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Grand Edwardian Villa In Swanage, Purbeck



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Large dog-friendly house with sea views and private gardens, ideal for family get-togethers, close to sandy beaches and Southwest Coast Path

Built as a grand seaside home for an Edwardian family and their servants, The Mount has ample space for large groups to get together, with room to spread out and relax. It sleeps 12 to 15 adults plus children (maximum 18 in total). Its elevated position gives sea views to Old Harry Rocks or Durlston Bay from many rooms, and the enclosed, sunny gardens that wrap around the house are a great spot to relax and enjoy a barbecue or a game of croquet or badminton. There are three large reception rooms – a dining hall, a sunny lounge and a music room. The kitchen and utility are fully equipped to a professional standard. Upstairs are six bedrooms – four very large family rooms and two normal sized double rooms that were originally for servants – plus two family bathrooms and one en suite.

The house is extremely well equipped, with lots of books, games and toys, as well as a full-size pool table and a large TV with Netflix. There's a piano and other instruments and Sonos speakers with a free Google Play account.

The town centre, with its sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants and galleries, is a short walk downhill. In summer a bus service stops right outside the gate. The Jurassic Coast is on the doorstep and there are great walks to Durlston National Nature Reserve, Anvil Point lighthouse and beyond. There is plenty of on-street parking on two sides of the house. Dogs are very welcome.

More Details
  • Sleeps 18
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 3 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Wonderful House, Perfect Location.

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 12 retired friends and colleagues who meet once a year so finding a property to suit everyone can be a challenge. Not with The Mount! It is extremely welcoming, full of character and has been beautifully renovated and decorated. The kitchen is fully equipped and a pleasure to use. The beds are supremely comfortable and we also very much enjoyed the log fire! We will certainly be recommending The Mount to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful country house experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights at the Mount and had a really great time. The charming, spacious Edwardian house is beautiful and brilliantly equipped with all mod-cons and coped really well with eighteen of us staying including a baby and a dog! More joined us for a formal meal on one evening and we coped easily with the numbers. The house is very spacious and comfortable with every attention being given to the quality of linen and all the extra details that give the whole house 5-star appeal. We were particularly taken with the care and attention given to décor, pictures, books and the music room that give the house a really homely feel. The owners, Elaine and Carl, made every effort to make sure that our stay was perfect and we look forward to returning for another wonderful break.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Property for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights at The Mount for a family wedding in Swannage and had the most fantastic time there. The house is absolutely charming and so spacious that even with 13 of us staying there we felt that there was room for a few more! The facilities are brilliant with a large incredibly well-equipped kitchen, very spacious and comfortable bedrooms and an ample garden with barbecue facilities to boot. The only downside to our stay was that it was only for 3 nights - we all wanted to stay there longer! Needless to say we hope to be visiting again next summer. Elaine is a brilliant host and made our arrival and departure very straightforward and was on hand at all times should we need anything. I'd thoroughly recommend staying here any time of year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

The three generations of my family (12 of us this year) have rented a number of large houses over the years for our summer holidays − some good, some not so good − but The Mount at Swanage is in a class of its own. It is a superbly preserved Edwardian villa with lovely private gardens. The house would be an attraction on its own but it is the care and attention lavished on it by its owners that set it apart. Each room has been thoughtfully furnished, lovely bedrooms, splendid views, masses of room for our family − the large attic room is perfect for children to play and sleep in have lots of room to spread out. The Welcome Pack was generous and there was a cupboard stocked with all those bit and pieces you always forget to take. The stocks of soap and toilet rolls, pooh bags, dish washer tabs, laundry washing powder and bath towels were enough to withstand a siege but it was the little things, like the treats for our dogs and frozen lollies for the kids, that told us we were somewhere special. We had a wonderful Edwardian holiday. Don’t take any board games − they’ve got them all; or any books − the library is amazing, and if you can pretend that the pool table is a snooker table then the time-shift will be complete. As a family, we wholeheartedly recommend The Mount and hope very much to return.

Jenny Whitehead

West Yorkshire

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing, warm and welcoming spacious home

  • 5 of 5

Having decided it was time my husband and I plus our complete family of 7 adults and 4 grandchildren { 1 a new born} had a long overdue weekend together,we found the Mount, and so pleased we did.Everything about this house is perfect, the children had plenty of space to play inside and out, all the rooms were comfortable and spacious, bathrooms large and showers excellent no problems with hot water and using showers etc at same time. The kitchen is very well equipped and easy to work in with a second kitchen for overflow use, not that we needed it even with 12 of us, as the main kitchen is so good. We spent our evenings sat round the large family size kitchen table chatting and eating and just relaxing, then into one of the sitting rooms to play cards.Lots of toys, books and games in the rooms, Elaine and Carl provide top notch attention to detail, an excellent fully equipped home, nothing was to much trouble.We are more than happy to recommend and would stay again without hesitation. Swanage is a lovely town we managed an almost dry few hours on the beach and enjoyed the steam train to Corfe Castle.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Perfect house for a big gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful girls weekend with plenty of space to relax, play music, watch TV and cook fabulous meals in a really well appointed kitchen. Lots to do with the sea, quaint town, Corfe castle steam train and great walking and horse riding. I've no doubt we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So pleased you were able to pack so much into your weekend. We would, of course, love to welcome you all again. Warmest wishes.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bournemouth at 28 Miles Nearest Ferry : Poole at 5 Miles Nearest Golf : Isle of Purbeck Golf Club at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Wareham at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : M27 at 43 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Gee Whites Seafood Restaurant at 650 Metres Nearest Beach : Swanage Beach at 800 Metres

Special interest holidays:

We plan to offer various residential courses, workshops and retreats at The Mount to take full advantage of the natural resources on our doorstep.


Two mins' walk to cliff top coastal path and Swanage Downs with views across the bay to Old Harry Rock, Isle of Wight.

Two mins' walk & then a bit of a scramble down to a pebbled 'wild beach' – our kids' favourite

Five to 10 mins' walk down to main sandy Swanage beach (you can take the road, or the Downs route). This is a family beach with Punch and Judy in summer, new beach huts for hire, ice-cream kiosks, showers and WCs

20 mins walk to far beach, beyond the huts, quiet, wild & sandy

Further Details:

Purbeck is packed with things to do: stone carving, dry-stone walling, coasteering, kayaking, sailing, rowing, diving, snorkelling, horse-riding and trekking (along the beach at Studland), birdwatching boat trips, botany and nature walks, historical walks, astronomy events (Durlston Country Park has its own observatory), sea fishing, golf, mini golf, tennis, sea swimming, galleries and exhibitions. And of course there is the steam railway, puffing from Swanage town centre to Corfe Castle. The bus that stops right outside The Mount during the summer will drop you at the station. You can walk along the top of the chalk ridge to Corfe Castle, then catch the train home again.

Or catch an open-top bus to Studland and across the chain ferry to Sandbanks and Bournemouth town centre.

Swanage is known for its musical events including the annual jazz festival, blues festivals, folk festival and classical music performances throughout the year.

The Mowlem Theatre by the main beach shows films regularly and it's great to be able to walk home from the cinema.

There are numerous pubs in the town and nearby. Our favourites in Swanage are the relaxed Red Lion and The Black Swan – plus the lively Snack Bar for a cocktail. The Scott Arms at Kingston (a short drive or bus ride away) is our favourite out-of-towner. They do a great roast and there are wonderful views from the garden over Corfe Castle.

Lots of restaurants to choose from too - including the relatively recent and excellent additions of The Canteen and Love Cake.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
27 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Year
30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
Feb half term
10 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May half term
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer hols
7 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn half term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

At peak times we offer weeks only, running from Friday to Friday. Short breaks for £1600 are available outside school holidays. Breaks can either be taken midweek Monday to Friday (4 nights) or at weekends Friday to Monday (3 nights).

Changeover Day:
Please arrive after 4pm and be ready to leave by 10am, to give staff the time they need to complete the changeover. Due to the size of The Mount and consequent staffing considerations, changeover days are Fridays and Mondays only.

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Property Type

  • house


  • Family


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 4080 sq. ft.


  • Family bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Large bathroom serves bedrooms 2, 3 and 6
  • Servants' bathroom - Bath with Shower, Original bathroom serving bedrooms 4 and 5. WC next door.
  • En suite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En suite with shower serving bedroom 1
  • Servants' WC - Toilet, Next to the former servants' bedrooms
  • Vestibule WC - Toilet, Rather grand WC by the front hall
  • Gardener's WC - Toilet, WC by the back door
  • We have three bathrooms on the first floor and a WC at each end of the house downstairs.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 (en suite) - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, (kingsize plus 1-2 single trundle beds). Sea view
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, (superking or twin plus trundle bed). Sea views
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, (superking or twin plus double sofa bed). Sea view
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, garden/hill views in former servants' double room
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, (superking or twin). Hill views. Former servants' room
  • Bedroom 6 (top floor) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, (superking or twin plus day bed and trundle bed). Big views
  • We have six bedrooms that can easily accommodate 12 adults and up to six children. Four rooms have twin/superking zip-link beds. One travel cot available for any room. Other combinations may be available on request.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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