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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.

    Wonderful! 4.8/5
    (33 reviews)
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    • 4 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Separate Toilets
    • Sleeps 9
    House #8139509
    33
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      • 5 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Sleeps 9
      House #6898900
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      Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.8/5
        (36 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 5
        Apartment #8168248
        36
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          Exceptional! 5/5
          (11 reviews)
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          • 2 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 6
          Cabin #8137487
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            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (28 reviews)
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Multiple rentals Apartment #8147626
            28
            Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.7/5
              (25 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 5
              Apartment #8174284
              25
              Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (5 reviews)
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                • 3 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 6
                House #6771678
                5
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (24 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Separate Toilet
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Cottage #8130472
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                  Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                    (16 reviews)
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    House #6067148
                    16
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                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (5 reviews)
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 8
                      Apartment #6846256
                      5
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                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                        (8 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Multiple rentals Cottage #6100234
                        8
                        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (27 reviews)
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                          • 3 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Cottage #1782211
                          27
                          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                            (13 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 7
                            House #6777718
                            13
                            Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 3
                              Cottage #6543092
                              4
                              Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.3/5
                                (7 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 3
                                Cottage #8170359
                                7
                                Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (14 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Separate Toilet
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  House #8144413
                                  14
                                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (7 reviews)
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                                    • 5 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 10
                                    Multiple rentals House #6100234
                                    7
                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                      (41 reviews)
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Cottage #1929118
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                                      Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
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                                        • 4 BR
                                        • 3 BA
                                        • Sleeps 8
                                        House #6520188
                                        4
                                        Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (6 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          Apartment #6964156
                                          6
                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 9
                                            House #6824703
                                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
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                                              • 5 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 12
                                              House #8067905
                                              Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Apartment #6503435
                                                3
                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                  (40 reviews)
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                                                  • 4 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilets
                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                  Cottage #447011
                                                  40
                                                  Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                    (9 reviews)
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                                                    • 5 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 9
                                                    House #8064207
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                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      House #8034196
                                                      1
                                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 9
                                                        Cottage #8067507
                                                        2
                                                        Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (8 reviews)
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                          Cottage #8173678
                                                          8
                                                          Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 4 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                            House #8096346
                                                            Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                              (6 reviews)
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                                                              • 5 BR
                                                              • 3 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                              Cottage #8053444
                                                              6
                                                              Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 9
                                                                House #8060587
                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                  House #1900882
                                                                  3
                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (19 reviews)
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                                                                    • 6 BR
                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilets
                                                                    • Sleeps 18
                                                                    House #8165535
                                                                    19
                                                                    Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                      Apartment #6812840
                                                                      4
                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                                        Apartment #6891334
                                                                        1
                                                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (4 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Apartment #435385
                                                                          4
                                                                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Cottage #6736385
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 4 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 12
                                                                              House #8072821
                                                                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                House #8120383
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Apartment #8148021
                                                                                  2
                                                                                  Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (8 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Cottage #8161865
                                                                                    8
                                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                      Cottage #6736392
                                                                                      1
                                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 5 BR
                                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 12
                                                                                        House #867980vb
                                                                                        3
                                                                                        Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          Apartment #6785870
                                                                                          1
                                                                                          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #8089505
                                                                                            Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                              • 6 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 15
                                                                                              House #8055943
                                                                                              3
                                                                                              Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Apartment #8091866
                                                                                                2
                                                                                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                  Cottage #1967874
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    Cottage #8101367
                                                                                                    Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Apartment #6778055
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Superb house and location. Everything we could need for a family holiday and perfectly placed.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The house is beautiful and provided us with everything we could need for a family group of grandparents, parents, a four year old and a baby. Plenty of space, very comfortable and ideal for what we wanted. Also, the hosts were quick to respond and very accommodating. It was great to be so close to the heart of Swanage which we loved exploring. But it was also perfect for days out in the area. We visited local beaches, day trip to Brownsea Island, a fab walk to Durlston Country Park and a wonderful day out to Corfe on the steam train. Plus lots of fish and chips! We would definitely recommend and would rebook if visiting the area again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Beautiful and clean.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017