3 (off peak)
In an enviable position, this first floor flat sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and is perfectly placed just three minutes walk from the golden beach and many attractions of Swanage on Dorset's Jurassic coastline.
Perfect for friends or families looking for a seaside break, the flat is comfortable and offers a good mix of modern conveniences and antique furniture to ensure guests have everything needed for a pleasurable stay.
With a dedicated parking bay (a rarity in Swanage!), shared outside garden area for enjoying a glass of wine in the sunshine, and open fire for cosy winter nights, the flat has all year round appeal.
Swanage has been attracting holiday makers since the Victorian times and still today has every bit as much appeal with its good range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Live music is often played in the pubs, and the resort has a busy calendar with events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Enjoy a game of pitch and put or tennis with local facilities available; try pony trekking, sailing or hire a pedalo from Studland; take a fishing trip (you may even be lucky enough to catch your supper!); or hire a deck chair, wind break or beach hut for a lazy day by the sea.
For those who just want to relax on the beach, there is a sandy one just three minutes away on foot, or hop in the car and visit Studland and Shell Bay's glorious golden sands (National Trust). From here you can take the Sandbanks Ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour, providing access to more lovely beaches en-route to Bournemouth. The majestic castles of Corfe and Lulworth are also popular attractions within easy reach, as is Brownsea Island at the heart of Poole Harbour.
One of the many appealing things about Swanage as a holiday destination is the fact that you can enjoy its many attractions without the use of a car. The bus stop and train station are just a two minute stroll from the flat, allowing you to visit Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Poole and Wareham by public transport, and then connect up with London and the Midlands (via Poole and Bournemouth), and even Brittany in France and the Channel Islands via ferry from Sandbanks.
For those looking for outdoor adventures, there are stunning countryside and cliff-top walks with lovely coves along the way like Kimmeridge and iconic Lulworth Cove. Comb the beaches for fossils or take your surf board and ride the waves. For a more leisurely way of enjoying the scenery, take a nostalgic trip on the Swanage Locomotive Railway where you can take in the views of Corfe Castle on the way to Norden on the Isle of Purbeck.
The choices are endless, catering for those who want to discover and explore, keep active or simply relax.
Richard Gore joined Independent Cottages in October 2016
The flat sits within an impressive property on the first floor across the road from the railway station (perfect for steam train enthusiasts and those who want to explore the area without a car). It is close enough to the beach to stroll there of an evening for fish and chips as the sun sets, or pop back for lunch mid-way through the day.
Outside: There is a sunny front garden where guests can sit out and enjoy a glass of wine. This garden is shared with the neighbour who is proud of her flower beds so it is not suitable for playing ball games! A garden shed provides storage for outdoor gear and bikes and houses the fire fuel.
Additional information: Non smokers only please. The neighbours below and above the flat are residents so the owner's ask that guests respect this. Dogs welcome by arrangement. High chair available upon request. Short breaks available and charged at two thirds of the normal weekly price for weekends or mid-week breaks. Prices include heating, electricity, bed linen and towels (one hand and one bath per person).
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