Seaviews from the cottage
View towards the cottage
Spacious open plan living space
Relax with a good book or film after a day exploring
Enjoy a meal with a view across the fields
Plenty of space for both
Let in the light and sea air
Comfy bedroom
Tranquil bedroom
Views from the patio
Take in the surrounding countryside
Breathtaking sea views
1 / 12  Seaviews from the cottage
2 / 12  View towards the cottage
3 / 12  Spacious open plan living space
4 / 12  Relax with a good book or film after a day exploring
5 / 12  Enjoy a meal with a view across the fields
6 / 12  Plenty of space for both
7 / 12  Let in the light and sea air
8 / 12  Comfy bedroom
9 / 12  Tranquil bedroom
10 / 12  Views from the patio
11 / 12  Take in the surrounding countryside
12 / 12  Breathtaking sea views

Zig Zag

Swanage, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Peaceful countryside cottage set in an elevated position boasting far-reaching countryside and sea views
  • A local shop and pub within half a mile
  • Strike out on a picturesque walk along the nearby coastal path
  • Discover the beautiful coastal town of Swanage with its pretty pier
  • Hop on the Swanage Railway to uncover your unspoiled surroundings by steam train
Property code: DC206

Set in an elevated position boasting far-reaching countryside and sea views, this contemporary cottage offers a peaceful retreat whilst sitting close to a variety of fun local attractions.

Wake up in the morning to glorious countryside scenes and sip a coffee as the sun peaks over the sea beyond. A fantastic country retreat near Swanage, this property is the ideal bolthole for solo adventurers or couples looking to embrace rural living for a while. And, with great access to the coast (0.5 miles) and village shop and pub (also 0.5 miles), you can come and go as you please. Never far from a cup of tea, take your adventures with a dose of luxury.

Gorgeous former stables, natural light and modern style are the dish of the day. All on one level, the open-play layout means that you can make the most of every inch of space and enjoy the spacious yet intimate feel. Step in through the French doors and drink in the atmosphere. Home to a comfortable living area, you can lay back on the sofa or sink into the armchair and cast your gaze between the TV and views outside. In the winter, turn on the wood burner-effect electric fire for extra warmth. When you are ready to eat, a well-equipped kitchen houses everything you could need, and a dining table for two sits next to the patio doors for an unbeatable backdrop. Continuing the bright themes, the bedroom has a 5ft double bed, sea views and en-suite shower room with walk-in shower and heated towel rail. For summer days, the outside seating area brings you a step closer to nature and is great for al fresco feasts or simply getting to know the resident donkeys whose home is in the field adjacent.

Take some time to enjoy the local walks or head straight down to the beach. At the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, Swanage’s white sand beach is a must-see. Hop on the Sandbanks ferry to stroll along the beach and explore Poole town and harbour.


  • 1 bedroom with 5ft double bed
  • 1 en-suite shower room
  • Hob, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher
  • Washing machine and freezer housed in a separate building
  • Outside seating area and terrace
  • LPG central heating included
  • Electric log burner
  • Off-road parking
  • Smart TV with Now TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and Shop within half a mile
  • BBQ available
  • Short breaks are not available at this property
  • Regret no children

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Dianne 25th October 2019

Very comfy and cozy, home from home. Beautiful views, even have donkeys to feed. Peaceful location but near to town, beaches and walks. Hope to return in 2021. Would definitely recommend

Reviewed by Elaine 18th October 2019

My second stay at ZigZag. The cottage is in a stunning location on the edge of Durlston Country Park, with views over Swanage Bay to the Isle of Wight. Lovely and quiet. The owners are very welcoming & helpful and the accommodation is warm & well laid out with everything you might need. There are great walks from the door and plenty of interesting Read moreplaces to visit just a short car journey away, including RSPB Arne, Durlston Castle, Corfe Castle & Studland. Hide

Reviewed by R 11th October 2019

This is the most wonderful place to stay! Zigzag cottage is one of the most comfortable, cosy and welcoming cottages we have satyed in! The view is to die for, looking out over dry stone walled fields to the ever changing sky and sea. The quality of the furniture and the comfyness of both sofa and beds along with the warmth of the place made our stRead moreay so enjoyable, never mind the weather. We highly recommend this little oiece of heaven! Hide

Reviewed by Peter 4th October 2019

A wonderful cottage with fantastic views

Reviewed by Raymond 30th August 2019

This cottage is perfect for anyone that wants a quiet holiday away from the rest of the world and loves walking. It is in the ideal position for strolling to so many places.

Reviewed by Timothy 23rd August 2019

We had a great week. The cottage was very comfortable, excellently equipped and wonderfully peaceful, with lovely views of the coastline. When there, youd never guess you were so close to Swanage town. Sue was a very helpful host. Thanks! Tim and Vivien

Reviewed by P 19th July 2019

Wonderful peaceful location which gives excellent access to beautiful coastal scenery and walks. Very friendly and helpful owner.

Reviewed by S 12th July 2019

Lovely location and excellent position for walking into Swanage and picking up the coastal path. The cottage was beautifully presented and the owners friendly and approachable. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Carol 21st June 2019

Wonderful location with views of the sea and rolling countryside. Peaceful and relaxing with ample wildlife to watch plus of course the ever present donkeys.

Reviewed by Mrs S Neilson 17th April 2019

Very cosy base for a week walking the Purbeck coastline. Owner Sue greeted us on arrival and answered any queries. The views were wonderful and the comfort of Zig Zag meant we had a wonderful holiday.

Reviewed by Ms J Hatto 15th April 2019

A beautiful location, tranquil but close enough to access local amenities; shops, pubs, restaurants, on foot.

Reviewed by Ms K Powley 17th October 2018

Zig Zag is really lovely, immaculate, spacious and has stylish fittings throughout. Everything is in good condition and the big bed is really comfy. The views from the lounge are stunning and sunrises quite breathtaking.

Reviewed by Mr G Young 14th October 2018

Zig Zag was perfect! The views from the cottage were outstanding and there were so many lovely walks straight from the door. The cottage itself was cosy, clean and had everything we needed for our holiday. The owners were friendly and helpful if needed, but happy to just let you get on with your holiday. We also loved watching the owners donkeys anRead mored horses from the cottage and it was lovely to sit out on the well maintained patio and just look at the views. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Hornsby 31st August 2018

The cottage was in pristine condition and views are unbeatable a gorgeous a place to stay.

Reviewed by Ms E Charlson 31st August 2018

Very well done conversion. Beautifully laid out and decorated with a seaside theme. Cosy and comfortable.

Reviewed by Mr P Dawson 31st August 2018

I think that the cottage ZigZag is wonderful.Comfortable,lovely views,peaceful.I find it perfect.

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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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