Stroll through colourful gardens of Studland Bay House to the sandy beaches of Studland Bay. Perfect for sand castles, swimming and watersports, and also a haven for rare birds and other native wildlife.
Knoll Beach, just a few minutes walk from the house, is a sandy beach with a gradual slope into the sea, ideal for children. This is the most popular of the Studland beaches with good facilities and watersports hire.
The Studland Peninsula on which Studland Bay House sits is a nature reserve of sand dunes and heath. The sandy beaches stretch for three miles from South Haven, where the Sandbanks ferry arrives, to Old Harry Rocks.
Paddle, swim, or just enjoy the amazing view at Studland Bay. Go crabbing in the rock pools. Climb up to the cliff top. Hunt for fossils. Clamber over the rocks and find a sea cave.
Corfe Castle is one of the most romantic ruined castles in the country. A thousand year’s old, it will take you and your children back in time as your imagine storming the keep or defending the battlements.
You can spend a day at Monkey World, an internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre set in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland and home to over 230 primates – including the largest group of chimps outside Africa. The park is imaginatively laid out and has a huge climbing area for children.
Travel through time at Swanage Railway. Steam and diesel trains run from Norden and Corfe Castle into Swanage and back. Norden park and ride offers the simplest parking option.
A short drive away, Bovington Tank Museum houses the world’s broadest and best collection of tanks. Or take the ferry to Poole and pick up a boat trip around Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island.
Head to the beach for watersports, surfing, paddle boarding or coasteering. On the beach near to the house is Studland Sea School. Offering a wide range of kayaking tours and hire, kayak fishing, coasteering and snorkelling catering for all levels of ability.
Or head inland and try some of the country pursuits which can be arranged close by to the house, including clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, archery and cycle hire
If you would like to indulge in some beauty and health pampering our expert beauty therapists offer a full range of treatments. Get all the luxury of a visit to a five star spa in the comfort of your own seaside escape.
We’ve top class chefs available to create and serve a special three course dinner, drop off ready meals when you arrive, or serve a classic brunch on Sunday morning. Or book a chef for the week and relax.