Unwind on the decking with a view across the bay
Spacious open plan living area
Bright space with double height ceilings
Relax with a movie or watch the boats go by
Well equipped kitched for whipping up a meal
Wake up to the sound of the sea in the comfy bedroom
Dual aspect bedroom
Relax after a day exploring
Ensuite bathroom
Spacious decking for alfresco dining
View towards apartment from across the bay
Can you spot your porthole from the pier?
1 / 12  Unwind on the decking with a view across the bay
2 / 12  Spacious open plan living area
3 / 12  Bright space with double height ceilings
4 / 12  Relax with a movie or watch the boats go by
5 / 12  Well equipped kitched for whipping up a meal
6 / 12  Wake up to the sound of the sea in the comfy bedroom
7 / 12  Dual aspect bedroom
8 / 12  Relax after a day exploring
9 / 12  Ensuite bathroom
10 / 12  Spacious decking for alfresco dining
11 / 12  View towards apartment from across the bay
12 / 12  Can you spot your porthole from the pier?

Porthole Penthouse

Swanage, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Stunning penthouse apartment sleeping two in luxury
  • Set within an exclusive development located on the water’s edge
  • Panoramic, unspoiled views of the beautiful Swanage Bay from the roof terrace
  • The iconic Victorian pier plus a collection of shops, eateries and sandy bay of Swanage are within 400 yards
  • Jump on board the steam train from Swanage station to enjoy a nostalgic ride along the Purbeck line
  • Venture inland to discover the scenic walking trails of the Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve
Property code: DC124

Incredible penthouse apartment located right on the water’s edge, boasting uninterrupted panoramic views of the beautiful Swanage Bay and Ballard Down beyond, and within easy reach of the town's attractions and amenities.

In the heart of Swanage, this fantastic first-floor penthouse apartment is brimming with contemporary design and playful splashes of colour. Boasting space, quality and location, it sits on the water’s edge and has jaw-dropping panoramic views of Swanage Bay. The ultimate retreat for two, revel in this exclusive position and bask in the glorious scenes from the terrace as boats bob on the water and gulls soar in the sky above.

Come into the private entrance hall and head up the steps with rope handrail. Inside, the open-plan living area welcomes you. Whether it’s the stylish design features, views from the porthole window or superb terrace area, there is a treat for the eye at every turn. Sink into the sofa and let yourself arrive. For days when it’s not so sunny, the apartment is kitted out with a TV and Bluetooth sound system for plenty of entertainment. If you’re a bit of a chef on the quiet, you will love the kitchen. Both aesthetic and functional, the space has everything you could need for foodie preparations. There are even thoughtful additions like a dishwasher and Nespresso machine. In the bedroom, neutral tones and huge windows create a winning combination. Wake up in the 5ft double bed and start your day with the sounds of the sea. For added convenience, the bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and WC. Outside, the rooftop terrace with seating, awning and BBQ is the real star of the show.

Offering shops, restaurants and activities galore, you could happily spend your time exploring Swanage and settling into the local way of life. Wander along the iconic Victorian pier and breathe in the sea air. 4 miles away, the Old Harry Rocks are a must-see, as is Corfe Castle, 6 miles inland.

  • 1 bedroom with 5ft double bed
  • 1 en-suite shower room
  • Hob, oven, fridge with ice-box, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Rooftop terrace with seating area
  • Central heating included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car in car-port
  • Smart TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Pubs and shops within half a mile
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Nespresso machine
  • BBQ available
  • No telephone
  • Regret no children

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 20 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Maggie 7th February 2020

Lovely setting overlooking the bay and pier. It was an ideal place to relax and enjoy the view and the surrounding countryside. The welcome pack was a thoughtful addition and one we thoroughly enjoyed.

Reviewed by Sally 30th December 2019

Brilliant location with fantastic views over the Bay. Lovely and modern with the WOW factor

Reviewed by Caroline 15th November 2019

hear the waves as you lie in bed, watch the sea from the port hole window, snuggle on the comfy sofa and relax. It was November, it was cold, the sun shone, great location for walks, great views. Wave to the rowers as they pass by. Comfortable and warm home to return to. Everything you needed including a bottle of wine, milk, tea/coffee and very weRead morelcome dressing gowns as an added extra. Hide

Reviewed by Janet 2nd November 2019

The situation of this property and the views from it were excellent. Stunning. However it needed maintenance updates and there was no point in having a dishwasher if there wasn't enough crockery and a shower room with no shelving was difficult to negotiate.

Reviewed by Richard 11th October 2019

This is a really cosy, well equipped and clean North facing holiday apartment for two. The views of Swanage sea front and across the bay to Old Harry Rocks and beyond are first class. Sadly, much of our week was very wet, but we were able to enjoy the comfortable, well heated apartment until the rains passed by. There is an excellent balcony with BRead moreBQ and ample seating, which were not used due to the weather. Undercover car parking was a bonus on wet days!. Hide

Reviewed by P 27th September 2019

Excellent position

Reviewed by Graham 20th September 2019

Apartment was clean and well equipped. Only five minute walk to shops and facilities, but very quiet with amazing sea views. Extra welcome touches appreciated.

Reviewed by M 13th September 2019

Very good location, excellent terrace overlooking the Swanage bay. The car port provides excellent protection for the car agains the maritime elements.

Reviewed by A 23rd August 2019

This is the second consecutive year that we have visited Porthole Penthouse. It is a superb facility, well equipped, in a great position. Luckily we again had great weather. Fantastic time, really enjoyed it, cannot find anything to complain about. Top notch.

Reviewed by V 26th July 2019

A great apartment in a perfect location. Easy to walk to the centre of Swanage and set out on walks whilst being located in one of the quieter areas of the town, The views are amazing and the portholes make for a unique experience. Wed love to return.

Reviewed by C 19th July 2019

Very enjoyable time being in Swanage. The apartment is an ideal starting point for day trips, hikes and just hanging around.

Reviewed by P 21st June 2019

All good ,whats not to like

Reviewed by Andrew 7th June 2019

This is a fantastic property with peerless views of Swanage pier and sea front. Extremely modern and well appointed. We have stayed here for the last 3 years.

Reviewed by Mrs D Grant 3rd April 2019

The location was perfect, close to the centre but enjoying being right in front of the sea, so we could hear the sound of the waves. And the views were amazing!

Reviewed by Mr P Jackson 3rd October 2018

Wonderful position

Reviewed by Dr A Wearmouth 12th September 2018

Fantastic, top-notch cottage that is very well equipped and very well situated. There is certainly a degree of luxury in how this cottage has been furnished - it has been well thought-out and well organised. Both the cottage and its' setting facilitated a great, restful holiday.

Reviewed by Mr P Williams 31st August 2018

Stunning apartment, everything had been thought of.

Reviewed by Mrs K Ball 31st August 2018

This apartment is simply and tastefully furnished with everything you need for a comfortable, hassle free stay. We have stayed here two years running and on both occasions, the apartment was spotlessly clean.

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