Our Local Area

The Isle of Purbeck is described as one of the most delightful parts of England and designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the gateway to the Jurassic Coast covering some fifty square miles of unspoilt country which abounds with heath, woodlands, and rolling hills, and many places of historic interest.

Situation: South-East Dorset. London 123 miles. Bournemouth (via car ferry at Sandbanks) 11 miles. Wareham 10 miles. Dorchester 27 miles. Weymouth 29 miles. Poole 20 miles.

Lying at the eastern tip of the Isle of Purbeck and delightfully situated between the Purbeck Hills, it has a fine, award winning blue flag sandy beach, and is an attractive mixture of old stone cottages and more modern properties, all of which blend in well with the peaceful surroundings. Purbeck stone is the predominant material used in the construction of many of the properties in the area, giving the town considerable appeal and character. Swanage has an active shopping centre, with branches of a number of multiple stores. To the south is the Durlston Country Park area and Anvil Point Lighthouse. For a ‘live view’ of Swanage Bay please see our webcam

Villages in the Isle of Purbeck

Acton: Swanage 3 miles. Wareham 7 miles. The hamlet lies close to the village of Langton Matravers and about one and a half miles from the Jurassic Coastline at Dancing Ledge. The natural Purbeck stone is still quarried close by.

Church Knowle: Swanage 7 miles. Wareham 4 miles. Sat under the Purbeck Hill, Acton is an attractive village with a 13th century church, ancient manor house and local Inn. 

Corfe Castle: Swanage 5 miles. Wareham 4 miles. Bus and Train Service. Numerous local shops, Post Office, Parish Church and Inns. Beautifully situated between two ranges of hills, It is dominated by the ruins of the medieval Norman Castle, after which it is named. Much of the present day village was built in the 1700’s to a consistently high standard of craftsmanship, and the picturesque old streets are lined with stone cottages.

Harmans Cross: Swanage 3 miles. Corfe Castle 2 miles. Swanage-Kingston-Swanage Bus and Train Service. A popular hamlet with good views and country surroundings.

Langton Matravers: Swanage 2 miles. Wareham 8 miles. Bus Service. Several local shops, post Office, Parish Church & Inns. A charming old Purbeck village consisting of old Purbeck stone cottages & houses. Good access to Jurassic Coastal Walks. 

Studland: Swanage 4 miles. Bournemouth (via ferry) 7 miles. Bus service. Large areas of heathland owned by The National Trust. Local shop incorporating Post Office, Parish Church and Inn. An unnspoilt coastal village with a vast expanse of safe, sandy beach backing on to National Trust heathland  The nearby Old Harry Rocks are an impressive coastal feature. Shell Bay, an area of clear sand, stretches towards the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, linking Studland to the Sandbanks Peninsular.

Worth Matravers: Swanage 4 miles.  Bus Service. Parish Church & Inn. A very picturesque old village with duck pond and quaint Purbeck stone cottages, world famous Pub and award winning Tea Rooms. Unspoilt and a favourite with those seeking a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings.