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Beautiful seaside period cottage in the middle of Swanage, dogs welcome

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

- Traditional three bedroom cottage

- Dog friendly

- Close to beach, countryside and Swanage town centre

- Ideal stay for families, couples and dog owners

- Lovely gastro pubs, resturants and village shops within walking distance.


Self catering 18th century 3 bedroom cottage close to town centre, beautiful walks and the beach.

Lilac Cottage was built over 200 years ago as a quarryman's cottage and is grade 2 listed. It retains its charm and many of its original features, whilst offering modern comforts.

The cottage is 7 or so minutes walk within the town and seafront and even closer to the countryside and walks to the Townsend Nature Reserve, Downs, Durlston Point and Priests Way. Great walks and fantastic views are never far away.

It sits at the top of a short steep unadopted cul-de-sac which is quiet and peaceful. Parking is usually available outside of the cottage although during busy times this cannot be certain. There are local roads behind the cottage which have easy parking and there is a short footpath that takes you to Lilac Cottage.

From the flag-stoned porch, the front door leads into a small hall with the sitting room directly off. This cosy room has a bay window and a working fireplace. There is a sofa, armchairs, TV, video/DVD, hi-fi with CD player. The room is stocked with books, and games. Fast WiFi is included with your booking.

The kitchen/dining room leads off from the hall. This is a large room, full of character and includes an old fireplace. There is a built-in electric oven and hob, a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer and microwave. The cupboards are extremely well stocked with everything you are likely to need from a tea cosy to a cooler box and flask! The large pine dining table is situated by the original window seat overlooking the garden.

The modern bathroom is on the ground floor off of the hall. The white suite includes a bath with shower over (not for very tall people as the ceilings are quite low!), and heated ladder towel radiator.

Beyond the kitchen is a small second sitting room (the garden room), where you will find some comfortable wicker furniture.

The cottage stairs (with child gates both top and bottom) rise from the kitchen. There are three bedrooms, two doubles and a set of bunks. All beds have mattress protectors, duvets and plenty of pillows, all of which are a mix of feather and synthetic. However, you will need to bring your own bed linen and towels. There is a hairdryer.

For babies, there is a travel cot, changing mat, highchair and fireguard. There is plenty of room in any of the bedrooms for the cot.

The large garden is secure and walled, mainly paved in Purbeck stone, with flower borders -and the Lilac tree! There are views of the downs over the rooftops. There is a sun terrace with dining table, and a barbecue.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Lilac Cottage is welcoming at any time of the year and is particularly warm and cosy during the winter months. Both gas central heating and electricity are included in the rental.

Being non smokers ourselves, and for the comfort of other holiday makers, we request that you do not smoke inside the cottage.

There is a local key holder should any problems arise and we like to pride ourselves on the general upkeep and cleanliness of the cottage. We strive to provide good customer care. Tourist Board Accreditation is being applied for.

The cottage is an ideal base from which to explore the Isle of Purbeck with its stunning (National Trust) Studland Bay and adjacent heathlands and islands. Many towns, villages and coastal resorts are within a 25 minute drive.

More Details

About Us

John Hutton-Attenborough
3 Lower green Road, Surrey
KT10 8HE Esher
VAT Reg No

John and Helen Hutton-Attenborough
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About John and Helen Hutton-Attenborough

Helen and John have fulfilled a dream in owning a holiday cottage which they very much want to be regarded as a home for our family and guests. Having holidayed in Swanage for many years our hope is that you will come to love the Isle of Purbeck and surrounding area as much as we do.

John and Helen Hutton-Attenborough purchased this cottage in 2017

Why John and Helen Hutton-Attenborough chose Swanage

You are never far from having something to do whether enjoying the beaches in Swanage and Studland, the history of Corfe Castle, the Swanage steam railway or the endless walks and stunning scenery which cater for all ages.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Swanage in Purbeck District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • There is a bath and integral shower. As it is a very old cottage and ceilings are low this is evident for tall people (6ft+) when showering!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • There are two double bedrooms and one with twin beds (adult size). The second of the twin beds is pulled out from under the first allowing the room to be used either by adults or children
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Corfe Castle Jurassic Coast Studland Nature reserve and bay Priests Walk Old Harry Rocks Brown sea Island Steam Railway train Durlston Point Isle of Purbeck


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Beautiful seaside period cottage in the middle of Swanage, dogs welcome
average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

Lovely quaint cottage short walk from the centre of Swanage and Beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this lovely little cottage which had bags of charm and character. The rooms are good sizes and has everything you need. Parking can be a little tricky on the hill but we reversed up and had no problems. Only one little improvement could be made and that’s the shower as it’s a bit old and leaks a little on the floor. Walk to the town is 5 mins down and about 10 mins back up the hill but it’s a nice walk with lots to see in this charming seaside town. Would definitely recommend to stay here and I’m sure we will be booking again

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, cosy cottage, a perfect base for exploring Swanage and beyond

  • 4 of 5

Had a lovely stay in this charming little cottage, with its quaint courtyard garden and wistful views across the slated rooftops of old Swanage. A short walk from the beach and the town, which has many interesting shops, it is great for families and couples both with or without children.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good location - comfortable for up to four adults.

  • 3 of 5

We spent three nights here.

Only four comfortable seats in the front sitting room . General maintenance needs to improved - garden/yard needs sorting,bathroom sink cracked and numerous light bulbs need replacing . Maybe the owner isn't aware of these issues.? The best thing is the ease of walking into the town for supper and shops!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quaint cottage. Garden is large but a bit overgrown.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Bedrooms are clean and comfortable and the kitchen has everything you need. My only criticism would be that the garden needs a little attention. It's a good size and could be lovely!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
The Black Swan
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Swanage beach


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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