A surf spot that isn’t already crowded with wet suit clad bodies may be hard to find on the south coast, but that’s where Niche Escapes Holiday Rentals comes in.

We’ve found a hidden gem in Dorset, with a classy historical twist.  Kimmeridge Bay, or K-bay to locals, is found along the world heritage Jurassic Coast,  lying within the spectacular Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve.

Credit:  Joelantunes/ Trek Earth.

Credit: Joelantunes/ Trek Earth.

Made up of comentstone reefs it boasts the best rock pooling site in Dorset! The powerful reef break waves that lap into the bays sheltered cove, have attracted both surfers and windsurfers, who are lucky enough to have heard the buzz. The word on the surf scene is that this is one of the most secluded spots on the south coast wave with good groundswell, see Beach Wizard and Wannasurf.  Due to its horseshoe shape and geographical location, the bay is split into three different wave types; Ledges, the Bay and the Bench. This means there should be a wave to suit every competence level. The shallow and powerful ‘Bench’ here offers a hollow wave for more experienced surfers, not for the faint hearted! The wildlife and stunning landscape provides entertainment for all the family; with many countryside walks and the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at the end of the bay which encourages people of all ages to explore the shore and its inhabitants!  Throughout the summer period, daily tours available for the public, with even snorkelling trails available to try for those wanting to explore at more depth!

Credit: The Landmark Turst

Credit: The Landmark Trust

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the skyline at Kimmeridge Bay is the beautiful Clavell’s Tower, a Grade II listed Tuscan style tower built in 1830. Spot it on the picture above! The tower sits proudly on the cliff top with sublime 360 views of the whole bay. This four storey circular tower stands as one of the most spectacular places to stay along the south coast. Yes, you can actually rent and stay in the tower!

With your own full circular balcony, spectacular sights and even an invitation for your pooch to stay too, the landmark trust can provide a roof over your head like no other.     Taking its name from the tower, without doubt the clavells cafe is the restaurant to visit whilst here! Run by a local family, who use meat from their own farm and fresh fish from the bay, there is no surprise why this little haven won the 2013 Taste of Dorset Awards. Open every day, all year round, for tasty delights such as the seafood bouillabaise. The family run their own bed and breakfast from their farm grounds too, at Kimmeridge farm house.   From the cafe to the farmhouse, you can experience the relaxed tranquil atmosphere that they have created here. This serene retreat, built in the 14th century and set in 700 acres of working farmland, has scenes dramatic coastline and tumbling pastures.  In and out of the farm, numerous stunning walks are found; opt for a coastal walk or inland along the Purbeck Hills. Whatever the preference it’s sure that this quaint seaside village can warm the heart and bring you back to basics in this exquisite countryside backdrop. Keep posted with Niche Escapes for more unique surf stays and getaway ideas.

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