Spacious lounge/diner
Comfy sofas to relax in after a day of exploring
Well equipped kitchen
Calming double bedroom
Spacious double bedroom
Family bathroom
Cosy single room
Single bedroom
Steps leading up to the entrance to the property
1 / 9  Spacious lounge/diner
2 / 9  Comfy sofas to relax in after a day of exploring
3 / 9  Well equipped kitchen
4 / 9  Calming double bedroom
5 / 9  Spacious double bedroom
6 / 9  Family bathroom
7 / 9  Cosy single room
8 / 9  Single bedroom
9 / 9  Steps leading up to the entrance to the property

Oystercatcher - Swanage

Swanage, Dorset
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Bright and spacious first-floor apartment within an original Victorian-era villa
  • Located in the quieter eastern end of Swanage Bay
  • A short stroll from the sandy beach and promenade
  • Light and airy feel throughout with large rooms and high ceilings
  • Smart TV for enjoying cosy nights in together
Property code: DC120

Located within an elegant period building, this delightful apartment is just a stone’s throw from beautiful Swanage Bay.

Located on the first-floor of a Victorian villa, this stylishly-decorated, contemporary apartment is a great place for small families, couples or friends to enjoy the delights of East Dorset. Only a few hundred metres from the seafront in Swanage, with its family-friendly beach, promenade and independent shops and cafes, there is plenty to keep you entertained on your doorstep. Further afield, you have the natural beauty of the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve.

High ceilings and traditional features give this apartment a sense of grandeur and space, but the shades of blue and whites throughout, make it feel contemporary and relaxing. On your left as you enter, is the tasteful bathroom where the space has been used to full effect and the same can be said of the compact, well-equipped kitchen next door. You then come to the bedrooms (one double and one single), which are both bright and spacious. The lounge/diner is also a sunny room as the two large windows allow light to flood in and bounce off the clean, white walls. Access to the apartment is via a private, external staircase.

Swanage is home to the Swanage Railway, which is a 12-mile steam train service running along the Purbeck line from Norden to Swanage. Alight the train at Swanage railway station and jump off at the National Trust’s historic village and castle, Corfe Castle (5.5 miles). Durlston Castle also offers a great day out with plenty of wildlife to view, activities, walks and café with a view. Further west, you can discover the unique, horseshoe-shaped cove of Lulworth Cove, and a walk along the South West Coast Path will bring you to the equally unique Durdle Door. The harbour town of Poole is 20 miles away and has a variety of boat trips on offer, including one to Brownsea Island, famous for its red squirrels.


  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double and 1 single
  • 1 bathroom with overhead shower
  • Oven and washing machine
  • Smart TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Central heating included
  • Accessed via an external staircase
  • Regret no pets
  • Parking for 1 car to the front of the property
  • Shop and pub under 1 mile
  • Regret no children under the age of 3
  • Within easy reach of the shops, pubs and restaurants at Swanage

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 19 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Catherine 14th March 2020

The Oystercatcher is a lovely place to stay, very clean and well looked after! It was incredibly comfortable and had everything we needed for the week. We hope to stay here again in the future.

Reviewed by Jackie 4th January 2020

Immaculate apartment. Superb location short walk to beach and town plenty of coffee shops and restaurants nearby. Would definitely stay here again so that says it all !!

Reviewed by Lorna 15th November 2019

On arrival the flat was warm and cosy. Treats had been left for us, milk, tea, coffee, cookies, wine and flowers. Lovely surprise and much appreciated. Lovely towels and linen, the kitchen is well appointed, there was nothing that we needed that wasn't there.

Reviewed by D 23rd August 2019

An absolutely charming apartment well appointed for our needs as a family with one child. Great location for going to the beach, or to enjoy putting, tennis, or lovely walks. The kitchen was very compact but had everything we needed- top quality Bosch oven & gas hob, but no extractor fan, we just opened the window. Everything was new & great qualitRead morey. Lovely comfortable beds & bedding, sofas too. Felt really at home, milk tea coffee biscuits cava & flowers on arrival were a thoughtful touch. Hide

Reviewed by J 16th August 2019

A lovely holiday apartment set in a fabulous location. Only a few minutes walk from the beach and within walking distance to the Swanage steam train so we left the car parked most of the holiday! The flat has everything you need and is very clean and welcoming, especially with the little treats and essentials left for us. Would certainly recommend.

Reviewed by J 9th August 2019

A conveniently located, spacious, well resourced flat located near to the beach with a pleasant stroll along the sea front into Swanage centre.

Reviewed by J 12th July 2019

This apartment was just perfect for us and our daughter. We were a 3 minute walk from the beach and on the right side of Swanage to make travelling in and out of town easy by car. The Dorset / Jurassic coast is superb with so many things to see and do. Being a National Trust member allows you to enjoy so many things and allows you to park for free Read moreat many of the local beauty spots / landmarks. I would strongly recommend any small family to take advantage of this wonderful property. Hide

Reviewed by J 5th July 2019

Oystercatcher is a well located and very comfortable apartment. It is extremely well presented and ideal for three adults or a small family. We would definitely consider booking it again.

Reviewed by David 28th June 2019

The property, its location, the presentation of the whole house is extremely well equipped. The quality of the equipment and furniture is of the highest standard. Our stay was very pleasant and we would highly recommended it to others.

Reviewed by Neil 7th June 2019

If you don't mind the wooden stairs up to the front door than you will have no real problems here. The kitchen is small, but very functional. The rest of the property surprisingly roomy compared to our expectations of a single storey flat. Not too much of a shock after booking many cottages over the years. Weather was colder than expected for June Read morebut when required, the heating was very efficient . Location excellent. Good to have a dedicated parking space also. Value for money 10/10. Hide

Reviewed by Ms A Woodcraft 2nd November 2018

This is probably one of the best self catering places we have ever stayed. Everything you could want was provided. It was warm, comfortable, clean and all the facilities were modern and easy to use. We had a great stay.

Reviewed by Mrs S French 15th October 2018

Very clean & lovely furnishings. Kitchen compact but well equipped, bed very comfy. Would stay again

Reviewed by Mrs S Merker 30th September 2018

Felt immediately at home as the welcome note left by the owners suggested. Nicely decorated and well furnished property. Perfect size for our small family. We had a very comfortable stay. The location of the flat is perfect, short stroll to the beach. We would definitely recommend staying here.

Reviewed by Mrs C Trowbridge 21st September 2018

Lovely accommodation, fully equipped, clean, tidy and ina good location. Lovely to have milk in the fridge & biscuits on arrival. Great for a couple or small family. Thoroughly recommend it!

Reviewed by Mr J Bowen 19th September 2018

Very well furnished and presented. Situated within walking distance of Swanage sea front and other areas of Dorset which was perfect for us. Overall, an excellent holiday. Overall, an excellent holiday

Reviewed by Miss K Johnson 31st August 2018

Tastefully decorated appartment with all you could need. Well appointed kitchen with handy washer/drier.

Reviewed by Mrs J Webster 31st August 2018

Oystercatcher was comfortable, beautifully decorated and furnished.

Reviewed by Mrs C Jopp 29th August 2018

The decor, the location and the facilities in the flat were all perfect. We would definitely return.

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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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