Purbeck Villages

Cant decide where to stay, visit all of our holiday cottages in Purbeck.

The beach at Arne near Wareham

Arne Nature Reserve

Arne is a small hamlet close to the Saxon town of Wareham. It is surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve, managed by English Nature it is a bird watchers paradise (renowned for its Nightjars) and boasts beautiful walks over open heathland. A sandy beach on the reserve is a hidden gem often overlooked by visitors. A picnic area makes this an ideal spot for a family walk. Purbeck is made up of a handful of picturesque small villages and we are very fortunate to be able to offer property in Purbeck and the surrounding villages to you.

Cottage in Arne BankgateCherry Tree Cottage

Church Knowle is a beautiful, tranquil village close to the ruins at Corfe Castle.  The village is home to an animal rescue centre which is open to the public.  A lovely spot for walking either into the village of Corfe Castle or over the Purbeck Hills with panoramic views over Purbeck to Brownsea Island.  A lovely traditional pub called the New Inn is famous for its Dorset Blue Vinney soup.

Isle of Purbeck accommodation  near Church Knowle.  Bucknowle Lodge and West Lodge

Harmans Cross near Swanage

Steam Railway Station

Harmans Cross lies centrally between the historic village of Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage.  Guests can enjoy a ride on the vintage steam railway that stops in the village.  Putlake adventure farm is a two minute drive, a fabulous day out with the children.  Swanage is approx three miles away and boasts a beautiful sandy beach.

Cottages in Harmans Cross.

Holiday cottages in Harmans Cross: Valley ViewPeverill

Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay


Kimmeridge village lies approx 1 km shy off the coast at Kimmerdige Bay.  The Bay is backed by low cliffs of soft shale, beneath these cliffs is a fabulous wave cut platform called ‘The Flats’ and a rocky shore with an abundance of rock pools to explore.  Surfers can regularly be seen at Kimmeridge

Kingston is a small village on the Isle of Purbeck that over looks the historic village of Corfe Castle.  It is only five miles West of Swanage and the sea.  The village is home to two churches and a lovely pub called the Scotts Arms.

Holiday cottages in Kingston.  Castle View Cottage.

Langton Matravers is a small village on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.    The name Langton stems from “long town”. Matravers stems from the name of Lord Mautravers who once resided there, and ultimately originates from the French “mal traverse”.

Holiday cottages in Langton Matravers.  See all.

Durnford School and Spyway used to be located in the village. Both Durnford and Spyway are closed; Ian Fleming author of the James Bond novels was educated at Durnford.

Leeson House, a Grade II listed 19th-century house, is a field studies centre located in the village.  Being a haven for wildlife in such a diverse landscape, Langton Matravers is the perfect spot to photograph wildlife.

Langton Matravers Museum is located in St George’s Close, behind the parish church of St George. The museum focuses on the quarrying industry (of Purbeck Marble and Purbeck Limestone) which has historically been important for the village. The museum occupies a former coach house, and houses approximately 25,000 artefacts.
Worth Matravers

See all of our holiday cottages in Worth Matravers.

Worth Matravers is a sprawling village on the Dorset coast on the Isle of Purbeck.  It comprises of Purbeck stone cottages and larger, modern stone houses which overlook the sea.worth matravers

The cliffs of Worth Matravers were the site of a Chain Home radar station during World War II, which was instrumental in the development of radar.

Worth Matravers is very popular with visitors who enjoy the dramatic coastline and splendid English countryside.   The rocky beaches of Winspit, Seacombe and Chapman’s Pool are situated within walking distance of the village.

About a mile from the village is Winspit, an old quarry on the cliffs. This was used as a filming location for an episode ofBlake’s 7 and also in two Doctor Who stories

On the bluff of the headland is the Norman Saint Aldhelm’s Chapel dedicated to St Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne.

The village is also well known for its pub, the Square and Compass, which holds an annual week-long stone carving festival and accommodates a small museum exhibiting fossils and other local artefacts.The tombs of Benjamin Jesty, a farmer who is reported to have vaccinated his family against Smallpox having made the same observations as Edward Jennerand a while earlier, but kept quiet about it, and his wife are side by side in the churchyard. Jesty’s family may be the first recorded deliberate attempt to induce immunity to Smallpox using Cowpox, or it may have been a more widespread activity prior to its systematisation.

If you are looking for a coastal holiday with lots to do in the local area renting a property in Purbeck could be perfect for you and your family.

What’s on in the Purbeck Villages?

Publick Transport – We are Bronte

Langton Matravers Village Hall – March 10th 19:30-21:30. Suitable 10+


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