Accommodation for Walkers at Chiltern Lodge
Worth Matravers is located on the picturesque Isle of Purbeck, and is a welcome relief from the busier towns and villages frequented by many tourists. The Jurassic coastline spreads itself before you with all its ancient fossil treasures and rich heritage just waiting for you to walk and explore. The village of Worth Matravers boasts many little historic gems which have to be experienced, the parish church is of Norman origin and is one of the oldest in Dorset. St Aldhelms Head, out on the coast was a strategic radar site during the war, and some of its remains are still in situ. To get a true taste of the history of the area,stop a while in the local pub and whilst sampling the local ales and a pasty, look at the local artefacts in their own private museum. The landscape here is rich with both bird and wildlife, perfect for those wishing to spend their time with their binoculars. Not only is the South West Coast Path at your disposal, there a plethora of inland and circular walks in the local area, one night may not be enough to see all there is to see in this oasis of calm.
Your stay here at Chiltern Lodge begins with a warm and effusive welcome from the owners, David and Ann. Park the car, cycle or walk up from the South West Coast Path and prepare to relax in the stunning grounds of the lodge. Located in a quiet cul~de~sac in the village you will feel as if you have stepped away from the hurly-burly of the modern world into a place of luxurious tranquility. Both the two non en-suite letting rooms available offer you the little creature comforts that make a stay away from home an enjoyable experience ~ hot drink making facilities, hairdryer, central heating (integral on those chillier evenings), and a torch ~ there are no street lights in Worth Matravers, and if you have decided to pop to the local pub in the evening this may be your most invaluable piece of equipment. Alternatively Chiltern Lodge can offer you an evening meal by prior arrangement, Anns food is mentioned as outstanding by many previous guests, and means you do not have to walk too far from your room to enjoy a home cooked meal. Chiltern Lodge wish you to have as relaxing a time as possible when staying with them, so do not offer televisions in their bedrooms giving you a chance to be woken by the sound of the dawn chorus, and enjoy the pleasure of a quiet nights sleep.After a restful nights sleep, you awaken to a wonderful breakfast, a full English supplemented by some of Anns' homemade preserves, if this is a little daunting before a days exertions, there is the option of lighter choices.
David and Ann themselves are seasoned travellers and revel in being able to give local information to their guests, literature outlining the local area and it all has to offer as well as a little local knowledge, which can be invaluable. Walkers and cyclists can gain the chance to hear of those little known places which aren't in the guide books. Having travelled overseas for many years and supporting many charitable organisations in that time, David and Ann have a sustainability policy which helps protect the area in which they live and ask that their guests do the same.
The watch words of Chiltern Lodge are 'Relax, rejuvenate and return', given the plaudits and acclaim voiced by many previous guests, they not only reach this claim, but surpass it by miles. We are sure you will be joining the ranks of returning guests to Chiltern Lodge.
Things to do and places to see
- South West Coast Path
- Swanage Steam Railway
- Square and Compass ~historic village inn
- Norman Church
- Jurassic Coastline
- Isle of Purbeck
- Corfe Castle
Tariff and Booking Details
For more information contact David and Ann Ensor on 01929 439337 Mobile: 07906 508125, or write to Chiltern Lodge, 8 Newfoundland Close, Worth Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3LX .
How to get to Chiltern Lodge
Take the South West Trains service to Wareham. Leave the station by the up platform (trains going to London) and look for the bus stop, a short distance away on the left hand side. Take bus 40 to Swanage. Get off the bus at the Swanage travel interchange, which is also the end of the route. Take a taxi to Chiltern Lodge.
Take the A351 to Swanage, pass through Corfe Castle and take the fork right turning to Kingston and Worth Matravers. Look out for the sharp left turn as you leave Kingston and continue until you see a right hand turn to Worth Matravers. Drive along this road until you see the Square and Compass pub on the left. Turn sharp left, after about 500m turn left into Newfoundland Close. Chiltern Lodge is the fourth house on the right.
Leave Swanage by the A 351 and take the fork left turning to Langton Matravers. After passing through Langton look for a left hand turn signposted to Worth. After about 1.5km take the right hand turn into Newfoundland Close. Chiltern Lodge is the fourth house on the right.
Follow the track from Winspit up to the village. The track emerges at the bottom of a row of cottages called London Row. Locate the duck pond in the centre of the village.
From St.Aldhelms Head
Follow the track to Renscombe Farm (restored as an Arts display centre), then turn right to follow the road to the village. Locate the duck pond in the centre of the village.
Then for either route take the road that goes uphill and after a short distance lookout for the pub (Square and Compass). Take the right hand fork in the road and after about 400m turn left into Newfoundland Close. Chiltern Lodge is the fourth house on the right.