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Beautiful detached house in Swanage with stunning sea and hill views.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Swanage, Dorset, England - Peaceful location on quieter northern edge of Swanage. 10-minute walk to beach and SW Coastal Path.

Yildiz, meaning "star" in Turkish, is our home, available to rent at certain times of the year. It is a lovely detached house built four years ago from traditional Purbeck Stone and is located in a peaceful cul-de-sac on the quiet northern edge of Swanage. A short walk takes you to Swanage's sandy beach, the SW Coastal path, local general store and Crows Nest pub.

The house is bright and spacious and is furnished to a high standard. It has wonderful views towards the Isle of Wight and Swanage Bay at the front and Ballard Down at the back. The ground floor has underfloor heating and beautiful travertine flooring except in the lounge, which is carpeted. The large lounge seats eight and has a SMART TV with Sky (including sports), a DVD player, a piano, board games and toys. There is also a downstairs toilet, utility room and kitchen with snug that leads into a new garden/dining room. The outdoor dining table seats eight people and there is also a BBQ and a coffee table with two comfortable chairs on the patio. The fully enclosed back garden backs onto fields and boasts a summer house and two other seating areas to give sun or shade - as you prefer!

NB There is a small unfenced pond and stream.

Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with en-suite shower room, two double bedrooms, the larger of which also has a single bed, and a bathroom with over-the-bath rain shower. Instant hot water is provided by a gas combi-boiler. The front drive has parking for two cars.

Swanage is a charming seaside town situated on the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site, with stunning beaches and coastal walks on its doorstep. Swanage has much to offer the whole family including a mile-long sandy beach, water sports, a Victorian pier, boat trips, restaurants, pubs and cafes, some interesting shops, supermarkets and several art galleries. Beautiful National Trust's Studland Beach is only a few miles away by bus or car. There are numerous festivals throughout the year as well as the annual Swanage Carnival Week, which starts on 29th July in 2017. The carnival offers firework displays, a procession, live music, children's entertainment and activities and lots of fun for all the family.

Other attractions in the local area include the National Trust's Brownsea Island (famous for its red squirrels), steam train rides to historic Corfe Castle, a children's adventure farm, tennis courts, pitch and putt and many local villages with tempting tea shops! Bournemouth and Poole with their shopping centres, cinemas and other activities is a short chain-ferry journey/car drive away. The area is also very popular with cyclists.

Yildiz is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring Dorset's many attractions!

More Details

Hilary Thraves
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

About Hilary Thraves

John and I moved to Swanage four years ago. We have three grown-up daughters, two of whom now live in Australia. The youngest lives in Milan, so we have plenty of beautiful places to visit throughout the year.

John is now retired. He originally trained as a horticulturist and has enjoyed landscaping our new garden in Swanage. I have recently retired from my job as a Marie Curie nurse.

Hilary Thraves purchased this house in 2013

Why Hilary Thraves chose Purbeck

John and I have been visiting Swanage since his parents retired there 35 years ago. We were always captivated by the beauty of Poole Harbour as we drove down to catch the chain ferry at Sandbanks and have grown to love the entire Purbeck region and beyond for its beautiful beaches, variety of lovely scenery and relaxed pace of life. Swanage is second home to our three daughters. When they were young, we used to camp for the summer at Knitson Farm and I always said that I was at my happiest when on a field in Swanage! John and I have parked our new caravan at Knitson for the summer and plan to live in it when renting out our home.

What makes this house unique

Yildiz, our family home, is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the northern edge of Swanage and enjoys glorious views to the sea, fields and hills. The light over the sea is constantly changing and we have cows and their calves in the field behind our back garden – both views real time-wasters! The house is light and spacious. The new garden room, built in 2017, provides a larger dining area and a beautiful space from where to enjoy the garden and views over Ballard Down. The garden has a large sunny patio and several seating areas from where you can enjoy the views. The summer house offers shade and shelter if needed, with views to Ballard Down. The local beach and SW Coastal Path are 10-minutes’ walk away, as is the refurbished Crow’s Nest Pub. Ballard Stores, a great little corner shop, is 2-3 minutes’ walk from the house. It has easy parking and sells an excellent range of goods including fresh bread, milk and newspapers.


Swanage House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , TV
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , TV
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Changeover day; see Rates. Bed linen & towels are changed weekly. The house is cleaned on changeover day or by arrangement if the booking is for more than one week. Unlimited WiFi. Please let us know if you wish to buy films via Sky. No smoking, pets or single sex groups. As this is our home, there will be some personal items in the house but we will ensure that there is enough storage space for your needs. Outside: The fully enclosed back garden is accessed via sliding doors leading off the garden room or via the utility room, perfect for storing muddy boots and wet raincoats! The spacious, sunny patio has an outdoor dining table with parasol that seats eight people and a coffee table with two comfortable chairs. There is also a gas BBQ on the patio. The garden also boasts a summer house and other seating areas to give sun or shade - as you prefer! There is a rotary washing line in the garden. The front garden contains a duo seat for an early-morning coffee in the sun. NB There is a small unfenced pond and stream.


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful detached house in Swanage with stunning sea and hill views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Spacious house, beautifully finished and furnished, with view down to sea on outskirts of Swanage

  • 5 of 5

Great holiday house - the photos don't do it justice. Spacious rooms, the new garden room is a great multi purpose room, with three good sized bedrooms, all fitted and furnished to a really high standard. Beautiful gardens and cows wondering up to the rear fence whilst you sit on the raised platform enjoying the view of the house with the sea and Isle of White in the distance.

The very nice owners, Hilary and John, offered a warm welcome and offered to be there if we needed anything but otherwise didn't intrude at all.

It is their home, so some drawers/cupboards out of bounds and there are a number of personal effects and photos, so this either makes the property more homely or may be slightly uncomfortable depending on your personal point of view. For us once we got used to it, it wasn't a problem.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your positive review Stuart and for the lovely piece you wrote for our visitors' book. We note with interest your comment about personal effects. We usually clear all our personal effects apart from pictures on the walls but this time decided to leave some on the display shelves in the new garden room because they looked so sad when empty! We hope very much to welcome you and your family back to Yildiz in the future.
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Lovely Accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Lovely spacious and airy accommodation. I took my family, husband, two young children and my mother. Plenty of space for us all. Situated conveniently. House had everything we needed. Cosy in the evenings too. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stephanie. We were very pleased that the accommodation and location of Yildiz, our family home, helped to give you all a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. We hope to welcome you back to Yildiz sometime!
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dream house

  • 5 of 5

We were warmly welcomed by Hilary and John to their stunning house. Everything was perfect and more. Immaculate but comfortable and we enjoyed the luxury of it. Heavenly garden with so much to explore. Brilliant location with a lovely walk to a quiet beach. We can't wait for next summer to return to Yilditz.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, Alison. It was a pleasure to welcome you all to Yildiz and even more so to see you as you were leaving and to share your enthusiasm for Swanage and the house, and hear about the wonderful holiday you had enjoyed. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Yildiz next year.
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An excellent holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully appointed house and garden. The best we have ever stayed in. Friendly and very helpful owners. Lovely position overlooking sea across to the Isle of Wight.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your positive review, Wendy. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and very much hope to welcome you back sometime.
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Wonderful holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, warm, comfortable and welcoming home from home. Very well appointed and beautifully furnished, enjoying what must be one of the best views and locations in Swanage, looking straight at The Needles (Isle of Wight) across the sea. We had a super, relaxing week's holiday. Both house and lovingly cared for garden offered plenty of space and places to unwind. Probably the best holiday home we have stayed in (and all have been good).

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review Michael. We are sorry that we were unable to accommodate you this year but very much hope that you will return to Yildiz soon!
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Fantastic rental location

  • 5 of 5

Everything was exactly as described and communication with the owners excellent at all times. The weather meant we spent more time at the house than we planned so we'd love to come back to explore the area more and to enjoy the beautiful garden.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your positive review. We are so glad and relieved that you were able to enjoy the house in spite of the dismal weather! We would love to welcome you and the family back to Yildiz. Hilary and John
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Car: recommended


10-minute walk to Swanage's mile-long sandy, gently-shelving Blue Flag beach with its traditional seaside entertainments and variety of water sports, including diving from Swanage Pier.

5 minutes by car to Studland Beach (30 minutes by foot over Ballard Down), a four-mile stretch of gently shelving sandy beach backed by sand dunes and heathland. Ideal for water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain.

Jurassic Coast beaches at Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.


By car: by road via Wareham or via the delightful chain-ferry at Sandbanks (£4.10 single per car).

By air: London Heathrow - 109 miles; Southampton Airport - 54 miles; Bournemouth Airport- 28 miles

By National Rail: Wareham - 10 miles

By ferry: Cross Channel Ferry terminal (Poole) - 20 miles

Buses - regular buses to all local areas including open top buses to Bournemouth.

Car recommended.


Swanage Railway Station (steam train rides to Corfe) - 1 mile

Studland National Trust Beach - 3 miles. There are car parks at the beach or you can walk via the coastal path and Old Harry Rocks in about 1.5 hours.

Corfe Castle - 5 miles

Kimmeridge Bay - 10 miles

Bournemouth - 11 miles (via chain ferry); 24 miles (round Poole Harbour)

Poole - 11 miles (via chain ferry); 19 miles (round Poole Harbour)

Lulworth Cove - 18 miles

Weymouth and Dorchester - 28 miles

New Forest - 34 miles

Further Details:

Swanage is an ideal holiday destination for all the family. It is located on the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site, and on the Isle of Purbeck, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The South West Coastal Path, a 630-mile National Trail, starts nearby on the shores of Poole Harbour, claimed to be the largest natural harbour in Europe. The shallow harbour is popular for bird watching, pleasure boating, water skiing, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. Walks in the local area are varied - exhilarating cliffs, rolling downland, sandy beaches, forests and heathland.

Swanage holds jazz, blues and folk festivals throughout the year. In the summer, it is a vibrant seaside resort. Come at the end of July and enjoy our spectacular carnival week (29 July - 5 August) with firework displays, a procession, live music and an amazing range of events for the whole family. A variety of boat trips run from Swanage Pier, including mackerel fishing and trips along the Jurassic Coast. Local to Swanage are beautiful beaches, Durlston Country Park, Corfe Castle, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World. Nearby are picture-postcard villages such as Worth Matravers and Corfe Castle and several interesting historical towns including the market town of Wareham and the county town of Dorchester. Land and Wave in Swanage, Brenscombe Outdoor Centre near Corfe Castle and Dorset Water Park at Corfe Castle (new in 2016) offer a variety of land and water-based outdoor activities for the adventurous young and not-so-young!

For further or more detailed information, please feel free to ring or email.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $192.33

Changeover day: Friday during School Summer Holiday period (21 July - 1 September 2017).
Otherwise flexible.

Yildiz must be vacated by 10am on day of departure. On arrival, the house will be available from 4pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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