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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.

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

Utilities: Washing machine, drying facilities and telephone in stable opposite, 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 or call 07860793450 - remember to mention the National Trust and the name of your holiday cottage when making your enquiry.

Cottage details
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Special offers
  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 26/05/2016 to 24/06/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Shared telephone
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Wilson
    • February 2016
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    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
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    Always an enjoyable stay

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

  • Horsley
    • January 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

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

  • Cullen
    • November 2015
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    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.

  • Sharp
    • November 2015
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    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
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    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.

  • Gurd
    • September 2015
    • .....

    Christine the caretaker ensures the cottage is so clean and perfect for your arrival. Seeing the deer in the field behind the cottage, plus the owl in the barn next door, also seeing visiting osprey on Middlebere. Wonderful. Thank you.

  • Judy Cross
    • August 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    The beautiful area and wildlife. Lovely timeless feel to the cottage. No internet so able to totally forget work! It's great to go somewhere and know what quality to expect. I think a national trust cottage is unique, the ones we have stayed in are tiny so I wouldn't live in them but they are so lovely for a few days.

  • Jacqueline Tuttlebury
    • August 2015
    • Essex
    Magical location

    The location of the Bakehouse is quite magical. We felt so removed from the world in the nicest possible sense. For two nature lovers it was perfect- waking to see Sika deer grazing in the back meadow, sharing the farmyard with joyous, chattering swallows, hearing the calls of waterfowl and birds of prey and being able to walk out over the moor as evening fell and the moon rose. We found the colours of the heathland quite beautiful and we are already planning to return next summer. Christine, our caretaker, was very helpful and welcoming. The cottage was clean, cosy and warm on arrival. Having a vegan daughter and being vegetarian myself, we tend to cook each evening, rather than eating out and we found the kitchen to be very well- equipped. We loved the vegetable patch and several green and yellow courgettes made delicious additions to our dishes.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 26/05/2016 to 24/06/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • 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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