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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
Decorated for Christmas
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

Ideal for exploring the bustling Victorian seaside town of Swanage, this picturesque Grade II listed former quarryman's cottage dates back to 1750, and has been lovingly updated to provide cosy and welcoming accommodation for up to three adults or two adults and two children. A lovely holiday retreat for a couple or small family, this pretty Purbeck stone-built cottage makes a wonderful base for walkers and holidaymakers looking to explore this idyllic corner of Dorset, with the stunning Jurassic Coast and tranquil Purbeck Hills within easy reach.

The inviting lounge features a beautiful flagstone floor, an original fireplace and cosy wood burner, making this is a lovely space to relax in at the end of great day. There's also a charming dining space perfect for a romantic meal, prepared in the galley kitchen which is full of character. Narrow, winding cottage-style stairs lead up to the first floor, where you will find two light and comfortable bedrooms which share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. There's a bright and relaxing king-size room and a delightful bunk bedroom suitable for two children or one adult. Due to the age of the property, there are areas of restricted height, changes of level and low beams. Outside, there's a charming courtyard area – enclosed by a low stone wall – with garden furniture, providing a delightful spot for you to enjoy a morning coffee and admire the views across to the distant Purbeck Hills.

The popular seaside town of Swanage has a range of excellent places to eat and drink, and has a long sandy beach, traditional promenade and Victorian pier. Local attractions include Durlston Bay, Ballard Down, Dancing Ledge and the beautiful Durlston Country Park (all within 2.5 miles), or you can head inland by steam train to the idyllic village of Corfe Castle (5 miles).

  • 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
  • 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
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jenny 18th November 2022

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A very cute and cosy cottage, that me and my family had a lovely weekend at. Very basic, nothing modern but this suited us.

Reviewed by David 4th November 2022

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Cosy cottage well located for exploring this lovely area of Dorset.

Reviewed by Rebecca 28th October 2022

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Nook. The cottage was clean, well equipped and the wood burner was a cosy dream. The information pack was very imformative and Mandy was very helpful.

Reviewed by Paula 21st October 2022

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What a delightful cottage, full of charm and very relaxing! Tucked away and peaceful, just what we needed! Not having visited Swanage for some years it was great returning. It was too far for me to walk to the beach, however for the fitter it would probably be ok. Wonderful going on the steam train again to corfe castle too!

Reviewed by Debbie 30th September 2022

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The Nook was a perfect cottage to explore the Isle of Purbeck. Beautiful coastal and countryside walks from the cottage. Just a short drive to Studland Bay. The Nook was cosy and comfortable. The beds are comfortable and everything was clean. Everything you need is provided. Mandy was really welcoming and passed on lots of useful advise on the locaRead morel area. The low beams and bathroom ceiling weren't a problem for me as I am not very tall. I would love to return. Hide

Reviewed by David 23rd September 2022

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Reviewed by Joanna 2nd September 2022

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We had a wonderful fortnight staying at the Nook. The cottage was really comfortable, tastefully decorated and extremely well equipped - it had everything we needed and more. Mandy, the owner, was so helpful and made us feel really welcomed. We loved the proximity to the local shop, the fish and chip shop and to the walks along the coast - we couldRead moren't recommend it more highly. Hide

Reviewed by Steve 26th August 2022

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Good value for money. A bit too far from the town centre than we normally are. Didnt realise I would hit my head on the low doorways as often as I did.

Reviewed by Julia 5th August 2022

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Reviewed by Lynne 24th June 2022

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Excellent cottage in a great location . The cottage itself is well equipped and has everything you might need. The location is perfect for enjoying this fantastic area . We parked the car on arrival then walked everywhere. Loved this holiday and would recommend the cottage .

Reviewed by Catherine 10th June 2022

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Pretty little cottage, perfect for a couple. Love the little front garden and view. Very comfy big bed & sitting room. Easy to walk into town or to the coastal path. Outdoor yoga by the castle on Sunday morning was a treat and so was sailing the for hire catamarans off Studland Bay.

Reviewed by Sarah 28th May 2022

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A great week in a beautiful cottage. Location was brilliant. Everything you needed was provided for and more. A lovely welcome pack greeted us. The bed was comfy which is always a bonus! It felt very homely. It was like stepping back in time but with all the comforts of today. A delightful week.

Reviewed by Amber 15th April 2022

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Loved our holiday, beautiful little Cottage, ideal for parents with two youngs children. Mandy is lovely and so helpful! Would highly recommend the cottage as a family holiday or romantic get away

Reviewed by Elizabeth 4th April 2022

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A beautiful wee place with a caring owner.Tasteful and homely with a welcome drink and wood for a blazing fire.

Reviewed by Sandra 25th March 2022

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Reviewed by Abbie 18th March 2022

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Amazing and cute property that is in a perfect location. The bed is very comfy and the log burner is a treat for a cosy evening. We got married in the town hall on the Saturday so it was a lovely place to stay for a week after the wedding! We tried the greyhound pub by corfe castle after the owners recommendation as we have never been in there and Read moreit was a fabulous pub! Really lovely owner and full of great recommendations Hide

Reviewed by Rachel 11th March 2022

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The Nook was a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle. It was spotlessly clean and beautifully cared for. The little touches were well thought out and the view over the valley was lovely.

Reviewed by Jeremy 7th March 2022

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Reviewed by Chantelle 30th December 2021

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Reviewed by Jonathan 9th November 2021

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Lovely, cosy and well equipped little cottage. Think the owners should be commended. Very respectfully converted and decorated. Lots of local information provided and welcoming. Hopefully Covid restrictions will eventually lift and allow an earlier check in, so that hirers can enjoy it for longer.

Reviewed by Angela 29th October 2021

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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

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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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