Accommodation Caravan sites

North View Campsite

This small site dedicated to caravans and motorhomes is set beneath the Purbeck Ridgeway and on the edge of Harman’s Cross village.

With just five pitches you’re guaranteed a nature-filled break away from the madding crowd, and you can easily get out into the countryside with walking paths direct from the campsite.

Purbeck Ridgeway views (picture credit: North View Campsite)

The Caravan & Motorhome Club site is the sister site of Quarr Camping across the road.

Handily located just off the Valley Road, you’re easily connected to Swanage and Corfe Castle, whilst being surrounded by rolling countryside.

(picture credit: North View Campsite)

There are two convenience stores (a Spar and a Londis within petrol stations) nearby, where you can find various food, drink and camping essentials. Corfe has four pubs, a village shop and bakery, and Swanage has two supermarkets and a range of shops, eateries and beach-side activities.

Facilities at the site include drinking water and Elsan Points, however there are no toilets or showers.

North View Campsite is dog-friendly and open year-round (unless very heavy rain), and there’s various dog-friendly beaches in the vicinity.

Swanage Railway’s heritage line has a stop in Harman’s Cross and the seasonal No. 30 bus runs through the village, stopping just outside the campsite.

Contact details

For further information and booking contact North View direct:

    • 📞 07540 845705
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📍Harman’s Cross, Swanage BH19 3DY

Conveniently located off the A351, you’ll find North View Campsite on your left as you leave Harman’s Cross toward Swanage, just before St Michael’s Garage.

North View Campsite location (image credit: Google Maps)
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Purbeck Valley Farm Camping

This family-run campsite has everything you need for a traditional rural camping experience in the Purbeck countryside.

Situated between the picturesque village of Corfe Castle and the bustling seaside town of Swanage, Purbeck Valley Farm Campsite is ideally located for exploring everything the Isle of Purbeck has to offer.

Views toward Corfe Castle (picture credit: Purbeck Valley Farm)

The campsite welcomes tents and campervans and can accommodate extra requests – simply send a note with your enquiry form.

There’s play equipment for children and a visiting pizza van, and often farm-produced burgers and sausages available.

You’ll find various footpaths and cycleways into the countryside direct from the campsite, and just a short drive away are the sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland Bay.

Nearby in Harman’s Cross is a Spar shop & petrol station, and Corfe has a village shop and various eateries.

Right outside Purbeck Valley Farm Campsite is a bus stop, where you can pick up the seasonal No.30 Jurassic Breezer bus. This will take you into Swanage as well as Corfe Castle, Wareham and further afield to beauty spots such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Find the timetable online:

Horses are welcome by arrangement – the site has direct access to the Purbeck Bridleway network, hills and forest.

Note that general camping is unavailable during the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

(pictures all: Purbeck Valley Farm)


  • Selection of spacious fields – pick your own pitch
  • Hot showers
  • Flushing toilets
  • Hot water washing up area
  • Hand sanitiser & soap
  • Farm shop – Purbeck Valley is a working beef farm, offering meat box delivery and grass-fed beef & venison burgers

Campsite rules

  • Be considerate of other campers by keeping noise to a minimum
  • Campfires allowed – fire pit & log hire available
  • No music please
  • No dogs allowed

Camping enquiries form:

Self-catering at Purbeck Valley Farmhouse

For an easy holiday without having to pitch a tent, why not stay at the farmhouse?

‘The Big Room’ can accommodate four people, is en suite and has a dining area with kitchenette.

The farmhouse (picture credit: Purbeck Valley Farm)

There are also two smaller rooms – one double and one with a sofa bed.

In both rooms the doubles can be separated into twin beds.

All rooms are en suite and have WiFi, TV & DVD player.

(Images all Purbeck Valley Farm)

Find out more about the farmhouse accommodation, including pricing and booking, online:


Say ‘I do’ with a view

Purbeck Valley Farm is the perfect place for a rustic, rural wedding, with its striking countryside views toward Corfe Castle and flanked by the dramatic Purbeck Hills.

The farm is licensed to carry out ceremonies and has a range of barns, marquees and a spacious field for you to choose from in which to hold your reception.

(picture credit: Purbeck Valley Farm)

Your special day can be tailored to your needs and the team are only too happy to help add a bit of magic with the addition of decoration, hay bales and tractor-trailers.

Members of your wedding party can also make use of the on-site accommodation, which includes the farm’s self-catering rooms and shepherd huts.

If your dream wedding day is all about being in nature surrounded by your friends and family, get in touch with Purbeck Valley Farm to discuss your requirements.

Location & directions

📍 Valley Road, Corfe Castle BH20 5HU

If you’re coming from Wareham/Corfe Castle way, Purbeck Valley Farm will be on your left just before you reach Harman’s Cross.

And if you’re arriving from the Studland direction via the chain ferry, the campsite will be on your right as you leave Harman’s Cross village.

Purbeck Valley Farm location (image credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

For all camping, self-catering and weddings & events enquiries, call or email Purbeck Valley Farm or visit their website for further information:

Accommodation Hotels

Purbeck House Hotel

For real, old-world charm and character in the heart of Swanage town, the Purbeck House Hotel is hard to beat.

Once a private Victorian residence, the hotel now boasts 18 rooms all maintaining that traditional country house atmosphere, some of which have sea views, as well as an additional garden lodge with 20 modern bedrooms.

The Purbeck House hotel has a charming three-acre garden where you can take a stroll or sit out on the terrace or lawn with your morning coffee or evening drink.

The friendly staff here are always on hand to answer any queries and the hotel won the category of Best Family Business in the 2023 Purbeck Business Awards.

Just along High Street, where Purbeck House Hotel is situated, you’ll find a range of great places to eat – try The Black Swan, Love Cake or the Red Lion pub for excellent lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, or to sample some local beers.

The rest of Swanage’s amenities are conveniently located just a stone’s throw from your door and the beach is just a five-minute walk away.

After exploring Swanage and the surrounding area, relax with a drink in the hotel’s Bar 1875 or its Thomas Hardy Lounge, which overlooks the gardens. Bar 1975 is also open to members of the public.

In the morning, after a good night’s sleep, enjoy breakfast in the garden conservatory.


Stay in the main house for a more traditional experience, or the more modern Louisa Lodge, which has dedicated family rooms.

Each room comes equipped with flatscreen TV, desk/vanity table and chair, hot drink-making facilities, hairdryer and complimentary WiFi & toiletries.

Main House

Purbeck House itself offers a range of accommodation, from single rooms for solo or business travellers to a grand four-poster bed experience.

With the single and double rooms there is an option to upgrade to a sea view room.

The Superior Double rooms (king-size bed) are spacious and have either a garden or sea view and the added luxury of bath robes.

And the cherry wood four-poster room has a feature fireplace, with views looking toward St Mary’s Church.

Louisa Lodge

Louisa Lodge rooms range in size, catering for single visitors to families of up to five.

The family and double rooms benefit from garden views, or you can upgrade your double to a sea view room.

Spacious Superior rooms come with small seating areas overlooking Swanage Bay.

Upgrade to a Superior Balcony to enjoy your morning coffee outside.


The garden of the Purbeck House Hotel is little hidden gem in Swanage, with its setting so central on the High Street.

Stroll about the three acres, or sit and enjoy the sun with a drink in this little oasis of calm in the centre of town.

The head gardener will be only too pleased to tell you about the garden’s Victorian beginnings, including the striking 90-year-old weeping ash tree.

And tucked away is a small kitchen garden with resident chickens and honey bees.

Residents’ Lounge

Relax and unwind in the lounge area after a long day exploring Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck.

The welcoming room has plenty of comfy seating with views out onto the hotel’s garden.

There’s a small selection of board games as well as a large bookshelf just outside the room.

Food at Purbeck House Hotel

Note that this is a breakfast-only hotel, not serving lunch or dinner.

Purbeck House Hotel conservatory set for breakfast
Enjoy breakfast in the garden conservatory

However, you’ll find a great range of places to eat right outside your door – on High Street itself, as well as dotted around town.

Check out the nearby restaurants, pubs and cafés or wander down to the bay for some fish and chips.

Residents of Purbeck House Hotel can enjoy 10% off their meal at nearby Tawny’s Wine Bar.

Weddings & Events

The hotel is a great choice for your event, being centrally located in Swanage and close to all the town’s amenities.

Whether you’re planning your big day, charity event or meeting, there’s a range of options to choose from.



Purbeck House Hotel is licensed to hold weddings and civil partnership ceremonies in its dedicated Purbeck Room, which will be beautifully dressed for your special day.

The former convent has an arched ceiling and chapel backdrop, with wood panelling – all lending an air of romance and providing the perfect setting in which to say your vows.

The room accommodates up to 100 guests.


The Elizabeth garden conservatory seats up to 100 guests and has its own bar as well as dance floor and space for a band or DJ.

French doors open onto the terrace, so you can spill outside into the gardens.

The hotel uses local caterers who use Dorset produce and who will work with you to create a wedding menu bespoke to you and your friends & family.

General hire

As well as the Purbeck Room, the bar, conservatory and Thomas Hardy Lounge are also available to book for your event.

You can also hire the whole place exclusively.

Car park spaces may also be available for hire throughout the year.

To discuss your room-hire requirements and for prices, contact the hotel direct.

Purbeck House Hotel History

Built in 1875 by Swanage businessman George Burt, in Scottish Baronial style, the hotel has strong connections with the capital, with architectural relics salvaged from London including statues from the Royal Exchange, an arch that once stood in Hyde Park, carvings from the Houses of Parliament, and a balustrade and columns from Billingsgate Market – all adding to the building’s imitation feudal castle look.


Location and directions

Purbeck House Hotel is the most centrally-located hotel in Swanage town and has handy on-site parking.

Situated on High Street, there are a range of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés within walking distance. And of course Swanage Bay and beach are also a short five-minute stroll away.

You’ll also find various amenities close by such as Swanage Library, hairdressers and a dry cleaner, and points of historical interest such as St Mary’s Church, Swanage Museum and Swanage Pier.

Location of Purbeck House Hotel in town (credit Google Maps)

Contact and booking

Get in touch with The Purbeck House Hotel:

To book your hotel getaway here email or book online direct with the hotel.

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Swanage Bay View Holiday Park

Swanage Bay View Holiday Park is one of the most popular places to stay in Swanage thanks to its prime location above the town, fantastic indoor heated pool and great views over Swanage Bay.

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Holiday Cottages

Cosy up in a home-from-home holiday cottage in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck’s only seaside town – stay in a luxury beach-side apartment for a relaxing and restorative break, a large Victorian property to spend time with the whole family, or keep it cheap with budget accommodation for a seaside staycation with friends.

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Relax and rejuvenate in Dorset in a cosy holiday home-from-home by the sea or splash out on a luxury countryside villa for the whole family for the ultimate staycation experience.

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A warm welcome awaits at one of the many family-run B&Bs in Swanage.



A great way to explore Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck is to stay in one of Swanage’s hotels, where you’ll have a comfortable base to return home to each day and everything you’d need on hand.

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California Meadows Campsite

Being set slightly above Swanage, California Meadows Campsite has spectacular views down over Swanage Bay and across to the Purbeck Hills.

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Sandford Holiday Park

If you’re arriving to Purbeck via Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester, or from the north of the county, you’ll likely drive through Sandford, which is home to a Parkdean holiday resort.

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Campsites & Caravan Sites

For a fun, nature-filled and budget-friendly way to holiday in Swanage, try one of the local campsites or touring parks – the back-to-basics way to explore Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

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Kombi Klassics – VW Campervan Hire

Hire a lovingly-refurbished vintage VW campervan and explore the Dorset countryside in truly classic style – in Kombi Klassics’ words: ‘Home is where you park it’.

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Go Solent Motorhome Hire

Explore Purbeck’s Jurassic Coast in a luxury motorhome from Go Solent Motorhome Hire.

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Burnbake Campsite & Lodges

Camp amongst the woodland or in a field surrounded by wildlife, or cosy up in one of the pristine forest lodges at award-winning Burnbake.

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Birchwood Tourist Park

This family-friendly touring park sees return visitors year after year, with its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, great facilities and proximity to Wareham as a gateway to Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck.

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Steeple Leaze Farm

Steeple Leaze is a large, spacious campsite set across fields on a working beef farm, close to the villages of Corfe Castle and Church Knowle.

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Woodyhyde Campsite

This well-maintained, family-run campsite situated between Corfe Castle and Swanage is popular with families and is a great base for exploring the Jurassic Coast.

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Quarr Camping

Quarr Campsite is ideally located for rural camping on a friendly campsite within five minutes of both Swanage and Corfe Castle.

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Corfe Castle Dorset Camping

Located just outside the village of Corfe Castle and nestled at the foot of the famous Purbeck Ridgeway, Corfe Castle Dorset Camping is a traditional, well-kept, friendly and pleasant spot for tourers and campers.

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Acton Field Campsite

Camping in the rural surrounds of the hamlet of Acton will feel like wild camping, whilst giving you just the right amount of handy mod cons, such as flushing loos and hot showers.

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Studland Summer Camp

Studland Summer Camp is the only naturist campsite in Purbeck and is popular with visitors wishing to visit the well-known and dedicated naturist beach in Studland Bay.

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East Creech Farm Campsite

East Creech Farm is a hidden rural gem in Purbeck – a working farm that runs a campsite as well as offering camping pods and two holiday cottages.

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Swanage Bijou Camping

Swanage Bijou Camping is a hidden gem in the centre of Swanage, nestled within the grounds of Swanage Golf Games’ Kirkwood Park.

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Camp Hartland

This small-but-perfectly-formed campsite is a magical little spot for a few night’s camping – and one you can combine into a relaxing wellness retreat.

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Tom’s Field Campsite

This rural, back-to-nature campsite is ideally located for Swanage, Corfe Castle and all the attractions and pretty villages in between.

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Chiplands Campsite

Pitch up at this small, back-to-basics campsite for a rural, wild camping experience.

You’ll find Chiplands along the road from Corfe Castle toward Kimmeridge and Tyneham, just beyond the village of Church Knowle.

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Wareham Forest Tourist Park

This five AA pennant-rated camping and touring park, located within Wareham Forest, has excellent walking paths and cycling tracks, and is a stone’s throw from the Saxon-walled town of Wareham, regarded as one of gateways to the Isle of Purbeck.

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Coombe Farm Camping

Coombe Farm offers a peaceful, rural haven surrounded by wildlife just a stone’s throw from the bustling centre and beachfront of Swanage.

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Downshay Farm Camping

Downshay is an immaculately maintained, family-oriented site set in pleasant grounds of Downshay Farm, which also has a newly-renovated on-site self-catering holiday cottage.

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Herston Caravan & Campsite

Herston Campsite is on the outskirts of Swanage and offers a range of camping and touring pitches, as well as long-term seasonal pitches.

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Knaveswell Farm Glamping

This unique campsite on the outskirts of Swanage offers glamping with a difference – with its five fully-equipped safari tents being ideal for families or larger groups.

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Smedmore Caravan Site

This caravan-only site benefits from a peaceful, rural setting with fantastic views in a special spot on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

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Purbeck Shepherd Huts

For a quirky, comfortable glamping experience with a touch of luxury, try the boutique Purbeck Shepherd Huts in Worth Matravers.

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Blue Pool Camping

One of Dorset’s most-loved natural attractions is the Blue Pool on the Furzebrook Estate, near Corfe Castle – and now you can camp here.

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Ulwell Holiday Park

Bring your tent, campervan or motorhome to the pleasant Ulwell Holiday Park for a fuss-free and fun stay in Swanage within immaculately-maintained grounds and with all the on-site facilities you could need, including a clean shower block, electric hook-ups, shop, swimming pool and even your own pub.

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Norden Farm Campsite

Norden Farm Campsite is a family-oriented and run, four AA pennant-rated camping and touring site on the outskirts of Corfe Castle.

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Durdle Door Holiday Park

Durdle Door Holiday Park is set in an incredible location on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Just a stone’s throw from Durdle Door itself, and a short drive or walk to the picturesque Lulworth Cove, it’s a great place to base yourself for a holiday in Purbeck.

Accommodation Hotels

The Pines Hotel

What better way to stay in Swanage than at a traditional clifftop hotel with a room looking out across the bay?

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Airbnb Swanage

With Swanage being the only seaside town in Purbeck, it’s an extremely popular location for holidaymakers from both here in the UK and abroad, so you’ll find a huge range of accommodation to suit any type of beach or countryside holiday.

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YHA Swanage

Stay at the YHA in Swanage for a budget-friendly, relaxed holiday right in the heart of the only seaside town along Purbeck’s Jurassic Coast.

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Swanage Coastal Park

One of Dorset’s hidden gems for a holiday is the award-winning Swanage Coastal Park, with its peaceful setting and panoramic views across Swanage.

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The Grand Hotel

A Victorian clifftop hotel overlooking Swanage Bay, the Grand boasts traditional charm, sweeping sea views and friendly service from its attentive staff.

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Clavell Tower

This circular, Grade II, Tuscan-style tower overlooking Kimmeridge Bay is one of the most dramatic locations to be found on the Jurassic Coast.