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Rumpus Sitting / Breakfast Room

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Rumpus has this year been awarded a 4 star Visit England Badge scoring 100% for cleanliness and over 80% for all other criteria. A lovely seaside retreat venue 'Rumpus Cottage' is for anyone who needs time for self-reflection, time with their loved one or time with their family. This quaint 3 storey cottage is nostalgically refurbished in decorative antique style to capture a bygone age. It also houses some inspirational reading books.

The cottage is located on a quiet unmade no through road. The cottage is made of old Purbeck stone with a traditional tile roof. Original beamed cielings throughout with huge romantic appeal, small and perfectly formed. The cottage has a honed Purbeck flagstone floor throughout the downstairs with underfloor heating so she is very snug in the winter as well as cool in the summer. Original sash windows and a huge old Purbeck stone fireplace which have been limed to preserve its authenticity. The fireplace is fitted with a crockery cupboard. This cottage has been completely refurbished with a new bathroom and kitchen (both downstairs) and the use of Farrow and Ball paints throughout. Furnished with antiques including expert finishes by Drew Lawrence Design to give a washed out seaside appearance. The cottage has a small outside courtyard which is accessed from the kitchen stable door. The courtyard is furnished with German vintage beer festival furniture and perennials. Local shop and the lovely old and quiet Black Swan Inn a few minutes walk away.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Swanage Bay 500 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bournemouth or Southampton 30 km, Nearest railway: Wareham 15 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Further details indoors


Bedlinen and towels provided.

Highchair (Handysit) and Travel Cot available in cottage.

Bedding for Travel Cot NOT provided.

Welcome tea and sugar provided.

Selection of DVD's provided.

TV includes FREEVIEW channels.

Telephone available for incoming calls only.

Free Wifi (bring your own laptop).

Handmade Organic Lavender Eye Pillows for your use during your stay.

Toast Hot Water Bottles.


Beach Towels £5 each.


The microwave and freezer are housed under the stairs.

The bath is equipped with a powerful shower and quality screen (photos taken prior to installation of screen).

Further details outdoors

Unrestricted on- street parking is available outside the cottage or in adjacent road.

Secluded Courtyard. Right of way is permitted to adjoining cottage.

Further details

Strictly no smoking.

Booking more than 6 weeks in advance of arrival date: £200 deposit required to secure booking.

Full payment or balance plus £100 safety deposit due 6 weeks prior to arrival without further demand.

The acknowledgment of the balance payment will detail arrangements for access to the property.

Children over 5 are very welcome.

Babies up to one year welcome. The cottage is equipped with a new travel cot and Handysit highchair, however parents to be aware that this is a character cottage with narrow staircases with two flights of stairs.

Mid-week clean available from £10 / hour.

The West Country region

Dorset has inspired writers and poets through the ages and this is how this little gem of a county should be measured. Thomas Hardy wrote his most famous novels and poems in Dorchester not far from Swanage. Jane Austen set her novel Persuasion further along the coast in Lyme Regis having been aroused by the beauty of this West Dorset coastal town. Beatrix Potter also set one of her stories in Lyme. But probabaly one of the most famous and relevant writers to Swanage and the Purbeck peninsular was Enid Blyton who used Purbeck's landmarks as places in her children's books.


If you are not sure where Swanage is then think Sandbanks (the third most expensive real estate in the world) and then one bay along (via a lovely 5 minute chain ferry ride) is the National Trust's glorious Studland Bay and then on to Swanage Bay - downhome, unpretentious and in harmony with its surroundings. The places to vist are endless, Kimmeridge Bay, Lulworth Cove, the haunting Corfe Castle and village, Tyneham the abandoned village that was usurped by the MOD, Monkeyworld, Putlake Adventure Farm, the famous Square and Compass pub at Worth Matravers, Durlston Country Park, Agglestone Rock, Swanage Steam Railway, the Jurassic Coast in all its splendour....and the most fantastic coastline walks - a book of Purbeck Circular Walks can be borowed from the cottage. All this within a short walk or drive of the cottage.

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3 Aug 2014


"Fantastic Stay!"

We had a lovely stay in this quaint cottage. 5 minutes to a lovely pub an 10 minutes from the town and beach. (walking) . we hardly used the car. Parking can be difficult as its a narrow street and st… More

19 Feb 2014



My Spouse and I had a wonderful time at the Rumpus as a surprise valentines weekend. Before booking I was looking for romance, relaxation and a piece of adventure. Rumpus Cottage provides all in ampl… More

10 Jun 2013


"Lovely cottage, all facilities, ideal position."

This lovely little cottage was perfect for us. Ten minute stroll down to the front and straight out onto the headland the other way. There is also a very useful local supermarket right round the corner. Upon arrival we dragged our cases all through town from the bus/train station but later found a much more direct way down by a church and delightful mill pond.
As for walks, if you have the energy the path and step route all around the headland to Studland is fantastic or there is a somewhat easier one the other way, following the headland to Corfe Castle. From Studland we returned on an open top bus and from Corfe by steam train. Great stuff and all the while a fully stocked, cosy cottage to return to with Freeview, CD and DVD facilities.

13 Dec 2012


"The best birthday in my life was spent here...."

A truly delightful cozy cottage to retreat to after a bitterly cold winters day of exploring beaches and castles . Beautifully and tastefully decorated , Rumpas has all one needs to ensure a magical stay. It made our long weekend wonderful.
Whilst I am sure the local restaurants were great, as the previous guests had remarked, my partner and I simply enjoyed fish and chips on the beach, watching the sunset and chose to eat food brought from home at other times: enjoying instead, the ambience of the cottage.
Winter brought very, very cold days but the cottage was wonderfully warm. No log fire but we felt none was needed: the decor lending a cozy feel and the central heating worked a treat. We managed to park just outside. The road I think is unadopted, quite steep and bumpy in places. However, this adds to the charm of the place ,although those of you with two seater "low" cars would be best to park just around the corner!
Coming here was part of my birthday treat and contributed towards my best ever birthday.I shall definetly recommend it to all. Thankyou "Rumpas Cottage".

21 Oct 2012


"Lovely cottage, warm and cosy with comfy beds!"

I booked this for my mother in law who wanted a small cottage by the sea and close to the village, where she could do her own thing. She loved Rumpus cottage and the little garden off the kitchen. She was very happy that the cottage was warm and cosy and that the beds were comfortable.(Top of priority list). It isn't somewhere I would stay with small kids as the stairs are steep. However, we were very pleased with it. The booking arrangements and all are queries were handled very quickly and in a very friendly manner by the owner. Thanks alot for a nice stay.

25 Sep 2012


"Beautiful & cosy"

A lovely cosy cottage just a few minutes walk from the shops and beach in Swanage. The cottage itself is a beautifully decorated, cosy, clean, perfectly formed and wonderfully equipped with all one needs! We'd definitely come back again.

27 Jan 2012


"Great location & very well presented"

The cottage is lovely, very well presented and in a great location. It is small, but this really didn't matter as we were out and about in the day. The only things I would note is the main bedroom is on the top floor up a fairly steep staircase and the bathroom is on the ground floor, this wasn't a problem for us but it probably wouldn't suit if you find stairs difficult.

Would definitely recommend.

11 Sep 2011


"Small is beautiful!"

Perfectly situated near the centre of Swanage, this small but perfectly formed cottage has everything needed for a relaxing 'bucket and spade' holiday. Furnished with a good mix of old and new, it is comfortable and quirky. A couple of sight 'niggles' - low doorway from kitchen to living room resulted in a couple of bumped heads (we are both quite tall), and loo on ground floor, main bedroom on second floor, therefore two steep flights of stairs to navigate in the middle of the night. (Although obviously, there is not much that could be done to rectify this)
Overall though, would recommend if you want to truly relax.
Good pub and Chinese takeaway within a couple of minutes' walk.

31 Aug 2011


"Delightful Cottage perfectly situated for exploring Swanage and surround."

The booking experience was quick and easy and the owners very welcoming. The cottage is situated mid-terrace on a unmade road, after parking up outside we didn't use the car all week as everything we needed was so close. The cottage was spotless inside, small and perfectly formed, two adults and a six year old fitted fine. The kitchen and bathroom are very nicely decorated and laid out. The stairs up to the second floor are quite steep and care should be taken not to bash your head. The bedroom on this floor has a very comfortable single bed. More steep stairs (as you'd expect, it is a cottage after all) to a fantastic master bedroom on the top floor. Big, light, and with another very comfortable kingsize bed. We had a lovely stay in Swanage and this cottage was the perfect place to stay.

20 Jul 2011


"A lovely, clean, comfortable and well equipped cottage"

We stayed in Rumpus Cottage in July 2011. The booking process was very easy and the owners very helpful. The cottage is quite small (formerly a quarrymans cottage I believe) but spotlessly clean and v… More

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