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The Transmitter Bunker

Ringstead, Dorset (Ref. 1131689)


Dream Cottages rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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16 Customer Review(s)

  • Mike

    “The option for double bed would be the main recommendation and a few hooks by the front door to hang coats would be great.”

    Important to emphasize that these are minor points that wouldn't stop us visiting again. Surprisingly warm and comfortable given the stark appearance of the bare concrete. Overall our stay was very comfortable and the ever changing views were fantastic.

    Important to emphasize that these are minor points that wouldn't stop us visiting again. Surprisingly warm and comfortable given the stark appearance of the bare concrete. Overall our stay was very comfortable and the ever changing views were fantastic.

    - Mike, February 2024


  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin, 1 x bunk
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Ground source energy generation, polished concrete floor with underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, slimline dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed front garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out at 10am
  • Note: The garden is fenced
  • Note: There are steps in the garden

The property

Preston 4 miles.

Discover this remarkable former bunker, The Transmitter Bunker, which is located in the middle of the owner's dairy farm and two fields distant from the shore, carefully renovated in the rural setting of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Ringstead Bay near Preston.

The Transmitter Bunker, the ultimate quirky getaway in Dorset, welcomes four visitors to enjoy all ground-floor accommodations, breath-taking sea views, and an abundance of charm.

Unload your personal belongings in the off-road parking space, enter your holiday home, and prepare to relax in the sitting area in front of the blazing woodburning stove and Smart TV—the ideal place to unwind after a hard day.

Allow the designated chef to whip up a delicious meal in the small but well-equipped kitchen, which is stocked with everything you need to make your self-catered stay easier.

Then, sit down to a feast at the dining room table or enjoy meals on the private patio to take in the character of your surroundings for a little longer.

Once night falls, wash the day away in the magnificent shower room, and you'll be ready to get into bed and recover in preparation for another thrilling experience.

With so many unique features, one can almost feel the past permeating the entire property.

The Transmitter Bunker was a component of the Chain Home radar, a coastal early warning system that stretched from Cornwall in the west to Norfolk in the east.

It was formerly the location of one of two transmitter blocks servicing RAF Ringstead during the Second World War.

Early in 1941, the station was put into service, and it was finally shut down in 1956.

The Bunker's Grade-II listing has been taken into consideration during the renovation, and the original concrete walls and other elements have been kept.

Why not venture out and explore the area if that has whetted your appetite for the area's history?

Start your day in Ringstead Bay, where you can spend the day relaxing on the nearly half-mile-long shingle beach, sunbathing, or just watching the world go by.

Then, you can refuel at the Smuggler's Inn Pub.

Take a leisurely stroll farther away along the South Coast Path, stopping at Man O'War Beach before continuing to Lulworth Cove.

Traveling west, you'll come to the well-known seaside town of Weymouth, home to the Sea Life Centre, Lodmoor Country Park, Nothe Fort, and Sandsfoot Castle.

This area is full of things for the whole family to see and do, as well as a tonne of places to shop and eat so you can enjoy a filling meal on the days you don't feel like cooking!

Reserve an interesting stay at The Transmitter Bunker for all of this and more (

Can be booked in conjunction with Pitt Cottage (994553) which lies within the grounds.

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About the location


Weymouth 7.6 miles.

Ringstead Bay in Dorset is an unspoilt pebble beach on the Jurassic coastline surrounded by striking cliffs and farmland. The original village mentioned in the doomsday book no longer exists, but there is now a small vibrant community nestled at the back of the bay in a variety of unique houses. You can enjoy walking the South West Coast path or meander through the woodland walks, whatever your preference this is a gorgeous place to be outside. When you are ready to explore further afield, you will find Lulworth Cove and Durdle door a short 11 miles away and Weymouth with it’s beautiful beach and plentiful restaurants and cafes 7 miles to the west. The Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World Rescue, and Tyneham Village all offer varied and interesting days out just a short drive from Ringstead, presuming you can tear yourselves away from the unspoilt beach.

Any proposed booking with a changeover on a non standard date must first be cleared with the respective cleaners.