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View towards the property
Master bedroom offering its own wood burner
Double bedroom with cosy woodburner
Bright twin bedroom also offering a woodburner
Beautiful view from the property
A light filled lounge offering an inviting sofa, TV, and an open fire
The second lounge: a cosy space with another open fire, armchairs, and a leather sofa.
Kitchen/diner including an AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine
Enjoy the beautiful views surrounding the property
Views across the Jurassic Coast
This property enjoys a stunning clifftop location with spectacular sea views
Breath-taking sea views to be enjoyed from the garden and many the cottage’s rooms
Idyllic place to relax and play
View of St Aldhelm's Chapel
1 / 14  View towards the property
2 / 14  Master bedroom offering its own wood burner
3 / 14  Double bedroom with cosy woodburner
4 / 14  Bright twin bedroom also offering a woodburner
5 / 14  Beautiful view from the property
6 / 14  A light filled lounge offering an inviting sofa, TV, and an open fire
7 / 14  The second lounge: a cosy space with another open fire, armchairs, and a leather sofa.
8 / 14  Kitchen/diner including an AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine
9 / 14  Enjoy the beautiful views surrounding the property
10 / 14  Views across the Jurassic Coast
11 / 14  This property enjoys a stunning clifftop location with spectacular sea views
12 / 14  Breath-taking sea views to be enjoyed from the garden and many the cottage’s rooms
13 / 14  Idyllic place to relax and play
14 / 14  View of St Aldhelm's Chapel

Coastguard Cottage - Worth Matravers

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Visit England rating: 3 starsVisit England Gold Award
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels for hire
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional coastal cottage sleeping up to six guests
  • Quiet location on the clifftop at St Alban’s Head on the Dorset coast
  • Breath-taking sea views to be enjoyed from the garden and many the cottage’s rooms
  • Plenty of space to relax, with two separate lounge rooms and four bedrooms
  • Secluded cove, ideal for swimming, within walking distance
  • Excellent location on the Isle of Purbeck with a short drive to Swanage
Property code: IC036

Former-coastguard’s cottage sleeping six guests in four bedrooms, offering spectacular sea views and a spacious lawned garden, located on St Alban’s Head on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula.

Immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery at this clifftop cottage, 2 miles from Worth Matravers, on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck. Gaze out across the Jurassic coastline from the four-bedroom cottage at St Alban’s Head, which sleeps six guests and welcomes two dogs. Wander down to pretty Chapman’s Pool, where strong swimmers can snorkel in the sea. Drive 5 miles into Swanage to spend time on the sandy beach and swim in child-friendly waters.

Arrive to discover sea views from many of the rooms here. Choose between two lounges, both with open fires and one with a TV, or wander into the games room to play pool. Find the kitchen/diner features an AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine. Cook delicious meals then pull a chair up to the table. Discover there is a WC downstairs, while the family bathroom is on the first floor, together with the bedrooms, all of which have far-reaching views. One of these is a king-size bedroom, with a wood burner; then there are two double rooms and a twin, also benefitting from a wood burner. Sit outside to soak up the stunning scenery. Light the BBQ and play with the children on the grass but be aware there is an unsecured gate opening on to the clifftop. Find parking for three cars at the property. This cottage is accessed via a 1.5-mile-long, unmade track, which is unsuitable for vehicles with low ground clearance.

Enjoy the clear waters at Chapman’s Pool, about 1 mile from the cottage. Pick up the South West Coast Path and walk 5 miles along the clifftops to Kimmeridge Bay, also known for its clear waters and snorkelling. See if you can spot puffins as you go. Visit Corfe Castle, 5 miles from the cottage, to visit the historic ruins.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 4 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 2 doubles, and 1 twin
  • Bathroom with shower-over-3/4 sized bath and WC
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Woodburner (logs are not included)
  • AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine
  • Bed linen, heating, and electric included
  • Games room with pool table
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Cottage is not on mains water and an initial supply of bottle water is provided
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Pub and shop 1.5 miles, beach 1 mile

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 16 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Carl 24th September 2021

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Reviewed by Cathy 3rd September 2021

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We absolutely loved the cottage and location and the walks around there. There are fabulous views from the cottage, particularly from upstairs. The front and rear walled gardens are ideal for dogs and for enjoying sitting outside. We would definitely visit again. It was our second visit.

Reviewed by Yvonne 27th August 2021

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Stunning location. Very remote. Sea views all around. Great place to start/end walks. Challenging track (1.5 mile unmade road) to access, no mains water and no mobile signal in area but worth it to escape only 3 other cottages in row - all residential. Visited in August - was warm and comfortable. Dog friendly. Lots of kitchen equipment. Wifi in hoRead moreuse itself ok. TV signal poor but we dont watch TV. Hide

Reviewed by Philippa 30th July 2021

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The views from this cottage are simply stunning. Far from the madding crowd, its access is its worst feature as well as its best. It is simply furnished and clean.

Reviewed by Rachel 7th May 2021

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We loved our holiday at coastguard cottage. Stunning location, beautiful house and garden. Definitely would like to stay again.

Reviewed by Catherine 30th December 2020

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The most beautiful location - and a lovely house too.

Reviewed by Katherine 22nd December 2020

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Everything you'd want in a coastguard cottage that is perched on a cliff top at the end of 1.5 miles of unmade track. Log fires, blustery winds and fabulous walking. A perfect place to get away from everything!

Reviewed by Ian 30th October 2020

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Reviewed by Royston 18th September 2020

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A lovely holiday and we were very lucky with the weather had it been poor weather I think we may have cut our holiday short.

Reviewed by Rachel 4th September 2020

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Four wheel drive vehicle recommended to take away the stress of using the very uneven potholed track, if you want to get away from everything and enjoy coast path walks this is the place for you. They view of the stars at night is amazing.

Reviewed by Liz 28th August 2020

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We had a great week at Coastguard Cottage, Worth Maltravers. The house is in such a wonderful position + perfect for coast path walking. But beware of the 1.5 mile unmade road leading to it, unless you're driving a 4x4. The house is comfortable & spacious enough for six people. And the big garden is perfect for children & dogs. We loved it there & Read morewould definitely recommend the cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Philippa 7th August 2020

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If you like walking, especially on the coast path, then this cottage is for you! The location is right out on the headland and the views are truly fabulous, especially the due west view towards Portland, giving amazing sunsets. The kitchen, sitting rooms and bedrooms are extremely comfortable with good quality furnishings. The only downside is the Read morebathroom which is understandably difficult to improve due to the lack of mains water. It is very remote! Hide

Reviewed by Jenny 4th July 2020

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We loved the cottage and views are spectacular. Very modern and cosy. Pool table a bonus. As previously mentioned, the track up to the cottage could do with potholes filling, so maybe this will be done. Otherwise a really great location and lovely coastal walks.

Reviewed by Jodie 10th January 2020

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A very special place! Remote location with challenging 1.5 mile track to property but so worth it! Stunning views. Cosy, quirky cottage...didn't want to leave!

Reviewed by Sophie 23rd December 2019

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Lovely cottage in a beautifully remote area. If going in winter make sure you have a car suited for a bumpy road and deep puddles. Beds are a bit uncomfortable but other than that it was lovely. Amazing walking right on your doorstep!

Reviewed by Joanna 6th December 2019

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This holiday cottage is absolutely perfect and I couldn't recommend it more. The location is spectacular with incredible views in every angle. The cottage itself is very comfortable and very cosy with the open fires in multiple rooms.

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View towards the property
Master bedroom offering its own wood burner
Double bedroom with cosy woodburner
Bright twin bedroom also offering a woodburner
Beautiful view from the property
A light filled lounge offering an inviting sofa, TV, and an open fire
The second lounge: a cosy space with another open fire, armchairs, and a leather sofa.
Kitchen/diner including an AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine
Enjoy the beautiful views surrounding the property
Views across the Jurassic Coast
This property enjoys a stunning clifftop location with spectacular sea views
Show 2 moreBreath-taking sea views to be enjoyed from the garden and many the cottage’s rooms

Location

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Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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