There’s a special atmosphere permeating the hidden Purbeck gem of Burnbake.
Nestling in woodland, halfway between historic Corfe Castle and Studland, this little piece of tranquility with a stream running through, is home to a campsite and luxury lodges and at £4m, one of the biggest recent investments in Dorset’s tourism sector. It’s a rather modern twist in an area once described as being of ‘unresolved enigma and dark secrets.’
It’s a place to escape the mad rush of the world and largely the vision of one woman, Philippa Ryder of the Ryder family, owners of the Rempstone Estate on the Isle of Purbeck. Philippa founded the Burnbake site back in 1975 with her landowner husband Ben and his twin brother James. Then you would have found her working night and day to make it a success, doing everything from scrubbing the toilet block to checking in guests with the colour coded booking system. Today, you may find her watering the plants at Burnbake and planting greenery, to keep our site looking immaculate.