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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 rating: 3 starsVisit England Gold Award
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.

Gaze out to sea from this gorgeous whitewashed cottage overlooking the bay at Swanage. Soak up the sunshine from the stone-walled courtyard, watching the sailing boats drift past. Up to six of you can stay at this three-bedroomed Dorset property, which is set in the popular coastal town, known for its beach, shops and restaurants.

Amble into this charming former fisherman’s home to find yourself in a bright, airy lounge, with sea views. Relax in here to watch TV, lose yourself in your holiday novel or simply gaze outside. Wander into the kitchen at mealtimes to find it has an electric cooker and hob, microwave, refrigerator, small freezer and washing machine. Cook and dine together in here at the table. As night falls, follow the stairs up to the first floor where a double bedroom enjoys magnificent coastal views. Find a bunk bedroom and a shower room, with WC and hand basin, at this level too. Make your way up to the second floor, where another double bedroom also takes in fabulous sea views. An additional shower room, with WC and handbasin, is located in an outbuilding, found through the kitchen and up a set of steep steps. Take breakfast, lunch and dinner outside as often as possible. Guests have use of a permit for parking one car behind the cottage.

Walk less than 0.5 miles to swim, paddle and make sandcastles on the beach. Pack a picnic and drive 4 miles to spectacular Studland Bay, owned by the National Trust and known for its long beaches. Pick up the South West Coast Path from Swanage for clifftop walks with panoramic views along the Jurassic coastline. Embark upon a challenging 12.5-mile walk to see the ruins of Corfe Castle and then catch a steam train home.

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 33 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Wendy 13th April 2021

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Fantastic location and very nicely presented cottage. Loads of character and sympathetically renovated to accommodate a family. Owners were quick to respond to a slight issue we had on first day. A bottle of wine, fresh eggs and homemade jam were a lovely touch .

Reviewed by Clare 12th December 2020

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The cottage is very warm and cosy and in such a perfect location. The owners are very kind and helpful. We will definitely return.

Reviewed by Keith 3rd December 2020

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A truly wonderful location with stunning views over Swanage Bay. Sea Shanty cottage itself was everything we had hoped for and much more. Full of olde world charm plus all the modern appliance's you could want. The welcome treats were a lovely touch. We had a small problem at the start of our holiday which the owners were quick to respond to. We shRead moreall certainly be back again. Thanks. Hide

Reviewed by Shirley 17th October 2020

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Lovely location & beautiful views. Very steep approach to cottage Cottage very clean and well furnished. Welcome pack most appreciated. Easy parking, great walks.

Reviewed by Suzannah 13th October 2020

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The cottage was in a lovely location and had everything you needed for a relaxing stay.We would definitely stay again.

Reviewed by Sarah 3rd October 2020

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A lovely cottage in a fabulous location; sea on your doorstep. The cottage is quaint and quirky but with everything you need for a lovely holiday. Some lovely touches from the owners on arrival.

Reviewed by Patricia 26th September 2020

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A wonderful location,with a view of the bay from front facing windows ( which are completely soundproof!). The lounge and kitchen are lovely though smaller than appears on the photos, and well stocked with books, games, utensils and crockery. The bedrooms are lovely and really comfy. There is only a portable heater for the lounge, though the wall hRead moreeaters in the bedroom and kitchen warmed up everywhere. I would and have already recommended this lovely cottage to my friends and family. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 19th September 2020

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Perfect location ideal for a walking holiday

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 Mathew 15th February 2020

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If you want a cottage with a cassette player look no further! Stunning location, it really is. Fished right opposite house all week. We think the cottage is probably better in the summer when you can make use of the outside table. Lounge doesnt have enough seating for 6 people, only 4. TV is hard to watch, needs replacing, placed too high to watch Read moreat night. 2nd toilet and shower are outside. No heating in inside bathroom. Kitchen radio broken. Electric heating.. Hide

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.

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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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