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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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                                                                                                      Lovely property in perfect location

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                                                                                                      We are a family group of three couples meeting up for a special celebration. This large, airy and comfortable house was perfect for us. It has lots of space for relaxing, dining and cooking with useful areas in the garden. The house provides large spaces for everyone to get together as well as spaces for more private relaxation if required. Tasteful furnishings gave a comfortable and restful ambiance and the whole house was bright and spotless. The master bedroom is beautiful. The views from the property are splendid, and there are lots of opportunities for both long and short walks from the house. Good wi-fi although mobile phone reception is poor, but hey it's the countryside.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      A gem of a property that would be hard to beat

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                                                                                                      We never go back to the same place twice but having stayed at Kilderkin last year and experienced the perfect holiday home we returned again this year (three generations plus friend). Another wonderful weeks break, with every need catered for in a very clean, exceptionally comfortable, peaceful and well placed cottage. A lovely bright, social living space has been created and with the addition of Scrabble this year! Customer service - 5 stars for Liz and John, communication and information brilliant. Think we may be back for a third visit!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Absolutely gorgeous house!

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                                                                                                      We were very sad to leave today. This spacious house is beautifully furnished and equipped with a wonderful kitchen and luxurious bathrooms with walk in showers. It has a good sized garden and views of the hills. There is a small path that leads to the picturesque high street, post office/shop and nice pub. Thanks to Angela who also made us very welcome and left breakfast and some wine. What more could anyone want from a holiday home!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016