This area is well worth exploring on a cottage holiday. The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula encompassing Wareham, Swanage and St. Aldhelm’s Head, with the gateway to this region being Corfe, an iconic village dominated by a ruined castle, standing proudly on a rocky outcrop above the village and visible from miles around. The village offers a unique shopping experience, with a host of ‘nostalgia’ shops selling goods from times past, from home made fudges and ice creams to traditional sweets of yesteryear. There are gift, craft and jewellery shops, specialist stores such as the Ginger Pop shop and even a local blacksmith. Two of the main attractions though are Corfe’s Castle and the Corfe Castle Model Village. Ruined Corfe Castle, believed to have been the site of defenses since the Roman times, and a place of chequered history, is now run by the National Trust. The Visitor Centre charts the turbulent history of the castle and its various occupants.