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Lulworth Cove and South Dorset Cottages

Fishermen have plied their trade from Lulworth Cove for centuries and still catch bass, conger, pollack and wrasse, even lobster there. The area and its immediate surroundings have a long history of smuggling and local folklore is rich with tales of desperate brigands and their running battles with the customs men and militia sent to catch them.

There’s also a rich literary history and the poet Keats spent his last hours on British soil at Lulworth while Rupert Brooke wrote poems there to his lost love and Bertrand Russell and various lovers outraged the locals by skinny-dipping!

The nearby village of Chaldon Herring was a writers’ hotspot in the 1920s and 1930s as home to the Powys brothers and sisters – Gertrude, Theodore, Llewellyn, John Cooper and Philippa – while the political sympathies and love affair of Sylvia Warner and Valentine Ackland who lived at West Chaldon aroused the attentions of MI5. 

In another local literary link TE Lawrence – the famous Lawrence of Arabia – lived at Clouds Hill while stationed at Bovington Camp close to where he was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1935.

What is there to see and do in Lulworth Cove and South Dorset?

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 96-mile Jurassic Coast is the equal of the Taj Mahal, Serengeti National Park, Machu Pichu and the Great Barrier Reef. It spans 185 million years of the Earth’s history and encompasses geological wonders, stunning scenery, lost villages, beautiful bathing waters and rich marine and wildlife.

Many of the Jurassic Coast’s defining features can be found in its central Dorset section east and west of Lulworth Cove, itself considered one of the best examples of the landform in the world. Lulworth Castle is well worth a visit at any time of the year but in the summer it is home to two of Britain’s most famous music and culture festivals – Bestival in August and its boutique sister fest Camp Bestival in July.

A short walk over the hill from Lulworth Cove is Stair Hole, an infant cove that shows what its more familiar neighbour might have looked like several hundred thousand years ago. The so-called ‘Lulworth Crumple’ of folded limestone strata can also be seen half a mile or so further along the coast just beyond Man O’ War Bay at Durdle Door, the awe-inspiring rock arch that has become something of a poster image for the Jurassic Coast. With its sheltered bay it is also popular for picnicking, swimming and sunbathing.

The South West Coast Path passes to the north and offers terrific views as well as a route to Worbarrow Bay, which was requisitioned for military training in December 1943 and evacuated along with the villages of Povington, Egliston and, most famously, Tyneham where exhibitions in St Mary’s Church and the village school tell the history of the valley and the stories of the families who lived there can be read in many of their former homes. 

Beyond the shale ledges of Broad Bench, beloved by surfers, and the great slope of Brandy Bay lies Kimmeridge Bay overlooked by Clavell Tower, a Grade II Listed folly. Over the years the low clay cliffs and rocky shore have yielded countless fossils many of previously unknown species, which can be seen at The Etches Collection museum.

For a more general view of the history and geology of the area the handsome market town of Wareham is home to an excellent little museum. Although most of the town was destroyed by fire in 1762, it was rebuilt to the original street pattern and with its pretty quayside and town centre shops, pubs and restaurants it continues to thrive to this day.

Where can I eat and drink in Lulworth Cove and South Dorset?

As you’d expect the area is rich with tantalising food from land and sea – the local beef and lamb is exceptional and there’s no shortage of fresh seafood.

Head chef John Box has established Limestone as one of Dorset’s finest restaurants with meat, fish and vegetables supplied by small local producers – indeed, when available, the lobsters come from Lulworth Cove itself!

As much a part of Lulworth life as the rocks themselves, the Lulworth Cove Inn is one of the most popular pubs in the portfolio of local brewery Hall and Woodhouse; and right on the beach is the Boat Shed Café with its fresh seafood lunches and mouth watering crab sandwiches. Brody’s café specialises in seafood and also offers a takeaway service and the menu at the historic Castle Inn is packed with quality pub dishes.

Just a short drive inland and you’ll also find first rate pub food at the Sailor’s Return at Chaldon Herring; the Weld Arms in East Lulworth; Red Lion at Winfrith Newburgh, Countryman Inn, East Knighton and, near Wool, the Seven Stars Inn, which is deservedly lauded for its hearty portions.

Lighter bites and home-cooked breakfasts are a speciality at the popular Holme For Gardens nursery and restaurant at East Holme, while the picture postcard village of Kimmeridge is home to the family-run Clavell’s restaurant that makes the most of local seasonal produce to enhance a fine reputation that reaches far beyond the immediate area. 

In Wareham, the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, you’ll find an excellent choice of eateries from the top notch Anglo-European dishes of the Abbots Cellar at the Priory Hotel and the riverside location of the Old Granary, to the home cooked foodie haven that is The Salt Pig and the charming community cafe Not Just Sundaes near the Quay in an historic church.Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in South Dorset. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special Dorset holiday

Due to high demand from our guests, we have recently started looking for properties in this area. If you have a property and are considering letting, please get in touch with Claire, our property manager on 01929 448694 or email c.macdonald@dorsetcottages.co.uk

Sitting Room Shell Cottage

Wareham - Dorset

A homely two bed cottage with parking in Wareham; a great location for exploring the delights of Dorset.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
£352 - £811 per week *

WY377 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Washing machine
  • 4 miles from the coast
  • En suite bathroom
  • Travel cot available

New Property Spacious, light, south facing living/dining room Bowleaze Beach Apartment

Weymouth - Dorset

Situated just a short walk from Bowleaze Coveway, a popular beach to the East of Weymouth, Bowleaze Beach Apartment is a spacious two bedroom first floor apartment, with a view of the sea, and private off road parking.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
£358 - £795 per week *

WY406 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Private parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Sea view

Cosy living room with plenty of room to relax Rose Cottage

Weymouth - Dorset

Rose Cottage is a pretty two bedroom cottage, with a cosy, welcoming feel. Situated in Weymouth, approximately 4 miles from the town centre and beach.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£378 - £840 per week *

WY394 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 2 miles to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 5 miles from the coast
  • Cot available
  • Travel cot available
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer Exterior 1 West View House

Acton - Dorset

A charming, ex-quarryman's cottage has bounds of character and despite being fully renovated still retains many of its original features. There are three bedrooms, one with an en suite, and parking available.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
£399 - £899 per week *

WY330 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 0.8 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 3 miles from the coast
  • En suite bathroom
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Travel cot available
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

External - View 1 Wild Hill

Worth Matravers - Dorset

A lovely, well lit bungalow set within a glorious secluded garden and situated in the centre of the village, just minutes from the village duck pond. The Square & Compass pub is only a short stroll away.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£428 - £925 per week *

WY334 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 1.5 miles from the coast
  • En suite bathroom
  • On one level

Conservatory View Cornerways

Worth Matravers - Dorset

A beautiful family cottage set in a delightful old village, has three good sized bedrooms and lovely garden. Excellent for a family escape to rural Dorset.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£460 - £950 per week *

WY115 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 0.4 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 0.8 mile from the coast
  • Sea view
  • En suite bathroom

Exterior View Field House

Harmans Cross - Dorset

This lovely detached house is set in a very large garden and sits on the slopes of the Nine Barrow Down and is ideal as a base for exploring the Isle of Purbeck.

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£527 - £1337 per week *

WY278 View property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 2.6 miles to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 3.9 miles from the coast
  • En suite bathroom

Fabulous kitchen/dining room, perfect for entertaining Laurel House

Weymouth - Dorset

Perfect for a family get-together or a group of friends.  This immaculately presented five bedroom house has a welcoming, sociable and fun feel.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£761 - £1690 per week *

WY397 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 1 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 2 miles from the coast
  • En suite bathroom
  • Cot available
  • Travel cot available
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Sea View Cottage

Acton - Dorset

Stunning detached stone cottage in rural location with 4 bedrooms and sea views throughout the entire property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£770 - £1734 per week *

WY399 View property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 0.8 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 3 miles from the coast
  • Sea view
  • En suite bathroom
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Travel cot available
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Exterior 1 Old Dairy House

Arne - Dorset

A fantastic spacious and charmimg cottage with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, separate dining room plus two sitting rooms both with log burners. Huge mature garden with play area and views across to the harbour.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£862 - £1937 per week *

WY343 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 3.5 miles to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 0.5 mile from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Cot available

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