The Isle of Purbeck is an area of exceptional outstanding beauty and world heritage
We are blessed to have an incredible selection of stunning beaches to choose from in the immediate local area, from the long sandy beaches of Studland Bay, to the Blue Flag Awarded Swanage Main Beach. For those more adventurous among you we have some secret coves and spots we can highly recommend which are well worth the hike, and where you might even spot a fossil, for which Purbeck is internationally renowned.
The Etches Collection
The Etches Collection – Museum of Jurassic Marine Life brings to life a story of geological wonder. Our palaeontological collection encompasses a 5-million-year period of time, known as the Kimmeridgian Stage. 152-157 million years ago the land on which the museum sits today was a tropical sea, inhabited by the living creatures that now make up the fossil collection that tells the story of deep time here at our museum today. We strive to share and build that story through exhibits that help to bring to life those creatures.
Enjoy the golden sands and shallow bathing waters of this beautiful bay, with views across to the Isle of Wight and the chalk sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks. During a sweltering summer’s day, find refreshments and food at the local cafés and pub.
Visit the nearby Fort Henry, a WWII observation bunker where Churchill, Eisenhower and King George VI viewed D-Day rehearsals.
We are situated close to the Coastal Path which forms part of the famous South West Coast Pathway, and we are proud to be officially associated with the wonderful organisation that maintains this pathway. Local favourites of ours are Durdle Door, Old Harry’s Rock, and of course Lulworth Cove. However if the coast is not your preferred terrain, fear not. The Isle of Purbeck is blessed with forest, heathland, and acres upon acres of stunning countryside.
South West Coast Path
Kingston Country Courtyard is two miles from the beautiful Purbeck coastline.
Follow the path east to the Victorian coastal town of Swanage, perhaps stopping off for a paddle in the man-made rock pool at Dancing Ledge or visiting the Durlston country park and nature reserve.
Or head west discovering secluded bays and dramatic cliffs, take refreshment at Kimmeridge before visiting the deserted village of Tyneham.
Walks in the Purbecks
From signposted rambles to self-guided walks and town trails – there are a variety of different walks to suit your needs.
Our nearest route, the Purbeck Way, is ten minutes away, leading to the South West Coast Path at Chapman’s Pool or inland to Corfe Castle, connecting to numerous walks around Purbeck.
Download guides to the walks from the Dorset Council website.
Is experiencing the Dorset countryside and coastline by foot your idea of the perfect breakaway? Let us introduce you to one of our walking partners who can provide you with an incredible experience whilst you stay here with us.
The Isle of Purbeck is a perfect place for a cycling break, whether on the road or off. There is a plethora of local off road routes we can point you in the direction of, from the Norden Single Track, to the Nine Barrow Down and Rempstone Forest. Then on your return why not relax in our gardens with a refreshing drink and take in the panoramic view of Nine Barrow Down.
Cyclexperience Bike Hire, Nr Corfe Castle
Explore the sensational landscapes of the Isle of Purbeck on a bike! Cycle on flat trails across open heathland & woodland to the beach at Studland or rent an E-Bike and venture over the hills to Swanage or Kimmeridge, taking in sensational views on the way. Download our App for free and allow your phone to be the guide for your ride! Booking online recommended, easy cancellation if the weather changes for the worst!
Whether your passion is course fishing, fly fishing, or even sea fishing, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy your passion here in the Purbecks. Across the coastline we can recommend spots which are excellent for bass, mullet, wrasse, whiting and conger eels. Inland there are some excellent rainbow trout at a favourite spot of ours, which often features in our house specials, and we will happily store your catch safely until your departure.
Swanage Sea Fishing
Based in Swanage on the stunning Jurassic coastline, Swanage Sea Fishing offers angling trips and sightseeing tours throughout the year, for anyone to enjoy. They welcome both experienced and novice anglers including children and families.
Whilst there are a number of golf courses in the Dorset area, few could claim to rival the views which the prestigious Isle of Purbeck Golf Club holds. With a rich history dating back to 1892 the Isle of Purbeck GC has had many careful custodians, from Dr Darrell-Waters & Enid Blyton, to Mr Randolph, former Chair and MD of the Wilkinson Sword Company.
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
A wonderfully traditional course set in the stunning surroundings of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Each hole is unique in design with its own set of spectacular views, looking out over Brownsea Island and the Solent.
Philippe Bonfanti Golf
Whether a beginner or an expert player, receive PGA Tour validated golf instruction that is guaranteed to help you achieve your golfing ambitions.
For those with a more adventurous side there is a huge range of activities to choose amongst. From sea kayaking, wind surfing and power kiting out on the water, to climbing and horse riding inland. There is no shortage of new challenges and adventures to try, all set in the most outstanding natural beauty spots.
Land & Wave
One of our most popular activities is Coasteering. Coasteering involves exploring rocky coastal areas by swimming, climbing, and jumping. We recommend this activity to anyone looking to get their adrenaline fix and also explore the Jurassic Coast in a totally unique perspective.
If you’re looking for a slightly more relaxing adventure, we also offer paddle boarding and kayaking sessions which are great for the whole family. With two locations you can explore the beautiful Swanage Bay or go house hunting whilst paddling in Poole Harbour from our Sandbanks Base.
Wareham Boat Hire
Why not try… self drive motor boats, kayaks, canoes, rowing boats, ‘skippered’ boat trips or stand up paddle boards for hire on on the beautiful River Frome? No previous experience required, life jackets and buoyancy aids available for all.
Dorset, and the Isle of Purbeck in particular, is the perfect location for a family break. There are fantastic days out to make incredible memories at places such as the world famous Monkey World, the Tank Museum, Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle and the impressive Swanage steam railway. Or take a change of pace and get back to nature at Arne Nature Reserve, the National Trust managed Jurassic Coastline, or the wonderful seaside town of Swanage.
Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset is home to over 260 primates, including over 50 chimpanzees, and Europe’s official crèche for orphaned orangutan infants.
Many of the park’s residents have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty. At Monkey World, they can now all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment.
The Tank Museum
Bring history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. Come face-to-face with over 300 huge military machines and hear about amazing experiences as you explore nine powerful and awe-inspiring exhibitions covering over a century of history.
With trails and quizzes, interactive games and exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas, and free talks and tours (including getting inside a real tank!), you can spend the whole day at The Tank Museum without getting bored.
Dominating the Purbeck landscape, the site boosts over a millennium of history. Founded in stone by William the Conqueror, and expanded by Angevin and Plantagenet monarchs; Purbeck became a favoured hunting destination of King John. The castle’s tragic fate was sealed by Parliamentary forces during the English civil war.
Discover stories of betrayal and the brutality of medieval Kings, while exploring the majestic ruins.
Cared for by the National Trust, who regularly hold events bringing the castle’s history to life.
Swanage Steam Railway
The heritage railway attraction operates full-size steam and diesel passenger trains along the five and a half miles of line from Norden, down to the Victorian seaside town of Swanage.
The line has stations at Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross as well as a halt at Herston, on the outskirts of Swanage. There are refreshment buffets at Norden and Swanage stations with picnic tables at most of the stations so you can soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a picnic.
Pubs & Vineyards
A relaxing stay deep in the Purbeck countryside doesn’t mean missing out on a vibrant live music scene and savouring some of the best British wines and beers. A refreshing end to a challenging walk or meeting friends, old and new; you’ll be making plans to return…
Square & Compass
A friendly, family welcome from the staff, locals and customers of the pub is extended to all who visit The Square and Compass. Undoubtedly a true gem in the heart of Dorset.
Award winning beers and ciders including home pressed traditional cider made by the owner, are the perfect accompaniment to a traditional hot pasty or pie.
Live music is also served up on a regular basis with bands and artists playing at the pub on evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout the year.
Langham Wine Estate
The Langham vineyard was originally established by John Langham on a very small scale. In 2009 John’s son, Justin Langham, decided to develop his father’s rudimental vineyard into a commercial venture, and planted 30 acres of vines on their land at Crawthorne farm, a few miles from Bingham’s Melcombe.
The Langham Estate love to share their passion for what they do and welcome visitors to the estate throughout the year. Various types of tours are available and they also benefit from having a tasting room, shop and café on site. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of rural Dorset, it really is a special place to visit.
Festivals & Events
Dorset is home to a spectacular array of festivals and events throughout the calendar year, and we’re sure there is an occasion perfect for you.
Swanage Tourist Information
For information on upcoming festivals and events in the local area, please visit the Swanage Town Council website.