7 (all year)
Russett Hollow Annexe is a fantastic choice for couples who want a comfortable and private Dorset holiday cottage. The one bedroom bungalow is along a quiet stone lane just a short walk from Church Knowle and the village’s award winning pub, The New Inn, a medieval church dating back to the 1400s and animal sanctuary with cafe. There is a convenient footpath which takes you through the village and up Knowle Hill (where you can enjoy far reaching views over Purbeck and Poole Harbour) to the ruins of Corfe Castle, and past The Rings.
Church Knowle is in the heart of Purbeck which means you can walk or cycle to many attractions if you don’t want to drive, and there is a public footpath that goes past Russett Hollow Annexe that links up with the Dorset Coastal Footpath. Many Purbeck landmarks may be familiar to fans of the film “Nuts in May” as it was filmed at Corfe Castle Campsite and the surrounding area.
Corfe Castle is less than two miles from Russett Hollow Annexe. It is a vibrant village with castle ruins and a good variety of shops (you may recognise the local grocery store featured on the BBC show “Mary Queen of Shops”). The Saxon town of Wareham is six miles north of the cottage, where there are further shops, tea rooms, two supermarkets and a riverside Quay where you can hire a boat or take a trip in a paddle steamer. Wareham Forest is a lovely place to walk or ride a bike, while the more adventurous may enjoy paddleboarding on the River Frome. Wareham also has a cinema and modern sports centre with a swimming pool and gym, and the town is close to the Olive Tree Cookery School where you can attend a workshop or buy a delicious hamper for a special picnic.
Water surrounds the Isle of Purbeck on three sides, so you are never far from the sea. Kimmeridge is less than three miles away, while seven miles south of Church Knowle, the seaside town of Swanage has more shops, pubs and cafes, and a beautiful seafront promenade and Victorian pier. Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are a must-see, and you are also within reach of Poole, Weymouth, and the National Trust managed beaches of Studland. Other top Purbeck attractions include the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Swanage Steam Railway, Hardy’s Cottage, where the writer Thomas Hardy was born, and Clouds Hill where Lawrence of Arabia (T. E. Lawrence) lived.
After a busy day discovering Purbeck, the Jurassic Coast and beautiful Dorset attractions, you can return to the welcome comforts of Russett Hollow Annexe, with its sunny garden to enjoy long summer evenings, and cosy living room with a woodburning stove and lovely views.
Amelia & John Coffen joined Independent Cottages in October 2017
Russett Hollow Annexe is a one bedroom cottage with all accommodation on the same level. Guests can enjoy peace and privacy, and as the cottage is on the grounds of the owner's house, there is the added benefit of having them close if you have any questions about the property or the local area.
Further Information: All utilities and bedding are included in the cost of hire, but guests are required to bring their own bed linen, towels and tea towels. Although the property is on one level, there are steps leading to it from the parking area and it is not suitable for wheelchairs. The property has central heating and WiFi. No smoking. No pets. No children.
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