This lovely stone cottage is beautifully situated in wonderful countryside close to the picturesque village of Corfe Castle in ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. It is approached by a private drive and stands in the grounds of Afflington Manor – a superb manor house mentioned in the Domesday book. The farmland of the manor house extends to over 600 acres and visitors can walk across the nearby fields and follow footpaths to some of the loveliest villages of the Isle of Purbeck such as Kingston, Worth Matravers and Langton Matravers. The nearby Jurassic Coast with its wonderful coastal path is in an area renowned for its fossils, dramatic cliffs and small coves. Within 10 minutes drive of the cottage there is the small coastal resort of Swanage with its sandy beach and a variety of entertainments including Punch and Judy, swimming, boating and diving. A 15 minute drive takes you to Studland, a beautiful remote sandy peninsula with over 4 miles of sandy beach.
Afflington Manor Cottage is built of Purbeck stone and dates back over 200 years. In the early part of the last century the painter, Augustus John, regularly stayed at the cottage. The cottage has a lovely secluded position and enjoys views over the surrounding countryside. The cottage has recently been completely renovated to provide very attractive accommodation for 5 people. It is centrally heated and has lovely wooden floors with rugs on the ground floor and deep fitted carpets in the bedrooms and on the stairs. On the ground floor there is a modern fitted kitchen equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer and washing machine; an attractive sitting room with a pretty window seat, two comfortable sofas, a wood burning stove, television/Freeview/DVD; a delightful centrally heated conservatory with a dining area; a charming ground floor single bedroom. Stairs lead up to two beautiful double bedrooms, with views across the fields, and a bathroom which is very well equipped with a bath, separate built in shower, basin and w.c. All heating and electricity are provided without extra charge. A travel cot and high chair can be provided if required. A folding bed can be added into one of the double bedrooms to enable children to sleep separately. Visitors should be aware that this is a traditional property with low doorways. WiFi Internet connection available.
The cottage is semi detached and has a delightful sunny enclosed garden with a large lawn and a patio area with garden furniture so that meals can be enjoyed outside. A small gate from the garden opens onto a path which crosses a tiny stream and leads directly into the fields. The surrounding farmland is a mixture of arable land and grazing for cows, sheep and a small number of Alpacas. There are two large ponds nearby which encourage a wide range of birds including herons and the occasional cormorant. Cars can be parked in the private drive just outside of the fenced garden. Public transport, general stores, public house and bakers within ½ mile. A newly installed astroturf tennis court is now available for visitors to hire by the hour. Places to visit include the majestic castle of Corfe Castle, the NT manor house of Kingston Lacey and Lulworth Castle. There is a steam railway which links Corfe Castle to Swanage and rowing boats and motor boats can be hired at Wareham for trips along the river.
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