Residential park profile: Berkeley Parks Cauldron Barn Farm Park Dorset
Dorset is rated as one of Britain’s most desirable places to live – so it’s good news that a new park home estate is being developed close to the coast and town of Swanage.
Imagine living only 15 minutes’ walk from the beautiful, sheltered, sands of Swanage Bay, in Dorset; your home nestled in the Purbeck Hills with gorgeous countryside views. This is one of Britain’s most sought-after regions in which to live – and there’s a new park home development being created here.
Swanage is a wonderful location, with days-out enticements spread out before you both to the west and the east along the coast and also inland.
The town sits at the tip of the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula that is well known as a walkers’ paradise.
Beach walks abound; among the loveliest is at Kimmeridge Bay. It’s on the South West Coast Path, about 12 miles from the park. You can watch surfers and windsurfers when the tide and breeze are in their favour and, when you have younger visitors, rock-pooling and catching crabs are attractions, too.
Cauldron Barn Farm Park is a 14-acre setting that will eventually have around 100 park homes.
A few miles to the west is one of Britain’s most spectacular coastal spots, Durdle Door – a giant archway of rock, formed by wave erosion and close to delightful Lulworth Cove beach, where dogs are allowed all year.
This coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a 95-mile stretch of coast on which rocks are visible that track three periods of geological time, the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Fossils of great importance have been found here; many are on display in the local museums which make fascinating visits – and guided fossil-hunting walks along the beaches are a delight.
There are many places along this coast that you’ll want to explore and then return again and again. One of them is the enchanting Shell Bay, at the tip of the Studland Peninsula, a few miles northeast of Swanage. There’s a delightful feeling that you are miles from anywhere here; the beach is backed by extensive dunes that create a sense of isolation.
You can take a ferry from the Studland Peninsula to the beaches of Sandbanks (famous for some of the highest-priced homes in the UK and serving to underline the desirability of living close to the Dorset coast). From Sandbanks it’s a short drive to the town of Poole, home to waterfront eateries, a marina – and boat trips around the islands of Poole Harbour.
You can also take a cruise to Poole from Swanage; you get two and a half hours ashore. That’s just one of countless days out that are yours as a resident of Cauldron Barn Farm Park.
All of the useful facilities you need are at Swanage – doctors, dentists and a good selection of shops. Swanage Bowling Club is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the park; cricket and croquet grounds are not much further.
Not far away, there’s the fascinating, dramatic ruin of Corfe Castle, which perches amid the Purbeck Hills and has a history spanning 1,000 years, plus a steam railway which runs from Swanage and passes the castle.
Further afield lies the vast expanse of the New Forest, much of which is not forest at all; beautiful lands dotted with pretty villages and, always, the famous New Forest ponies to watch.
Cauldron Barn Farm Park is for people aged 50-plus.
The price of the homes includes brick skirting, steps and paths. You can choose from several manufacturers’ ranges.
Contact Cauldron Barn Farm Park
Cauldron Barn Road, Swanage
Dorset BH19 1QQ
Tel: 01929 422080
All pictures in this feature are courtesy of, and copyright to, Cauldron Barn Farm Park