Studland beach, one of the finest beaches in the country, and Nature reserve on the Dorset coast are located between Swanage and the entrance to Poole Harbour. This glorious beach stretches for about three miles and includes a naturist beach. There’s also Shell Bay, a favourite with sunbathers for its beautiful sand, stretching towards the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, linking Studland to the Sandbanks Peninsula. Sandbanks is one of the most expensive areas of real estate in Britain and is home to many well-known multi-millionaires.
Studland beach was voted the fourth top beach in the UK by Which? magazine. The heathland behind the beach is a national nature reserve where bird enthusiasts can spot many rare species. There are bird hides at Little Sea as well as two nature trails and several footpaths.
The nearby Old Harry Rocks are an impressive coastal feature and well worth a walk. The ancient church nearby is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors and has changed little since the Normans built it 800 years ago.
The Agglestone is also well worth a walk. Situated on the heath, it’s about 17 feet high and weighs about 400 tons. Contrary to popular opinion, the stone was not placed there by man but is a natural phenomenon.
Also worth a look is one of Britain's most important relics of World War Two. It’s a 90ft long bunker with concrete walls almost three feet thick. King George VI, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower watched the preparations for the Normandy landings from here.
If you’re staying with us here at Plumber Manor country house hotel near Studland Bay on the Dorset coast, we would strongly recommend a run out to Studland for the day.
Other places well worth a visit whilst staying with us:
Lulworth, Salisbury Racecourse, Wincanton Racecourse, Mapperton, Wilton House, Longleat House and Safari Park, Bovington Tank Museum, Athelhampton House, Milton Abbey, Melplash, Parnham, Larmer Tree Gardens and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the Plush Music Festival, the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Cranborne Chase, the Piddle Valley and Dorset Opera.
Plumber Manor is recommended by:
Michelin, The Good Food Guide, The Good Hotel Guide, the Best Loved Hotels and Johansens guides.