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Relaxing Cottage, Peaceful Location, Coastal Walks, Near Corfe Castle

Bedrooms 3
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Delightful well equipped, 3 bedroom cottage, lovely private garden, hill views

If you are looking for a place to unwind this cottage has the perfect answer! This beautifully furnished three-bedroom bungalow is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in its own grounds in Church Knowle and with all modern facilities. Church Knowle nestles at the foot of Knowle Hill and is a delightful small 13c village built in Purbeck stone with thatched cottages and lying within a conservation area surrounded by beautiful countryside, on the Isle of Purbeck just a mile from historic Corfe Castle and 2.5 miles from the coast. The village has a wonderful pub, which serves excellent food, an historic 13c church and a newly equipped children’s play park.

It is well situated for numerous walks in the Purbeck Hills and lots of interesting places to visit including, Durlston Country Park, Blue Pool, Fossil Museum, The Tank Museum, the ancient Saxon walled city of Wareham and the steam train to Swanage - to name but a few.

Entrance to the bungalow is through the south-facing conservatory with relaxing chairs and on into a sitting area with a sofa, comfortable chairs and wood burning stove, which leads into a dining area with table and chairs. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine, oven, gas hob and dishwasher. When standing at the sink you will enjoy a most beautiful view looking towards the Purbeck Hills with Kingston Church and Swyre Head in the distance. There is an inner hall with a place to hang coats and a door to the garden with the three bedrooms leading off this hall. One bedroom has twin (3') beds and views to the garden; the second has a double (5’) bed and an en-suite shower room; the third bedroom has twin (3') beds and French windows looking south, with a view over the hills and with steps leading down to its own patio area. The bathroom has a bath, separate shower, loo and basin. Apart from the kitchen and bathrooms there are fitted carpets throughout.

As you approach the property a pair of double gates open onto a gravel drive which widens to form a turning area and parking for several cars and a boat for those who like sailing. The rear garden is completely private surrounded by trees and a beech hedge with a good size patio for table and chairs.

People who stay at Stansfield cottage comment on its welcome and relaxing atmosphere

The property does not accept pets and smoking is not allowed on the premises.

More Details

Mrs Helen McCormick
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

Why Mrs Helen McCormick chose Church Knowle

My husband and I bought this property in 2010. We had been holidaying in Dorset for several years and particularly liked the Purbeck area. We came upon the property when we were visiting the New Inn in Church Knowle one week-end. We have been delighted with our purchase and endeavour to update the property each year.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in Church Knowle, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , This ensuite bathroom acts as an indoor wet room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 3' Single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 3' single beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 5' Double Bed with side tables
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Relaxing Cottage, Peaceful Location, Coastal Walks, Near Corfe Castle
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Bungalow extremely well appointed. Spacious light and airy. Extremely comfortable and well placed for exploring the area. Good access for discovering the Purbeck wildlife. Would recommend a visit to the RSPB reserve at Arne.

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you liked the cottage and found it to be comfortable. You also discovered the beauty of Arne - a favourite place of ours!
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Beautiful cottage in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

Very comfy. Everything you need for a fantastic holiday. The cottage is tucked away from the road so it's very quiet and peaceful. Great bed with quality bedding and tasteful decor. The thoughtful gift of provisions is very welcome when you arrive at the cottage. A great base for exploring the history of the area and walking in the hills or on the nearby beach. Added bonus of a great pub next door and several others within a short drive.

  • Review Submitted: 03/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house for us all, every one was happy with the house. Wonderful weather so ate on the patio every night. We even woke to mole mounds each day which I don't know if the owners would be happy with but the girls (5) loved counting them. The welcome basket was so lovely thank you Helen for letting go us say I your lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: 01/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very attractive location ideally situated for a Dorset holiday

  • 5 of 5

Spent a relaxing and interesting two weeks at the property. The facilities provided were very good and of a high standard and well suited for our family. Ideal for walkers and lots of places to visit. A very enjoyable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good spot.

  • 5 of 5

Good area to stay, great walks, nice beaches nearby. Accomodation excellent with secluded garden. The only minor criticism, we found the 2 single beds were soft.

A quiet country pub next door with good food if a little pricey.

Our stay was before the school holidays, Studland gets busy on most sunny days £6 carparking all day. The Swanage railway about 2 miles away is another good day out.

Great views from the Purbeck hills a short walk away.

Overall a very enjoyable place.

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. A lot of Purbeck belongs to the National Trust so if you are a member car parking is free. The "quiet country pub' is very popular and you will need to book in the high season.
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Very comfortable and well appointed.

  • 5 of 5

Well layed out and quiet. Would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anita - thank you for choosing our cottage. We have endeavoured to create a 'home from home'. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
New Inn
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Corfe Castle
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Car: necessary

This area in the south-east corner of Dorset is known as the Isle of Purbeck and hails its name from being largely surrounded by sea. It has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty where the Purbeck Hills offer numerous delightful walks with stunning scenery. The coastline from Swanage to Lulworth is part of the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site where the Dorset coastal path can be accessed for the most amazing scenic rambles. Church Knowle nestles at the foot of Knowle Ridge which has views reaching as far as POOLE HARBOUR AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT.

There is something of interest for both young and old. You may prefer to visit Studland for sandy beaches and horse riding or look for fossils at Kimmeridge and then stay around in the evening to watch the beautiful sunset.

You can play a 27 round of golf on The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club with spectacular views, visit Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, Lawrence of Arabia’s cottage – Clouds Hill, take the children to Monkey World, visit the deserted village at Tyneham and see the school room as it was set out in 1940 and then walk down to the beach at beautiful Warborough Bay. Do not miss the beauty of Arne with its unusual and special landscape of open heathland and old oak woodland overlooking Brownsea Island and Poole Harbour in the distance. Discover birds and wildlife on the RSPB guided walks. Take a walk from Swanage to Durlston Country park where you will find superb geology and fascinating wildlife.

These are just a few of the many opportunities that await you in this delightful part of Dorset.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The minimum rental period is 4 days or (3 days over the weekend, Friday to Sunday) - the price for mid-week bookings is the same as that indicated for weekend bookings. During busy times (Christmas, Easter and the Summer Holidays) a minimum period of one week's rental applies. For New Year the minimum of 4 days rental applies. For bookings of one week or more, the changeover day is Friday. All rental rates are fully inclusive of taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.