A journey through time…
Discover the history of a building built in 1875 by a man once known as ‘The King of Swanage’, and explore the many important items relating to the history of England and, in particular, London. For where else, outside of London itself, can one find together such artefacts as statues from the royal exchange, a tiled floor originally laid in the Houses of Parliament, an arch that once stood in Hyde Park, a balustrade and columns from Billingsgate Market, granite left over from the Albert Memorial, a richly carved crown thistle and rose from the medieval Parliament Buildings and a gargoyle said to come from Westminster Hall.
Full of Character…
The Main House contains within its fabric a veritable Pandora’s Box of fascinating detail, painstakingly pieced together and, in many ways, reflecting the life and character of George Burt. Purbeck House occupies the highest point in Swanage High Street, its elevated position having been cleverly used by the architect to emphasise the immensity of its walls and tower. Constructed in the Scottish Baronial style and imitating a feudal castle, Purbeck House rises majestically above the town. The Main House features 18 beautifully appointed rooms, full of character.
Looking to the future….
In 2003 the Louisa Lodge was constructed in the grounds of the Purbeck House to a design intended to imitate the original house. The vision was to produce a blend between old and new in order to offer residents a choice of contemporary fixtures, and to cater to all our costumers, including families. The design was completed by Morgan and Carey Architects, and features many rooms with towering views of Swanage Bay. The Louisa Lodge hosts 20 modern bedrooms including family and superior rooms.
A FAMILY BUSINESS
A personal touch….
In December 1997 the Purbeck House was acquired by John & Chris Hutchins. 19 years on and the same philosophy continues, to offer visitors an enjoyable and relaxing stay with a personal touch. Upon visiting warm welcome awaits from Manager and Son in Law Stephane Gousseau. Take a stroll around the 3 acres of land and you’ll get the opportunity to meet Head Gardener and Cousin to the family John, He will give you insight into the gardens, including our 90 year old Weeping Ash Tree. If you take a trip up to the Summer House, chances are you will bump into John Hutchins himself in Clarices Kitchen Garden. There he caters to everything from 30 Chickens to an array of honey bees!
In December 1997 the Purbeck House was acquired by John and Chris Hutchins. 19 years on and the same philosophy continues, to offer visitors an enjoyable and insightful stay with a personal touch. Upon visiting a warm welcome awaits from Manager and son in law, Stephane Gousseau. Take a stroll around the three acres of land and you’ll get the opportunity to meet Head Gardener and cousin to the family, John, he will give you insight into the gardens, including a 90 year old Weeping Ash tree. If you take a trip up to the Summer House, the chances are you will bump into John Hutchins himself in Clarice’s Kitchen Garden. There he tends to everything from 30 chickens to an array of honey bees!