Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Steam Railway Cottage is a two storey detached cottage which is adjacent to The Swanage Steam Railway in the heart of the town. It is ideally situated just 500 yards from the town centre and beach. It can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children plus a baby and comprises of 3 bedrooms, the main has a king size double bed with an en suite which has a walk in shower, the second bedroom also has a double bed and is adjacent to the family bathroom and the third bedroom has children's bunk beds. All bedrooms have wardrobes and drawer units for storage. The family bathroom has a bath with a shower over. There is another toilet on the ground floor. The kitchen has built in appliances including oven and gas hob, washing machine, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher. There is also a microwave, kettle and toaster. As you enter the cottage there is a dining area with table and six chairs. The lounge has french doors leading to the courtyard, there is a modern leather suite, a 32" LCD TV with freeview and a DVD player with a selection of DVD's. Also there is a hi-fi system with Ipod docking station. There is a sunny courtyard garden with chairs and table. The cottage has it's own integral garage for parking – parking space is at a premium in Swanage!
The house is double glazed throughout and has gas central heating.
The house is ideal for families, walkers, cyclists, steam enthusiasts and children who love steam trains.
The cottage is 50 yards from the steam train engine shed which has an observation area where you can sit and watch the trains. The station is just a short stroll away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Swanage Bay 500 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth 20 km, Nearest railway: Poole/Bournemouth 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
There is a built in garage for parking.
There is a travel cot (linen for cot not provided), high-chair, bed guard for todlers and two stairgates for infants.
|Further details outdoors||
There are table and chairs in the courtyard garden.
Plus a brick built BBQ.
The West Country region
The West Country has an excellent climate - sunny in the summer and mild winters, with beautiful coastline and with easy access to other coasts such as Devon. From this Victorian seaside resort, you are surrounded by beautiful countryside which is mostly National Trust.
Studland peninsula, not just the superb main beaches - but Shell Bay, the heathland, Nature Reserve and Bramblebush Bay.
Arne Nature Reserve - estuary bird watching and deer. Small Toy Museum in the village. Kingston village, with its' 3 churches and Scott Arms for pub lunches looking over the whole of Purbeck.
Worth Matravers, small village with one of the oldest pubs in Dorset - The Square and Compass. Stonemasons competition held here every year. Durlston Country Park, for walking and watching birds and dolphins if you are lucky. The Great Globe, Lighthouse and Durlston Castle.
Kimmeridge Bay, a rocky bay for fossil hunters and fishing - surfing for the experienced! Blue Pool - gentle woodland walks around the picturesque deep blue lake. Excellent cream teas!
Wareham - market on Saturday, and rowing boats for hire for peaceful trips up the river. Bovington Tank Museum, Cloud Hill - Cottage of Lawrence of Arabia. Monkey World, Wool. Putlake Adventure Farm, Langton (1.5miles). Farmer Palmers, signposted from Sandford, (approx 12 miles).
Dorchester, County Town, and home to many attractions including Dinosaur museum and Tutankhamun exhibition. Cerne Abbas - and the large chalk giant! Day trip to the Isle of Wight - boats from Swanage Pier.
N.B. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island, Kingston Lacy, Clouds Hill and the car parks for the beaches on the Studland peninsula are all National Trust - £8 pounds in high season, become a member it’s beneficial!
Dorset is only two hours from London by car and offers everything from the modern urban bustle and night life of Bournemouth and Poole, to villages and countryside that are unchanged since Thomas Hardy wrote his many books in the area. Only Sydney Harbour is larger than Poole, which has sailing, windsurfing, fishing and a bird sanctuary. Taking the Sandbanks ferry across to the Isle of Purbeck takes only 15 minutes, but it takes you back in time too. Parts of the walled Saxon town of Wareham are unchanged since the Vikings sailed up the river. Corfe Castle is still the ruin that Cromwell’s troops left in the Civil War and Swanage still has the feel of a Victorian seaside town.
The Jurassic Coast is a world heritage site and walking the coast path is an excellent way to experience it. The variation in scenery over the relatively short stretch of coast from the RSPB bird sanctuary at Arne on Poole Harbour and the endless dunes at Studland, to the Undercliff at Lyme Regis is quite amazing. The Isle of Purbeck has some of the most striking scenery in the country. Millions of years in its formation, it offers such dramatic and rapidly changing scenery that even those who thought they had no interest in such matters end up studying the explanatory display boards along the coast path. The fossilised remains of dinosaurs that walked these shores so long ago are still found along the coast and there is an exhibit of excellent finds at the Square and Compass. An excellent chance for a drink disguised as an educational endeavour!
Walking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding, diving and sailing are all popular, with abundant wildlife, from dolphins to deer (frequently seen) and numerous unusual birds. The elusive puffins now feature in local advertising, but there are also yellow hammers, stonechats, peregrine falcons and all manner of water fowl and sea birds.
Swanage is the perfect choice for a traditional seaside holiday and is situated in the heart of the Purbeck Isles. Swanage is a lovely friendly resort that offers a warm welcome to everyone. Swanage is the gateway to the Jurassic coast, Dorset's World Heritage Coastline. It’s also a perfect base from which to explore the idyllic villages of Corfe Castle, Worth Travers, Studland and Lulworth.
Swanage Steam Railway is a major attraction and has a daily timetable that allows you to capture the golden age of steam. It offers magical steam train trips to Corfe Castle The railway has the Thomas The Tank Engine themed events for the little ones, so there is always something going on to entertain everyone. Christmas Santa trips are a must for children.
Swanage is famous for it’s award winning sandy beach with it's clear unpolluted waters that has won the prestigious European 'Blue Flag' award on many occasions as well as the Tidy Britain Group's 'Seaside Award'. You can hire a deck chairs, boats and pedalos and enjoy the calm waters of the bay. There is also one of the last Punch and Judy shows that perform throughout the summer on the beach.
There are many cultural and musical activities year round - in the summer you have the July Jazz festival and in late July/early August - Carnival week. When spring comes you have the wonderful March Blues Festival, and in the Autumn, the September Folk Festival with October bringing the Purbeck Film festival. At Christmas Swanage hosts the Victorian fair, and there is a year round weekly market. Swanage is also famous for it’s New years street party.
The spectacular Swanage Regatta & Carnival (End of July) is the premium carnival on the South Coast and has a packed programme of over 100 events for visitors to enjoy including; sailing, rowing, displays, fireworks, competitions, prizes for crabbing, fishing and sand castle building and treasure hunts.
Other festivals include;
Swanage Jazz Festival (mid July)
Swanage Folk Festival (first week September)
Swanage Blues & Roots Festival (first week October)
Purbeck Film Festival (mid October)
Purbeck Aware Festival - Culture, Heritage & Countryside (mid May - mid June)
Other activities in the area include;
Sailing, rowing, windsurfing, canoeing, kite surfing, fishing, walking, birdwatching, cycling, mountain biking, kite flying, horse riding and a popular resort for scuba diving and climbing.
Marsh Boats from the quay do regular trips to Old Harry Rocks or Tilly Whim Caves, the start of the Jurassic Coast. They also do evening mackerel fishing trips.
Swanage pier has boat connections with Poole, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight and Brownsea Island.
There are many more local attractions including Monkey World, Farmer Palmers, Putlake Adventure Farm and The Tank Museum.