The Purbeck Cottage


Wareham, Dorset

Stunning 17thC cottage with 2 double bedrooms in the heart of Corfe Castle, near Studland and Swanage

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Private garden

Walk to a pub



Space & setting.

With French linen sheets, traditional shutters and the deafening silence of a sleepy English village, you’ll sleep so deeply at this gorgeous 17thC cottage on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck. Its restored interiors were inspired by the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, appreciating imperfections and prioritising simplicity: the natural tones, plump feather-filled sofas and tactile ceramics are all simply beautiful.

Two double bedrooms make it ideal for 2 couples or families with older children — or treat yourselves to an amazing holiday a deux, and luxuriate in all that space. The web of Studland footpaths fans out from your doorstep, through the pretty Purbeck Hills and around the 12thC Corfe Castle, built by William the Conqueror back in the day. Or drive to secret coves and wide beaches including Shell Bay and Durdle Door. Follow days out with leisurely drinks in one of 3 local pubs, then pick up dinner supplies at the village stores and wander home to cook. Our top tip? Eat in the garden whenever you can. This is a Dark Skies area, and if you’ve never stargazed in one before, you’ll be blown away.

Getting here: drive, or train to Wareham then taxi (10 mins)

Mark, The Purbeck Cottage, Dorset

“After watching an episode about Purbeck on National Trust Unlocked, we took a road trip and fell in love with it here. Coming from a background in construction and visual design, we were looking for a property to restore and found this cottage needing to be stripped back to its original bones. We spent every weekend for eight months working on it, alongside local trade people, to curate something beautiful yet sympathetic to the history of the cottage.” Owner, Mark

My Kip favourites

They love
“The proximity to some of the best beaches in the UK, coastal walks and rolling countryside.”

We love
The huge hearth framed by exposed stonework and beams, and the antique armchairs, mirrors and ceramics sourced from Dorchester and Bridport.

You may not love
A 3-night minimum stay. Parking is in a car park, 2 mins’ walk away. As with many historic cottages there are some low ceilings and doorways. Sorry, no children under 9.

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  • "This is a beautiful cottage with absolutely everything you could need for a peaceful stay in Dorset. It's in the heart of the town with easy access to a deli, pubs, and local sights and the house itself is charming, thoughtfully-designed, comfortable and warm. The little courtyard at the back is a lovely sheltered outdoor space too and the kitchen is very well stocked with equipment for cooking. The owners were very contactable and made everything seamlessly easy and welcoming. We had a brilliant time."

    Ed, March 2024
  • “My stay was absolutely perfect! The interiors throughout were stunning and so thoughtful. We slept so well, it was like sleeping on a cloud and waking to the church bells was delightful. The cottage is very cosy and well located in the heart of the village, which has some great pubs and cafes and lots of wonderful countryside walks straight from the front door. The beaches are a short drive away, too many to visit in the time we had and would love to stay again in the future to explore some more.”

    Matthew, December 2022


  • Old Harry Rocks ©
    Old Harry Rocks ©
  • Castle Corfe
    Castle Corfe
  • Worbarrow Bay
    Worbarrow Bay
  • Head out on footpaths into the pretty Purbeck Hills.
  • Studland is glorious (10 mins’ drive), with 4 miles of sandy beaches backed by dunes and low cliffs, and the towering sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks.
  • Have a sunset drink at The Pig on the Beach and feast against stunning views at Shell Bay, the best seafood restaurant around.
  • Take the historic steam train to Swanage and grab a parcel of traditional, salt and vinegar’d fish and chips for lunch.
  • Day trip to Durdle Door, or spend the day on Worbarrow Bay, an off-the-tourist track gem with turquoise waters.
  • Turn your hand to rock climbing at the climbing mecca of Dancing Ledge.
  • Paddle up the river Frome from Wareham in a hired canoe.
  • Hunt for fossils (touch, don’t take!) or snorkel the reef at Kimmeridge Bay.


  • Semi-detached cottage in the heart of Corfe Castle
  • 2 bedrooms (kingsize and double; cannot be twinned)
  • 1 bathroom with walk-in shower; Seymour toiletries
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including range cooker, Picquot stove top kettle and Alessi toaster; basics provided
  • Cosy lounge featuring a woodburner
  • Suntrap courtyard garden with dining table
  • Strictly children over 9 only
  • 1 dog per stay (extra cost)
  • Parking in public car park 2 mins away
  • Walk to farm shops, bakeries, delis and pubs (2 mins)
  • Drive 10 mins to restaurants and beaches
  • The owners are available by phone if you need them
  • Booking conditions: a 3-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: beach towels and laptop/tablet for watching films; there’s no TV

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30% deposit on booking, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.
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Over 9 year olds are very welcome. This isn’t a suitable house for young children.

Check in: 3pm / out: 10am

£500 – payable via bank transfer 7 days prior to stay, and returned within 7 days of stay assuming no damage costs have been accrued.

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