View of the property upon arrival
Open plan living/dining/kitchen area
Cosy living room
Cook up a storm in this well equipped kitchen
Relax as a family after a long day exploring
Finishing touches
Modern twin bedroom
Light and airy shower room
Stylish single bedroom
Spacious double bedroom with beautiful dormer window
Spacious family bathroom
Enclosed patio garden
Breathtaking coastal views
1 / 13  View of the property upon arrival
2 / 13  Open plan living/dining/kitchen area
3 / 13  Cosy living room
4 / 13  Cook up a storm in this well equipped kitchen
5 / 13  Relax as a family after a long day exploring
6 / 13  Finishing touches
7 / 13  Modern twin bedroom
8 / 13  Light and airy shower room
9 / 13  Stylish single bedroom
10 / 13  Spacious double bedroom with beautiful dormer window
11 / 13  Spacious family bathroom
12 / 13  Enclosed patio garden
13 / 13  Breathtaking coastal views


Swanage, Dorset
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Modern traditionally-built cottage in an area of National Outstanding Beauty
  • Stunning views of Swanage Bay and Ballard Downs
  • Local shop situated 100 yards away
  • Miles of coastal walks and beaches to explore
  •  Great base for walking the Jurassic Coast
  • Dog-friendly property and area
Property code: DC042

Traditionally-built modern stone cottage with all the charm and character of a period property, whilst maintaining modern style and comfort inside.

Located in the popular town of Swanage, this charming property is located at the top of a hill and is handily located for the pub next door! The local shop is only 100 yards away, perfect for a morning chat and a snack before taking your four-legged friend for a morning walk.

The modern property boasts the charm and character of a period property whilst maintaining a superb modern interior. The property is situated on three levels and is entered up five steps into the hall. The kitchen/dining room is modern with granite worktops, tiled floor and a neutral decor which continues throughout the property. All appliances needed for family meals are provided and with French doors leading out to the garden, this room provides the perfect entertainment space. There is also a downstairs WC on this floor. The first floor of the property has a further sitting room with double-aspect windows as well as twin and single bedrooms and bathroom with shower. On the second floor, which boasts views of Swanage Bay and Ballard Down, there is a large double bedroom and a bathroom, both of which have reduced ceiling height in the eaves. The exterior of the property has a small terrace to the front with iron railings and shrubs, and a larger rear paved courtyard has a seating area with local Purbeck stone, Elaeagnus tree, and herb planters as background. There is parking for one car.

The bustling town of Swanage offers a wide range of activities and places to visit including the stunning Durlston Country Park which is home to a variety of coastal walks. There are walks for all abilities so that the whole family is catered for – although the dog will probably want to choose the most difficult!

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single bedroom
  • 1 bathroom, 1 shower room and additional downstairs WC
  • Cooker, fridge, microwave, washing machine, drier, freezer and dishwasher
  • Central heating
  • Towels included (please bring own beach/pool towels)
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi broadband
  • Rear courtyard with seating
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Local pub next door, shop 100 yards
  • Smart TV/DVD
  • Five steps leading up to property
  • Reduced ceiling height on second floor
  • Located next to local pub

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 10 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Helen 21st December 2019

Crabstones is a lovely place to stay and in a brilliant location for shops, pubs & restaurants as they are an easy five minute walk down the high street. Fabulous!

Reviewed by Janet 28th September 2019

Great location with very good facilities and comfortable bedrooms. Shower room, bathroom and downstairs toilet ideal for families.

Reviewed by Janet 31st August 2019

Crabstones was quite nice but would not stay there again as from the front of the house you were straight onto the road plus parking getting in and out not easy.

Reviewed by D A R 17th August 2019

An ideal house for a family with a dog - excellent beds and a well furnished kitchen which had all the cooking utensils you would ever need. In a quet location even though next door to a pub. A spotless house that was clealry well looked after by the housekeeper

Reviewed by John 20th July 2019

Great cottage, excellent location (pub, shop close by and Swanage centre easily accessed). 3 good bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (plus extra toilet). Would have preferred a shower in ensuite, otherwise excellent.

Reviewed by A 13th July 2019

Very nice house with adequate Ikea style furnishing.Lots of stairs but roomy and in a good position

Reviewed by Robert 22nd June 2019

A lovely house which is well located near to the town centre. It is right next door to a lovely pub which has a very good food trade, including in the garden, so be prepared for some noise from the garden. However, this doesn't detract from the property. There is the nuisance of some people making noise in the road outside, but this can happen anywRead morehere. Be prepared to go up and down the stairs a great deal as the kitchen/diner is on the ground floor, but the lounge on the first floor. Hide

Reviewed by M 1st June 2019

Absolutely fabulous property in a fantastic location just a short downhill walk to the shops, bus station and sea. With the Black Swan pub next door serving a fab gammon steak and Arkwrights mini supermarket a couple of hundred yards away you won't go hungry. Swanage is so dog friendly it's so lovely they seem to be given a biscuit in every shop, nRead moreot good for the waistline but like us they are on holiday Hide

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View of the property upon arrival
Open plan living/dining/kitchen area
Cosy living room
Cook up a storm in this well equipped kitchen
Relax as a family after a long day exploring
Finishing touches
Modern twin bedroom
Light and airy shower room
Stylish single bedroom
Spacious double bedroom with beautiful dormer window
Spacious family bathroom
Show 1 moreEnclosed patio garden


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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