Ower Paradise~1920's Showman's Wagon
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Caravan/Mobile Home | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
This beautifully restored 1920's Showman's Wagon is one of the rarest, a Harry Grey's with a Molly Croft design. This unique wagon is almost one of a kind thats available for a glamping holidays, providing a rare opportunity to stay in an original Circus Wagon. Currently owned by Billy (a showman himself) it would have originally been made for the Ringmaster and called a 'palace on wheels' - and we can see why with beautiful oak wood-paneled interior, cut glass mirrors and painted ceilings. New exterior paintwork, with lining. This has given this fabulous wagon a new lease of life.
The current furnishings maintain a very traditional feel and at night magical, with the interior lights reflecting on all the glass and mirrors, this creates a wonderful atmosphere. During cooler months the wagon is warm and toasty as it has a wood burning stove and electric heating throughout. A separate double bedroom with dressing table. and a fully equipped shower room with toilet. At the other end of the wagon the kitchen facilities are modern, providing a good a chance to cook in the wagon or great excuse to eat out at the local pubs or one of the many restaurants in nearby towns, Swanage, Studland or Wareham.
Sleeps two with room for others to camp around the Showman's Wagon.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, this beautifully restored 1920's Showman's Wagon is ideally situated for exploring the local area. Situated around Poole Harbour this natural harbour is allegedly the second largest in the world. This national treasure provides access to some stunning countryside and woodland as well as providing wonderful views around the harbour itself. It is rich in wildlife and has attractive towns and villages set in some of the best walking and cycling areas in South West England.
The Isle of Purbeck, not a true island but a peninsula, famous for its rolling hils and countryside, blue flag beaches, the Jurassic coastline, castles and other numerous historic monuments. Studland, with its 3 miles of sandy beach is just a stones throw away, and the picturesque village of Corfe Castle with its magnificent castle ruins is a five minute drive. The bustling seaside town of Swanage and the Saxon walled market town of Wareham are less than 15 minutes drive away with their pubs, ?restaurants and shops.
??This beautifully restored 1920's Showman's Wagon is in a quiet, secluded location, with its own private garden idyllically situated with stunning veiws of Green Island. It is a perfect holiday away from the hustle and bustle and a wonderful place to relax and unwind.
Next to Ower Farm Cottage, an abode here, was mentioned in the Dooms Day Book and dates back to the Iron age. Sweeping land, tranquil countryside which you are encouraged to explore and enjoy. This secluded location offers scenic walks on the world famous Studland Beach also just steps away from Rempstone Forest.
?A peaceful pond complete with picnic tables is within your private garden, enjoy a picnic at the harbour pond side and get to see the array of wildlife.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Staffed property, Sea view|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The West Country region
The area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – walk along the South West Coast Path and pass Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
Fancy a day at the beach? Enjoy Swanage's Blue Flag sandy beach or the more rugged 4 mile stretch of sand at Studland National Nature Reserve.
If nature is more your thing, Durlston Country Park is a perfect place to discover the area's rich wildlife, as is Brownsea Island and Wareham Forest.
For further information about the area please contact our Tourist Information Centres.Dancing Ledge
is a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff (a little scrambling is required for access). It is signposted on the South West Coast Path a few kilometres west of Swanage.
A swimming pool was blasted into the rock for the use of local preparatory schools, particularly Durnford School sometime near the beginning of the twentieth century. The last surviving school (The Old Malthouse in Langton Matravers, which closed in 2007) and one of the schools for which the pool was originally created.
recently cleared of debris, including several large rocks, to be removed, making swimming possible once again. The sea is also suitable for swimming, although it is deep right up to shore. This depth was exploited by local quarrymen in transporting Purbeck Limestone away from the area.
Dancing Ledge is so called because at certain stages of the tide when the waves wash over the horizontal surface, the surface undulations cause the water to bob about making the ledge appear to dance. The stone removed was transported by ship direct from Dancing Ledge, round the south coast to Kent in order to construct Ramsgate harbour.
The 400-foot (120 m) isthmus which joins the limestone to the chalk is made of a 50-metre (160 ft) band of Portland limestone, which is less resistant than the Purbeck beds, a narrow and compressed band of Cretaceous clays. Wealden Clay, sands and chert beds and then narrow bands of Greensand and sandstone. In Man of War Bay, the small bay immediately east of Durdle Door the Portland stone has not been entirely eroded away, and at low tide the band of Portland stone is partially revealed.
Music videos have been filmed at Durdle Door, including parts of Tears for Fears' Shout, Cliff Richard's 1990 Christmas number one Saviour's Day, Billy Ocean's Loverboy and Bruce Dickinson's Tears of the Dragon.
The third story in Ron Dawson's Amazing Adventures of Scary Bones the Skeleton series creates a magical myth of how Durdle Door came to be. In Scary Bones meets the Dinosaurs of the Jurassic Coast, the story's heroes meet an as yet undiscovered dinosaur called Durdle Doorus. At the end of the story Durdle Doorus is transformed into Durdle Door with the validity of the transformation demonstrated by an illustration and photograph.
The artwork inside the lyric booklet for Pink Floyd's The Division Bell includes a scene photographed at Durdle Door.
In Nanny McPhee, the children go for a picnic on the beach at Durdle Door
Scenes from the film Wilde (1997) starring Stephen Fry were shot here.
Scenes from the film Far From The Madding Crowd (1967) were shot here, including at Scratchy Bottom.
The album 'Sweet Tableax' by Oxford band Les Clochards features a track with the title 'Durdle Door'.
50.6210°N 2.2801°W) is a rock that lies out to sea close to Durdle Door. It is a continuation of the rock strata that form Durdle Door itself.
National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.
Old Harry Rocks
The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 kilometres (95 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to just beyond the great chalk headland of Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks here in the east. The coastal exposures along the coastline comprise a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history.
The rock layers along the Jurassic Coast are tilted towards the east. The oldest part of the coast is found at its west end, while progressively younger rocks form the cliffs here to the east. Old Harry Rocks mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The downlands of Ballard Down are formed of chalk with some bands of flint, and were formed approximately 65 million years ago. The bands of stone have been gradually eroded over the centuries, some of the earlier stacks having fallen (Old Harry's original wife fell in 1896), while new ones have been formed by the breaching of narrow isthmuses. Across the water to the east the Needles on the Isle of Wight are usually visible. These are also part of the same chalk band and only a few thousand years ago were connected to Ballard Down.
To form the stacks, the sea gradually eroded along the joints and bedding planes where the softer chalk meets harder bedrock of the rock formations to create a cave. This eventually eroded right through to create an arch. The arch subsequently collapsed to leave the stacks of Old Harry and his wife, No Man's Land and the gap of St Lucas' Leap. The large outcrop of rock at the end of the cliffs is often referred to as "No Man's Land".
Old Harry itself is now also threatened by erosion, particularly at the foot of the rock. There is a desire to preserve the rocks and protect them from erosion and many teams have been working on saving the formations, including the team headed by Dr C. P. Buckle of the University of Strasbourg.
There are two stories about the naming of the rocks. One legend says that the Devil (traditionally known euphemistically as "Old Harry") had a sleep on the rocks.
Another local legend says that the rocks were named after Harry Paye, the infamous Poole pirate, who stored his contraband nearby.
is an old quarry on the cliffs near Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England that is no longer in use. More recently it has been used as a set for Doctor Who and Blake's 7.
Winspit until roughly 1940 was used as a stone quarry, producing stone for major buildings in London. However, during World War II it was used as a site for naval and air defenses'. After the war the caves were opened to the public. They were used as a location for the planet Mecron II in an episode of Blake's 7, and in Doctor Who they were used in the story "The Underwater Menace" and then as the planet Skaro in the serial "Destiny of the Daleks". The quarry is now a lesser-known tourist attraction. Although recently many of Winspit's caves have been closed off for purposes of public safety and bat conservation, people still enjoy having picnics there and swimming at the adjacent beach in summer months.
The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 kilometres (95 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks, in the east. The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earths history. The localities along the Jurassic Coast includes a large range of important fossil zones.
This bay is located about seven miles of Wareham. At the eastern end of the Bay is a promontory known as Worbarrow Tout. The northwest end of the bay is known as Cow Corner. Towering over Worbarrow Bay to the north is Flower's Barrow ridge, which due to coastal erosion is gradually falling into the sea
A Marine World
The rocks at Kimmeridge Bay were once the floor of a deep, tropical sea rich in pre-historic life. They formed in the Jurassic period, 155 million years ago.
The cliffs and foreshore contain a very thick sequence of Kimmeridge Clay. The rock layers are like the pages in a book and the fossils they contain tell a story on each page. Each rock layer provides a window allowing us to look back through geological time. The sequence of rocks here provides such an excellent record of this part of the Jurassic that geologists have adopted Kimmeridgian as the term for rocks of this age all around the world.
Important fossils have been found in the Kimmeridge Clay, but they need an expert eye and time-consuming preparation. Hammering is strictly forbidden here and you may only collect loose fossils from the beach.
Harder bands of limestone within the Kimmeridge Clay create a series of rocky ledges that run out to sea. As a result, the Bay boasts some of the most accessible marine wildlife in the UK. The stone ledges make it easy to view life on the shore an in the shallow waters, and there is safe snorkelling for the more adventurous. Kimmeridge Bay is part of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, managed by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Trust runs the Fine Foundation Marine Centre in the bay, providing an exhibition, aquarium and a programme of events.
Oil in the rocks
BP's 'nodding donkey' on the cliff top has been producing oil since 1959. The oil formed in rocks that were laid down on a stagnant sea floor. The rocks were buried and organic matter within them was 'cooked' to form oil and gas. More oil lies in the northern part of Purbeck, and under Poole Harbour. This is the Wytch Farm Oilfield - the largest onshore oil field in the UK. It is difficult to see the carefully landscaped oil wells.
The geology of an oil field
Oil fields form where the structure of the rocks creates a trap for oil generated in the rocks below. At Kimmeridge the oil is held in the layer of rock called the Cornbrash Limestone which can also be found around Osmington Mills.
Tucked away in the south eastern corner of Dorset, Purbeck is some 60 sq. miles of land that is bounded on almost all sides by water and although not an island in the strict meaning of the word, it does convey a feeling that is particularly apt.
The name "Purbeck" reputedly translates as "beak-shaped ridge which is home to bittern or snipe", which is Saxon. The beak-shaped ridge we might assume refers to the Purbeck Hills.
The name "Purbecks" is oft times used - PLEASE - it really should be "Isle of Purbeck" which would refer to the area bounded by the blue dotted line, or "Purbeck" which perhaps encompasses a larger area north to Lytchett and west to Bovington and Lulworth.
To take a tour round Purbeck you can start in the north in Poole Harbour taking in Brownsea Island which being part of Studland is therefore part of Purbeck. The harbour links to the English Channel at Sandbanks/The Haven/Shell Bay. This break in the coastline is crossed by the renowned Chain Ferry.
You continue south past Studland Bay, Swanage Bay, to Peveril Point.
Turning west takes you round Durlston Bay and Head, past Anvil Point and the Lighthouse to the southernmost promontory of St.Aldhelms Head which is also known as St. Albans Head.
A swing north and west further along the coast past Chapmans Pool and the grounds of Encombe House, recently sold for the princely sum of £16 million.
Another residence you find is Smedmore House and then Kimmeridge, the site of a working oil well complete with nodding donkey. Kimmeridge is overlooked by the Clavell Tower, sadly in danger of falling into the sea.
Another mile is the village of Tyneham, abandoned during the war. At Worbarrow Bay, just short of Lulworth and the Tank Firing Ranges, where you must swing north and inland to meet up with Luckford Lake which is presumed the western boundary to Purbeck leaving most of Lulworth to the west.
Further north at West Holme you join with the River Frome which meanders easterly, passing the south of Wareham to flow into Poole Harbour where we started our tour.
All of this is the perfect destination for ramblers, watersport enthusiasts, naturalists, rock climbers and ornithologists (even the Dartford Warbler has been seen locally), in fact anyone who appreciates the great outdoors.
If your fancy is solitude and a peaceful rustic retreat there are plenty of typically picturesque villages dotted all over Purbeck.
For those on the road the nearest major road is the A35 which winds its way from Bournemouth through Parkstone and Poole on to Bere Regis, the county town of Dorchester, and then Bridport.
The connection to Purbeck is made via the A351, sometimes referred to as the spine of Purbeck, at the Bakers Arms public house just west of Upton.
This initially straight but very slow road, since it is badly in need of a bypass, passes through Holton Heath and Sandford, and on to Wareham which has had a bypass since 1980 (north section) / 1988 (south section).
When talking of Purbeck, Wareham is considered part of it but since it is mostly north of the River Frome perhaps it's not, and is best considered as the gateway to The Isle of Purbeck. Almost at the centre of Wareham in East Street, is Wareham Town Museum, which is a terrific source of local history. Check it out on its web site for times of opening.
The A351 continues through Stoborough leaving Ridge and Arne to the east with Furzebrook and Blue Pool to the west.
Furzebrook, Blue Pool and the Norden area have long-standing connections with the extraction of ball clay used for the production of many everyday items including china, especially that of Josiah Wedgwood. This is dealt with in great detail by the Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum at Norden.
Driving on you come to the Norden roundabout where the first left is your connection to the Park and Ride for the Steam Railway which runs through Corfe, under the infamous Afflington Bridge, through Harmans Cross, Herston, and into Swanage.
We would venture to suggest that if you are visiting primarily the railway that you park at Norden Park & Ride since parking in Swanage can leave you some distance from the Railway Station.
Staying with the road ahead, the railway viaduct is above and to the left, and Corfe Castle soaring up to the right.
A sedate drive through Corfe village past the right turn to Kingston, and indirectly to Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers, takes you, this time, OVER the infamous Afflington Bridge, through Harmans Cross, and eventually to Swanage finishing at the sea-front/Shore Road.
If you wish to look at the backwoods to the North-east of Corfe, before you ascend into the village is a sharp left turn between some cottages which takes you into Sandy Hill Lane, underneath Swanage Railway, through Challow, Sandy Hill, Little Woolgarston, Woolgarston, Underhill, Knitson, to Ulwell/North Swanage. This lane is narrow and should be driven with caution.
In rough terms from Wareham to Corfe is 5 miles and Corfe to Swanage also 5 miles.
The alternative route having passed out of Bournemouth into Branksome is to take the left turn on to the B3065 and a little over 2 miles passing Compton Acres Gardens to be faced with Poole Harbour, left again on to the B3369 (running from Poole town), for just over a mile through Sandbanks to board the chain ferry for Studland and Swanage, again finishing at the sea-front/Shore Road. Something of a source of amazement at Sandbanks is that it is now home to some of the most expensive property in the UK, where something worth less than £1,000,000 being something of a rarity.
Purbeck, being somewhat cut off from the rest of Dorset has limited public transport in the form of the No.50 (was 150) bus from Bournemouth via Sandbanks/Ferry, and the No.40 (was 142/143/144 until 2008) from Poole via Holton Heath, Sandford, Wareham, Corfe, Kingston, and Langton Matravers to Swanage. There are now (2008) only two No.44 buses per day from Swanage to Worth Matravers via Harmans Cross. Buses via Corfe to Swanage were once shared between Langton Matravers and Harmans Cross. Now all except two go via Langton Matravers. Harmans Cross seems almost not to exist for the bus company.
The Swanage Bus Station is literally outside the Railway Station.
If travelling from further afield by public transport, Wareham Station is on the London-Waterloo to Weymouth line with the bus-stop a few yards from the London-bound platform.
Purbeck offers Swanage to those who want a traditional family seaside resort; they don't come much better. It has a sometimes award winning beach (European Blue Flag and Tidy Britain Group's Seaside Award), the bathing is relatively safe with a gently shelving beach where there are various boats including pedloes for hire, and a Punch-and-Judy. You can of course just lounge in a deckchair. Ice-cream and food is a few footsteps away, with a wider choice of food within a few hundred yards. You can choose from traditional fish-and-chips, seafood specialities, continental, or just a simple cream tea. There are many pubs serving food, bistros, and take-aways to cater for most tastes.
Above the sea-front are a number of recreations for both adults and children, including open-air band concerts, folk festivals, a jazz weekend, Rotary Club and Round Table events, and of course the fireworks at each end of the Swanage Carnival Week in July/August.
The Mowlem Theatre, where the sea-front meets the town proper, a varied programme of films, shows and plays are available throughout the year, whilst the Vista complex at Swanage Caravan Park is an entertainment centre with a heated indoor pool, skittle alley, indoor bowls complex and 'trimnasium'. There are tennis courts at The Beach Gardens above the sea off De Moulham Road, also outdoor bowls rinks and a putting course. More recently a putting course has been added at the side of Victoria Avenue just short of the car park as you head for the sea-front.
There are golf courses nearby, in particular the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club on the Studland Road where the beginner can use the 9 hole Dene Course and the more accomplished golfer the Purbeck Championship Course. They are both founded on heathland set in a Nature Reserve.
The Club dates from 1892 and was once famously owned by Enid Blyton, writer of childrens books, and husband, Kenneth Darrell Waters.
Swanage offers an abundance of watersports and scuba-diving, great fishing and the opportunity to take many sea excursions. Why not take a boat trip to Brownsea Island or Poole.
Swanage is privileged in the early tourist season to have the Motor Vessel Balmoral, and in the late tourist season the now famous Waverley Paddle Steamer visit, and run trips eastward to Bournemouth, The Isle of Wight, The Solent and westwards as far as Weymouth.
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1 Jul 2014
"What a wonderful hide-away"
Our stay here was so peaceful, relaxing and romantic. The location was beautiful and Billy and Sally were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be going again. Thank you.… More
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