following the seafront you can also visit the nature reserve and visit the bird hides to observe migratory birds. Inland there is a beautiful area of heathland with walks across the North of Purbeck and over to Arne.

Local Attractions around Vine Cottage

Besides the beautiful natural sites of the beach and nature reserve there are a number of historical sites around Vine Cottage. On the coast there is a World War II Observation Bunker and in the heart of the village their is a beautiful stone church.

Vine Cottage is located near to the coastal path which means there is a beautiful walk from the cottage to Swanage via the dramatic site of Old Harry’s Rock. This rock formation is a series of stacks and arches extending into the sea. It is one of the most famous sites on the Jurassic Coast and can be reached with 20mins on foot.

Local food and drink is supplied by a number of local pubs and restaurants. Studland has been earning a reputation as a gourmet destination largely due to the arrival of the Pig on the Beach

Inside Vine Cottage

Vine Cottage has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 6 people. There is double bedroom with exposed beams and two twin bedrooms. For more information about Vine Cottage visit Vine Cottage Studland Dorset

The Coach House Leeson

Coach House Leeson Langton Matravers Dorset
Coach House Leeson Langton Matravers Dorset

This Dorset self catering holiday cottage is a new rental property in the Purbecks. The Coach House Leeson is a traditional stone built cottage in the peaceful village of Langton and is within a short walk of the Jurassic coast or a short drive / bus journey from the seaside resort town of Swanage.

Around The Coach House Leeson

The village of Langton Matravers has e good local shop and local public house. There is a historic church at the heart of the village and a footpath runs directly to Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast. Footpaths also lead to Swanage or to the neighbouring village of Worth Matravers where there is, what is commonly believed to be, the best pub in Dorset.

Inside The Coach House Leeson

This new Purbeck cottage has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8 people. There are 3 double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. The property has been decorated in a smart modern style but retains original features. There are exposed beams and a beautiful fireplace. For more information visit Coach House Leeson 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.

The best spots for sea swimming in Dorset

Dorset is full of stunning beaches and seaside locations, most with plenty of cafes and restaurants around for refreshments; perfect for setting up for a day of sunbathing and swimming. Here are our favourite locations for beach days;

Swanage Beach

Swanage beach is a traditional, long stretch of golden sands, set within the quaint town. It’s perfect for families, as you’re never far from a cafe, shop or restaurant (try the Fish Plaice for the best fish and chips in town!) There are regular Punch and Judy shows during the summer for a nominal cost, and the views back to the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth are stunning. Make a day of it by walking to Peveril Point to enjoy some even more spectacular views, or by visiting the railway station and taking the steam train up to Corfe Castle.

Weymouth

This beach is another very popular tourist beach, and for good reason as well. With the traditional Georgian buildings surrounding the esplanade, the sights to be seen include donkeys on the beach, and more Punch and Judy shows to watch. The town itself has lots of cafes and restaurants, there’s also live music and fireworks displays throughout the summer. The sand is soft and the waters are fairly shallow, so it’s a great one to visit with smaller children.

Studland

The beaches at Studland are split into distinct areas; South Beach, Middle Beach, Knoll Beach and Shell Bay. Each one is good for swimming, however it is worth noting that there is a short stretch of the beach designated to naturists, so please make sure you follow any signage where appropriate. Knoll Beach is probably the best for setting up for the day, with sands which gradually slope into the water, along with watersports equipment for hire. There’s also cafes for refreshments, and an ice cream kiosk for when that craving hits! Studland can be accessed from Swanage by car or bus, and can be easily reached from Corfe Castle or Langton Matravers by car.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is across the chain ferry from Studland, so is around a 45-60 minute drive from Swanage and the Purbecks. It’s a hugely popular resort, with good reason too, the 7 miles of golden sands, surrounded by vibrant town centre shops, restaurants, and cafes means you’ll need plenty of time to explore. The main beach has lots going on year round, with events throughout the year, as well as the pier and it’s attractions. There are several things on the pier of interest, including RockReef (all-weather climbing and obstacle courses), as well as a zipline down the pier, and an indoor caving area – perfect for children.

Sandbanks

Known as the home of many of the UKs rich and famous, Sandbanks has the 4th highest land value in the world (by area). Besides that however, it’s also a lovely stretch of sand, and has been recognised with the Blue Flag award countless times over the years, showing how safe it is for swimming. There’s a wide selection of watersports equipment to hire, as well as a crazy golf course. There’s shops, cafes, and restaurants, including Rick Stein’s which is great for fine dining. Sandbanks is just a short journey from the Purbecks over the chain ferry.

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.

Photos of My Home on The Pond 2017

My Home on The Pond is aptly named with a location next to a mill pond in a beautiful and historic part of Swanage. This peaceful location has no passing traffic and the view across the pond includes the beautiful church buildings.

Swanage is a wonderful holiday location with plenty of attractions and activities on your doorstep. The sandy beach at Swanage is a holiday favourite and attracts holiday makers throughout the summer months. The steam railway is also a local highlight and takes passengers on a rural trip through the Purbeck countryside to the village of Corfe Castle.

My Home on the Pond has three bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 guests. There is a sunny garden at the rear of the cottage and space for eating outside on the lawn or playing games.

My Home on the Pond has had a number of updates and improvements for the 2017 self catering holiday season and there are new photos showing changes made. For all the new photos as well as a full description and much more visit My Home on the Pond Swanage Dorset.

Tudor Rose New Photos 2017

Tudor Rose is an attractive and traditional Dorset cottage in Langton Matravers and within a short walk of Swanage. This stone built Purbeck self catering holiday home has three bedrooms and is a family sized property for holidays near the sea.

Tudor Rose cottage is also within a pleasant walk of the Jurassic Coast which is known for its natural beauty and the stunning sea views.

There are new photos to show the updates and improvements to Tudor Rose including new photos of the front room and bedrooms. For more information view Tudor Rose Purbeck Dorset

 

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.