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Stunning Sea Views And Rolling Fields - In A National Trust Setting

Swanage, Dorset, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay5 - 7 nights

Cottage in Ballard Down, Swanage, Dorset, England - Countryside Setting Yet Close To Beaches And Town, Lovely Walking Area

A lovely 3 bedroom detached cottage sleeping 5 and dating from 1730. Located in unspoilt National Trust farmland with unrivalled sea views and a large garden backing onto fields. Swanage beach is five minutes away by car or a walk of about 20 minutes. The three National Trust Studland beaches are less than ten minutes away by car or you can reach Studland by walking over Ballard Down. Sea views can be enjoyed from all rooms (except the kitchen) or from the large Summer House located in the garden . Unlimited Wi-Fi and ample parking, with many walkers and coast-lovers returning very regularly. We are regrettably unable to accept pets.



Member Since 2013
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Ann

A family with several children who love the beach and countryside in equal measure. We have enjoyed so many special, fun times at the Cottage and hope you will too.

Why Ann chose Swanage

There are lots of lovely cottages in Dorset, but very few are really set in such a wonderful rural National Trust location, with great views and in close proximity to lovely beaches, great walks and the town. Many guests who love re-visiting the area had stayed elsewhere previously, but now come back regularly to Ballard Down Cottage.

What makes this Cottage unique

Unspoilt rural National Trust location, yet close to everything.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms). Unlimited Wi-Fi Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom
          1 King-Sized Double Bed. Bedroom Two: 2 Single Beds. Bedroom Three: 1 Single Bed.


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, tub, shower
        • One bathroom with sink and power shower over bath. There is a separate, adjacent toilet.

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Living Room
                        A comfortable and light room, enjoying sea views. One three seater sofa; one two seater sofa and arm chair. TV and DVD player. iPod docking station.
                      • Parking
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                            Hob; oven; dishwasher; microwave; washing machine and fridge/freezer.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Foosball
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Golf
                                        Isle of Purbeck Golf Course and other courses in close proximity.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large garden with Summerhouse enjoying fabulous view of the Coast
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        A large Summerhouse to relax in, read a book and enjoy fabulous views of the sea and coast.


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            Not suitable for persons with limited mobility, due to age of property


                                              • bay/sound
                                              • caves
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • forests
                                              • library
                                              • museums
                                              • nude beach
                                              • pond
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • Notes on accommodation: Located within unspoilt National Trust farmland, yet close to the beach/town. Enjoying unrivalled sea views, unlimited Wi-Fi, ample parking and a large garden with Summer House. Outside: Ample parking for several cars and a large garden enjoying unsurpassed views of the sea and rolling fields. Garden furniture and large outside dining table. A large Summer House with power supply. Outside loo. Utility Room: Boot Room at rear of cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen provided and changed when the property is cleaned at start of holiday period. Please provide towels/tea towels. Thank you. Other: The Dining Room table seats six. Unlimited Wi-Fi and several additional ipod docking stations. A large, relaxing Summer House with two sofas and power supply, enjoying truly great views across Swanage Bay and the Purbeck Hills. Additional outside loo.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                8 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Idyllic Swanage Location

                                                                Paula D.

                                                                We have been coming to Swanage since childhood and this is by far the best location we have ever stayed at. The beautiful cottage backs onto Ballard Down where you can walk over to Studland or Old Harry Rocks . Only a short walk into Swanage . The cottage is a beautifully charming cottage and we fell in love with it straight away and anyone would if they stayed there . It has everything you need . The main bedroom has fantastic views and the most comfortable bed. The Summer House is a wonderful place to sit and look out towards the Isle of Wight and Swanage bay. The most relaxing place you can imagine . We look forward to returning to this idyllic location where you can't help but relax as soon as you step into it . Thank you so much to the owners Nigel and Ann for allowing us to share their wonderful home .

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you for your kind comments, which are very similar to others we receive regularly. Another visitor recently said "unlike other properties which need flashy photos etc, you need none of that, as the place is head and shoulders above the many others we've stayed at"

                                                                Amazing location - we keep coming back!

                                                                Judith S.

                                                                We have stayed at the cottage three times now and have enjoyed our holiday there every time. Our family of five (including two teenagers), love the location. The cottage is situated up a quiet track and is surrounded by rolling countryside, amazing sea views and Ballard Down to the rear.

                                                                We all enjoy walking to Studland from the cottage, up the track to the side of the property and up over Ballard Down. Great walking on the door step. We also like the option of being able to walk into Swanage. It's great to do the tourist, seaside bit, then return to our peaceful cottage on the hill.

                                                                The cottage has a lovely, big garden. It's great for sitting and watching the ships and boats out to sea with binoculars. Very relaxing. The boys enjoy the summerhouse which is warm and bright and most importantly has table football!

                                                                Inside the cottage is always lovely and clean. It's very well equipped - the owners have thought of everything. The master bedroom is big and has an amazingly comfy bed. Very hard to get out of in the morning especially when sitting with a cup of tea watching the sea and admiring the view.

                                                                The owners Nigel and Ann were very nice,helpful and easy to deal with. They recommended several places for our family to visit and we've always had great days out. One of our favourite trips out is to Dancing Ledge, then a pie and a pint at The Square and Compass.

                                                                We would recommend a stay at Ballard Down Cottage without hesitation!

                                                                Judith S

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you for your kind review. We receive many lovely, similar e-mails or phone calls and try to make the booking and payment process simple and easy.

                                                                Perfect Cottage in a Fantastic Location

                                                                Dee B.

                                                                The cottage is in a picturesque location with sea views from every vantage, situated on a national trust park it is the perfect starting point for treks over the national park leading to Studland Bay, Corfe Castle & Old Harry's Rocks and it is also a short walk to Swing beach / town centre.

                                                                The cottage is very spacious, the pictures do not do it justice, our family of 5 had plenty of room! It was fresh and clean. It was equipped with everything we needed. The garden was very large and set on a slight hill which was lovely for relaxing and enjoying the views. My girls loved playing and chilling out in the summerhouse.

                                                                Swanage is a lovely town with loads to do, the town centre and beach is quaint and unspoilt. We enjoyed a day at Durlston Park which has many walks with breathtaking views, we spent a long time watching a pair of peregrines!

                                                                Nigel & Anne are lovely to deal with and we will certainly be back to Ballard Down Cottage again!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you. We are fortunate to receive many similar e-mails and phone calls from other guests, with many returning regularly, and like to make the booking process simple and easy.

                                                                Beautiful location and property

                                                                Dorette C.

                                                                This was our second visit to Ballard Down Cottage and hope we will visit again in the future as it is a privilege to stay in such a beautiful elevated location. We spent a lot of time just appreciating the stunning views especially from the lovely garden.

                                                                Although you feel away from it all in fact all the amenities of Swanage are only a few minutes away. There is so much to do and see in the immediate vicinity that a week isn't enough to explore the endless walks and beautiful beaches many of which can be accessed straight from the Cottage. It's great for cycling too and although not experts we managed to get up Ballard Down which offers a fabulous ridge in both directions and a lovely easy descent to Studland.

                                                                The Cottage itself is beautifully clean and cosy and offered everything we required although the views from the master bedroom make it difficult to get up in the morning!

                                                                The owners Ann and Nigel are very pleasant and accommodating.

                                                                Location Location Location!

                                                                Andrew G.United Kingdom

                                                                In a quiet spot just on the edge of Swanage with great walking from the front door - perfect for our Easter break. Studland Beach, the Jurassic Coast & Corfe Castle all within easy reach - a lovely holiday!

                                                                Our 4th visit


                                                                Ballard Down Cottage is a lovely relaxing place for a quiet week away from it all. We love the location, enjoy all the spectacular walking and find the cottage comfortable and welcoming.

                                                                After a long walk with lovely views ( available on whichever route you choose in this lovely part of Dorset) there is nothing better than a cup of tea in the garden or summer house enjoying the view and peace and quiet.

                                                                Many thanks Ann and Nigel, very much looking forward to returning in 2015


                                                                Swanage, Dorset, UK

                                                                Coast/Beach: A five minute drive to the beach at Swanage or a walk of approximately 20 minutes. The three National Trust beaches at Studland are ten minutes away by car or you can reach Studland by walking over Ballard Down. Travel: Bournemouth can be easily accessed via road/rail. The Sandbanks car ferry runs between Swanage and Bournemouth with a crossing time of approximately ten minutes. Further Details: Please contact owners regarding further details/booking. Thank you. With regret, no pets.

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                                                                Damage Deposit

                                                                Booking Notes: Please contact owners regarding further details/booking. Changeover Day: Saturday. To be vacated by 10-30am on departure day for cleaning purposes. Available from 3pm.

                                                                8 Reviews
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