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Top-rated holiday rentals in Swanage

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Apartment in Dorset
Entire apartment- Swanage. Short walk to beach.
The Coach House is situated in a peaceful area of Swanage within a few minutes walk of the beach and a 10 minute walk to the town centre and the iconic steam train. A purpose built, fully equipped home from home, providing all you need for a relaxing holiday or short break. It’s a great base to explore Swanage and Purbeck and perfectly placed for cliff walks or leisurely days on the beach The bus stop at the bottom of the road (2 mins walk) connects you to Bournemouth and the surrounding area.
17–24 Jan, Individual Host
£107 per night
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Flat in Dorset
Stylish flat by the beach with stunning sea views.
A romantic bijou holiday flat just metres from the beach with stunning views over Swanage Bay and the Isle of Wight. On the second floor of a tall Edwardian town-centre building, the flat has been completely renovated and tastefully equipped with everything needed for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Just a stone's throw from the award winning beach, cafes, boutique shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants, the central location is ideal for enjoying everything that Swanage has to offer.
9–16 Sept, Individual Host
£124 per night
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Guest suite in Swanage
Cosy, sunny, self contained studio in Swanage town
Self contained, bright, clean, heated, homely. Measures 5 x 3.5 mtrs inc bathroom, kitchenette. Own entrance .Can be set up as double or twin. Has microwave, small fridge, kettle, toaster but NO hob, oven or kitchen sink (washing up is done in a bowl). There is a patio with stunning views of the hills and sea. It's close to the coastal path and nature reserve for wonderful walking opportunities and a 2min drive,10/15 min walk, to the town and beach. Parking is on the road outside.
12–19 Nov, Individual Host
£41 per night

Popular amenities for Swanage holiday rentals

Stay near Swanage's top sights

Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve81 locals recommend
Swanage Beachfront70 locals recommend
Swanage Bay29 locals recommend
Durlston Country Park12 locals recommend
The Ship Inn56 locals recommend
The Cabin8 locals recommend

Other great holiday rentals in Swanage

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Flat in Dorset
Sandcastles apartment adjacent to seafront.
7–14 Apr, Individual Host
£103 per night
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Guest suite in Dorset
Coastal Cabin
19–26 May, Individual Host
£75 per night
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Flat in Swanage
Modern studio apartment
11–18 Feb, Individual Host
£79 per night
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Cottage in Swanage
Easter hols by the sea
17–24 Jun, Individual Host
£304 per night
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Hut in Dorset
Cosy Snug on Swanage Cliff Top
10–17 Nov, Individual Host
£75 per night
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Cottage in Dorset
Willow Tree cottage.
17–24 Feb, Individual Host
£124 per night
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Tiny home in Dorset
Whistles View, Swanage
7–14 Dec, Individual Host
£75 per night
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Cottage in Dorset
Cosy Cottage near Beach
24–31 Oct, Individual Host
£217 per night
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Flat in Dorset
A great base for your visit to Swanage
19–26 May, Individual Host
£117 per night
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Apartment in Swanage
Seafront & Views, Central Swanage, Victorian flat
14–21 Aug, Individual Host
£123 per night
Apartment in Dorset
Spacious maisonette close to 🏖 (Apt-3)
15–22 Apr, Professional Host
£149 per night
Guest favourite
Cottage in Corfe Castle
Cottage by the Common, Corfe Castle
5–12 Jan, Individual Host
£164 per night

Quick stats about holiday rentals in Swanage

Total rentals

490 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

120 properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

10 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

130 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

330 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

20K reviews

Your guide to Swanage


The Isle of Purbeck, on which Swanage sits, is one of the gems of the Dorset coastline. It isn’t actually an island, but its relative inaccessibility — it used to be cut off by marshland — has preserved its sparkling countryside and white-sand beaches from too much modernity. The town, whose stunning pier was built in 1895, retains an air of Victorian civility. But much of Swanage’s appeal lies in what surrounds it, from the gently rolling Purbeck Hills to the fossil-rich shores of its coast. Cliff walks offer much to explore, like the iconic chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks and the 320-acre Durlston Country Park. There are other ways to see the sights too. A heritage steam railway chugs inland through Purbeck’s delightful countryside and villages, while an absorbing ferry ride delivers you across Poole Harbor to Sandbanks, home to the most exclusive beachside property in the UK.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Swanage

The South Coast of England enjoys some of its sunniest weather, and Swanage beach in particular is well sheltered from the more blustery winds that tend to batter the clifftops. In summer, average temperature highs are around 68 degrees Fahrenheit; in the winter, the average low drops to 39 degrees. But it can be a very pleasant place to book a holiday cottage at any time of year, so long as you’ve come prepared with waterproof layers and something warm to shield you from the winds. The maritime climate means that the weather is unpredictable and rain is never far away, so remember to pack your umbrella.

Top things to do in Swanage

Corfe Castle

Standing imposingly atop a green hill, the ruins of Corfe Castle look down on the village below, even though it has been 400 years since their stone walls last saw combat. Built after the Norman Conquest, the fortress was besieged during the English Civil War, and today is a popular site for historical re-enactments. It’s only a 15-minute drive — or, even better, a short steam-train ride — from Swanage.

Studland Bay

With acres of sand dunes, wooded heath, and thriving wetlands, this nature reserve is a stunning mixture of wilderness, wildlife, and sandy beaches. There’s all sorts to look out for, from the World War II pillboxes to the UK’s most famous stretch of nude beach. The cliffs offer views of Old Harry Rocks and even the Isle of Wight, 20 miles offshore.

Durdle Door

Stretching into the waters of the English Channel like a rocky bridge to nowhere, Durdle Door is a spectacular sight. Located 20 miles along the coast from Swanage, the limestone archway is created by natural erosion, and can be accessed across the shingle beach at Lulworth Cove or from a cliff-top car park. Neighboring Lulworth Castle, an impressive Jacobean hunting lodge, is worth a look while you’re nearby.

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