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View towards the charming Grade II listed cottage
Stroll through the courtyard where a warm welcome awaits
Settle down in the comfortable lounge
Rest a while and admire the period features
The ideal spot to relax with a good book
Enjoy leisurely meals here
Charming hand made kitchen
Characterful kitchen details
Retire to the inviting king-size bedroom
Enjoy a long lay in
Decorated with care in calming colours
The character continues on the first floor
Cosy bunk room
Thoughtful details throughout
Take a relaxing soak in the bath
Bathroom accessed Jack and Jill style from each bedroom
Get set for the day with coffee in the courtyard
Enjoy distant views of the Purbeck Hills from the pretty courtyard
1 / 18  View towards the charming Grade II listed cottage
2 / 18  Stroll through the courtyard where a warm welcome awaits
3 / 18  Settle down in the comfortable lounge
4 / 18  Rest a while and admire the period features
5 / 18  The ideal spot to relax with a good book
6 / 18  Enjoy leisurely meals here
7 / 18  Charming hand made kitchen
8 / 18  Characterful kitchen details
9 / 18  Retire to the inviting king-size bedroom
10 / 18  Enjoy a long lay in
11 / 18  Decorated with care in calming colours
12 / 18  The character continues on the first floor
13 / 18  Cosy bunk room
14 / 18  Thoughtful details throughout
15 / 18  Take a relaxing soak in the bath
16 / 18  Bathroom accessed Jack and Jill style from each bedroom
17 / 18  Get set for the day with coffee in the courtyard
18 / 18  Enjoy distant views of the Purbeck Hills from the pretty courtyard

The Nook - Swanage

Swanage, Dorset
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • An idyllic 18th century Grade II listed Purbeck Stone cottage ideal for both small families and adults, with pretty courtyard and wood burner
  • Perfect for walkers with easy access to the South West Coast Path, beautiful Purbeck Hills and breath-taking views
  • Stroll down to the vibrant town centre and enjoy the quirky independent shops, cafe’s, regular live music and the popular sandy beach
  • Ride the steam train to Corfe Castle and experience the picturesque streets of this historic village 
  • Hop on a ferry to Brownsea Island or visit the RSPB nature reserve at Arne for a wide range of wildlife
  • Explore the stunning countryside and glorious beaches of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site at Studland, Lulworth and Kimmeridge
Property code: 76804

Cosy traditional stone cottage filled with character and charm in the seaside town of Swanage, the perfect base to enjoy fantastic coastal walks, surrounding historic villages and glorious beaches

Retreat to this exquisite Grade II listed stone cottage in an older quarter of Swanage. Enjoy the abundant character of the former Dorset quarryman's home, which dates back to 1750 and welcomes up to four guests and one canine companion. Soak up the fresh air in the delightful courtyard and bask in the glow of the wood burner indoors. Wander around shops and dine out in the town, and walk less than 1 mile down to the seafront and stroll along the Victorian pier.

Make your way through the courtyard and enter the enchanting cottage for a warm welcome. You'll find a galley kitchen, where you can prepare delicious homecooked meals, and a utility area. Amble through into the lounge, with its flagstone floor, to light the wood burner in the stone inglenook fireplace and settle down in front of the TV. Dine in here before heading up the winding cottage-style stairs to bed. Both your inviting bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom on the first floor. Wake up and take breakfast out into the courtyard, gazing out towards the beautiful Purbeck Hills. With its restricted head height, steep stairs, changes of level and beams, this charming cottage is unfortunately not suitable for children under three years old or those with restricted mobility.

Discover the many beaches of this enchanting corner of Dorset. Spend time at Knoll Beach, which is 4 miles away and is part of a nature reserve, or take a trip to Corfe Castle on the heritage steam railway from the station 1 mile from the cottage. Soak up the glorious scenery on the trip and experience 1,000 years of history in the dramatic ruins of the castle. Follow a section of the South West Coast Path from the town for spectacular cliff-top views.

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

  • Sleeps 3+1
  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 bunk room (suitable for 1 adult or 2 children)
  • 1 bathroom - bath with hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric range style oven and hob
  • Utility room with fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine
  • Electric radiators throughout
  • Dedicated roadside parking for 1 car directly outside cottage
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Beach 1 mile, shops and pubs within walking distance
  • Smart TV/DVD available in the lounge
  • WIFI included
  • Regret not suitable for those with restricted mobility or children under 3

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 31 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Catherine 8th October 2021

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Lovely cottage, peaceful setting and great for access to a wide range if activities.

Reviewed by Julia 1st October 2021

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Lovely, old cottage, full of character and charm. Very well equipped. Definitely NOT suitable for anyone who cannot manage a tight spiral staircase, or needs a walk in shower. Close to coastal path and walks, though it may be a little too far for some people to walk into Swanage town centre.

Reviewed by Peggy 24th September 2021

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Reviewed by Beverley 3rd September 2021

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The Nook is a tiny, beautiful cottage, perfect for a holiday in Swanage. It is quirky, quaint and full of character. A mile from the town centre with its tasty restaurants (Love Cake, Old Stables and Salt Pig among our favourites!) and beach and close to so many historic sites, walks and days out. The cottage has everything you need and Mandy even Read moreensures you have milk, tea, coffee, biscuits and a bottle of wine for when you arrive! Definitely be returning as soon as we can. Hide

Reviewed by Fieke 27th August 2021

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Beautiful cottage, well equipped and clean, my 2 young children and I had a great week. Well situated with lots to do within short driving distance. Owner nearby and she was super helpful. Would recommend.

Reviewed by Steven 30th July 2021

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Wonderful cottage in the lovely town of Swanage. We really enjoyed staying at this cottage. It was clean and had everything you would need. Would recommend staying here and will hope to do so again.

Reviewed by Kirstie 23rd July 2021

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The Nook is small but perfectly formed. The decor is clean and stylish. The kitchen has everything you need and is home from home. We had a lovely stay and I would definitely come back.

Reviewed by David 9th July 2021

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We had a good holiday cottage well equipped. It is a bit far out if you have mobility issues.we found it clean beds comfy The local Costcutter shop5min walk very helpful staff very clean fresh bread butchers fish and chip shop 2mins smelt lovely but didn't try it but always busy .lovely open field for letting dog have a run across main road and oveRead morer stylehope this is helpful enjoy your stay.x Hide

Reviewed by Timothy 2nd July 2021

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The Nook is a lovely cottage, full of character and situated in a nice quite location. Its fully equipped with everything you might need during your stay. As others have stated, the ceiling is low in the bathroom and between the kitchen and sitting room. Im 61 tall so I did bang my head a few times, but that was my fault and it certainly wouldnt deRead moreter me from booking this cottage again. A walk to Corfe Castle and a steam train trip back is highly recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Ian 11th June 2021

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The bathroom was a bit small even for a shorty like me. Downstairs was fine and there were some thoughtful touches regarding extras such as a cool bag etc.

Reviewed by Mary 4th June 2021

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Lovely property, thoughtfully laid out.

Reviewed by Lyn 14th May 2021

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Lovely cosy cottage. Everything you need for a comfortable stay. Would definitely book again.

Reviewed by Barbara 30th April 2021

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Lovely quaint cottage Impressed with quality of kitchen ware. Very comfortable bed

Reviewed by Katherine 23rd April 2021

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A lovely cottage, well decorated and equipped. Its very close to walking routes.

Reviewed by Martin 12th April 2021

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Lovely quirky little cottage. Well situated within a short walk of Swanage and the Priests Way to Worth Matravers. Ceilings/doorways are low in places and stairs are steep but adds to the charm and not an issue. Well equipped kitchen and welcome pack of cookies, milk, cider and crisps a really nice touch. Fast and reliable WiFi in the property whicRead moreh kept our teenager entertained. Hide

Reviewed by Aby 30th October 2020

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This was the sweetest little cottage, that had everything we needed for a relaxing weekend. We arrived to a lovely welcome pack and a ready to light fire. We got fish and chips from the end of the road and had a very cozy evening. The cottage is perfectly placed for a hike to see the Jurassic Coast from the cliff tops... and a short drive to the heRead moreart of the seaside town for a fun day too. We were impressed with the Covid measures in place and so were able to relax and enjoy our family weekend. Hide

Reviewed by Julie 9th October 2020

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This cottage is fabulous. Me, my husband and dog had the most loviest time here. It's a bit quirky which adds too the lovely place. It was well equipt even down to the dog blankets and bowl. Great care has been taken to make sure your stay here is great. Not great for the elderly with the stairs being really steep but it does mention this before yoRead moreu book. Great place for exploring the area. Would definitely recommend The Nook and would live to return one day. Thanks for the wine. Great stay Hide

Reviewed by Colin 2nd October 2020

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lovely spot and lovely cottage everything thought off. Although if your over 5ft the bathroom ceiling is challenging.

Reviewed by Nicola 25th September 2020

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Reviewed by Stephen 18th September 2020

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Reviewed by James 21st August 2020

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Reviewed by Kamila 7th August 2020

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A beautiful cottage in the heart of Swanage in the most glorious weather. A great position to access coastal walks, the beaches and the town. Definitely not a place for anyone over 6 foot and cosy is the best way to describe it. Everything about the cottage was as described and clearly the owner had endeavoured to make it a home from home. We wouldRead more go back, maybe next time in the winter months so we can enjoy the fire. Hide

Reviewed by Deborah 14th July 2020

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Really enjoyed our stay in this small but perfectly formed cottage. We had everything we needed and the layout was well thought through. Attention to detail made it a delight to stay in. Would stay again.

Reviewed by James 21st February 2020

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we have stayed manyy times in this area before but never in this part of swanage ,a nice walk to the town a very quiet area,for a peacfull stay away from the bustle of the town. the cottage is very old and the stairs could be an issue for older and slightly infirm visitors but the owners provide just about all you need for a comfortable stay requirRead moree all in all we had a very nice holiday . Hide

Reviewed by Gary 14th February 2020

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A lovely cottage in a great location

Reviewed by Caroline 17th January 2020

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Lovely warm quiet cottage where the owner has thought of everything. Towels for the dogs, even sandwich boxes and a rucksack. Wonderful stay and much appreciated goody box on arrival. Will definitely stay here again.

Reviewed by Lorna 27th December 2019

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Beautiful little cottage in a lovely location in Swanage. The owner, Mandy, was so helpful, friendly and welcoming. The information pack at The Nook was extremely useful and gave us plenty of ideas for local places to visit and suggested walks during our stay with our spaniel. There is everything in the cottage that you need for a comfy, cozy breakRead more away including a fabulous log burner to curl up in front of after a long walk. Would love to go again ! Hide

Reviewed by Julia 6th December 2019

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Reviewed by Amanda 21st November 2019

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Our host was lovely, very concerned that we had everything we needed! The kitchen was beautifully equipped and the location was excellent for exploring either on foot or a short drive! Fabulous few days!

Reviewed by Gill 9th November 2019

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Reviewed by Gavin 25th October 2019

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The Nook was a wonderfully characterful and cosy cottage. Well equipped and setup for a lovely week away. We had a lovely week exploring the Isle of Purbeck. Recommended.

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View towards the charming Grade II listed cottage
Stroll through the courtyard where a warm welcome awaits
Settle down in the comfortable lounge
Rest a while and admire the period features
The ideal spot to relax with a good book
Enjoy leisurely meals here
Charming hand made kitchen
Characterful kitchen details
Retire to the inviting king-size bedroom
Enjoy a long lay in
Decorated with care in calming colours
Show 6 moreThe character continues on the first floor

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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