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The Old Barn

Harman's Cross near Swanage, Dorset (Ref. 906024)



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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “Easily best property we have ever been in Definitely had the Wow factor”

    - Ian, August 2021

About the property

Swanage 2.5 miles.

Nestling at the foot of Nine Barrow Down on Dorset’s picturesque Isle of Purbeck, and only a short drive from Swanage, is this outstanding, detached stone barn conversion.

Set on the owner’s working farm and skilfully converted to an exceptionally high standard, this spacious cottage makes an ideal holiday base for family or friends wishing to explore Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

The front door opens into the large, light entrance hall with stairs leading up to an impressive mezzanine landing, which overlooks the superb fitted kitchen and spacious dining area.

The excellent sitting room boasts a warming woodburner, which together with the underfloor heating, helps to create a cosy, sociable space to unwind in after an adventurous day out.

There are three spacious bedrooms, all offering different sleeping configurations to suit a wide range of needs, including a ground floor bedroom with adjacent wet room, which may suit less mobile visitors.

Outside is a front gravelled area, to catch the last of the sun's rays when you return home from a busy day.

Vintage railway enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover that the restored Swanage Railway line is set to the front of this Dorset holiday cottage, with little steam engines puffing past each hour.

Why not hop on one from nearby Harman’s Cross, Swanage or Corfe Castle to enjoy a nostalgic trip?

The Purbeck Hills offer some of the most scenic walks in Dorset, and there are marked footpaths direct from the doorstep.

No trip would be complete without a day at the Victorian seaside town of Swanage, with its beautiful bay and beach offering watersports, as well as a wealth of restaurants, shops and inns.

Alternatively, roam along the striking South West Coast Path to discover unforgettable sights.

There’s so much to see and do within a short distance of this Swanage cottage, that a week won’t be long enough!


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 2 x family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • 1 double room
  • Ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor and woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Bike storage available on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Front gravelled area with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Swanage Railway line is approx
  • 200 yards away
  • Note: There is an agricultural workshop at the rear
  • Note: There are some external steps to access the property, but level access is also available
  • There are no internal steps on the ground floor

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About the location


Wareham 9.7 miles; Poole 20 miles.

The small, family-friendly seaside resort of Swanage is situated at the eastern end of Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, on the celebrated Isle of Purbeck and is probably best known for its wonderful, gently shelving golden sands. The little town offers visitors plenty of shops, good pubs and restaurants, some of which specialise in locally caught seafood, and is also well known for its annual jazz festival, which takes place each July. The attractive, Victorian wooden pier offers a great place for a stroll or try fishing, and often used a departure point for divers, it’s a wonderful place to watch the world pass by. The historic Swanage Railway has its terminus in the town and regular nostalgic steam engine trips take tourists for a picturesque 6-mile journey, chugging through lovely countryside to stop just beyond the romantic ruin of Corfe Castle. Nearby Durlston Country Park offers a lovely day out with spectacular coastal walks, dolphin spotting and wildlife watching, together with comfortable viewing points and a well-stocked cafe for a treat after all the fresh air. Take the short drive to Studland, which has one of the finest beaches in the country, surrounded by heathland, together with the regular chain ferry, which crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour to Sandbanks. This truly is a delightful holiday destination at any time of the year.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas