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Purbeck Stone Cottage Offering Contemporary Style Living With Original Features

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Home in Swanage, Dorset - Quiet Central Position, 2 Minute Walk To Sandy Beach, Pier, Steam Railway, Shops, Cafes And Bars

The Old Bakery is ideally situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the centre of Swanage, a few minutes walk from the shops, bars and restaurants. The South West Coastal walk runs through Swanage, and Durlston Castle and Country Park are a 30 minute walk from the cottaage. The cottage boasts 2 parking spaces. Inside, the living space is open-plan with a black slate floor. The newly fitted kitchen includes a dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a tumble dryer. The lounge offers a corner leather settee and Freeview television. Above the lounge there is a contemporary style mezzanine, offering additional lounge space (including Freeview television) as well as a sofabed. There are 3 bedrooms. Upstairs is the master bedroom, featuring a king-size bed, and family bathroom. Downstairs there is a small double bedroom and triple bunk room.All the bedrooms (plus the lounge and mezzanine) have computer points for internet access. WIFI is included.

Karen Spriggs
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
13 May, 2018

About Karen Spriggs

We are in our forties and have 2 sons. We live in Parkstone, near Poole, Dorset - a 30 minute drive (using the Swanage ferry) or an hour's cycle.

We bought The Old Bakery in 2009, having spotted it on the Internet and then seeing it on one of our weekend cycles in the Purbecks. Work started in January 2010 and was finished in October the same year. It certainly became a labour of love but we are really pleased with the results. We hope you are too.

Karen Spriggs purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Karen Spriggs chose Swanage

We love the Purbecks and walk or cycle with family and friends in the area most weekends. For us, we can reach areas of calm and unspoilt beauty quickly and easily, and still be home in time for tea!

We were keen to buy a property in Swanage because, not only are the coast and countryside right on the doorstep, but also Swanage has all the conveniences we require and more. We love to take what is literally a one minute stroll to Love Cake on the High Street for a cappuccino or to walk on to Gee Whites open-air seafood restaurant for prawns and 'fizz'. We have found Swanage to be a really friendly town with loads going on throughout the year. The Folk Festival is really fun, Purbeck Arts Week (PAW) is well worth a visit and New Year Eve showcases some inspirational fancy dress outfits!

What makes this cottage unique

The fact that we can spend a great few days at The Old Bakery without ever using the car is a huge advantage and makes for a truly relaxing break. We love walking and love the fact that we can walk directly from the cottage. We often walk to Corfe village/castle and catch the steam train back or vice versa. (A stop at the Corfe Model Village Tea Rooms is a must, of course!). Alternatively, we like to walk to Durlston Country Park to enjoy the wonderful views and to try to spot orchids and even adders in the summer months. We love to head for the Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers for one of their famous pasties, dropping down to Dancing Ledge and Chapman's Pool, time permitting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A fantastic cottage. Can we please come back again soon."

"We loved the Old Bakery... The power shower was fantastic... And we enjoyed walking to the shops and browsing."

"5 star hotel rating from us!"
Jan 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Swanage in Purbeck District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • town
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom on first floor with shower bath, Mira remote-control shower, WC and basin, heated towel rail and lit/heated mirror with shaver point. Downstairs there is a separate WC with basin, leading from the living area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King-size bed in upstairs master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Standard double bed in small downstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Downstairs bunk room with double bed below single bed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7/9 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large master bedroom with king-size bed adjacent to bathroom, small double bedroom with standard size bed, third bedroom with double bed below single bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Old Bakery has recently been converted to a high standard. The open-plan living/dining/kitchen area and hallway have black slate floors. There is ample seating in the lounge (leather corner sofa) and mezzanine (sofa bed and leather chair). Both the lounge and mezzanine have a Freeview television. The cottage has been painted using traditional distemper, creating a neutral backdrop for photographs of old Swanage and local wild flowers, as well as more contemporary style ornaments. There are computer points in the lounge, mezzanine and all bedrooms for internet access, as well as WIFI. The cottage is centrally heated and also offers a multi-fuel stove. (Coal and wood are provided during the winter months). Each bedroom has been dressed in coordinating linens. Outside: There is a small paved covered outside area suitable for safe storage of bicycles and beach equipment. This area is equipped with a hose and drainage. A small table and 2 chairs are provided during the summer months. Utility Room: A tumble dryer is located in understairs cupboard. An indoor airer and pegs are available, as well as an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, tea towels and bedlinen are included. The cottage is cleaned on a weekly basis, and towels and linen are cleaned weekly.


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Purbeck Stone Cottage Offering Contemporary Style Living With Original Features
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 4 reviews

Great location! House lived up to expectations.

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped kitchen with good double oven. Excellent sized dishwasher, and plenty of crockery.

Beds and bedding comfortable, especially the upstairs king sized bed.

Parking was a a slight challenge, but adequate for two cars including an estate car.

Very cozy and warm. Didn't need the stove, despite unseasonal weather.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect hide away in the centre of town.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was immaculately clean and freshly decorated throughout. Central heating worked perfectly and continuous hot water for showers. It is very well equipped, and includes a supply of kitchen essentials and a welcome pack.

Local shops and pubs all within a few meters of the door, whilst the location is quiet. The lack of a garden is less of an issue when everything including the beach is so close.

Can recommend Cauldron Bistro as the best dining in town, unfortunately only opens Friday and Saturday evenings.

Disappointed with the pub food town, very ordinary and not up to the standards of Bistro pub food we are used to. The best pub we found for fresh local produce was The Castle Inn at Corfe Castle. Nothing beats The Pig on the Beach for fine dining. All need to be booked. Martin was an excellent taxi service always on time.

We have no hesitation in recommending this property.

John & Carol Hill

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amersham, Bucks, UK

Lovely cottage, nicely presented, & great location

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of 4 adults & 2 children, down for Swanage Carnival Week. The Old Bakery is in a wonderfully convenient location just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre & seafront, & we all had a lovely holiday there. The building has clearly been carefully restored & modernised, & everywhere was very nicely finished & well-prepared for our visit, & it was also nice (& a bit unusual in holiday lets) that everything worked well! The kitchen equipment was all good, the hot water system & shower worked well & coped with all 6 of us, & the WiFi was great. The only thing we couldn’t get to work was the Xbox, but it wasn’t sufficiently important so we didn’t bother phoning the owners, although they had left their phone numbers handy. They had also left a very nice ‘welcome pack’ for us, which was much appreciated. The parking for 2 cars was also a real bonus that close to the centre, & we didn’t have any problems parking 2 quite big vehicles.

The finish & presentation of the rooms is lovely, & there was adequate space for everyone, but be warned that the people who get the upstairs bedroom win the prize for best accommodation – you have a lovely big open bedroom & the bathroom next to you, but the downstairs double bedroom is a bit on the small side. However, we had paid for the holiday & got the big room, so our daughter & her husband drew the short straw & got the small room! The children’s room with the bunk bed was fine.

The main living area with the mezzanine space gives plenty of room, & makes for a very interesting holiday home, but has its limitations. It seems a good idea to have TV’s in the lounge below & the mezzanine above, but in practice, the acoustics are such that you can only watch one at a time anyway - some sound-deadening panels under the mezzanine floor would help a lot there. There’s also very little natural light in the living area (a function of the building’s origins I guess), & we missed having much in the way of views from the windows, but the convenient location is a fair exchange for that for a short stay.

Not much in the way of criticisms really, but for a party of 6 coming back from the beach or a day out, another shower would have been really useful – more than just a single towel rail as well please! Some other little points, but easily sorted: some hooks on the backs of the upstairs bedroom & bathroom doors would be very useful for jackets, dressing gowns etc; just a few more mugs, glasses & teaspoons perhaps?

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Red Lion Pub, Swanage
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Purbeck Golf Club
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Swanage Steam Train
Nearest Motorway
48 Miles
M3 Southampton
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Love Cake
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: not necessary


The Old Bakery is a two minute walk from the safe, sandy beach which is ideal for families. Canoes, small motor-boats and pedalos can be hired during high season. The Victorian pier is a five minute walk from the cottage and offers a small museum, shop and cafe. Fishing is possible from the pier and bait can be purchased in Swanage. A Padi scuba diving centre (with its own dive-boats) is located on the pier. The 27 mile South West Coast Path runs through Swanage.


The central position of The Old Bakery means that the use of a car is not essential. The Swanage steam railway is a 5 minute walk from the cottage and the train connects with Corfe village and castle. There is a good local bus service for connection with Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth. The Studland ferry operates between Studland and Sandbanks, allowing travel by car or bus. The Purbeck Hills are an ideal area for cycling (both mountain and road).


The Old Bakery is in the centre of Swanage. Durlston Country Park is a 30 minute walk (or 10 minute drive). Corfe village and castle are a 20 minute trip on the steam railway. Studland Beach and Ferry are a 20 minute drive (traffic dependent). Sandbanks beach is accessible by the Studland Ferry (operating every 20 minutes from 7am to 11pm. Poole town centre is a 15 minute drive from Sandbanks and Bournemouth is a 30 minute drive (also accessible by pleasure boat in high season).

Further Details:

Swanage is a small coastal town of approximately 10,000 people. It offers 2 supermarkets, as well as a selection of independent shops, ranging from a quality delicatessen to the award winning chocolate shop, Chococo, and a selection of gift, home furnishing and art shops, showcasing local artists. The town has branches of all the major banks, a theatre showing newly released films and plays, and an indoor public swimming pool. The town offers a range of quality restaurants and bistros, as well as cafes and even an open-air seafood restaurant. Swanage has a timetable of year-round events for all to enjoy, from Blues, Jazz and Folk Festivals, to the Regatta and Carnival Week. Swanage's gently sloping, sandy beach consistently achieves European Blue Flag Status and is perfect for all the family. The 27 mile South West Coast Path follows the whole of the Purbeck coastline, offering a combination of sandy beaches, cliff tops, spectacular geological features and hidden coves. The area is a walker's paradise, offering not only coastal walks but also countryside rambles. The picturesque village of Worth Matravers is a gentle 2 hour coastal walk from The Old Bakery and is the home of the famous Square and Compass pub. Durlston Country Park is a fantastic site of around 260 acres of natural beauty, including marine mammals and birds, and is just a 30 minute walk from the cottage. Brownsea Island, where Lord Baden Powell held the first Boy Scout camp, is accessible by boat trip from Poole Quay or the Sandbanks ferry site. Purbeck has a rich heritage, from the village of Tyneham (evacuated for military training during the second world war) to the castles of Corfe and Lulworth. The Lulworth Estate also boasts Durdle Door with its magnificent arch and Lulworth Cove with its perfectly rounded bay. Purbeck also has a wealth of family attractions such as Monkey World and The Tank Museum, and two farm parks at Farmer Palmer's and Putlake Adventure Farm.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Swanage, Dorset

Rental Basis:
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Rate 20
14 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
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26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
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2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
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30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
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14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
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1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
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15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
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29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
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Rate 28
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
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Rate 29
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
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Rate 30
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
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for 7 nights
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit (non-refundable) to be sent at the time of booking to secure the reservation. The balance is payable 8 weeks before arrival. Terms and Conditions apply and are sent upon receipt of deposit. We strongly recommend that you purchase holiday insurance to provide cover in case of cancellation.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. The cottage must be vacated by 10am. Arrival is possible at any time after 2pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are per week and include bedlinen, towels, tea towels, free Internet access, fuel for the wood burner (during the winter months) and "Welcome Pack". Short breaks may be available at certain times - please contact the owners for availability and prices. Pets may be accepted upon request.
Payment can either be made by cheque or bank transfer. Cheques (made payable to Valley Cottages) to be sent to 16 Churchill Crescent, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, BH12 2NG. Bank details for bank transfer: Lloyds Bank, Poole, Sort Code: 30 96 73, Account No.: 44584360, Account Name: Valley Cottages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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