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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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                                                                                                      Ballard Apartment, Swanage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Fantastic apartment with everything you would need for a nice stay. Views from all windows were great but especially the kitchen, lounge and bedroom as they looked over the bay and surrounding areas. Extremely convenient for all the shops, bars and local restaurants. I was very lucky during my week to have good weather, but even if I hadn't feel this apartment and it's location would have given me plenty to view, and comfort with its internal fittings. On arrival was a bit taken aback regarding the amount of stairs to transport belonging up, but took time and once in was delighted. (I am an asthmatic). The only draw back was on my Saturday arrival the club on the west wing was open and at 2.30am got woken with noise of revellers, and again on the Wednesday/Thurs morning, but soon cleared and got back to sleep. These two points aside did not in anyway spoil my holiday and would return again should I visit Swanage. Thanks to Phil Wood for a smashing holiday destination and accommodation.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage, amazingly convenient location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful week with our two young boys (6 and 3) and their Granny staying at Chudleigh, which is in a perfect location for a family like ours which doesn't want to use the car much, and gives the option to stroll to the (very close-by) beach at different times to suit the needs of each. The cottage was very well appointed, with super-comfy beds and made very homely by toys and games, and even a few DVDs. We will definitely go back and strongly recommend.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017