View towards the quarryman's cottage
Unwind in front of the fire in the open plan living space
Cosy double bedroom
Cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen
Shower room
Lounge/dining area
Alfresco dining in the enclosed courtyard
Steep winding stairs
1 / 8  View towards the quarryman's cottage
2 / 8  Unwind in front of the fire in the open plan living space
3 / 8  Cosy double bedroom
4 / 8  Cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen
5 / 8  Shower room
6 / 8  Lounge/dining area
7 / 8  Alfresco dining in the enclosed courtyard
8 / 8  Steep winding stairs

Highland Cottage

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 3 stars
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Just a short drive from the lovely beach in the delightful seaside resort of Swanage
  • This is a cosy and romantic cottage retreat for two
  • Close to some of the breathtaking highlights of the Jurassic Coast including Winspit and Dancing Ledge
  • Exploring the spectacular the South West Coast Path
  • Perfectly situated for enjoying the whole of the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast
  • An ideal holiday base for keen walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers
Property code: IC062

Perfect for a couple wanting to explore the wonderful coast and beautiful countryside, this lovely and cosy rural stone cottage lies in a tranquil hamlet in the heart of the picturesque Purbeck Hills.

This charming cottage stands in the lovely hamlet of Acton, almost surrounded by National Trust land, amid the beautiful Purbeck Hills. It’s a nature lover’s dream with a rich range of birds, butterflies and wildflowers. This is a wonderful walking and cycling area with paths and bridleways directly from the door. You can enjoy a stroll to the sea at Dancing Ledge, or visit the delightful villages of Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers. The Priests Way provides a fairly direct path for walkers and cyclists to Swanage. The lovely sandy beach of Swanage is ideal for swimming, paddling, boating, diving and fishing. The Swanage steam railway links the town with the historic and picturesque village of Corfe Castle.

On entering this bright and pretty traditional quarryman’s cottage which retains original features including a flagstone floor and exposed beams, you will find yourself in the attractive and inviting lounge. With comfy seating, TV/DVD and a traditional wood burner, this is an ideal space to relax in. You will also find a charming dining area, and the kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice compartment. Steep open tread stairs, with a rope banister, wind up to the first floor where you will find a lovely and cosy double bedroom with windows on both sides of the room and views across the fields towards the coast. There is also a shower room complete with a WC. Please be aware that the steep stairs in the cottage may be unsuitable for anyone with agility issues.

Stepping outside, you will find a charming walled and paved courtyard which has a gated entrance. This is an attractive place to relax in and garden furniture is provided so you can enjoy dining outside. On arrival, you can stop on the unmade track beside the cottage to unpack your car, and a parking space is available in the quiet lane within a short walk. Low slung vehicles need to take extra care on this path. A regular bus service is within a 5 minute walk offering direct access to Swanage, Corfe Castle, Wareham and Poole, making this an ideal cottage for visitors wishing to leave their car at home.

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

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven with hob, microwave and fridge with ice compartment
  • TV/DVD and wood burner in lounge
  • Walled and paved courtyard with a gated entrance and garden furniture
  • Parking space available in the lane within a short walk
  • Regret no children
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Heating and electric included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steep cottage style open tread stairs, with a rope banister
  • Please be aware that the steep stairs in the cottage are unsuitable for anyone with agility issues
  • Cars with low clearance need to take extra care along the lane
  • An easy drive from Swanage beach and walking distance from Dancing Ledge and Winspit on the Jurassic Coast

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 11 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Vincent 26th October 2019

Excellent, romantic cottage tucked away in the beautiful hamlet of Acton. Fantastic walks from the doorstep in every direction and truly dog friendly.

Reviewed by Terry 12th October 2019

Great location for walkers right from the door step. Cosy cottage would recommend. If you 6ft tall you might get a neckacke.

Reviewed by Teresa 5th October 2019

I have two very small points.the first one A map of the location that they provide in the cottage.is a lot easier to understand than the description that is provided with the contract letter . Number two even though the description of the stairs is very precise in cottage details, I really didnt realise how steep they were going to be as I have proRead moreblems with heights and I did struggle with the stairs when I was at the top . Hide

Reviewed by Ellie-Rose 21st September 2019

Fabulously well - appointed rural retreat. Very cosy. Secluded garden great for bbq. Great local walks. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Sue 7th September 2019

We loved the location of this cottage, in particular the proximity to wonderful early morning walks with the dog. It is superbly equipped, especially in the kitchen. A bonus were the friendly neighbours met on dog walks.

Reviewed by Sheila 17th August 2019

Although agile the stairs were awful especially looking down them to descend, had to go down backwards which was very awkward. Parking was good for me but if someone else is using the space then it is quite a walk down the lane to find a space.

Reviewed by Gillian 6th July 2019

Quiet location with access to lots of walks .Cottage had everything needed for an enjoyable stay .

Reviewed by Hayley 22nd June 2019

Gorgeous cottage, perfect for those who love walking on their holidays. We left our car most days and walked to the coast and surrounding areas of interest. The property is small but perfect if you spend most of your days out and about. This really is a perfect location to rest and recharge.

Reviewed by Susan 15th June 2019

Enjoyed a wonderful coast path walking week based from this very attractive and interesting hamlet. Didn't move car all week and used a very regular and reliable bus service.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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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