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20 Ulwell Road

(Ref. 980319)

Swanage, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Thanks so much - we had a great time."

    We loved the space and comfort. It was lovely and clean. Parking and location were perfect. The kitchen was fab for several of us to work in. Lots of space for 13 of us to spread out in and a table and chairs that we could comfortably sit around was really appreciated. Games around the log burner was lovely. Lovely walks on the doorstep. Couldn't have asked for more. Small point - the oven door doesn't close properly which affects cooking times. Would recommend and come again.

    Reviewed by Abraham4.7Nov 2023

  • "Great place and facilities."

    Perfect for pur group. There wasn't a cafetiere which would have been good. Also the gas oven door isn't great at closing, might be worth putting a note near it so people take extra care to shut it properly

    Reviewed by Liv5.0Oct 2023

  • "Booked this house for 5 couples who unfortunately became 4 so there was plenty of space."

    The lounge had plenty of seating and the enormous dining table was perfect for eating and board games (several of which were provided). The Aga kept the whole downstairs warm when the mornings were chilly. I didn’t understand the previous comment about fridge space as there are 3 in the property so we had one entirely devoted to wine and beer! The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were comfortable. The location was ideal for walks to Corfe Castle and Old Harry Rocks but also only a short stroll to the beach. Would thoroughly recommend for a large party.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2023

  • "My wife, myself and our four friends made the very best of our one week stay at 20 Ulwell Road."

    I say this, as the weather could have been a lot kinder to us. We were left a very nice welcome pack, that contained most of the 'immediate essentials.' The house is very well presented and had pretty much everything we could have wanted. I stayed in the ground floor bedroom/apartment, which was large. The furnishings in this room are a little bit tired, but perfectly adequate. The shower has some black mould on the seals. My one big problem with this room was the tap in the sink. It took around 5 minutes for any hot water to come through and when it did, there was just the smallest gap between cold and scorching hot. This needs fixing. The lounge and dining room are very nice, as were the other bedrooms, although one shower was not working. One pleasant call with the Owner was enough for this to be fixed. I would recommend the rental of this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Roger4.4Sep 2023

  • "Only problem we find is we need more fridge space & a bigger cooker, the Aga is really had to use and having just one small cooker for all the guests can we challenging."

    Apart from that it’s a fantastic property great location lots of parking and perfect for our family holiday

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at this property."

    The house is spacious and comfortable with great facilities. The bathroom on the second floor was amazing. It was our first complete family holiday for many years and the space meant we didn't feel all crammed in. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Jul 2023

  • "The house was lovely!"

    Large, well equipped kitchen, lovely dining room and a good sitting room. There could have been more places to sit - when the house is full, you have to sit on dining chairs. The bedrooms are wonderful! Big, lots of storage, clean, comfortable beds. The bathrooms are lovely, especially the one on the top floor. With many people in the house, we appreciated the to extra seperate toilets in addition to the bathrooms. The little apartment was also very good to have when staying 14 people in the house. Being Norwegian, we could't manage the AGA in the kitchen, so we had to use the other stove. We would have preferred two "ordinary" stoves, but that is more our own problem. It was very helpful with the big utility room and being able to wash and dry clothes. There was also a good parking space for our four cars. The house is just a short walk from the beach and town centre. I would highly recommend this property for big families to enjoy a holiday in lovely Swanage

    Reviewed by Ambjorg5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a good week in the house."

    Extended family very impressed with rooms, especially the large bathroom on top floor! Annexe very good for those who would find stairs a challenge, plus welcome addition of small kitchen. Impressed with welcome pack and was a lovely gesture. Lovely large living room and dining room. Aga was a challenge but we mastered it ! Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Gina4.7May 2023

  • "Thank you we had a wonderful weekend at Unwell Road."

    We were three generations of a family including five teenagers, one revising for GCSEs but the house accommodated us all perfectly. Thank you for the generous welcome pack and the little extras were greatly appreciated. We would all love to come and stay again on another occasion.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a great week in Swanage - the house was ideal for our party of adults, children and dogs; plenty of space, close to the beach, cafes and shops."

    We even managed to use the Aga and get a wood fire going! As with all rental properties, there were a couple of niggles but nothing of any note.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Apr 2023

  • "We loved our stay - thank you!"

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2023

  • "Brilliant location for a 3 generation family break."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation at a great location near to the beach."

    Perfect for our group of 12. Facilities were excellent and the whole place had a relaxing atmosphere. Communication with the host was very smooth. We'd recommend it highly!

    Reviewed by Noel5.0Mar 2023

  • "The house was all we needed, having an extended family of eleven."

    Plenty of room to move about, and a few minutes walk from the beach. A couple of things to mention : An upper-landing window could not be closed due to a missing catch. (necessary in cold March). The vacuum cleaner under the stairs was full to the brim, and we had to empty and clean it before we could use it. Otherwise we could recommend the property to anyone with a large group, to stay there.

    Reviewed by P B4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    The house is great for all the family. So near the beach. We had a few minor issues but Roy was helpful and solved them quickly. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Oct 2022

  • "Fabulous spacious house just perfect for our 13 strong morris dancing team to stay at for the folk festival in Swanage!"

    Great facilities and internal layout

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great house!"

    Well equipped. Well situated, Very near the sea at Swanage. The rooms were larger than expected and so we had plenty of room for the four generations of our family. The property was very clean and the owner was careful to make sure no harsh smelling chemicals were used in the cleaning of it. As this causes problems with allergies. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you so very much. We had a lovely holiday made some lovely memories.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely large space with everything you would need."

    Loved that I could bring my dogs and there was a park and the beach close by. A beautiful place and a really lovely house.

    Reviewed by Kirsten4.7Apr 2022

  • "Six adults and 4 children had a great week at the house, which is well-situated about 3 minutes from the beach."

    Our only regret is that although the facilities were fine, it was very expensive.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2022

  • "The location is perfect and the house had plenty of room."

    A couple issues with lights not working and the ground floor bathroom would benefit from a new shower. Had to struggle up the stairs to get a decent shower. Take your own frying pan! The beds were very comfy in lovely large rooms.

    Reviewed by J3.8Apr 2022

  • "The house became our home for the week and the minor problems that we had were rectified immediately."

    Every single item you could think of was provided thankyou .

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2022

  • "This lovely house was warm and welcoming on our arrival."

    Perfect for our family holiday of three generations it is very comfortable, clean and well equipped with everything we needed and more. The welcome pack was a thoughtful touch, thank you. We didn’t use our cars at all during our stay as the property is just a few minutes walk from the seafront and town. We all agreed that we would love to return for a holiday here in the future.

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely big house that's well kept and very well equipped."

    All rooms are large and comfy. It's in a good location just a short distance from the beach and a 10 minute walk to the town. The Crows Nest pub a 100 yards down the road does good food, and the fish and chips at "The Fish Plaice" in town is also to be recommended. The owner is easy to contact, and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely house, good value."

    More serving spoons, hooks on back of doors, soap dishes, checks on bulbs not working would be good. Otherwise great, thanks.

    Reviewed by Judith4.1Jan 2022

  • "My family and I were very impressed with the property."

    The rooms were all very spacious and had great storage. We were also impressed by it's cleanliness, and all the equipment in the kitchen and lounge that was available for us to use. We love the fact that it was such a short walk to the beach and town as well. We would definately book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful big house with plenty of space for a big family gathering ."

    Plenty to do in local area we didn’t use our cars at all during our 4 night stay

    Reviewed by Candy5.0Oct 2021

  • "This was a fantastic property, beautiful large house with attractive period features but sympathetically modernised, and very comfortable for a large group of people with ample bathrooms."

    We found the Aga a bit of a challenge but there was a standard cooker too. It was in a great location close to the beach and town. Swanage is also a thriving town with shops and cafes and one or two restaurants. The property is located a short (but steep) walk to Ballard Down and our party also enjoyed a trip to Brownsea Island.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house was spotlessly clean, and had everything we might have expected, plus more."

    It is spacious, tastefully decorated, and very welcoming. The luxury beds are really comfortable. It was ideal for our family reunion, with 14 adults aged 22 to 81, who enjoyed the time in the house and in the generous seating area on the patio in the garden. Even the 80 year olds were able to walk to the beach and back (uphill ! ). Thank you for providing such a splendid base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Sep 2021

  • "Spacious holiday property with all the facilities you need."

    Ideal location within 5 mins walk to the beach and just over 5 mins walk into Swanage Town centre. Great accommodation for a family stay or large group.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.4Sep 2021

  • "Excellent large, clean, comfortable house in great location."

    Swanage beach, pubs, restaurants, shops and facilities all in walking distance - ideal for a multi-generational family holiday.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation for a larger party and extremely convenient location with car parking."

    Late request for extra bedding speedily resolved, great service.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2021

  • "A Coffee machine/Cafetière would be a welcome addition."

    Rear garden could do with a good tidy. Front door to porch is not secure should be lockable from outside.

    Reviewed by David4.1Aug 2021

  • "The description and photos of the garden do not do it justice."

    We were delighted with the seating areas, the barbecue, the comfortable cushions . We were a family of 14, from ages 74 to 10 months. The accommodation was splendid; the dining room spacious and worked well for our evening meals; the lounge comfortable; the bedrooms again worked well for the four family groups; and there was never a problem with toilet, shower facilities. We had a splendid time and would recommend the house without reservation.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely house in a great location."

    Easy walk to beach and only a four minute drive to the Coop and town. Some lovely restaurants in the town.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "There was no means of making coffee at the property."

    At this price we would have expected a cafetiere or filter coffee facility. We had to buy our own cafetiere to use. There is a coal fired barbeque. Given the awkwardness of purchasing coals and firelighters and disposing of ashes it was no surprise that it had clearly never been used. We would have expected a gas fired barbeque. The difference in levels in the hard surfaced outside patio was a bit of a hazard for toddlers, but I accept there is nothing that can be done about that. Despite the comments above it is a lovely spacious house very convenient for the beach, and so we have re booked for next year

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1May 2021

  • "The Property was well furnished, spacious and comfortable throughout."

    We enjoyed our holiday and would say the venue is ideal for a large family group. Whilst mindful that we have endured unprecedented times I would recommend that the Garden area would benefit from a little more attention. In particular, some treatment of the Garden furniture and fencing would help to spruce up this area.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.7Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at Ulwell Road in Swanage."

    Plenty of room for all the family to enjoy, and lots of good walks. We had chilly nights and it would have been good if there had been any logs for the woodburner when we got there. Also just a point, the steps up into the garden could do with a clean as they were very slippery.

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Feb 2020

  • "The house is very spacious and comfortable."

    Plenty of bathrooms although we had a problem working one shower.The house is in a good position both for walking the dogs and for visiting the town. Kitchen has every thing you need for a large family gathering. We all had a great stay Thank you

    Reviewed by Hilary4.4Nov 2019

  • "We all enjoyed our stay."

    The house was very comfortable and very well equipped. The welcome pack was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Oct 2019

  • "A lovely large house, with lots of room for our party of 10 plus 2 dogs."

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Aug 2019

  • "The house was just right for seven adults and five young children."

    The beach was 10 minutes walk away and Studland beach, which is very sandy, only a 15 minute drive. The dishwasher and washing machine worked well and the gas oven was more reliable than the Aga cooker. The previous tenants had not put the bins out so we were faced with full bins at the beginning of our stay. The children enjoyed swimming, rides on the steam train and crabbing off the pier. The nearby Jurassic Coast was a great visit!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "It is a super house in a great location."

    The only things we would suggest are 1 a proper cot not just a travel cot 2 another high chair 3 more bins

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is a perfect house for a large family gathering, comfortable, well-equipped and perfectly situated for a stroll down to the beach or into town."

    It is a beautiful part of the country to explore with so much to do for all ages from walking the coast path to a gentle stroll on the pier, a train ride to Corfe Castle for a cream tea or a boat trip to Brownsea Island to see the red squirrels, not to mention just digging in the sand and paddling in the sea - we have done it all! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a fabulous family Easter break in Swanage."

    20, Ulwell Road was clean, comfortable and spacious. Plenty of room for 14 of us to eat together and just hang. The welcome pack including wine, bread, cereal etc was a thoughtful touch, we loved the Aga. The short walk to the beach and promenade, glorious weather and availability of owner to sort out any small queries were bonuses. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is a great holiday home, the only thing I would recommend is more plates, bowls, drinking mugs, given that this is a home for up to 13 people, but otherwise fabulous thank you."

    (I don't think you'd publish the recommendation though)

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Apr 2019

  • "Great location."

    Plenty parking space as well as nearby carpark. The bathroom on the top floor caused much amusement. Key arrangements were very convenient. In the information sent it would be good to mention that the closest carpark is the North Beach carpark which is well signposted from town. Most SatNav takes you to the upper part of Ulwell Road, near the campsite, quite a distance from the house. Directions could point this out, perhaps saying it is between the church and the Crow's Nest pub on the lower stretch of Ulwell Road. We had a brilliant week in Swanage.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2019

  • "Superb house, brilliant location, ideal for large family group, very helpful contactable owner, would consider another stay in the future."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2019

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  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms: 1 x king-size (annexe) with en-suite power shower, basin and WC and small kitchenette, 1 x first floor king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size, 1 x first floor twin, 1 x first floor single, 2 x second floor king-size - 1 with a single sofa bed
  • Second floor bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, bidet, basin and WC
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over, shower, basin and WC
  • First floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room with woodburner
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburners
  • Aga, gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, 2 x TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Enclosed raised patio area with furniture and grassed area
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 mins walk, pub 1 min walk, beach 2 mins walk
  • Note: Garden area contains steps.

The property

This large detached Edwardian House lies in the village of Swanage, at the eastern end of Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, most appreciated for its golden sands.

Bring along the family to enjoy everything this beautiful retreat has to offer, a homely accommodation set over three floors, with a collection of bedrooms to suit guests of all ages.

The ground floor is home to a lovely lounge hosting a woodburning stove, and a dining room which includes matching chairs and bench seating, comfortably set-up for fourteen people.

Nearby, the kitchen is filled with character, wrapped in cream units, and centred by an AGA cooker, surrounded by exposed brickwork.

Up on the first floor, a collection of sleeping arrangements await, ideal for both you and the children.

One king-size room features its own en-suite, and a quality bathroom ensures everyone can get ready in style, comprising of both a bath, and a separate shower.

For more options wander up to the top floor, where you will be welcomed by a spacious family bathroom, which boasts a luxury freestanding bath and walk-in shower, exceptionally designed to that of a hotel standard.

The king-size bedroom is your own haven to escape to after a long day, also providing a sofa bed for a little one, a desk and chair, as well as ample storage.

For those guests truly wishing to spend some quality time away from it all, the beautiful annexe boasts a final bedroom, elevated by its own en-suite and soothingly accompanied by soft furnishings and small kitchenette with sink, fridge, microwave and kettle.

Outside you can make the most of the well cared for tiered garden and outdoor furniture, which makes a lovely spot to sit out.

The little town comprises of shops, good pubs and restaurants, and is also well known for its annual carnival held at the end of July as well as it's twice yearly blues festival in March and October.

The Victorian wooden pier is a great place for a stroll or fishing, a wonderful setting to watch the world pass by.

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.

A getaway for the whole family.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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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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