The SpacePrivate, self-contained, own access, garden studio space with double bedroom (twin beds upon request), extra single fold-up bed for additional adult or child, small breakfast space with all amenities, including microwave, for a cereal and toast breakfast and large bathroom in a private house situated on a hill above Swanage looking down on the town with glorious views of Harry Rocks, the bay and Purbeck Hills.
When available, guests are welcome to use the table and chairs on the veranda, via the outside stairs, for an early evening drink or breakfast to enjoy the wonderful views.
The walk to town is an approximate five minute walk via Drummond Road - (please use the rear gate at the bottom of the garden to avoid the un-made road). The walk back is steep, so will possibly take longer on the
way back up the hill, depending upon your fitness!
The double bedroom includes TV and Ethernet connections, bedside cabinets, a wardrobe, chest of drawers and a settee. There is a reasonable Wifi connection in the breakfast room - we live in an unreliable internet signal area and Wifi is not available in the bedroom and sometimes unreliable throughout the house
The private bathroom is large with towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner supplied. It has a bath, electric shower, sink and toilet.
The breakfast room includes a table and chairs, microwave, kettle, toaster, large fridge, our personal washer and dryer (the latter two items can both be utilised upon request for an additional fee), a sink unit and drainer and cupboard with extra cutlery and crockery. A simple, help-yourself breakfast is provided including fresh bread, cereals, fruit juice, jams, marmalade, peanut butter, marmite with milk and butter in the fridge. Soya milk and dairy-free spread can also be available upon request. Please note, the space is not a fully equipped kitchen for cooking, although a microwave is supplied. If guests should require the loan of other crockery or cutlery please ask us. Any other items not supplied that would assist guests, please don't hesitate to ask and we shall loan these if we have them (for example: an iron, ironing board and hairdryer ). Guest AccessPlease ring the bell at our front door when arriving and we will show you around to the back of the house where the Studio entrance is. If, for any reason, self check-in is required, we shall provide you with full details. Your ETA, if you plan to arrive after 4pm, is useful for us to either ensure we are in to receive you or to enable us to provide you with self check-in details. Any other arrival requirements can be discussed in advance - we shall try to be flexible.
Parking is available at the front of the house on Salisbury Road. This cannot be guaranteed at certain times of the year or in the evenings and early mornings with residents commuting and extra people staying in the street. There are other roads nearby which are free to park in. Interaction with GuestsWe live above the accommodation which has it's own front access. Please don't hesitate to contact us either by knocking on our front door, ringing the bell or by text if you would like help and recommendations during your stay.
We shall respect your privacy if we don't hear from you.
We may access the Studio's breakfast room during your stay if longer than two nights to use washer/dryer facilities if required. The NeighborhoodThe situation of our property is on a hill above Swanage offering stunning views of both Swanage bay, the Purbeck Hills, Harry Rocks, Bournemouth - and the Isle of Wight on a clear day! Durlston Castle is in walking distance along the coastal path with it's own stunning views - a nice place for lunch where dogs are welcome, offering some interesting information about the area and the Jurassic Coast. Swanage beach and quay are a short walk away down the hill and The Swanage Steam Railway is in town near the bus station and the Coop supermarket. Budgens is another supermarket in the main Station Road with a lot of local produce and both offer ready microwave meals should you wish to eat in during the evening. There are many lovely walks (see our book in the studio), horse-riding on the beach in Studland, unique pubs in the surrounding areas and easy access by road to Worth Matravers, Kingston, Wareham, Bovington, Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth as well as boat rides along the Jurassic Coast Line. The historic Corfe Castle is a must to visit, especially for Enid Blyton lovers (Corfe Castle is her Kirrin Castle brought to life in the Famous Five books!) as are other parts of beautiful Dorset with its many sights, historic properties and attractions for all. Kingston Lacy was the home of the Bankes family who lived in Corfe Castle until Cromwell ordered its destruction, both now owned by the National Trust. Kingston Lacy House is near Wimborne Minster, about a 40 minute drive from Swanage and Corfe Castle a 15 minute drive from Swanage towards Wareham or a lovely steam train ride from Swanage Railway Station. Getting AroundThere are some bus routes which can be taken from Swanage Station: the No 50 bus goes to Bournemouth Town Centre via Studland across the Swanage Chain Ferry, on through Canford Cliffs and West Cliff; the No 40 goes to Poole via Kingston, Corfe Castle and Wareham. There are other seasonal routes to Dorchester and Weymouth via Wool and Bovington. We have a convenient taxi rank also situated at the railway station (see card in the studio). Car hire services will be found by searching for them on the internet. The Swanage Steam Railway offers frequent trips to Norden via Corfe Castle and back, including dinner trips in the evenings during the high seasons. Boat trips along the Jurassic coast line from Swanage Pier run regularly during the summer season and we are lucky enough to have trips on the Waverley Steam Ship to Poole, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight seasonally. All information concerning these trips can be found on Swanage Pier. Swanage has a Tourist Information Centre along the beach road, facing the sea and a Heritage Centre right in the square at the bottom of Taunton Road which offers much more information and details of other attractions and trips and in the Heritage Centre, videos and information about this whole area. Other Things to NoteWe have two cats and two dogs whom you may hear from time to time in the garden and running around upstairs! Scamp, the little white dog, barks his greetings rather enthusiastically just to get a stroke or two and, of course, to do his job protecting us, while the larger, younger dog, Zucci, might ask you to throw a ball for her and play incessantly, given half a chance! We shall respect your wishes if you'd rather not have them around and, of course, make efforts to keep the noise down! This is an old house, however, so it is difficult to avoid some upstairs noise. We have two cats: Chester, the black and white cat and Pidgin, the ginger and white cat. There is a cat flap in the studio's main door, but this is locked and the cats are used to accessing our home via the upstairs doors. If they should try and enter or succeed in entering via an open window, they are very friendly and won't mind being picked up and put outside again!