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Light, Airy 1st Floor Apartment with delightful views over bay and Purbeck Hills

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Barnacles apartment in Swanage, Dorset, England - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk To The Beach And Less To A Range Of Pubs, Shops And Eating Places

Close to the town, beach and coastal path, the flat is peaceful and full of light with different sea, hill and beach views to enjoy from each room. The furnishings are comfortably modern with colourful rugs. The flat consists of two 'wings' (with a kitchen you can eat in, a large sitting room, and bedroom) - this unusual orientation makes it very spacious and brings the sun in all the year round. Central heating makes it cosy in the winter. The position is perfect for those who want to set off along the SW coastal path or Purbeck Way, take the steam train to Corfe Castle, or spend the day on the beach then retreat to the peace and quiet of Barnacles before trying the many pubs and eating places in town. Between Swanage and Lulworth the coastal scenery is dramatic and craggy with beaches and old stone quarries. Swanage also has a variety of festivals including the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival at the end of May, the popular Jazz Festival in July, the International Chamber Music Festival in early September, and the famous Purbeck Film Festival in October.

Charlotte Heath
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
4 May, 2018

About Charlotte Heath

Soon after I left the Department for International Development in 2012 we were lucky enough find this long dreamt of toe hold in Purbeck. In addition to just enjoying being here I am fully involved in Purbeck Art Weeks Festival and the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival. I also do some social development consultancy work in Nepal and Tajikistan. I started out life with music and studying the cello, then changed my mind and went to art college in London to study textiles. I was a weaver for a number of years, and love colour and texture. This took me to all sorts of interesting places including the Middle East where I spent several years working with Bedouin weavers in Oman and the Negev. My home is in Highbury, London with my partner Oded - and spending time in Barnacles and Swanage continues to give us a huge amount of pleasure, me in particular! I hope you enjoy it too.

Charlotte Heath purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Charlotte Heath chose Swanage

My family have been connected to the Kimmeridge area since the early 1900's, and I have been coming down here since I was born in 1952. At the end of 2012, after a long two year search, we were lucky enough to find this flat. What particularly appealed were the different views of the sea and hills from each room, the light pouring into the flat all day, and the fact that the sea, cliff tops of Peveril Point and the coastal path are so close by. It's also very quiet here, which is very important to us. And there's something special about a window seat! I love gardening so got permission from Swanage Council to cultivate the verges around the house. The plants are gradually becoming established and learning to protect themselves from the Swanage Council mowers and dogs!

What makes this apartment unique

I can't imagine ever being bored here - each season has its own interest - for photography, collecting drift wood, reading, observing, birds, walking and exploring - or simply watching the changing light across the sea and hills. After coming to the area for so many years it's a pleasure to know that it remains easy to get away from the 'crowds' - which in any case are never very big here even in August.

You will see some unusual glass work in the flat too.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Swanage in Purbeck District

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Travel insurance is recommended in order to cover any personal liability claims, accident or cancellation.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath with overhead shower, WC, sink, heated towel rail, and over-bath drying frame. Ample storage space.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Large bedroom with full bay window, picture window and high ceiling. Super king double bed or can be made up as twin beds on request. Electric blanket. Ample storage, hanging space. Desk and free Wi-Fi access. Views of beach and Old Harry Rocks.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: There is no smoking anywhere in the building and we are unable to accept pets. There is plenty of hot water – and you can enjoy a bath whilst listening to the gentle clucking of our neighbours chickens (no cockerels!). Our neighbours upstairs and downstairs are permanent residents so we ask you to respect that. The flat is very spacious with bags of room for two people and independency. The sea front is a couple of minutes away if you want an evening stroll or fish and chips – and walking the other way there is a lovely path along the cliff top and through the woods to Durlston Park for a glass of wine in the Seventh Wave restaurant as you watch the sun setting. A short car journey away (or longer walk) there is the unspoilt Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers , the deserted village of Tyneham, the Kings Arms in Kingston for good food and wonderful views, and many wild heathlands to explore including the Arne RSPB reserve. Outside: A rotary drying frame is available for bathing towels. One allocated parking space for your car. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Cleaning service: Barnacles is cleaned prior to your arrival and the bed is made up. Bed linen, towels (1 bath and 1 hand towel per person), and tea towels are included. Please bring your own beach towels. Feather duvets and 4 pillows are provided. Fibre on request. Other: Generous hallway with ample hooks for jackets, coats, shoes.


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Light, Airy 1st Floor Apartment with delightful views over bay and Purbeck Hills
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews

Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

Property absolutely spot on, spectacular views, brilliant walks, good pubs, lovely town, good transport...... ferry and busses. Great bass for a great holiday.😁

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed all that Barnacles, Swanage and Purbeck have to offer! Swanage is a good place to be all the year round.
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Excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We found the flat very comfortable, well located for the town centre. The view was special and the flat was very light and roomy. The information supplied by Charlotte was very useful and allowed us to settle in very quickly. We had good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Barnacles, we would certainly recommend it to our friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous few days at Charlotte's flat. Very comfortable and lovely views. So much to do in the surrounding area, we will be back. Visited Poole Harbour, Brownsea, Corfe Castle by train and enjoyed the beaches along Studland. Great food at The Black Swan and loved The Cabin on far end of Swanage beach.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It suited our requirement for our short break

  • 5 of 5

The property was lovely very nicely furnished and equipped with everything we needed for our stay and good communication with the owner.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A delightful well equipped apartment.

  • 4 of 5

A very enjoyable stay after arriving following a lot of snow! Weather was very unkind!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and well done for braving the snow to get there! Very unusual in Swanage!
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Tastful, Beaumont fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

We have been to many appartments over the last 30 years and this is one of the best. Beautiful rooms, strong shower, fantastic veiws, just perfect !

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay. Making Barnacles into somewhere that we love going to and other people can enjoy has been a pleasure. I've tried very hard not to make it cluttered - and so far so good! I love the views too - and the quirky layout. I hope we see you again sometime.
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Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
White Swan
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Car: not necessary


The seafront is a 2 minute walk, and Swanage's own sandy beach is just a 5 minute walk. Studland's National Trust sandy beaches and Shell Bay are 10 minutes away driving (or longer if walking). Going westward Kimmeridge Bay is a short drive away and great for walking, swimming, fossils and surfing. Lulworth Cove is a little further, with a pretty village and good swimming. Durdle Door is about 40 minutes by car. Bournemouth's sandy beaches can be reached via Sandbanks Ferry from Studland.


Swanage can be reached by train to Wareham from London Waterloo, then a bus (Purbeck Breezer 40) or taxi to Swanage. Other options are hiring a car from U Drive next to the station, or bicycles from platform 1. A car is not essential during your stay as there's plenty to do locally, with a good local bus service along the coast and a steam train from the centre of Swanage to Corfe Castle. The nearest airport is Hurn near Bournemouth - about 12 miles away via Sandbanks Ferry to Studland.


Durlston Castle and Country Park incl. Seventh Wave Restaurant/Bar 1.2 miles

Corfe Castle, history and cream teas 5.5 miles

Studland Beach for sand, swimming 3.5 miles

Worth Matravers and The Square and Compass 4 miles

Kingston Village and The Scott Arms 5 miles

Kimmeridge Bay 10 miles

Deserted Tyneham village and Worbarrow Bay 12 miles (approx)

Wareham and the historic Rex Cinema 10 miles

Lyme Regis 56 miles

Durdle Door 20 miles

Dorchester and good shopping 30 miles

Swanage Railway station 8 mins

Further Details:

Pubs, restaurants and shops are all within 3 minutes of the apartment. On the provisions side there are two supermarkets plus several bakers, two banks, a delicatessen and a butcher. There is a range of other interesting shops as well as several small Galleries, including the new StoneWork Gallery on the High St. The Mowlem Centre provides cinema and theatre. Other places of interest are Brownsea Island nature reserve (National Trust) which is beautifully positioned in Poole harbour and famous for red squirrels. The ferry goes from Poole Quay. In Wareham you can go boating on the River Frome ending up at The Granary on the quayside for a drink, lunch or evening meal - before seeing a film at the historic Rex Cinema. Near Wareham is Arne (RSPB) nature reserve which is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland; it's a fantastic place for walks at any time of year and you may see Dartford Warblers, Nightjars or Ospreys. If you enjoy historic houses there is also Kingston Lacey, a fine 17 C manor house (National Trust) near Wimbourne Minster.

The grassy cliff top 'lawns' of Peveril Point are literally 2 minutes walk away - for picnics, sun bathing or an evening sundowner.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Swanage, Dorset

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
26 May 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late autumn
27 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please send your enquiries by email. If the dates are available I will send you a booking form to fill in and return with a cheque either for the deposit or the full amount. You will be asked for a deposit of 25% up front to secure the booking. The balance is due at least a month before the start of the holiday. I am usually happy to take bookings of less than 7 nights (3 minimum) in off peak periods - so please do ask. The charge for less than 7 nights is worked out as a percentage of a full week.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days can be flexible depending on how it fits with other bookings and cleaning schedules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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