Wareham is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a fabulous base from which to explore the Isle of Purbeck. Just within the ancient Saxon walls of this historic market town, Northgate has a listed Georgian facade, behind which is a deceptively spacious three bedroom house. The modern kitchen is well-equipped and the stylish sitting-room has patio doors onto the pretty courtyard garden. Upstairs the master bedroom is en suite, with two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Step outside and the whole town is a flat stroll away; 10 minutes will take you to the town Quay, hosting a Saturday market and live entertainment; or take a summer boat trip. Wareham has numerous pubs, independent shops selling local produce and restaurants, including The Granary with river views towards the Purbeck hills.
Wareham station is a 10 minute walk from Northgate, which is on the mainline from Weymouth to Waterloo, so why not leave your car behind for a complete break; just twenty minutes to Dorchester, ten minutes to Poole and 20 minutes to Bournemouth. Hop onto the Jurassic Coaster bus, the X53, take the top deck and enjoy the breathtaking views, ideal for walkers wanting to explore this spectacular coastline. Cycling in Wareham is another great way to get around; a flat cycle will take you to Arne, the famous RSPB Bird Sanctuary, where you can see a vast array of wildlife, or follow the Sika trail in Wareham Forest. If you are feeling less energetic, the Rex in Wareham is quite simply the most charming cinema you could ever visit. The sandy beaches of Studland and Swanage are only 10 miles away, and the iconic remains of William the Conqueror’s Corfe Castle just five miles. Take the Swanage Railway trip to enjoy the nostalgia of a steam train, whilst taking in the rolling landscape, or drive to Poole and take a boat trip around Poole harbour and visit Brownsea Island, home to red squirrels and peacocks. Further afield, visit quirky West Bay, where parts of Broadchurch were filmed. Nearby Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World are favourites for all the family, young and not so young, or historic Athelhampton House and gardens near Tolpuddle. There are also several National Trust properties; Kingston Lacy, an elegant country mansion set in beautiful formal gardens surrounded by parkland, is a thirty minute drive from Northgate.
Kitchen/Dining-room with gas hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and coal-effect gas fire
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5'), TV and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with double bed (4'6") and TV
Bedroom 3 with single bed (3')
Bathroom with jacuzzi bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
There are three steep steps up to the front door and from the parking-area at the rear into the courtyard garden. *A cot is not provided, please bring a travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 100 yds
- Courtyard furniture and barbecue
- Full gas-fired CH
The pretty market town of Wareham, Northgate is in the foreground with the green front door and hanging basket.
The modern kitchen/diner, plenty of space to cook up a feast.
Historic Wareham Quay, hosts a Saturday market, and during the summer months, live bands perform.
The pretty courtyard garden is very sheltered, three steps lead up to the private parking area.
The beginning of the Jurassic Coast; Old Harry Rocks with Studland bay in the foreground.
Northgate has a listed Georgian Facade, but modern sized rooms behind. There are three steep steps up to the front door, Northgate is the brick house.
The master bedroom has a super-comfy 5ft bed and TV, perfect for breakfast in bed.
The sitting room opens onto the sheltered courtyard, which leads out to the private parking area for Northgate.
The spacious sitting room has a gas flame effect fire for cooler evenings.
The comfy sitting room is the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring.
The dining area of the kitchen looks out onto the pretty high street.
Plenty of work space in the kitchen if you are feeling hungry and creative.
The master bedroom has its own en suite.
The master bedroom is at the back of the house.
En suite for the master bedroom.
The double bedroom with a comfy 4ft 6 bed, looks out onto the high street.
The single room looks onto the high street.
The family bathroom, perfect for a soak at the end of the day. A fitted shower has recently been installed over the bath, not featured in this photo.
A ten minute walk from Northgate brings you to the town quay, where you can watch the world go by.
Boat and kayak hire on the river Frome, just ten minutes walk from Northgate.
The courtyard garden is a real sun trap.
Visit Kimmeridge, a fabulous part of the Jurassic Coat, great for fossil hunting.
The Etches collection at the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, Kimmeridge, displays a fabulous collection of fossils collected locally by Steve Etches.
Monkey World is just 6 miles from Wareham, a great day out for all the family.
The pretty village of Corfe is dominated by the iconic remains of CorfeCastle.
Studland beach and bay are very safe for swimming and kayaking, cafes with cake and ice cream make for a perfect day at the seaside,
Studland peninsula, fabulous for walking and mountain biking, with views across to Bournemouth bay.
Travel through military history at Bovington Tank Museum, just 7 miles from Northgate.
East Dorset's CAMRA pub of the year for 2016 is 100 yards form Northgate.
Sandbanks car and passenger ferry takes you across the mouth of Poole Harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe, from Poole to the Purbeck, a very busy waterway.
Swanage bay has a safe sandy beach, just inviting you to build a sandcastle or two.
West Bay, more of the stunning Jurassic coastline.
Chesil Beach is a spectacular shingle structure, viewed here leading from the Isle of Portland west towards Burton Bradstock.
St Martin's on the Walls church is opposite Northgate.