Langton Matravers Dorset: the heart of the Purbecks

Langton Matravers in Dorset lies some two miles to the west of Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck which is not in fact an island, and has great views across the English Channel to the Isle of Wight which IS an island.

Now the village got in the national press a few years ago as it has one of the highest concentration of second homes in the South West.Now you can view this as a good or bad thing,it certainly has raised house prices.

Do these wealthy home owners bring prosperity the village? Well that is debatable as they are all up in Putney most of the time.Perhaps they buy some milk on a Saturday morning during the school holidays or perhaps they are in the village longer than I give them credit for.

The village has one main street with a post office ( closed between 1 and 2pm on a Saturday-watch out for that) a Church and a museum which chronicles the history of Purbeck stone which is quarried locally.

langton matravers church

There are two pubs the The Ship Inn and the Kings Arms,the former being the one I am familiar with through hashing.The pub has been renovated of late and will reopen on 1st April 2009,so get down there and check it out.

ship inn langton matravers

Anyway back to the second home issue.Perhaps you would like a property round here but the cost is prohibitive. Well just outside the village is Langton House a former school which boasts David Niven as a old boy.

This property has now been converted to luxury apartments but these are not for rent or sale.You buy a life assurance bond, the money for which is then used to buy holiday property such as Langton House.It differs from timeshare in that you only pay the maintenance fee if you actually stay at one of the sites and you are not restricted to one site or one week of the year.

langton house property bond

As well as Langton you can stay at places from Tuscany in Italy to Brittany in France. I can vouch for the quality of accommodation as I have stayed at other property bond sites at Anglesey in Wales and Binorella in Majorca.My Mum is a bond holder, not me.

This site lacks some of the facilities found elsewhere with a poor pitch and put course and small swimming pool,though it is indoors.If you are tall, watch out the ceilings in some rooms are low!These are two small games rooms for billiards and table tennis,outside a giant chess and draughts board.You should treat this site as a base to explore the area rather than a resort that you rarely venture out of.

If you want more information about this great alternative to timesharing go the Property Bond website here.

From the village Swanage is two miles to the East,to the West Kingston.Walk towards the sea and you will pick up the South West Coastal Path which goes all the way to Minehead in Somerset.Go the the Corfe Castle Page for more information about the Castle and the Swanage Railway

Stop Press:New Allottments for Langton

Land owned by the National Trust has been rented to The Langton Parish Council for use as community allotoments.

Norman Priddle,chair of the Langton Matravers Parish Council pioneered this project.Allotmenteers have been successfully growing produce throughout this season.

The allotments have been named "The Priddle".

langton matravers allotments

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