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.

Coastguard Cottage New Photos 2017

Coastguard Cottage has a wonderful coastal location near Worth Matravers and enjoys views of the sea and dramatic landscape. This rural and coastal self catering cottage also enjoys a lovely garden and a welcoming cottage atmosphere.

From the headland you can see local landmarks such as Kimmeridge Bay, Chapmans Pool, Durlston near Swanage and inland to Worth Matravers. There is a rural walk to the public house in the local village.

There are new photos of Coastguard cottage in Purbeck Dorset and here is a small selection.

For more information about this Worth Matravers Cottage on the Jurassic Coast in Purbeck visit Coastguard Cottage Purbeck Dorset

New Langton Cottage Dorset – Bucklebury Cottage

We invite you to a first look at a new Langton Matravers Cottage in Dorset. Bucklebury is a beautiful and traditional Dorset cottage in a Jurassic Coast location which sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms.

Bucklebury Cottage enjoys a wonderful location within a short walk of some of the Jurassic Coast’s most famous landmarks as well as being a short drive or cycle ride from the sandy beach at Swanage. The village of Langton Matravers has a village shop and a great public house but for variety there is a walk to Worth Matravers where you will find the Square and Compass pub and a boutique restaurant. The Purbeck village of Corfe Castle is only 5 to 10 minutes away and here you will find an attractive village and the beautiful ruins of the castle.

For more information, as well as photos and a description visit Bucklebury Cottage Dorset

Coastguard Cottage New Photos Purbeck

Coastguard Cottage in Purbeck has a beautiful Jurassic Coast location with views along the coast. This wonderful cottage has a beautiful remote location and there are some new photos showing the cottage and location.

From Coastguard Cottage you are only a short walk from Chapmans Pool and there is a walk to the nearby village of Worth Matravers where there is a public house and a restaurant.

For many more photos of Coastguard cottage and some videos of the cottage and the Jurassic Coast visit Coastguard Cottage Dorset

Purbeck Pubs with Open Fire Dorset

The traditional pubic house with roaring fire is something many of our holiday guests seek out when visiting Purbeck and southern Dorset. The rich choice of country pubs, local ales, local food and friendly rural atmosphere is an attraction of Purbeck in its own right. In the winter the open fire or woodburner becomes a great place to relax with a pint and warm your feet after a walk or cycle ride.

Villages such as Corfe Castle, Kingston and Worth Matravers are all famed for their pubs and each has a unique local character. Many also have entertainments such as live music, traditional games or just jovial company.

Below is a list of Purbeck public houses with an Open Fire.

The Scott Arms Kingston Dorset

View of Corfe Castle from Scott ArmsThe public house in Kingston is best known for the wonderful view over Purbeck and down to Corfe Castle. On a clear day you can see all the way to Brownsea Island and across Poole Harbour from the pub garden.

The Scott Arms servers food and you can sit and enjoy your meal in the top bar next to the open fire. The top bar is also a popular hangout for local people and you will be welcomed to the friendly banter and talks about local events.

thescottarms.com
West St, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5LH
Phone: 01929 480270

The Square and Compass Worth Matravers Dorset

Square and Compass Pub Worth MatraversThis fantastic public house is known being traditional and extremely welcoming as well as having a fantastic view over the Jurassic Coast and entertaining patrons with music from artists who wouldn’t usually play small venues. The selection of local beers and ciders can be enjoyed in a lovely pub garden with views of the sea.

There are a variety of small festivals held every year including a stone carving festival, a poetry festival, a pumpkin festival and a folk music festival.

In the winter The Square and Compass is a cosy place to spend the evening. A large fire burns all day and the little snug is warm and welcoming. Many walkers and cyclists stop by for refreshment and warm themselves in front of the blaze.

squareandcompasspub.co.uk
Worth Matravers, Dorset BH19 3LF
01929 439229

Castle Inn Corfe Castle Dorset

Castle Inn Public House Corfe Castle DorsetThis charming and friendly pub is a traditional stone built village pub and has a large open fire to add to the welcoming atmosphere. This public house just outside the centre of the village is popular with locals and holiday guests alike. There are lots of events and special food nights throughout the year.

The open fire is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists passing through Corfe Castle while traveling across the Purbeck hills.

castleinncorfe.com
63 East St, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EE
+44 1929 480208

Purbeck Holiday Cottages with Open Fires

For those wishing to holiday in Purbeck and enjoy a open fire or wood burner while staying in one of our Purbeck cottages we have a small list of some of our cottages with an open fire or wood burning stove.

Honeypot Cottage self catering Corfe Castle Isle of Purbeck

Honeypot Cottage Corfe Castle, Dorset

Dorset » Purbeck » Corfe Castle

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Lovely stone cottage within 5 minutes walk of the centre of Corfe Castle sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms. It has been furnished and equipped to a high standard to provide very attractive and comfortable accommodation. Care has been taken to retain original features of this Grade II listed cottage. It has been renovated with care to retain original features such as the beams, flagstone floors, open fire and attractive doors and windows. Wonderful walks across the common at the rear of the cottage. Centrally heated. Sandy beach at Swanage within a 10 minute drive. View Honeypot Cottage Corfe Castle, Dorset

Plum Tree Cottage self catering Corfe Castle Isle of Purbeck

Plum Tree Cottage Corfe Castle, Dorset

Dorset » Purbeck » Corfe Castle

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This lovely stone cottage stands in a quiet lane within a 3 minute walk of the central square of the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Corfe is renowned for its dramatic and majestic castle which is protected by the National Trust. The wonderful sandy beach of Studland is within a 15 minute drive. Here there is a two mile stretch of sand where swimming, paddling and boating can be enjoyed. The more lively small resort of Swanage is also within a 15 minute drive where there is also a long sandy beach. View Plum Tree Cottage Corfe Castle, Dorset

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Purbeck Holiday Locations – Worth Matravers

The friendly and peaceful village of Worth Matravers is a wonderful rural community in Purbeck and often draws in holiday guests to the life of the village. Here is an overview of Worth Matravers as a holiday destination with photographs, comments and recommendations from holiday guests visiting Worth Matravers holiday cottages.

In Worth Matravers local events happen all year around and include stone carving, the local fete, a pumpkin festival, and numerous small music events at the local public house. Worth Matravers is location on the Jurassic Coast and is a wonderful walking area with footpaths and cycle routes along the coast to Swanage or inland to Corfe Castle.

The principle locations around Worth Matravers are Winspit Bay, St Albans Head, Dancing Ledge and Chapmans Pool. All of these coastal locations are on the headland around Worth Matravers and are within a short walk of the village.

Guest Gallery of Worth Matravers & the Jurassic Coast

These photographs of Worth Matravers in Dorset which include photos taken by our holiday guests. Photos below include images by guests to Work Matravers Cottages including Patrick Geldhof, John Bowler, Jon Stone, Jude Browne and Andrew Faraday

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Worth Matravers Holiday Activities

Many of our guests return with suggestions of activities for us to pass to future families. Sometimes we are surprised with some of the new and wonderful activities they discover. So, below are the main activities in Worth Matravers and some of the more unusual ones discovered by holiday guests to Worth Matravers Cottages.

Pasty and a Pint at the Square and Compass

The Square and Compass pub is a traditional public house with lots of character and which has never served meals. However, for hungry walkers and those who appreciate a good pasty, they provide a lunch time pasty or pie. These can be enjoyed in the sun trap at the front of the public house where you can also enjoy the view of the Jurassic Coast.

Winspit Bay

The bay beneath Worth Matravers is Winspit Bay and is reached by a footpath from the village green. The bay has terraces of rock which act as giant steps down to the sea. People swim in the bay or sunbath of the rock platforms all around. It is a beautiful and dramatic place and the reminisce of traditional stone quarrying and old fashioned smuggling are all around. The large mine entrances are not safe to explore but you can stand outside and look deep into the vast caverns. A rare type of bat can be found here and visiting on a clear night you will get a wonderful view of the stars well away from any light pollution.

Feeding the Ducks

Worth Matravers takes the village ducks very seriously and they have a status akin to royalty. They waddle around the village green and swim in the village pond during the day and will meet newcomers to the village who offer them some bread or a little of their packed lunch. The village pond area has a bench and it is a lovely place to enjoy a sunny day.  Around the pond there is a tea shop and a small art gallery.

Village Playground

The playground in Worth Matravers is incredibly popular with our guests. Parents appreciate the chance for children to burn off a little energy and the simple park has plenty to drive the imagination of children. Parents also get a lovely rural view from the park and get to meet other local parents. We often have holiday guests recommending the playground as a wonderful feature in the village.

Purbeck Stone Carving

Burngate Stone Carving Centre is on the road to Swanage and is a lovely family friendly holiday activity to get a taste for stone carving. The stone carving tradition is long established in Purbeck and there has been small scale stone quarrying in Purbeck for hundreds of years. For times and dates visit www.burngatestonecentre.co.uk

Walks and Cycle Rides around Worth Matravers

Walking and cycling are two of the most popular activities around Worth Matravers. There are so many places to walk or cycle to which are within an comfortable distance. Beaches and bays along the Jurassic Coast such as Dancing Ledge and Chapmans Pool are within an easy walk. To reach dancing ledge follow signs East towards Swanage along the Priest’s Way and turn right (south) down to the coast when Dancing Ledge is signposted (after about 20mins). The walk back from Dancing Ledge to Worth Matravers can be done by following the coastal path West to Winspit and then inland to the village.

Chapmans Pool with its iconically shaped bay is West of Worth Matravers and reached by following the road through the village, past the duck pond and out to a car park on the West of the village. From here signposts either take you across the fields or around on a tar lane.

If you are cycling you might like to try following the Priests Way all the way to Swanage. From here you can cycle back the way you came or make a large loop by cycling across the Purbeck hills to Corfe Castle, up to Kingston and then back into Worth Matravers. Cycle rides or walks to local pubs include the trip to Kingston or Langton.

Guest Comments which Mention Worth Matravers

The following comments have been received by holiday guest staying in cottages in Worth Matravers and which mention the village and local attractions.

“Don’t want to say too much as this part of England and Worth Matravers is a well kept secret. Let’s keep it that way. ” – Ray Thomas – May 2015 – Seaview Cottage

“Amazing location, gorgeous views, village ,pub and access to walks.” – Suzie Ward – Apr 2015 – Seaview Cottage

“Wonderful coastal location for great walks all you need is the weather” – David Greenwood – Aug 2014 – Seaview Cottage

“Wonderful location in a wonderful part of the world ” – Colin Slasberg – Jul 2015 – Worth Cottage

 

“We can also recommend the Square and Compass, a lovely traditional village pub selling delicious pies and pasties.” – Jackie B – Apr 2012 – Speedwell

“We enjoyed the café and the Village Hall sale of baked goods, local produce, artists and crafts from the region, cream teas and rummage sale held every day. The 2 children enjoyed the park across the road. Best swings ever. ” – Joanne Morrow – Aug 2014 – Speedwell

“Beautiful village and setting. ” – Jill Dawson – Oct 2014 – Speedwell

“Wonderful tea/supper rooms in the village well worth a visit. Hope to be back soon.” – Deborah D – May 2012 – Speedwell

“ideally positioned for the coast path and the square and compass! ” – James Dickie – Apr 2015 – Clematis Cottage

Purbeck Cottage Guest Reviews October

The Autumn months are a lovely time to see Purbeck and southern Dorset. The climate has remained mild and many days have been more summery than autumnal which means guests have enjoyed the beaches, walks in the woods and coastal path, visits to the historic sites and much more.

Here are just some of the comments we received for Purbeck holiday cottages this Autumn. For more cottage comments and reviews visit a cottage page and see guest reviews section.

Marblers Cottage Acton Dorset self catering

Marblers Cottage – Acton, Dorset

“We had a lovely time staying at Marblers cottage. Cottage was clean and had everything we needed. We found the central heating more than adequate. We didn’t need to use the wood burners. I would not hesitate to go back and would highly recommend staying at Marblers. ” – Caroline Bailey – 22 Oct 2015

The Chapel Kingston Dorset self catering

The Chapel – Kingston, Dorset

“Beautifully presented cottage with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. We would happily return. ” – J Edwards – 22 Oct 2015

Purbeck House Corfe Castle Dorset self catering

Purbeck House – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“As soon as we stepped over the threshold we completely fell in love with Purbeck House. Wonderful rooms, beautiful furnitures, nice decoration, cosy and clean and much space for 5 people and 1 dog. Corfe Castle is a gem and its surroundings just gorgeous very worth exploring! ” – Silvia Stocker – 22 Oct 2015

Central Villa Swanage Dorset self catering

Central Villa – Swanage, Dorset

“lovely cottage very centrally placed. There was nothing we did not like. ” – Frank Holtschlag – 13 Oct 2015

Afflington Manor Cottage Corfe Castle Dorset self catering

Afflington Manor Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“Superb cottage. Very comfortable, clean and cosy. Stunning setting – quiet and peaceful but in easy reach of Corfe Castle and the coast. Could not fault our holiday at all and we will be returning in the spring. ” – Jan Thornhill – 22 Oct 2015

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Purbeck Cottage Comment October

The Autumn months are a lovely time to see Purbeck and southern Dorset. The climate has remained mild and many days have been more summery than autumnal which means guests have enjoyed the beaches, walks in the woods and coastal path, visits to the historic sites and much more.

Here are just some of the comments we received for Purbeck holiday cottages this Autumn. For more cottage comments and reviews visit a cottage page and see guest reviews section.

Marblers Cottage Acton Dorset self catering

Marblers Cottage – Acton, Dorset

“We had a lovely time staying at Marblers cottage. Cottage was clean and had everything we needed. We found the central heating more than adequate. We didn’t need to use the wood burners. I would not hesitate to go back and would highly recommend staying at Marblers. ” – Caroline Bailey – 22 Oct 2015

The Chapel Kingston Dorset self catering

The Chapel – Kingston, Dorset

“Beautifully presented cottage with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. We would happily return. ” – J Edwards – 22 Oct 2015

Purbeck House Corfe Castle Dorset self catering

Purbeck House – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“As soon as we stepped over the threshold we completely fell in love with Purbeck House. Wonderful rooms, beautiful furnitures, nice decoration, cosy and clean and much space for 5 people and 1 dog. Corfe Castle is a gem and its surroundings just gorgeous very worth exploring! ” – Silvia Stocker – 22 Oct 2015

Central Villa Swanage Dorset self catering

Central Villa – Swanage, Dorset

“lovely cottage very centrally placed. There was nothing we did not like. ” – Frank Holtschlag – 13 Oct 2015

Afflington Manor Cottage Corfe Castle Dorset self catering

Afflington Manor Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“Superb cottage. Very comfortable, clean and cosy. Stunning setting – quiet and peaceful but in easy reach of Corfe Castle and the coast. Could not fault our holiday at all and we will be returning in the spring. ” – Jan Thornhill – 22 Oct 2015

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Purbeck Cottage Guest Comments September

The latest guest comments from September cottage holidays in Purbeck have been coming in and are available to read on each cottage page. Here is a small selection of some of your comments from this month.

Purbeck House – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“Fabulous garden and toy equipment. The whole family enjoyed their stay, from 1-64 years old.
” – Margret Parker – 21 Sep 2015

Woaddens Cottage – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“Lovely, interesting house, super views of Corfe, very convenient
” – Margret Parker – 21 Sep 2015

Burr Bank – Langton Matravers, Dorset

“A great place to stay for a family of 3 generations. Everything you could possibly want for a comfortable holiday with space for children to play indoors without getting under your feet!!
” – Malcolm Ashurst – 21 Sep 2015

Afflington Manor Lodge – Corfe Castle, Dorset

“We had a great week in this lovely cottage which is situated in wonderful surroundings. A good base for accessing the beach at Swanage and Studland.
” – Bernard M Gore – 21 Sep 2015