Villages – Swanage/Purbeck


A hamlet in the parish of Langton Matravers and was built as living quarters for the quarrymen working at the local quarries.


This tree-filled farming hamlet with a pretty church is 5 miles across the heath from Wareham. The large RSPB Nature Reserve has parking, informative nature trails, wonderful views and access to the wild shores of Poole Harbour.

worthmatraversWorth Matravers

The village is situated on the cliffs west of Swanage. It comprises limestone cottages and farm houses and is built around the village pond and the famous Square & Compass pub. It is a regular feature on postcards of the Isle of Purbeck. Check out our cottages in Worth Matravers here.

Langton Matravers

A former quarrying village with pubs and a shop. Very easy access to an awesome stretch of the Coast Path, 20 minutes walk away over National Trust Land.

Church Knowle

A stone village with a popular pub, nestling in the Corfe valley between the Purbeck Hills and the sea.


A small about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Wareham and 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Corfe Castle in the parish of Church Knowle. Taking its name from Furze/Gorse and brook.

Corfe Castle

An extremely pretty and popular Dorset village with the imposing ruins of Corfe Castle dominating the sky line. Plenty of places to eat and drink, a good bakers, National Trust shop and more independent boutiques. You can see our holiday cottages in Corfe Castle here.


Cradled in the coastal hills with thatched cottages, a church,  cafe/restaurant and now has  The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life. The famous bay and Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve is a mile down a toll road and boast some of the best rock-pooling and safest snorkelling on the south coast.


A small village with a pub and shop; it is surrounded by water meadows and heaths.


With the finest sandy beach in the county and the surrounding heath, an unspoiled National Trust nature reserve, Studland is special and benefits from a small shop, excellent pub and restaurants. Have a look at our cottages in Studland here.

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