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Perfect for family/friend get-togethers in Swanage with sea views – dog-friendly

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 8 nights

About the property

Very spacious Edwardian villa with private gardens, close to sandy beaches, town and on the SW Coast Path. Plenty of parking

Built as a grand seaside home for a large Edwardian family, The Mount has ample space for groups to get together, with room to spread out and relax. It sleeps 12 to 15 adults plus children (maximum 18 in total). Its elevated position gives sea views to Old Harry Rocks or Durlston Bay from many rooms, and the enclosed, sunny gardens that wrap around the house are a great spot to relax and enjoy a barbecue or a game of croquet or badminton. There are three large reception rooms – a dining hall, a sunny lounge and a music room. The kitchen and utility are fully equipped to a professional standard. Upstairs are six bedrooms – four very large family rooms and two normal sized double rooms that were originally for servants – plus two family bathrooms and one en suite.

The house is extremely well equipped, with lots of books, games and toys, as well as a full-size pool table and a large TV with Netflix. There's a piano and other instruments and Sonos speakers with a free Google Play account.

The town centre, with its sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants and galleries, is a short walk downhill. In summer a bus service stops right outside the gate. The Jurassic Coast is on the doorstep and there are great walks from the door to Durlston National Nature Reserve, Anvil Point lighthouse and beyond. There is plenty of on-street parking on two sides of the house. Dogs are very welcome.

More Details

Elaine Pearson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2017


Swanage House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4080 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Family bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Large bathroom serves bedrooms 2, 3 and 6
    Servants' bathroom - combination tub/shower , Original bathroom serving bedrooms 4 and 5. WC next door.
    En suite - toilet , shower , En suite with shower serving bedroom 1
    Servants' WC - toilet , Next to the former servants' bedrooms
    Vestibule WC - toilet , Rather grand WC by the front hall
    Gardener's WC - toilet , WC by the back door
  • We have three bathrooms on the first floor and a WC at each end of the house downstairs.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 (en suite) - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , (kingsize plus 1-2 single trundle beds). Sea view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , (superking or twin plus trundle bed). Sea views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , (superking or twin plus double sofa bed). Sea view
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , garden/hill views in former servants' double room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , (superking or twin). Hill views. Former servants' room
    Bedroom 6 (top floor) - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , (superking or twin plus day bed and trundle bed). Big views
  • We have six bedrooms that can easily accommodate 12 adults and up to six children. Four rooms have twin/superking zip-link beds. One travel cot available for any room. Other combinations may be available on request.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Perfect for family/friend get-togethers in Swanage with sea views – dog-friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Family Celebration

  • 5 of 5

An excellent venue for our family get together, 13 of us covering 3 generations. The house provided the space that allowed us to be 1 but also provide private space for quieter moments. The standard of facilities were excellent and the welcome we received was very a lovely bonus. All our party had a great time and would highly recommend the venue and also the town of Swanage. Thanks Elaine and family

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, grand old house with a lovely homely feel.

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous period property in a great location, with great walks from the door. It is superbly equipped and the owners have clearly put much thought into the small details that make it feel so homely. The beds are extremely comfortable with high quality linens and the kitchen was really well stocked. It's fantastic to have olive oil, salt and pepper, dishwasher tablets etc readily available, which is not that usual for a self catering property. The pool table was a real hi-light and even lured the teenagers away from their phones for a few hours! All in all, it is a fantastic property which we would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful House, Perfect Location.

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 12 retired friends and colleagues who meet once a year so finding a property to suit everyone can be a challenge. Not with The Mount! It is extremely welcoming, full of character and has been beautifully renovated and decorated. The kitchen is fully equipped and a pleasure to use. The beds are supremely comfortable and we also very much enjoyed the log fire! We will certainly be recommending The Mount to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful country house experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights at the Mount and had a really great time. The charming, spacious Edwardian house is beautiful and brilliantly equipped with all mod-cons and coped really well with eighteen of us staying including a baby and a dog! More joined us for a formal meal on one evening and we coped easily with the numbers. The house is very spacious and comfortable with every attention being given to the quality of linen and all the extra details that give the whole house 5-star appeal. We were particularly taken with the care and attention given to décor, pictures, books and the music room that give the house a really homely feel. The owners, Elaine and Carl, made every effort to make sure that our stay was perfect and we look forward to returning for another wonderful break.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Property for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights at The Mount for a family wedding in Swannage and had the most fantastic time there. The house is absolutely charming and so spacious that even with 13 of us staying there we felt that there was room for a few more! The facilities are brilliant with a large incredibly well-equipped kitchen, very spacious and comfortable bedrooms and an ample garden with barbecue facilities to boot. The only downside to our stay was that it was only for 3 nights - we all wanted to stay there longer! Needless to say we hope to be visiting again next summer. Elaine is a brilliant host and made our arrival and departure very straightforward and was on hand at all times should we need anything. I'd thoroughly recommend staying here any time of year!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

The three generations of my family (12 of us this year) have rented a number of large houses over the years for our summer holidays − some good, some not so good − but The Mount at Swanage is in a class of its own. It is a superbly preserved Edwardian villa with lovely private gardens. The house would be an attraction on its own but it is the care and attention lavished on it by its owners that set it apart. Each room has been thoughtfully furnished, lovely bedrooms, splendid views, masses of room for our family − the large attic room is perfect for children to play and sleep in have lots of room to spread out. The Welcome Pack was generous and there was a cupboard stocked with all those bit and pieces you always forget to take. The stocks of soap and toilet rolls, pooh bags, dish washer tabs, laundry washing powder and bath towels were enough to withstand a siege but it was the little things, like the treats for our dogs and frozen lollies for the kids, that told us we were somewhere special. We had a wonderful Edwardian holiday. Don’t take any board games − they’ve got them all; or any books − the library is amazing, and if you can pretend that the pool table is a snooker table then the time-shift will be complete. As a family, we wholeheartedly recommend The Mount and hope very much to return.

Jenny Whitehead

West Yorkshire

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
43 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
650 Metres
Gee Whites Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Swanage Beach

Special interest holidays:

We plan to offer various residential courses, workshops and retreats at The Mount to take full advantage of the natural resources on our doorstep.


Two mins' walk to cliff top coastal path and Swanage Downs with views across the bay to Old Harry Rock, Isle of Wight.

Two mins' walk & then a bit of a scramble down to a pebbled 'wild beach' – our kids' favourite

Five to 10 mins' walk down to main sandy Swanage beach (you can take the road, or the Downs route). This is a family beach with Punch and Judy in summer, new beach huts for hire, ice-cream kiosks, showers and WCs

20 mins walk to far beach, beyond the huts, quiet, wild & sandy

Further Details:

Purbeck is packed with things to do: stone carving, dry-stone walling, coasteering, kayaking, sailing, rowing, diving, snorkelling, horse-riding and trekking (along the beach at Studland), birdwatching boat trips, botany and nature walks, historical walks, astronomy events (Durlston Country Park has its own observatory), sea fishing, golf, mini golf, tennis, sea swimming, galleries and exhibitions. And of course there is the steam railway, puffing from Swanage town centre to Corfe Castle. The bus that stops right outside The Mount during the summer will drop you at the station. You can walk along the top of the chalk ridge to Corfe Castle, then catch the train home again.

Or catch an open-top bus to Studland and across the chain ferry to Sandbanks and Bournemouth town centre.

Swanage is known for its musical events including the annual jazz festival, blues festivals, folk festival and classical music performances throughout the year.

The Mowlem Theatre by the main beach shows films regularly and it's great to be able to walk home from the cinema.

There are numerous pubs in the town and nearby. Our favourites in Swanage are the relaxed Red Lion and The Black Swan – plus the lively Snack Bar for a cocktail. The Scott Arms at Kingston (a short drive or bus ride away) is our favourite out-of-towner. They do a great roast and there are wonderful views from the garden over Corfe Castle.

Lots of restaurants to choose from too - including the relatively recent and excellent additions of The Canteen and Love Cake.


Rates & Availability

Swanage House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter (Jan, Feb)
Feb 28 2017 - Mar 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring (Mar, Apr)
Mar 3 2017 - May 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer (May)
May 5 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
May half term
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer (Jun, Jul)
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer peak
Jul 14 2017 - Sep 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer (Sept)
Sep 8 2017 - Sep 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn (Oct)
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter (Nov)
Oct 27 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter (Dec)
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 27 2017 - Dec 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter (Jan, Feb)
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
Feb half term
Feb 9 2018 - Feb 15 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Oct half term
Oct 19 2018 - Oct 26 2018
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $621

At peak times we offer weeks only, running from Friday to Friday. Short breaks for £1600 are available outside school holidays. Breaks can either be taken midweek Monday to Friday (4 nights) or at weekends Friday to Monday (3 nights).

Changeover Day:
Please arrive after 4pm and be ready to leave by 10am, to give staff the time they need to complete the changeover. Due to the size of The Mount and consequent staffing considerations, changeover days are Fridays and Mondays only.

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