View towards the quarryman's cottage
Unwind in front of the fire in the open plan living space
Cosy double bedroom
Cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen
Shower room
Lounge/dining area
Alfresco dining in the enclosed courtyard
Steep winding stairs
1 / 8  View towards the quarryman's cottage
2 / 8  Unwind in front of the fire in the open plan living space
3 / 8  Cosy double bedroom
4 / 8  Cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen
5 / 8  Shower room
6 / 8  Lounge/dining area
7 / 8  Alfresco dining in the enclosed courtyard
8 / 8  Steep winding stairs

Highland Cottage

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 3 stars
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Just a short drive from the lovely beach in the delightful seaside resort of Swanage
  • This is a cosy and romantic cottage retreat for two
  • Close to some of the breathtaking highlights of the Jurassic Coast including Winspit and Dancing Ledge
  • Ideal for exploring the spectacular the South West Coast Path
  • Perfectly situated for enjoying the whole of the Isle of Purbeck
  • An ideal holiday base for keen walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers
Property code: IC062

Perfect for a couple wanting to explore the wonderful coast and beautiful countryside, this lovely and cosy rural stone cottage lies in a tranquil hamlet in the heart of the picturesque Purbeck Hills.

This charming cottage stands in the lovely hamlet of Acton, almost surrounded by National Trust land, amid the beautiful Purbeck Hills. It’s a nature lover’s dream with a rich range of birds, butterflies and wildflowers. This is a wonderful walking and cycling area with paths and bridleways directly from the door. You can enjoy a stroll to the sea at Dancing Ledge, or visit the delightful villages of Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers. The Priests Way provides a fairly direct path for walkers and cyclists to Swanage. The lovely sandy beach of Swanage is ideal for swimming, paddling, boating, diving and fishing. The Swanage steam railway links the town with the historic and picturesque village of Corfe Castle.

On entering this bright and pretty traditional quarryman’s cottage which retains original features including a flagstone floor and exposed beams, you will find yourself in the attractive and inviting lounge. With comfy seating, TV/DVD and a traditional wood burner, this is an ideal space to relax in. You will also find a charming dining area, and the kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice compartment. Steep open tread stairs, with a rope banister, wind up to the first floor where you will find a lovely and cosy double bedroom with windows on both sides of the room and views across the fields towards the coast. There is also a shower room complete with a WC. Please be aware that the steep stairs in the cottage may be unsuitable for anyone with agility issues.

Stepping outside, you will find a charming walled and paved courtyard which has a gated entrance. This is an attractive place to relax in and garden furniture is provided so you can enjoy dining outside. On arrival, you can stop on the unmade track beside the cottage to unpack your car, and a parking space is available in the quiet lane within a short walk. Low slung vehicles need to take extra care on this path. A regular bus service is within a 5 minute walk offering direct access to Swanage, Corfe Castle, Wareham and Poole, making this an ideal cottage for visitors wishing to leave their car at home.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven with hob, microwave and fridge with ice compartment
  • TV/DVD and wood burner in lounge
  • Walled and paved courtyard with a gated entrance and garden furniture
  • Parking space available in the lane within a short walk
  • Regret no children
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Heating and electric included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steep cottage style open tread stairs, with a rope banister
  • Please be aware that the steep stairs in the cottage are unsuitable for anyone with agility issues
  • Cars with low clearance need to take extra care along the lane
  • An easy drive from Swanage beach and walking distance from Dancing Ledge and Winspit on the Jurassic Coast

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 16 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ruth 6th April 2019

Good for the dog, good location. All equipment worked. Warm cottage due to the storage heaters. Be very careful on the stairs.

Reviewed by Natasha 30th March 2019

Had an amazing time in this beautiful cottage. It is walking distance to Dancing Ledge, a beautiful swimming spot, as well as an hour and a half walk to Swanage, with great bus links back to the cottage! The cottage itself is absolutely beautiful, couldnt have asked for a better setting for a relaxing week away.

Reviewed by Terry 23rd March 2019

Lovely cottage in a wonderful location. Great for walkers like us.

Reviewed by Pat 19th November 2018

Lovely cosy compact cottage which had everything we needed for a short break. We loved the character and comfort and proximity to coastal walks.

Reviewed by Steve 29th October 2018

Very small property in a great location for walking.

Reviewed by Paul 20th October 2018

A small,but great little cottage for 2, with everything you need for your stay supplied, even pooh bags for the dog.Brilliant location with miles of walkways with stunning scenery just out of the front door,maps and walking guides also supplied. Dog owners....... The garden is now gated,which is great, but the stairs are not very dog friendly, we oRead morevercame this by taking a stair gate with us, I think this is a must. But a terrific place to stay. Hide

Reviewed by Geoffrey 13th October 2018

Very comfortable cottage and very well equipped. Owner looked in to ensure all OK, a nice personal touch. Good location

Reviewed by Elizabeth 6th October 2018

A very cosy cottage that is well equipped with an enclosed paved garden in the hamlet of Acton. It is close to walks such as the Priest's Way and a short drive to Swanage and then onto Studland Bay. The Scott's Arms in Kingston serves very good food with views of Corfe Castle and beyond plus it is dog friendly.

Reviewed by Paul 29th September 2018

It is a lovely little cottage, in a perfect spot for walkers or those wanting to get away from it all, great for 2 of us and the dog, we really enjoyed it and the area. A reasonable price also.

Reviewed by Nicholas 11th August 2018

Charming cottage, well equipped in a great location.

Reviewed by Anita Martin October 2017

Lovely, cosy cottage extremely well equipped. Perfect for 2!

Reviewed by Joan Skilbeck July 2017

The cottage was ideal, comfortable and well equipped. It was in a good location for visitors - and I could leave the car outside the cottage as the efficient bus service was at the end of the road. Perfect (well apart from the weather!).

Reviewed by Lesley Horlock June 2017

A superb cosy coastal property. The owners provided everything needed for a lovely holiday. A superbly comfortable bed, and good shower - two major plus factors! Superbly located, cannot fault it any way and will definitely return for another visit. If only all holiday cottages were so well equipped. A complete joy. Didn't want to come home.

Reviewed by Richard Todd May 2017

Very small, but very cosy, very cleverly designed, all good quality fittings and furnishings. Interesting locality, and nice neighbours. lots of walks on the doorstep. Dont miss the fascinating little mining museum just down the road. We are certainly considering coming again.

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