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View towards the property
The living area with comfortable seating and TV
Views from within the property
Double bedroom on the second floor
Superb sea views from the third bedroom
Breathtaking views from the bedroom
Double bedroom
Double bedroom with a view of the bay
Bunk bedroom found on the first floor
Kitchen equipped with an electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator, small freezer and washing machine
Dining table in the kitchen area
Tiled shower room and WC
A lovely walled courtyard-style front garden overlooking the ocean
Outdoor furniture is provided so that meals can be enjoyed outside whilst enjoying the captivating views across the sea
The property offering captivating sea views
1 / 15  View towards the property
2 / 15  The living area with comfortable seating and TV
3 / 15  Views from within the property
4 / 15  Double bedroom on the second floor
5 / 15  Superb sea views from the third bedroom
6 / 15  Breathtaking views from the bedroom
7 / 15  Double bedroom
8 / 15  Double bedroom with a view of the bay
9 / 15  Bunk bedroom found on the first floor
10 / 15  Kitchen equipped with an electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator, small freezer and washing machine
11 / 15  Dining table in the kitchen area
12 / 15  Tiled shower room and WC
13 / 15  A lovely walled courtyard-style front garden overlooking the ocean
14 / 15  Outdoor furniture is provided so that meals can be enjoyed outside whilst enjoying the captivating views across the sea
15 / 15  The property offering captivating sea views

Sea Shanty Cottage

Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 3 stars
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels for hire
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Old stone coastguard cottage on the waterfront at Swanage Bay
  • Delightfully situated with captivating sea views and lovely walled courtyard overlooking the sea
  • Short walk into Swanage, best known for its large bay and sandy beach
  • Swanage Steam Railway links to the historic village of Corfe Castle
  • Not far to spectacular walks along the Jurassic coast
Property code: IC111

Old coastguard cottage delightfully situated on a lovely small peninsular at Swanage Bay with breath-taking sea views. The perfect place to explore this stunning region and its wonderful walks.

One of a small terrace of traditional stone cottages in a desirable location, taking full advantage of the coastal views and Swanage town amenities, a popular seaside resort since Victorian times. Benefitting from almost direct access to the coastal path, Swanage is a short stroll away with its various restaurants, public houses and shops, plus its miles of sandy beach. Swimming, boating, fishing, diving and paddling can be enjoyed here. Head west along the coastal path to enjoy the delights of Durlston and then Worth Matravers, Kimmeridge and Lulworth. Bird lovers may particularly enjoy Brownsea Island as well as the RSPB site at Arne. The Swanage Steam Railway service links this coastal resort with the charming and historic village of Corfe Castle. This peninsular of land is in the south of Dorset, famous for its sandy beaches, stunning countryside and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site - an area not to be missed.

On entering the cottage there is a living area with comfortable seating and TV, as well as a kitchen equipped with an electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator, small freezer and washing machine. A staircase leads up to the first floor where there is a lovely double bedroom with stunning sea views across the bay. On the same floor there is a tiled shower room with a built-in shower and a WC. Further along is an attractive bunk bedroom. Another flight of stairs takes you up to a third double bedroom and yet more superb sea views. A second shower room with WC can be found in a small outbuilding accessed via the kitchen and up a small flight of seven fairly steep steps. This is ideal for use when returning from the beach.

Outside, the cottage has a walled courtyard-style front garden overlooking the ocean. Outdoor furniture is provided so that meals can be enjoyed outside whilst enjoying the captivating views across the sea. A roadside parking permit is provided for one car to park at the rear of the cottages.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 double, 1 bunk bed
  • 2 shower rooms - 1 shower room with built-in shower and a WC, 1 shower room with WC at the top of steep flight of steps
  • Electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator, small freezer, washing machine
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels can be provided at an additional charge
  • 1 road parking permit for 1 car
  • Regret no Wi-Fi
  • Regret no pets
  • Short walk to shops, pubs and restaurants
  • TV in living area
  • Access to the cottage is down a short, fairly steep slope.

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 35 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Karen 5th September 2020

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What can I say other than perfect location we come back over and over again we just love it here, only thing to be aware of ,very steep stairs in the cottage ,steep slope to the cottage or steep uneven steps at the back to the cottage ,this does not affect us at all but might if you have walking problems

Reviewed by Susan 22nd August 2020

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Comfortable accommodation in a wonderful location.

Reviewed by Richard 8th August 2020

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Fantastic Location close to everything, parking can be an issue, we kept our eye on the spaces and managed to get one eventually, then did not use the car all week, no need to, you can walk everywhere. Advice - book your meals out well in advance, although the cafe on the Pier does great food and they don't reserve the outside tables, so rock up grRead moreab one and order inside, excellent! Would definately recommend to all, but won't so there is availability for us again! Loved it, thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Tessa 1st August 2020

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This was our second time visiting Sea Shanty. It is just perfect. We are a family of 3 adults, 6 year old and a 1 year old. The location is just amazing for us all, the size of the house is just right and the owners are always on hand if you need assistance. We as a family are gutted that next year is already booked up.

Reviewed by Sarah 25th July 2020

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Amazing location. We loved it here. Would be very cramped for 6 people, as bunk room tiny. So convenient for Swanage town and access to beautiful beaches.

Reviewed by Joan 11th July 2020

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wonderful location, stunning views from a quaint old cottage which is well decorated and equipped for a lovely relaxing holiday .

Reviewed by Gill 6th February 2020

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Enjoyed 3 nights here, lovely cottage in perfect position. Very cosy and clean. Appreciated the welcome gifts, thank you! Easy to walk into town. Recommend Bliss restaurant.

Reviewed by Carolyn 16th January 2020

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Reviewed by Karen 4th January 2020

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Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location we keep comeing back, cozy in the winter and cool in the summer , right on the sea and fifteen minutes to the town . Very steep steps or a slope to the cottage and two floors of steep stairs no problem to us . Lay in bed and enjoy the sound of the sea and look at the view even on a dull day it's beautiful

Reviewed by Dawn 28th December 2019

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A lovely cosy cottage in excellent location with fab views across sea.

Reviewed by Paula 6th December 2019

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Great location. Would be rather cramped for 6? Not suitable for the winter.

Reviewed by A 4th November 2019

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Wonderful location.

Reviewed by Philip 12th October 2019

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Reviewed by Karen 21st September 2019

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Love this cottage 2nd time there and booked for next year previll point is a stunning location half a mile from Swanage it gives you the feeling of being away from everyone the views are stunning even when it rains the cottage is very cosy and family friendly. It was lovely just to leave the car car and walk everywhere. Steps and stairs every whereRead more and slippery walk if you take the coast into Swanage not ideal if you are are disabled ,the family loved it Hide

Reviewed by Julie 14th September 2019

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We very much enjoyed our holiday at Sea Shanty and were sooooo lucky with the weather, a whole week of blue skies and high pressure. We have stayed at other of the cottages in this location and it suits us very well. We love it. The cottage was fine for the three of us, as Mum had the first floor bedroom and we were in the loft room. No wi-fi was nRead moreot a problem for us as I just used my own data for Googling things, but might put off some families. Hide

Reviewed by Kay 7th September 2019

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Excellent location and very well equipped cottage that made stay easier. Cot and high chair good, hire towels quality good. Only negative was that cleanliness could have been better, bathroom and parts of kitchen didnt look or feel particularly clean. Wouldnt stop me booking again but I would be prepared to idea Id want to clean a bit when I arriveRead more ! Hide

Reviewed by David 31st August 2019

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Wonderful location, great cottage with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. It is a 10 minute into Swanage.

Reviewed by Sarah 10th August 2019

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Simply wonderful location loved it. Already rebooked for next year

Reviewed by Tessa 3rd August 2019

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This holiday was amazing. The accommodation was fantastic and the location was ideal. The touch of the bottle of wine, eggs and cookies was lovely. Weve already booked for 2020 whilst we were there. Its set up for families. We have a 5 year old and a 7 month old and it was perfect for both. We cannot recommend this holiday cottage enough.

Reviewed by Jen 27th July 2019

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Had a fabulous holiday.

Reviewed by John 29th June 2019

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Reviewed by Carol 8th June 2019

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Lovely little cottage with amazing views.

Reviewed by Jane 18th May 2019

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Great cottage! Loved the garden and the location best. The biscuits and wine were a lovely touch and a very comfortable bed!

Reviewed by Paul 20th April 2019

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A comfortable cottage in a fantastic location.

Reviewed by Nick 23rd March 2019

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Had a lovely stay at Sea Shanty - a traditional coastguard's cottage with amazing views across Swanage Bay from the patio at the front of the property. It's about a half-mile walk into town, making this a peaceful, secluded place to stay with everything close at hand (though some may find the route by the sea a bit slippery!). For us it was a brillRead moreiant escape in an unrivalled location right on the seafront. Blessed with brilliant weather. Would love to be back soon. Hide

Reviewed by Marianne 9th March 2019

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Reviewed by Klaus 2nd March 2019

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We stayed in this beautiful cottage for our 1st holiday in England and were very comfy. The facilities were perfect for us and our two young children. We enjoyed spending time looking out at the wonderful views and lifeboat launches. The waterfront location is only a short stroll from the stunning town and was just perfect. The owners gave us a fanRead moretastic welcome, which included an incredibly tasty Blackcurrant butter, biscuits and a bottle of fine red wine. We were so sorry to leave, thx a lot! Hide

Reviewed by Steve 16th February 2019

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Very tidy and clean rooms and bedding, lots of wardrobe and cupboard space. Excellent location next the sea and lifeboat station and lovely walks. Also great second hand books for sale in the watchtower on Pevril Point.

Reviewed by Barry 11th February 2019

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Very good but not for those with any sort of walking problems even if not considered disabled

Reviewed by Andrew 2nd February 2019

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A excellent location for views and a nice easy walk into town. a very comfortable cottage.

Reviewed by Karen 19th January 2019

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Cozy cottage right by the sea in a quite location fantastic views , we stayed in January and had a lovely time, well stocked warm home . We would love to come back in the spring and sit out side . If you like to wake up to a view then you will not be disappointed

Reviewed by Kevin 12th January 2019

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Perfect location , clean and very well equipped cottage , at a very reasonable price highly recommended

Reviewed by Michael 22nd December 2018

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Cottage in good position and comfortable but stairs very steep .

Reviewed by Sarah 9th November 2018

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Reviewed by Rose 4th November 2018

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An absolutely beautiful cottage a stones throw from the sea, lovely & cosy inside & all the facilities you could ask for, was great to have welcome bottle of wine, biscuits & chutney!!! We will return, thanks for a wonderful few days

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View towards the property
The living area with comfortable seating and TV
Views from within the property
Double bedroom on the second floor
Superb sea views from the third bedroom
Breathtaking views from the bedroom
Double bedroom
Double bedroom with a view of the bay
Bunk bedroom found on the first floor
Kitchen equipped with an electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator, small freezer and washing machine
Dining table in the kitchen area
Show 3 moreTiled shower room and WC

Location

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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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