Located in Swanage, Dorset
The Compass is a holiday cottage in Swanage, Dorset, sleeping 2 and just a couple of minutes walk to the sea front, award winning sandy beach, shops and restaurants
The Compass is a one bedroom holiday apartment set in a pleasant courtyard in Swanage just a couple of minutes walk to the award winning sandy beach, pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants. With views on clear days to the Isle of Wight you can spend the day relaxing on the beach, or take in a boat trip or explore the Isle of Purbeck by steam train all of which is again within walking distance. The walking here is spectacular, with spectacular views to match as you walk along Studland, take in Old Harry Rocks or Durlston Country Park. Perfect for a romantic getaway.
The accommodation at The Compass is all on the first floor and comprises of an open plan living area with TV with BT Sports and WiFi, a dining area and kitchen equipped with gas oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a double bedroom and a shower room with basin and toilet. A slide out bed will accommodate one child.
Outside is a courtyard complete with table and chairs. There is parking for one small car. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Originally a small fishing port, Swanage came to prominence in Victorian times when it became a holiday resort for the rich of the day. Today it has grown and tourism is a big part of the area helped by an amazing coastline featuring Old Harry Rocks and is considered the eastern gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. All of this can be enjoyed by many miles of the South West Coast Path.Read more
To the west of Swanage lies Langton Matravers while to the north lies Ulwell and Studland. If you travel south or east from Swanage then you had better be in a wet suit as you will then be in either Durlston Bay or the English Channel having passed the Anvil Lighthouse!
The Purbeck Film Festival is held in mid October and shows films around the region. In July the Swanage Jazz Festival is held over three days and celebrates jazz from around the world with many different styles on display. At the end of July is Swanage Carnival week culminating in a large firework display and decorated floats travelling through the town. In August is Swanage Lifeboat week with a variety of events from a charity duck race to Gig racing all in a great cause. At the end of August is the Purbeck Folk Festival, an award winning festival that has grown year on year. As well as folk, there are open mic and jam sessions, a cinema, archery and knotting workshops. In mid September is the Swanage Folk Festival, with hundreds of Morris dancers, join-in-sessions, concerts and workshops. At the end of September is the Swanage Walking Festival that celebrate this beautiful area with no fewer that 35 guided walks so you can find out about the history of the area as you take in the views.
The Swanage Railway has just celebrated its 35th anniversary and runs steam trains from Swanage taking in Norden, Harmans Cross and Corfe Castle. They have dining trains and even a 'drive a train' experience. There is an evening Sunset Shuttle and even a Sea Train Adventure combing sea travel with the steam railway. If you are staying in Swanage and thinking of visiting Corfe Castle for the day then this is the way to do it.
Durlston Country Park is a must for any keen naturalist or lover of British wildlife with amazing views over the coastline as an added bonus. Plenty of walking that is pushchair friendly, and many additional sites to see on your route including the Anvil Point lighthouse, Tilly Whim Caves, Durlston Castle, the visitor centre and cafe and shop. Studland Beach is a 4 mile stretch of golden, sandy beach with views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. This is a great place for watersports and also is the most popular naturist beach in all of Britain. Back from the beach there are designated trails through sand dunes and into woodland to explore the wealth of nature in the area.
Huge variety of places to eat in Swanage with over 60 to choose from. A wonderful choice of world cuisine as well as a good choice of English dishes with local seafood on many menus.Read less
Bournemouth is 14 miles away
Bristol is 67 miles away
Exeter is 78 miles away