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The Bakehouse


Purbeck, Dorset

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This is a real hideaway cottage for two. It stands across the former farmyard from the other cottages and has outstanding views across the reed beds and surrounding countryside.

The Bakehouse 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.

Here are some other cottages in the same region that you might also be interested in North Cottage and 2 Currendon Cottages.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Open plan beamed kitchen/dining/sitting room with inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove.
First floor
One bedroom (1 double) and shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

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

Garden: There is a lawned area to the front of The Bakehouse, which is shared with The Farmhouse and North Cottage. The Bakehouse has its own table and chairs.

Utilities: Washing machine and drying facilities shared by all three cottages. There is an ice box provided.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot/Highchair
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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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place to visit
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  • South West Coast Path
  • Swanage steam railway
  • Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens and The Ginger Pop Shop
  • Blue Pool
  • Poole Harbour
  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • M Wilson
    • February 2016
    • Worcester
    Particularly enjoyed...

    The cottage was in beautiful setting, very well kept, clean and with lovely touches such as a bunch of flowers on the table and biscuits on the tea tray. Christina is a credit to you, telling us the best places to walk and eat. We had a very enjoyable stay and will certainly visit again.

  • Mrs Jane Blake
    • February 2016
    • Dorset
    Always an enjoyable stay

    This is our 3rd visit to the Bake House, as always a most enjoyable stay.

  • A Horsley
    • January 2016
    • Cumbria
    Made enjoyable...

    The cottage is a favourite and the adjacent bird hide makes it very special.

  • Christopher Cullen
    • November 2015
    • London
    Beautiful, clean and tidy cottage

    The cottage its self was beautiful, clean and tidy. Surrounding area was stunning. Christina the caretaker was very helpful and friendly, welcoming and was armed with so much local knowledge, tips and suggestions. Discounted rates for members or for having previously booked NT cottages would be very nice.

  • Janice Sharp
    • November 2015
    • Bristol
    Cottage well equipped

    Made enjoyable by its excellent location. Extremely high standard of cleanliness. Cottage well equipped. Very homely feel to it. Great books on wildlife and birds also local history and places to visit. We would definitely return here as loved the bird hide and got very interested in watching them every evening, so relaxing.

  • Carys Hudson
    • October 2015
    • Surrey
    Cosy romantic cottage

    Being a cosy, romantic cottage in a fantastic location on a nature reserve made this stay very enjoyable for us. Loved watching the wildlife (especially the barn owls) from inside and outside the cottage. Location of bird hide was excellent (100m from cottage). Lovely nearby walks where we could take our dog.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • 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 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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