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The Farmhouse is a sixteenth-century reed thatched farmhouse, probably built originally as a longhouse. There are two inglenook fireplaces and a downstairs cloakroom has been converted for use by disabled visitors, with adapted shower and lavatory with grab rails.
The Farmhouse 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
Heating: Oil central heating included. Under floor heating on the ground floor. Wall-mounted fan heaters upstairs.
Garden: A large open garden is shared with North Cottage.
Parking: There is a large parking available at the end of the track for the cottage.
Utilities: Washing machine, drying facilities and telephone in stable attached, shared by all three cottages.
There is a private water supply at this cottage which is tested on a regular basis to ensure it is of good quality. As the water can be slightly discoloured from time to time, we have installed a water cooler in the cottage with an unlimited supply of drinking water which can be used as an alternative. There are additional supplies in the laundry room.
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.
The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.
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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