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Swanage and Studland Cottages

Arguably the jewel in Dorset’s crown, the Isle of Purbeck distils much of the county’s charm with its brooding natural beauty and carefully managed development of modern, family-friendly tourism.A holiday hot spot since Victorian times, Purbeck is not an island but its designation is perfectly apt in that to arrive here across the ferry from Sandbanks to Studland or on the River Frome from Poole to Wareham is to enter a different world. That sense of old world charm can now be further accentuated if you chose to arrive by train – the volunteer-run Swanage Railway reconnected to the mainline last year and runs services to Wareham from stations at Swanage, Harman’s Cross and Corfe Castle.

Swanage is Purbeck’s biggest town and a charming resort that manages to feel both thoroughly modern and thrillingly retro at the same time. To the north of the town, around Ballard Point and the instantly recognisable Old Harry Rocks is the beautiful seaside village of Studland. A favourite retreat of the bohemian Bloomsbury artists in Edwardian times, during World War Two the bay was used by Allied forces rehearsing the Normandy Landings, watched from Fort Henry by King George VI, Winston Churchill and Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery.

What is there to see and do in Swanage and Studland?

An ancient fishing port and for centuries the departure point for the characterful Purbeck stone hewn from the many quarries that pepper the surrounding hills, Swanage owes many of its distinctive buildings and much of its civic confidence to the great 19th century builders like John Mowlem and George Burt who made their fortunes remodelling London and sent relics from the capital – including the clock tower and the façade of the town hall – back to their hometown.

There are many art galleries and craft shops as well as independent traders that make a refreshing change from the familiar high street names, while the Mowlem Theatre is well used with a varied programme of live entertainment and cinema. Swanage also hosts several music events with jazz, folk and two blues festivals a year.

Studland of course is famed for its spectacular beaches and heathland, an internationally important habitat. Owned by the National Trust there is a busy programme of guided walks and special events for all the family as well as some of the best bathing Dorset has to offer.

Corfe Castle is an icon of British tourism that in a thousand years of history has witnessed the murder of one English king and imprisoned another in its dungeon before being destroyed by order of Parliament after the Civil War. Much of the village that has grown up at the foot of the ruins was built from the castle’s distinctive Purbeck limestone – the same stone seen in some of England’s greatest churches, including Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

From Corfe, a trip back to Swanage along the ridge of Purbeck Hills takes in the picturesque villages of Kingston, Worth Matravers, Acton and Langton Matravers, the heart of Purbeck’s quarrying heritage. 

Where can I eat and drink in Swanage and Studland?

There’s no surprise that excellent seafood almost comes as standard in Swanage and Studland.

About as close as you can get to the sea in Swanage without getting wet, Gee Whites and the Top Deck Oyster and Seafood Bar both serve terrific seafood and some of the finest fish and chips in Dorset can be found at the Fish Plaice and Harlees takeaways.

In town Chilled Red boasts an interesting menu of well-prepared contemporary dishes and the long-established La Trattoria has refined its menu of Italian classics over many years. There’s first-rate bar food available at The Cabin under the Grand Hotel, Tawny’s wine bar and Down the Beach café, while overlooking the town from Durlston Castle in the country park, Seventh Wave bar restaurant boasts views to equal its food.

Swanage pubs including the Black Swan, Globe, Red Lion and Bull & Boat, not to mention the Kings Arms in nearby Langton Matravers, are notable for the warmth of an old-fashioned welcome and hearty food.

Studland is a big hitter when it comes to scenery and punches well above its weight in terms of eating out as well. The Bankes Arms does great pub food and has its own microbrewery, but from a wooden shack on Little Beach, Joe’s Café is one of Purbeck’s best-kept secrets with homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches and a commitment to local, organic and Fair Trade ingredients. 

At the other end of the gourmand’s scale Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant is deservedly rated one of the three best seafood restaurants in the country by the Sunday Times; while a steady stream of celebrity guests have ensured the Pig on the Beach in Studland’s historic manor house has a national profile with food and views to match.

Finally, no trip to Purbeck is complete without a visit to the Square and Compass in the old quarrying village of Worth Matravers. A fixture on nearly every list of the ‘Best Pubs in Britain’ it has changed little since it opened in the 1770s and has been run by the same family since 1907, producing its own cider on site. There’s a year-round programme of live music and festivals and the only food available is a range of home made pasties.

Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Swanage and Studland. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special Dorset holiday.

New Property Master bedroom with two large windows Caroline's Cottage

Swanage - Dorset

A lovely, traditional, Purbeck stone terrace cottage Grade II listed, in the old part of town, just a five minute walk into the town and the beach. Perfect for a couple looking to explore the Purbecks, or just relax on...

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£248 - £550 per week *

WY413 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • En suite bathroom
Awarded 3 Stars with Original Cottages

View from balcony 1 Middle Sea

Swanage - Dorset

A delightful, sunny one bedroom apartment with stunning sea views.

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£316 - £685 per week *

WY372 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • 0.1 mile from the coast
  • Sea view
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Sitting Room View 1 Nestleton

Swanage - Dorset

A spacious and charming ground floor Victorian apartment ideally located just a couple of minutes walk from the town centre and beach

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£385 - £610 per week *

WY357 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 0.1 mile from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner

New Property Open plan living/dining/kitchen Two Hoots

Swanage - Dorset

Two Hoots is a lovely, traditional Purbeck stone cottage in the town, just a short walk from the beach. Perfect for a couple or family (sleeps 3)

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£371 - £825 per week *

WY415 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
Original Cottages Grading To Be Confirmed

Crows Nest

Swanage - Dorset

A cosy top floor apartment just a stones throw from the sea

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
£299 - £607 per week *

WY398 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Washing machine
  • 0.1 mile from the coast
  • Sea view
  • Open fire/woodburner
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer Speedwell

Swanage - Dorset

A sweet character cottage just a short stroll from the beach

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£340 - £765 per week *

WY389 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 0.2 mile to a pub
  • Washing machine
  • 0.2 mile from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner

New Property Clipper Cottage

Swanage - Dorset

Centrally located in the seaside town of Swanage and perfect for couples

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£375 - £750 per week *

WY411 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • 0.1 mile from the coast
Original Cottages Grading To Be Confirmed

Special Offer Little Steppes

Swanage - Dorset

A delightful Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottage, pet friendly and in a great location for exploring the coastal path and surrounding countryside

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£392 - £882 per week *

WY382 View property

  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Washing machine
  • 1 mile from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner

2009-10-12 at 06-59-48 7 Wilson Court

Swanage - Dorset

Ideally located close to the town centre and beach, this pleasant second floor flat is a good base from which to enjoy the attractions of Swanage.

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Bed linen included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
£316 - £611 per week *

WY129 View property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Bed linen included
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • 0.3 mile from the coast
Original Cottages Grading To Be Confirmed

Sitting Room View 1 Sea View

Swanage - Dorset

Close to the beach and with the use of its own beach hut, this attractive south facing apartment has fantastic views over Swanage Bay and Ballard Down. The adjoining Grand Hotel offers guests the use of its facilities in...

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£299 - £699 per week *

WY154 View property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 0.1 mile from the coast
  • Sea view
Awarded 3 Stars with Original Cottages

Exterior Knollsea

Swanage - Dorset

Perfect for a couple, this bright one bedroom first floor flat is just minutes from the town centre and beach and has an open plan living area, giving the flat a lovely spacious feel.

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£299 - £695 per week *

WY316 View property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.4 mile to a pub
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • 0.2 mile from the coast

Bon Visage

Swanage - Dorset

Central location close to all amenities and balcony with sea views

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
£305 - £770 per week *

WY386 View property

  • Saturday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.3 mile to a pub
  • Washing machine
  • 0.1 mile from the coast
  • Sea view

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