Lakeside Nature Reserve
For those eager to get close to nature
Silverlake, located in Dorset, is a true jewel located in the environs of West Dorset. Formerly the site of RAF Warmwell, Silverlake is rich in history and offers a stunning space that celebrates unspoilt nature, beautiful wildlife and everything the great outdoors has to offer.
Its woodlands and hedgerows are home to a diverse range of native wildlife year-round, including Dartmoor ponies, Sika Deer, Otters and an incredible range of birds, including Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Sand martins and Nightjar. In late summer the heathlands turn an amazing shade of purple, as the heathers comes into flower and the lakes teem with brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies and in autumn, striking Starling murmurations form over the lakes and reedbeds.
Opportunity for adventure abounds at every turn with a heated infinity pool, spa, roof bar, watersports, a private beach, tennis, table tennis and forest playgrounds just for starters. Scroll down to find out more.
Silverlake is home to a wide range of wildlife including wonderful birds like the Dartford Warbler, Woodlark and Nightjar. The heathlands turn an amazing shade of purple in late Summer as the heathers comes into flower and Dartmoor ponies roam free grazing the heathlands. Butterflies, including the rare Silver-studded Blue, can be seen over the Summer months and the lakes support many brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies. Sand Martins arrive from Africa in Spring and Sika Deer can be seen year round. Autumn brings the most incredible Starling murmurations over the lakes and reedbeds.
Silverlake offers rare and memorable holidays in natural surroundings, in superbly appointed self-catering accommodation, with an exclusive on-site private spa and ample opportunities for outdoor activities in hundreds of acres of unspoiled nature reserve.
No matter what your intent: getaway with the family, solo retreat, or escaping with your loved one, we have a wide range of holiday villas for you to choose from…
Silverlake offers a plethora of opportunities for boating and fishing, while cyclists and runners can take advantage of the fresh, clean air in complete safety thanks to a network of private footpaths. Whether by foot, bike or water, adventure awaits in this stunning part of rural England.
Silverlake is located 30 minutes from Poole and a short drive from the beautiful towns of Dorchester and Weymouth. In addition to benefitting from stunning views, Silverlake is also home to a stunning collection of architecturally designed, sustainable and secure holiday homes.
Architecture and people live in harmony with Mother Nature. When not exploring the Great British coastline, guests can make use of the on-site spa or explore ‘The Island’, a fantastic area with zipwire and adventure playground. Tennis court and MUGA (multi use games area) are available for the more active amongst us!
The Hurricane Spa is located on-site at Silverlake and is the ultimate place to unwind and recharge. With a heated outdoor pool, roof terrace, rooftop bar, sauna and gym equipped with top-of-the-range equipment, there’s something for everyone. Tranquil treatment rooms scented with essential oils play host to therapies including hot stone massage, facials and pedicures and manicures using natural skincare products.
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For those eager to get closer to nature, you have hundreds of acres to explore with the woodlands and hedgerows acting as home to a diverse range of native wildlife. Scenic waterways provide plenty of opportunity for boating, while cyclists and runners can take advantage of the fresh clean air in complete safety thanks to a network of private footpaths.
The Activity Hub
Enjoying the great outdoors is all part of being at Silverlake. Whether enjoying the tranquillity of the waterways in a kayak or canoe, gliding effortlessly on a paddle board or cycling the pathways. A selection of our Silverlake rental properties benefit from full access to exclusive Activity Equipment for the duration of your stay, complimentary to the cost of your accommodation.
Equipment includes Premium Mountain bikes for adults and a range of children’s bikes, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.
Onsite access to water sports equipment and bikes are only available to guests staying at properties with an ‘Activity Hub Membership’. These properties are marked with a canoe symbol on our properties page and have details listed in the overview. At this time, casual hire of equipment is not available onsite, however guests may bring their own.
Lowland heathland is one of Britain’s most important habitats for wildlife conservation. Outer Heath SNCI (Site of Nature Conservation Interest) supports a wide range of plants, birds, insects and mammals and is a wonderful place to come wildlife spotting. Warmwell Heath in the far distance is a Special Protected Area because of the wildlife it supports. There are three different species of Heather at Silverlake, which all provide wonderful colour to Outer Heath in late summer/autumn when the lilac/purple flowers are in bloom. Many birds can be seen here including several of conservation concern such as Song thrush, Tree pipit, Green woodpecker, Linnet and Nightjar. The Nightjar may be heard churring from a nearby tree on a summer evening. These rare birds roost during the day and become active at night, feeding on night-flying insects such as moths. Look out for the Sika Deer as they graze quietly on the heath, small herds often rest in the shelter of The Hollow.
The Island, tucked away amongst the untouched foliage of the Warmwell Heathland, is a safe haven for the whole family. This hidden gem in the woods is a gorgeous secluded spot for children to run free and adults to be at one with nature. Watch your children climb, slide and zip-line through the trees whilst you read a gripping novel or take a refreshing dip in the eco-pool. When you are ready to set off again there are many bicycle routes and walking trails leading from this point but be warned, once you see this idyllic spot for yourself, you may not want to leave.
Tennis and MUGA court
The tennis court and 3G artificial-turf Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Beaumont Village offer the perfect spot for a quick knock-about or a fun-filled game of five-a-side football with friends and family. The spa is located right next door and the courts enjoy a beautiful view over Beaumont Lake to the East. You won’t play many tennis matches with a view like this one.
Our traditional handmade yurt is the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon playing board games, telling stories, reconnecting with loved ones and making new friends around the log burning stove. Our outdoor woodfired pizza oven is located right next door and is available at certain times of year, fired up by our expert chefs to provide the tastiest authentic woodfired pizza using the freshest local ingredients.
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Silverlake boasts four fantastic playground areas. Let the children head off on a treasure hunt round the estate while you relax with a coffee from the spa bar, while they run wild.
Airstream Kid's Area
Here at Silverlake, we have transformed a beautiful silver Airstream into a cosy reading and play area for kids; perfect for when you need them to wind down after all their adventures.
The Hurricane Bar, located on the roof terrace of the Spa, serves an array of delicious local drinks, traditional favourites and bespoke cocktails inspired by Dorset which you can enjoy as you drink in the view of the rolling Dorset Countryside. If you’re feeling peckish, they also have a variety of snacks and small plates available.