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North Cottage

Purbeck, Dorset

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North Cottage is a nineteenth-century extension attached to the Farmhouse. It is a comfortable and cosy cottage with fine views. There is a large car parking area shared by all cottages.

North Cottage has the advantage of a close-by Hide, overlooking the RSPB Arne Reserve and Poole Harbour. This is an unusual and special landscape where a vast expanse of open heath land and old oak woodland can be enjoyed. Arne is a fantastic place for walks at any time of year.

Stroll down the gravel path which runs along the side of The Bakehouse and you will reach the Middlebere Farm Hide, this provides the best vantage point to overlook the upper reaches of Middlebere Lake. At low tide numerous waders, ducks and geese forage on the mud flats exposed and at high tide many take to the shallow waters edge and wait for the turning point when the mud is exposed again. The hide also overlooks an extensive area of reed bed.

In the winter it is an ideal spot to see Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier . During spring and autumn migration Osprey are the attraction. In summer look out for Dartford warblers nesting in the heather, nightjars flying at dusk and as many as 22 species of colorful dragonflies

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen and dining/sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double and 1 single) and shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included. Under floor heating on the ground floor. Wall-mounted fan heaters upstairs.

Garden: There is a large open garden shared with The Farmhouse.

Parking: There is parking available at the entrance to the property.

Utilities: Washing machine, drying facilities and telephone are in the stable attached and are shared by all three cottages.

Local suppliers:

Castaway Boat Charters - to help you make the most of your holiday Castaway Boat Charters are offering you the chance to experience the amazing scenery from the flybridge and sunbeds whilst cruising the Jurassic Coast or anchored in a secluded bay, aboard a 45ft, high performance cruiser - fully equipped including a BBQ and perfect for family celebrations, romantic sunset cruises, firework nights, group parties and corporate events.

Friendly experienced skipper offering affordable ‘one hour’ harbour cruises, day trips, half day bookings and evening cruises.

Available all year round – subject to Castaway Boat Charters terms and conditions.

To book visit www.castawaycharters.co.uk or call 07860793450 - remember to mention the National Trust and the name of your holiday cottage when making your enquiry.

Cottage details
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Let starts
Saturday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
003014
Acorn rating What's this?
3
Features
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset – their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

Isle of Purbeck
The Keep of Corfe Castle, Dorset. The Keep was built in the early years of Henry I's reign, perhaps as early as 1105, but other parts of the castle date from before this time. © David Levenson

The Isle of Purbeck is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the west of Bournemouth. It is characterised by stone villages, heath and farmland, criss-crossed with minor roads and tracks and dominated by the impressive and dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle. One of our cottages stands below the huge ramparts of the castle, whilst others are on the edge of miles of heathland or close to the Arne Bird Sanctuary. Studland Beach, near Swanage, is a three mile stretch of glorious sandy beach, part of which is designated as a naturist area and behind which is a National Nature Reserve. One of our holiday homes has views across Studland Bay whilst the other two are outside the village with views to Swanage Bay.

National Trust places nearby include Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island, Clouds Hill, Studland Beach. Beaches are at Studland and Swanage. and other attractions in the area include the South West Coast Path, Swanage steam railway, Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens and The Ginger Pop Shop, Blue Pool and Poole Harbour. There are lots of activities to enjoy including walking, birdwatching, fishing, watersports, horse riding and golf.

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Attractions
  • South West Coast Path
  • Swanage steam railway
  • Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens and The Ginger Pop Shop
  • Blue Pool
  • Poole Harbour
Activities
  • Bird watching
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • watersports
National Trust places to visit
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle Thousand-year-old castle, an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, rising above the Isle of Purbeck
Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island Peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Studland Beach Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland
White Mill
White Mill Corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting
Kingston Lacy
Kingston Lacy Elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland
Clouds Hill
Clouds Hill The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Hazelwood
    • June 2015
    • Surrey
    Exceptionally clean cottage

    The cottage was exceptionally clean. It was warm and in a fabulous location. Being on a nature reserve and having such a close hide was wonderful. There was plenty to do nearby but we just loved the surrounding area and seeing the birds and deer.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Impressive decor and facilities

    The lady who looks after the cottages was very helpful and made everyone feel home. The goodies were much appreciated. Our daughter got married at corfe church this was an ideal location for our guests to stay. They were all very impressed with the decor and facilities. This made a special occasion very special.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    mainly location - peace and quiet were what we needed at that time we thought the cottage was very tastefully refurbished, while maintaining the original character

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by its:

    Location. Christina the caretaker made us feel very welcome and made some useful suggestions.

  • Marcus Thorne
    • January 2015
    • Hampshire
    Made special by:

    Having a fire in the sitting room and being able to walk straight onto the Heathland. We met Christina the caretaker when she was cleaning the Bakehouse... she is really enthusiastic about the Cottages and we appreciated her work... Being able to leave later on a Sunday is a real bonus.... Our only concern was the amount of people that take a short cut through the Yard to the Bird Hide and not using the signed footpath.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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