Our beautiful self-catering holiday cottages in the Victorian seaside town of Swanage are perfect for a relaxing, rural break on the most stunning stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Nestled in the heart of Purbeck and built around a beautiful bay, Swanage offers a wonderfully scenic spot for a seaside escape!
A break in a Swanage Holiday Cottage will put you on the doorstep of the award winning golden sandy beach, the prettiest walks along the Purbeck Way and the South West Coastal Path, Swanage Railway with its old-fashioned steam train, Corfe Castle and Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve, the 280-acre countryside paradise.
Swanage Beach is completely beautiful and has won awards for being one of the cleanest beaches in Britain. The glorious 4 mile long stretch of sandy beach, with its gentle sloping waters, make it a safe place to swim with care. The bay is set against the backdrop of the promenade with the traditional amusements, ice cream parlours, coffee shops and fish and chip shops. Add to this the traditional brightly coloured beach huts lining the beach, and you have all the trappings of a quintessential English seaside town.
Pack a picnic, rent a deck chair and bask in the sunshine, while the kids build sandcastles and paddle in the sea. Then head back to your holiday cottage for an alfresco supper!
Even in the colder months, Swanage has plenty to offer. Enjoy lazy pub lunches by an inglenook fire, long walks and then stop for one of the finest afternoon teas around, at the quirky Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Room. Explore the village of Corfe Castle, or the acclaimed Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, or perhaps take the ferry across from Poole to Brownsea Island.
The old fashioned steam train chugging through the Purbeck Hills is one of Dorset’s absolute treasures. Why not take a trip in a traditional dining carriage, to Corfe and enjoy fine tea and scones as you chug through the English countryside to the pretty village of Corfe Castle, with its lovely shops and fantastic old pubs.
Walking in Swanage
Whether you fancy a bracing energising walk or a lovely meander whilst looking out for wildlife, Swanage offers plenty of walks for all the family, including the four legged members. Dog walking is stunning around here and if you fancy trying out a particular walking route, how about one of the following:
Swanage to Corfe Castle Walk
12.2 miles (challenging)
Walk from Swanage to the wonderful village of Corfe Castle and then after enjoying lunch in one of Corfe’s lovely country pubs, why not take the steam train back to Swanage.
This walk is nothing short of invigorating! Hike along paths and tracks which have been around since almost as far back as the Ice Age. Dinosaur footprints have been found on this stretch of the famous Jurassic Coast and if this isn’t enough excitement, maybe the sight of a dolphin or porpoise will be!
Durlston Country Park’s Clifftop Trail (1 mile)
This is a lovely short walk through Durlston Country Park, a National Nature Reserve which features a variety of important habitats for the wildlife that flock here. The Visitor Centre in Durlston Castle has displays and lists of all the recent wildlife sightings and you can even listen to the sounds emanating from the underwater hydrophone. The sounds of dolphins and porpoises are a frequent delight!
Swanage Sea Activities
Why not try some Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or Coasteering during your stay in Swanage. Enjoy the turquoise seas and see the coastline from a different angle. There are plenty of adventure activity centres to choose from.
We have some delightful holiday cottages in Swanage including some which are pet friendly. Whether you would like to be moments from the harbour or further inland nestled down a country lane, we have some fantastic properties for you to choose from. Have a browse through our Swanage Dream Cottages and take your pick!