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The Old Reading Room, Kingston


Excellent 5/5 Score from 25 reviews

The Old Reading Room

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Tucked away in the heart of Enid Blyton country is a charming two-bedroom cottage with lots of living space, a rolling garden and uninterrupted views over the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills. Furnished with a quirky eye and an emphasis on comfort, there is nowhere better to kick off your muddy walking boots after a pint in the pub next door, while watching your contented dog doze in front one of the two roaring fires.

Our cottage dates back to the early 1800s and offers:

Two double bedrooms with feather duvets and down pillows

Cosy sitting room with large fireplace

Dining room and reading room with fireplace

Large eat-in conservatory

Newly refurbished bathroom with slate floor, heated towel rail, rain shower and bath

Kitchen with oil fired rayburn, double electric oven, large fridge freezer, washing machine and small eating area (2 stools)

Tumble dryer and rotary washing line

Large garden with pond and decked terrace from where you get a breathtaking view across Corfe Common to Corfe Castle

* Please note the cottage has very steep staircases so small children should be supervised *

(the steepest has a child gate installed)

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Chapmans Pool 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bournemouth 25 km, Nearest railway: Wareham 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ

The West Country region

From the Prehistory of the Jurassic coastline to the rolling countryside of Thomas Hardy's fabled Wessex, Dorset is quite simply a stunning county.

Corfe Castle

Purbeck is officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Jurassic coastline is a World Heritage Site. Much of it is under the ownership of The National Trust. Some of the highlights within either walking distance or a short drive from the cottage are:

· Climbing up to the 11th century ruins of William the Conqueror's Corfe Castle

· Taking the steam train from Corfe Castle to Swanage and back

· Crossing from Studland to Sandbanks on the chain ferry

· Whiling away the day in the old-fashioned seaside town of Swanage with its Victorian pier

· Exploring Durlstone Country Park

· Walking the South West Coastal path

· Taking in the solitude of the Norman chapel at St Aldhelms Head (a Scheduled Ancient Monument)

· Visiting a different beach every day

· Fossil hunting on the seashore

· Marvelling at the spectacular landforms of Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks

· Clambering down to greet the sea at the old cliff-edge quarries of Dancing Ledge or Winspit

· Learning about marine life at Kimmeridge Marine Centre

· Exploring the ghost village of Tyneham

· Day-tripping to Brownsea Island

· Taking the kids to Monkey World, Farmer Palmers or The Bovington Tank Museum

· Horse riding on the beach at Studland

· Days out at Kingston Lacey, Athelhampton, Lulworth Castle or Hardy's Cottage

· Scuba diving, sailing, windsufing, kitesurfing, sea fishing

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Review 1-10 of 25

29 Oct 2014


"Great location"

We had a lovely long weekend here, great walks from doorstep and beach very close so kids and dogs very happy! Only minor complaint was that we found the mattress uncomfortable.… More

20 Oct 2014


"Beautiful place!"

On arrival we struggled to park and a neighbor gave us a rather dirty look when we parked on the grass by the bus stop but that was the only problem we had. Place was clean and lovely. Amazing views, … More

13 Oct 2014


"Lovely, comfortable cottage, fabulous view!"

The Old Reading Room is in a lovely spot, with a pub on the door step. The rooms are comfortable and very tastefully decorated. It is worth being aware that the stairs to one of the bedrooms are very … More

8 Oct 2014


"An amazing place in a beautiful setting."

The cottage is homely and well equipped. The garden was a welcome extension and has an amazing view of Corfe Castle.There is a bus stop outside,a beautiful church and quaint village.… More

22 Sep 2014


"what a gem"

My hubby and I stayed there over the weekend and we loved it. What a wonderful find - its not too far from london and so easy to commute to for a weekend away. The location is beautiful and close to l… More

4 Sep 2014


"Einfach wundervoll-simply wonderful!"

Wir-mein achtjähriger Sohn, unser Hund Oscar & ich- haben im August zwei Wochen im "Old Reading Room" verbracht-die Zeit war einfach wundervoll & viel zu kurz. Das Cottage ist einfach herrl… More

10 Aug 2014


"Comfy house with lovely garden and great views in a beautiful area."

The house is interesting and nicely furnished, with lots of art on the walls. The garden is spacious and enclosed, with a pond. The children enjoyed trying to spot the fish! The views over the count… More

9 Aug 2014


"Bags of character, great views of Corfe Castle"

The cottage is charming, well-equipped and great value. The kitchen and bathroom in particular are clean and modern, with everything you could need. The location is brilliant, making it a great base f… More

5 Jul 2014


"perfect cottage for stay with dog"

Cottage is well maintained in every aspect and is perfect for walking direct from the door either into corfe castle or to the coast path in the other direction.Scott arms across the road is also frien… More

20 Jun 2014


"Great view with a few problems"

We booked the cottage for the brilliant view and it still is. The kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms were fine but the living room and dining area less comfortable.The parking was a pain and the on street… More

Thanks for pointing out that the garden seat has rotted, we will replace this as soon as possible. Sorry to hear you had a problem with parking - there is free on-street parking throughout the village and we have always been able to park very close to the cottage without an issue. I'm not sure how to respond to your comments regarding the living room and dining room as we took a great deal of care in the furnishings and have only had fantastic feedback to date! Lastly, the cottage is only slightly set back from the road leading through the village so there is regular passing traffic, however I would definitely not describe this as 'heavy'.

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Calendar last updated:21 Nov 2014

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