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Unwind on the decking with a view across the bay
Spacious open plan living area
Bright space with double height ceilings
Relax with a movie or watch the boats go by
Well equipped kitched for whipping up a meal
Wake up to the sound of the sea in the comfy bedroom
Dual aspect bedroom
Relax after a day exploring
Ensuite bathroom
Spacious decking for alfresco dining
View towards apartment from across the bay
Can you spot your porthole from the pier?
1 / 12  Unwind on the decking with a view across the bay
2 / 12  Spacious open plan living area
3 / 12  Bright space with double height ceilings
4 / 12  Relax with a movie or watch the boats go by
5 / 12  Well equipped kitched for whipping up a meal
6 / 12  Wake up to the sound of the sea in the comfy bedroom
7 / 12  Dual aspect bedroom
8 / 12  Relax after a day exploring
9 / 12  Ensuite bathroom
10 / 12  Spacious decking for alfresco dining
11 / 12  View towards apartment from across the bay
12 / 12  Can you spot your porthole from the pier?

Porthole Penthouse

Swanage, Dorset
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Waterside views
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Luxury
Romantic
Apartment
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Stunning penthouse apartment sleeping two in luxury
  • Set within an exclusive development located on the water’s edge
  • Panoramic, unspoiled views of the beautiful Swanage Bay from the roof terrace
  • The iconic Victorian pier plus a collection of shops, eateries and sandy bay of Swanage are within 400 yards
  • Jump on board the steam train from Swanage station to enjoy a nostalgic ride along the Purbeck line
  • Venture inland to discover the scenic walking trails of the Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve
Property code: DC124

Incredible penthouse apartment located right on the water’s edge, boasting uninterrupted panoramic views of the beautiful Swanage Bay and Ballard Down beyond, and within easy reach of the town's attractions and amenities.

Located on the water’s edge, this stunning first-floor penthouse apartment offers uninterrupted panoramic views of Swanage Bay. The property features a sunny rooftop terrace which allows you to take in the glorious sights of the region, including the famous Victorian pier, Wellington Tower, the spectacular sandy beach with its colourful beach huts, and the sweep of the bay towards Ballard Down. Set within an exclusive development, this is a fantastic holiday home for a couple seeking a tranquil base for exploring the Purbeck region of Dorset.

Situated on the edge of the town, this charming first-floor property is accessed via a curved staircase from the hall which leads you into the tastefully decorated open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. This bright and welcoming triple-aspect space has a double-height vaulted ceiling and a large porthole window with sea views. You can sit back in the bright and relaxing lounge or enjoy a romantic meal for two in the pretty dining area. The fully equipped kitchen is perfect for rustling up a favourite meal or snack. You will also find an attractive double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. French doors lead out onto the beautiful rooftop terrace where you can sit back and enjoy a BBQ or an evening drink.

Perfectly situated just a few hundred metres from the heart of Swanage, this delightful property is perfect for couples looking to enjoy the town’s fantastic range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops. Perfect for exploring the Jurassic Heritage Coast, nearby attractions include Anvil Point Lighthouse (2 miles), The Great Globe (1.5 miles), Dancing Ledge (3.5 miles), Winspit Quarry (6 miles) and Old Harry Rocks (4 miles). Durlston Bay lies to the south, and you can also visit Durslton Country Park (1.5 miles) and Corfe Castle (6.5 miles) or catch a ferry from Studland (4 miles) to explore Brownsea Island.

  • 1 bedroom with 5ft double bed
  • 1 en-suite shower room
  • Hob, oven, fridge with ice-box, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Rooftop terrace with seating area
  • Off-road parking for 1 car in car-port
  • Smart TV
  • Pubs and shops within half a mile
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Nespresso machine
  • BBQ available
  • No telephone
  • Regret no children
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 47 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Debbie 24th February 2024

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Reviewed by Jennifer 16th February 2024

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Reviewed by Joy 29th December 2023

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Reviewed by Antony 20th October 2023

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Reviewed by John 6th October 2023

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Excellent location, equipment and all round presentation.

Reviewed by Russell 29th September 2023

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Reviewed by Derek 22nd September 2023

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The Porthole at Swanage was brilliant and definitely 5Star. Apartment spotless on arrival and the location was wonderful with everything you need close to hand. Good local restaurants and a reliable bus service to varying places. Strongly recommend - we will be returning.

Reviewed by Tony 15th September 2023

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Fabulous flat, great location and nearly perfect but things were looking slightly worn out and poorly maintained for the rental charge.

Reviewed by K 8th September 2023

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Wonderful location, quiet yet close to all facilities. We did not use our car at all, enjoying open top buses, steam trains and walking instead.

Reviewed by Bryan 1st September 2023

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Reviewed by Gail 25th August 2023

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Perfect location, comfortable and clean . Would love to return.

Reviewed by Paul 4th August 2023

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We stayed here for a week omg we absolutely loved it the apartment the location the cleanliness and was quite lucky with the weather to its a really relaxing property and the views were amazing and shell bay restaurant is fantastic.

Reviewed by K 14th July 2023

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This was our seventh visit to Porthole Penthouse. Simply, yet tastefully furnished with everything you need, this apartment is in the most superb location. We never tire of the views from the porthole and sun terrace. Plenty to explore nearby and no need to use the car if you dont want to. Even when the weather is a bit inclement, its still fascinaRead moreting watching the sea from the apartment. Everything is presented and maintained to the highest standard. Hope to be back next year. Hide

Reviewed by Michael 30th June 2023

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Reviewed by William 23rd June 2023

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Perfect position and lovely apartment. Beautifully appointed and equipped, although the mattress could have been more comfortable.

Reviewed by P 16th June 2023

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I love this property. It is clean,comfortable and well positioned. I love the views,the balcony.In fact I could live here permanently.

Reviewed by Pamela 2nd June 2023

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A very comfortable apartment in an excellent location.

Reviewed by Alan 12th May 2023

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The lower path through the gate was a bonus for us but we only found out about it while looking through the previous visitors comments (unless we missed it somewhere in the information pack). An ideal location and with the weather we had, a lovely holiday.

Reviewed by Keith 31st March 2023

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Reviewed by Jennifer 24th March 2023

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A really lovely apartment in a wonderful location. We hope to visit again in better weather!

Reviewed by Susan 26th February 2023

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An excellent apartment with a fabulous vista across the bay to the beach and hills beyond and just a short walk to the town. Comfy bed and sofas and amazing views through the porthole! We enjoyed a wonderful February week with lots of super walks. Would certainly recommend Porthole Penthouse

Reviewed by David 31st January 2023

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We had high expectations of the cottage for our short break. We were not disappointed. It is on our 'would return' list.

Reviewed by Ian 8th January 2023

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Reviewed by Jane 25th November 2022

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This apartment was very comfortable and warm, as we stayed in late November and needed the heating on! It is located in a block on the waters edge and has stunning views of all around and on a clear day you can see Bournemouth. The car port was a bit l tight for space and if you have a 4 x 4 you would struggle with parking. Its a short walk into thRead moree town of Swanage but up hill on the way back. Hide

Reviewed by Kim 11th November 2022

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Excellent accommodation.

Reviewed by Angela 4th November 2022

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Lovely apartment with fantastic views.

Reviewed by Bruce 21st October 2022

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A very comfortable and well presented apartment with lovely views across the bay, and just a short walk into Swanage.

Reviewed by Donna 14th October 2022

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A bright and airy apartment in a superb location. Fantastic views across Swanage bay to Ballard Down and beyond. Easy access to the town and surrounding coastal and country footpaths.

Reviewed by John 30th September 2022

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Reviewed by David 16th September 2022

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION as they say. Couldn't stop looking out of porthole. We were so lucky with weather, so able to use lovely big chairs on terrace which is very private. The bed is so comfortable with good bed linen and towels provided. Hope to come back again. Thank you to the owners.

Reviewed by Richard 2nd September 2022

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Reviewed by Phil 19th August 2022

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Reviewed by April 5th August 2022

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This was our second stay and the location is just perfect. The property is lovely and we were able to make full use of the balcony this trip. The soft seating is good with one located for shade in the morning and one for the evening! BBQ was very useful. One slightly disappointing aspect was a call before we went to ask for a fan in the property. WRead moree were told there wasn't one as "it doesn't get that hot". It did! If we hadn't taken one we would have been unable to sleep. Hide

Reviewed by David 29th July 2022

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Reviewed by K 15th July 2022

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This property is tastefully and comfortably furnished with everything you need. We have stayed here five times and the cleanliness always meets the highest standards. The location is stunning! Beautiful views in every direction and the sound of the sea right outside your window. The perfect seaside getaway for two.

Reviewed by Pamela 8th July 2022

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This apartment is in an excellent location, with fantastic sea views from the terrace, the lunge and the bedroom. We loved every minute and can't wait to return for a future holiday in Swanage.

Reviewed by Jane 24th June 2022

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We had a great holiday in Swanage. The apartment is well appointed, has great views and is well equipped..

Reviewed by Sylvia 17th June 2022

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Excellent place to stay.

Reviewed by William 10th June 2022

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Beautiful apartment in superb location with wonderful views. Easy access to town centre and surrounding country and coastal walks.

Reviewed by P 3rd June 2022

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I thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Porthole Penthouse.It was very clean,comfortable and convenient. Thank you.

Reviewed by Malcolm 20th May 2022

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Superb location

Reviewed by Diane 13th May 2022

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Reviewed by Bryan 29th April 2022

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Reviewed by Elizabeth 22nd April 2022

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We had a fabulous week here, the inside was immaculate, bed really comfy and lovely bathroom. Wonderful position with fabulous views and central to the town where there were several eateries and unusual shops. Rail and bus stations nearby for trips. Lots of walks in the countryside.

Reviewed by Diane 15th April 2022

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Given that the private terrace is seen as a key feature then some TLC to paintwork and slabs should have been undertaken at the beginning of season. With the bell not working having only one key was inconvenient. Crockery needs increasing if dishwasher is preferred but with so little maybe breakages have not been replaced. Lovely location and comfoRead morertable bed. A shelf or storage unit in en-suite would be an improvement. Luckily the weather did not disappoint. Hide

Reviewed by Diana 8th April 2022

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A light, bright and comfortable apartment directly overlooking the sea. The large balcony is a real bonus .The location could not be better - quiet but just a few minutes walking distance from the town and with easy access to the coast path.

Reviewed by Darryll 18th March 2022

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Had a brilliant weekend. The apartment is fantastic and the view stunning. A short and pleasant walk to the town centre.

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