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

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

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) and 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 walking 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, a 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 January, 2017

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 now very involved in Purbeck Art Weeks Festival and the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival. I 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 Purbeck

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 found this flat in Swanage. 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 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!

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, 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)


Relaxing Haven

  • 5 of 5

Property is exactly as described , light, airy, tastefully decorated and fitted with everything you need for a relaxing holiday, Great place to come "home" to after being out all day, very peaceful in the evenings. Would recommend the Tea and Supper Room in Worth Matravers. Charlotte responds very quickly to any questions you may have, however trivial. Neither of us wanted to come home after this holiday . Hope we get back one day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this. I'm so glad Barnacles was up to your expectations - we love the light and airiness too, and the different views, especially across to Old Harry's Rocks. Great it felt like 'home' and I hope you make it back there!
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  • 5 of 5

Just as described, lovely flat. We really had a lovely stay, can’t add much to the other reviews. We will be staying again. How can we give a better recommendation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very welcome!
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a home from home...

  • 5 of 5

Barnacles is a light, spacious and characterful flat, about 5 minutes walk from Swanage's pleasant seafront and less than a mile from the Durlston cliff area with its well preserved Victorian charm. The flat is also a good base for exploring the Isle of Purbeck and the rest of this corner of Dorset, with some of the most scenic walks of the south coast no more than a 10-20 minutes drive away.

The flat is fully equipped and a very comfortable 'home from home' for the tired walker. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay here - and post walk recuperation! If you don't want to use the car then the SW coastal path is just 5 mins walk away - I tend to go towards Dancing Ledge, but Studland is just around Swanage bay and over the hill in the other direction - or you can go along the ridge to Corfe (and back by on a Swanage railway train!).
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beautiful, creative, homely

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this cosy and curated flat - there are vibrant colours everywhere - rugs, ceramics, glass and interesting paintings and textiles. The flat has everything you could want for cooking and relaxing and helpfully there is a hairdryer. The bed is really spacious and comfortable and the kitchen is a charming place to sit in too. The peace, the views, the light and fresh air and we were even lucky with sunshine. You can see the bay curving round from the bedroom/lounge and aswell as wonderful sea glimpses and birds swooping towards it from the lounge. We walked the long way round the cliff path to Langton Mattravers where there are many places of interest - towers, castle and giant stone globe overlooking a cliffside path and drop with sea birds and the chance of seeing a porpoise. There was a warm welcome in the Kings Head pub for a delicious ploughmans followed by home made cheesecake. The area feels so peaceful, calm and colourful, a perfect antidote to the metropolis. The Blues crowd were laid back and friendly and so were the locals, there are many festivals here to enjoy. Anyway it was such a lovely experience I think we could both imagine living in Swanage one day, we will look forward to visiting again later in the year.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for these kind observations. I'm so pleased you enjoyed all the visuals. As you can see the flat gives Oded and I a huge amount of pleasure too - he is the glass maker! At the moment he's working on a glass project for the porch, and one more piece for the flat. I hope you decide to come and live in Swanage one day - so much to see and do, and so friendly.
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  • 5 of 5

It was a joyful experience to spend time in this light, spacious, uncluttered home with everything one could need including interesting reading material, beautiful furniture and artworks as well as a comfortable bed. The flat is within easy reach of good walks and the town has some interesting shops and a very good eating place, The Canteen, which we returned to on the 2nd night. Nice to be in Swanage in Jan when things are quiet but we shall definitely be thinking of staying in this beautiful flat again later in the year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

From the first point of contact Charlotte is a joy to work with and Barnacles is such a joy to stay in. Extremely light and roomy with such wonderful views over Swanage to the sea one way and the countryside the other.

Our days were full and we often returned tired but then to relax in such a well appointed flat made our energy return ready for the next morning's glorious sunrise.

Thank you Charlotte.

Cathy & Bill

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I also enjoy my contacts with guests. Yes, the views are delightful aren't they, and Swanage has so many interesting corners, particularly when one remembers its historical role in stone quarrying and shipment.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
11 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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.

I request a 25% non returnable deposit with the completed booking form. The full balance is due at least a month before your booking. If for any reason you do have to cancel your holiday I'm happy to consider refunding you in full (including your deposit) if I can get a replacement booking.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Swanage in Dorset

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
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 ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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