A beach scene at high tide on the Isle of Purbeck.

Find My Favourite Holiday Cottages on The Isle of Purbeck

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast in South England. It is bordered by the English Channel, where towering clifftops overlook the sea, and by the vast, marshy landscapes of the River Frome and Poole Harbour. The spectacular cliffs hide sought-after marble and dinosaur fossils, while inland, ancient forests and heaths are home to rare wildflowers. The Isle of Purbeck covers roughly 60 square miles and is home to several of Dorset’s most popular visitor destinations, including Corfe Castle, Durdle Door, Swanage and Lulworth Cove. On the doorsteps of Purbeck holiday cottages, pristine sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages await discovery.

Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5

Swanage Driftwood is a large, modern coastal cottage in Dorset boasting light and airy spaces and contemporary chic. The pet-friendly holiday cottage in Swanage lies just moments from the beach and offers a sun-filled interior and multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, plus access to bespoke Wellness packages.

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2
Bedrooms
1

The Compass is a stylish one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the resort town of Swanage, Dorset, a romantic flat within a pleasant courtyard that makes a cosy holiday escape for couples, with a private parking space, fully fitted kitchen, breakfast bar, tiled bathroom, and comfy sitting area.

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8
Bedrooms
3

The Old Barn is a charming stone-built cottage near Swanage offering stylish accommodation. Set on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset's large and pet-friendly holiday home promises tranquillity, lovely views, spacious grounds, fresh air, open-plan living and a cosy log fire.

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A 3-storey holiday cottage in Swanage with twin bay windows.
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7

Enjoy the beauty of the Jurassic Coast with a stay at 20 Ulwell Road, a large Swanage holiday let in Swanage on the Dorset coast, along the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck. This three-storey pet-friendly cottage boasts seven bedrooms, an AGA cooker set in exposed brickwork, an annexe with an en-suite king-size bedroom, and a tiered garden.

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A Lighthouse tower and buildings on a grassy clifftop.
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6
Bedrooms
4

Enjoy a unique holiday at Veronica Cottage, a stylish coastal cottage within Anvil Point Lighthouse near Swanage. Set within Durleston Country Park, the contemporary cottage enjoys spectacular ocean views and access to the beautiful beaches of Dorset. It offers spacious grounds and a sea breeze.

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In the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, Corfe Castle is a quaint village overlooked by a 10th-century castle open for visitors to explore. Corfe village is best explored on foot, with independent shops, galleries and cosy pubs. At the end of the peninsula, Swanage is well worth a visit during any stay in a holiday cottage on the Isle of Purbeck. Swanage has a sandy bay near the distinctive chalk cliff stacks known as Old Harry Rocks.

One of the area's best places for swimming is Lulworth Cove, a horse-shoe-shaped bay with only a narrow channel to the open ocean and calm water. There is a good café near the beach, and in the summer, you can take a boat trip to Durdle Door and Mupe Bay. Brownsea Island lies in Poole Harbour and is also a wonderful place to take a boat trip, where red squirrels can be seen. The Swanage Railway's heritage line runs through wild countryside between Wareham and Swanage, providing far-reaching views across the peninsula. St. Aldhelm's Chapel is one of the more famous places to visit on Purbeck cottage holidays, built on a pre-Christian conquest site by the Normans.