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'Another great week sharing this wonderful spot. See you again next year'
Stanaway family and friends, W. Sussex

'Enjoyed the week immensely. Loved the walking and going to the beaches. Children adore it here too. Loved the peace and quiet. Thank you again!'
Denton family, Weybridge
What to do

Beaches & watersports
The National Trust beach at Studland is one of the best in the south of England. There is also a good beach at Swanage. Within walking distance of Scoles is Chapman's Pool and the beautiful rock beaches at Winspit and Seacombe. Swanage has got excellent diving with a number of wrecks. Poole Harbour and Kimmeridge are good for windsurfing.

Walking, cycling & riding
The Isle of Purbeck is great walking territory with miles of glorious paths. The fabulous Dorset Coastal path passes within two miles of Scoles at Swyre Head. You can also explore the countryside on bicycle or horseback. The Purbeck Cycle Way is recently opened. There are several excellent local riding stables.

Good walking map: OS Outdoor Leisure Map 015

History & sightseeing
Apart from Corfe Castle itself, the following are all well worth seeing and are within easy driving distance:
  • Kingston Lacy (National Trust house)
  • Maiden Castle (Iron Age fort)
  • Tyneham (deserted village)
  • Badbury Rings (Iron Age fort)
  • Dorchester, Wareham, Weymouth, Wimborne and Blandford are all interesting old towns
  • Thomas Hardy fans will be in their element. His cottage in Bockhampton is only a half-hour drive. Scoles itself could well have come out of a Hardy novel.
  • The New Forest
Great guide book: Dorset: The Complete Guide
'An indispensible companion when travelling round Dorset'

The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club with marvellous views over Poole Harbour is about 10 minutes away. There are testing courses at Parkstone, Ferndown and Broadstone (each around 30 minutes away). There is a fun pitch'n'putt in Swanage.

Birdwatching & nature
Many rare species are native to the Isle of Purbeck, including the Dartford Warbler. The Arne RSPB Reserve is 5 miles away. Owls, deer and hares can often be seen at Scoles.

The Dairy
The Dairy
The Great Barn
The Great Barn
Playing in the old boat
Playing in the old boat