Langton Matravers, Dorset
The exterior of Spyway Cottage, Dorset
Dancing Ledge near Spyway
Dancing Ledge, Dorset
An aerial view of Corfe Castle, Dorset
The ruins of Corfe Castle in spectacular silhouette
The exterior of Spyway Cottage, Dorset Dancing Ledge near Spyway Dancing Ledge, Dorset An aerial view of Corfe Castle, Dorset The ruins of Corfe Castle in spectacular silhouette

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Preferred changeover day Thursday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 1
  • Acorn rating 3 What's this?
  • Reference 003058

About Spyway Cottage

On a working farm not far from the sea, this cosy and contemporary dog-friendly cottage has bags of charm and a great garden building.

You’ll find this welcoming Victorian cottage at the heart of the working farm in the Purbecks, (the farmer and his three dogs live next door) perfect for a relaxed stay away from the crowds. Tractor lovers young and old will enjoy watching daily farm life unfold, and the beautiful wooden floors, stone interior, handmade kitchen and cosy feel will win over everyone else.

Although there’s a traditional feel to this cottage, hiding under its stone roof is a contemporary and snug holiday retreat you’ll love. The conventional layout gives a homely feel and downstairs there’s the living room with woodburner, then the kitchen/diner at the back of the cottage with a small utility room just off it. Upstairs is the modern bathroom and two double bedrooms, brilliant for either a small family or group of friends. Head outside to discover the large garden with its seating area and lawn. You can also explore the converted stone carving shed in the garden where you’ll find a woodburner, table and chairs – great for gathering everyone together for a games tournament.

This wonderful location makes a great base for exploring the Purbecks, and walkers will love being right on the South West Coast Path, and the Priest Way (not forgetting the Square and Compass pub). For birdwatchers, the nearby cliffs, a 15-minute walk away, are perfect for spotting a variety of seabirds, including characterful puffins. And if you prefer your activities to have a bit more adrenaline, then the same cliffs are also world renowned for climbing and coasteering. For those craving some chilled beach time, then head for Swanage or Studland, both less than a 15-minute drive away.

When you’ve exhausted what’s on your doorstep, and had your fill of beach life, then pop to either Bournemouth or Poole for the distraction of shops, bars and restaurants. Or walkers can also head further afield to take in more of the incredible Jurassic Coast which stretches away for miles. Other ideas for places to visit include Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum, and nearby National Trust places include Corfe Castle, the wonderful Brownsea Island (home to a very cute resident red squirrel population), and Kingston Lacy. When you stay with us, the funds from your holiday often go towards special projects at the places we look after. 

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ available


  • Ground floor

    Sitting room with woodburner, kitchen/ dining room and small utility room.

  • First floor

    Bathroom and two bedrooms (one double, one twin).

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

Heating: Night storage heating throughout the cottage is included in the rental. There is a woodburner in the sitting room and outbuilding which will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started.

Logs: Additional logs are available to purchase for £9. This includes a bag of logs, a bundle of kindling and firelighters.

Parking: There is space for one car at the cottage.

Garden: The garden is part-enclosed with a combination of stone walls and post/rail fencing. There is an outdoor patio and a small, fenced pond to the rear of the garden. The garden has an outbuilding which can be used for bike storage and a drying room.

Please note: This cottages is reached on a gravel track and located on a working farm. The farmer next door has three dogs that are sometimes in the farmyard.

A popular footpath runs through the farmyard.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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