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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.

This property enjoys a stunning clifftop location with spectacular sea views and is situated walking distance from the secluded cove at Chapman’s Pool. This quiet cove is a popular spot for strong swimmers as well as fossil hunters, thanks to the area’s rich geological history. A more traditional family-friendly beach can be found in Swanage, which is located a short drive from the property and offers a wide sandy beach, beach-front entertainment, a restored Victorian pier, and a good choice of cafes and restaurants.

Once two cottages, this property has been thoughtfully renovated to create a spacious holiday retreat in a stunning clifftop vantage, from which sea views can be viewed from the majority of the rooms. Upon arrival, guests have a choice of rooms in which to unwind after their journey, as there are two separate lounges. The first of these is a light-filled room offering an inviting sofa, TV, and an open fire, whilst a set of doors from here lead through to the second lounge: a cosy space with another open fire, armchairs, and a leather sofa. A games room is another excellent space to spend time after a busy day and offers a pool table which will no doubt attract more competitive guests in the evenings. The cottage’s kitchen/diner, meanwhile, is a generously-sized and well-equipped room where guests will find everything they need to make themselves at home including an AGA oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and washing machine. A convenient cloakroom with WC can also be found on the ground floor, whilst the bathroom with its shower-over ¾-sized bath and WC can be found upstairs on the first floor alongside the property’s four bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have been simply and elegantly furnished to create restful retreats with views across the countryside or out to sea, allowing guest to wake up to simply stunning views. The master bedroom is a king-size room which has its own wood burner, in addition to which there are two double rooms and one twin, which like the king-size has a cosy wood burner.

Outside, the property benefits from an attractive lawned garden which is fully enclosed by a wall and a gate. This is an idyllic place to relax and play and is furnished with table and chairs and a BBQ, however guests should be aware that the gate is not secured and there is open access to the clifftop beyond the gate, therefore children should not be left alone in the garden. There is parking for three cars just outside the cottage. Please note that the property is approached via a 1.5 mile long unmade track, and is not suitable for cars with low-ground clearance.

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 25 guest ratings

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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.

Reviewed by Andrew 4th October 2019

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It's very difficult to think of anything we weren't happy with. It was a delight to be able to stay in No 2 Coastguard Cottages.

Reviewed by Fiona 20th September 2019

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Beautiful cosy cottage in cliff top position, amazing and unsurpassed views across the coastline. You will have a wonderful stay whatever the weather. The quiet and isolation are very special in a rental property so whether you want to travel or stay put this will meet your requirements. The access road is in poor condition however and a high clearRead moreance vehicle with off road tyres is recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Samantha 30th August 2019

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A wonderful dreamy spot and very clean and comfortable Cottage - a retreat from it all - no need for paintings on the walls here - the views say it all - cannot wait to return - suggest to take sturdy boots if walking as the track is stony (our Skoda Fabia made it fine - just need to go slow).

Reviewed by KEITH 23rd August 2019

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Large cottage and gardens; comfortable living room and bedrooms but the bathroom is very small. Fantastic views; remote and away from the crowds. Great walks to rocky coves suitable for swimming and rock pooling; Chandlers Pool and Winspit. The local pub and tea rooms in Worth Matravers are excellent. Lovely situation on the South Costal Path; my cRead morehildren and the dog really had a great time! Hide

Reviewed by Amanda 16th August 2019

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We had a wonderful week in August at the lovely spacious cottage. Perfect for families with dogs. The views are absolutely stunning and the cottage with its Aga very cosy. Only point to note as in other reviews is the one track leading to the cottage is very pot holed, so you do really need a raised car or 4 x 4 vehicle.

Reviewed by Tom 9th August 2019

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Superb location, great if you want to get away from it, stayed with our 2 children (5 and 6) their 2 grand mothers and dog and had a great time, theres a fair bit to do in the area, we didnt drive any further than 10 miles away from the cottage all week. Clean, plenty of space, kitchen well equipped. Road to the cottage is bumpy but we managed no pRead moreroblem in 2 normal cars, you just have to pick your path! Coastwatch guys are worth popping in on if your there. All round great week well be back! Hide

Reviewed by Katrina 5th July 2019

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We had a lovely start at the coastguard cottage. The most beautiful location on the top of a cliff and cosy bedrooms. The bathroom was ok but a very small bath (my 6ft4 husband stuck to showers haha) but the shower was great. Lovely kitchen which had everything we needed. And the garden was beautiful and we used the bbq as well which worked very weRead morell. The only issue was the track to get to the cottage. We had a 4x4 and even that wasnt easy. Its 1.5miles so not for most cars. Hide

Reviewed by Tim 28th June 2019

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Addition of garden loungers would be a benefit. Overall comfortable with excellent views. Dirt track road to property is worthy of a 4 x 4.

Reviewed by Geralyn 10th May 2019

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Fabulous location. A real get away from it all the only noise is the sky larks singing

Reviewed by Louise 3rd May 2019

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Beautiful views, spacious property but very remote and a little old fashioned and tatty in places. The 1.5 mile lane is VERY bumpy and even in our 4x4, we could only do 5 miles per hour down it.

Reviewed by Korine 22nd March 2019

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We love this place and have been coming for 6 years. Location is stunnng and the weather was amazing this week . I love cooking on the arga.

Reviewed by 3rd March 2019

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This cottage is a delight - warm, cosy and comfortable with stunning views. Good walks but not for the frail or faint-hearted. The track is best suited to 4WD but is negotiable for cars if taken slowly and with care.

Reviewed by Claire 22nd February 2019

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Reviewed by Abi 30th January 2019

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If you want to get away from it all then this is the perfect cottage. It is accessed via a rutted dirt track. Previous reviews have said you need a 4x4 to drive down this track which would be handy but our Audi managed it ok. The cottage is very nicely appointed and the rooms were cosy and comfortable. The views are spectacular and you can watch thRead moree sunrise and sunset over the sea. It is great if you enjoy walking as the coast path is on your dorstep as is Corfe castle and Lulworth cove. Hide

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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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