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Make a holiday cottage in Swanage your home away from home

The Dorset seaside town of Swanage is a beautiful Victorian resort, situated on the Purbeck peninsula by a sheltered bay and offering delightful attractions for visitors. Part of the World Heritage listed Jurassic Coast, Swanage is a wonderfully welcoming destination. And thanks to the wide variety of accommodation available from HomeAway, you’ll find Swanage holiday rentals that are ideal for your stay. The holiday cottages in Swanage can sleep parties from 4 up to 20, so if you’re looking for a larger property for a big travelling group, you’re looking in the right place. All properties offer a range of facilities and amenities, including en-suite bathrooms, TVs and sea views, making Swanage holiday rentals a real home away from home.

Things to do

From its humble origins as a fishing port, Swanage expanded to become a popular holiday resort in the Victoria era.

-Explore Swanage: Walk through the town and marvel at some of the old London landmarks that were brought here in the 19th century by a local entrepreneur, leading to the town being dubbed Little London. And there is plenty to keep visitors in Swanage holiday homes of all ages entertained at nighttime– live music is a feature of the local pubs with regular blues, folk and jazz weekends taking place throughout the year.

-The beach: Its sheltered bay, overlooking the Isle of Wight, is perfect for bathers and has a European ‘blue flag’ indicating the quality of the water. There’s even a naturist beach close by at Studland for those who like to go au natural when bathing.

-Swanage pier: built to transport locally quarried Purbeck stone, has been fully restored and is a delightful Victorian pleasure pier, and the town boasts a myriad of typical seaside resort attractions, from amusement arcades to fish and chip restaurants, boat trips to swimming and water sports.

-Isle of Purbeck: When you select Swanage holiday accommodation, you’re opening yourself up to a world of delight on England’s south coast. Swanage and the Purbeck peninsula are part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Isle of Purbeck has some of the finest walking and hiking anywhere in the UK, particularly along the Jurassic Coast and also in the hinterland where echoes of the dinosaurs that once roamed this land are found everywhere.

-The Swanage Railway is six miles of heritage steam and diesel trains that run from Norden to Swanage, and a ride on one of the services takes you through stunning scenery and passed the ruins of Corfe Castle, one of the most important Civil War sites in England.

-Durlston Country Park is a beautiful nature reserve only a mile from Swanage. Set in more than 280 acres, the park is a nature lover’s paradise of more than 500 species of plants, 250 species of bird and 34 species of butterfly all set within a marvellous setting od sea cliffs, limestone downland, hedgerows and woodland. A day here won’t be enough time to see all Durlston has to offer. For outdoor enthusiasts, the area around Swanage is exceptional – look for climbing, horse riding, cycling, diving, water sports and hiking.

The weather in Swanage

Dorset is one of the UK’s warmest and sunniest areas – average summer temperatures are around 19°C and winters are mild but damp. All Swanage holiday rentals are set up perfectly for visitors regardless of the weather so, rain or shine, you have the ideal home away from home.

Travel to Swanage

Swanage is easily reached by road and those coming from further afield are well served by airports at Bournemouth, Bristol and Southampton. Poole and Weymouth are the ferry hubs for services to and from continental Europe and the Channel Islands. There are regular train and coach services linking Swanage to Bournemouth and London.

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                              Cottage #96730
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                                      Bungalow #435951
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                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                    Cottage #8170359
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                                                          Cottage #1860077
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                                                              Cottage #6736392
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                                                                          Apartment #6736391
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                                                                            Cottage #1863349
                                                                              • 2 BR
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                                                                              Cottage #6736395
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                                                                                Apartment #6891325
                                                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                                                  Apartment #6891336
                                                                                    • 5 BR
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                                                                                    Apartment #6891329
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                                                                                      Cottage #1859813
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                                                                                        Apartment #6891335
                                                                                          • 2 BR
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                                                                                          Apartment #6891334
                                                                                            • 3 BR
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                                                                                            Apartment #6891327
                                                                                              • 3 BR
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                                                                                              Apartment #6891337
                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Lovely quiet cottage

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Lovely cottage in a quiet road in Swanage. Just a few minutes drive from the town centre. The enclosed rear garden was nice and safe for the dog. Comfortable bedroom with 2 others off it. The kitchen had all conveniences you would want with spare dishwasher tablets which was a nice touch and saved on the washing up! We had a lovely relaxing stay. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                  Beautiful apartment . Very clean and comfy. Everything we needed. Very helpful owner.

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  We had a lovely time at Sea Mist last week. Communication with Andrea was easy . We found everything we needed and really loved the location.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                  Excellent value for money

                                                                                                  4 of 5
                                                                                                  Excellent location, very clean and had lots of little extras you don't normally get in self-catering so it's clear to see that the owners have thought about the needs of their potential residents. Good size for up to 4 people. Fast and clear communication with owner. Great value for money and would definitely stay again.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016