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The Transmitter Bunker

(Ref. 1131689)

Ringstead, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "This is an amazing property, quite unique."

    Very warm and comfortable. Love all the fittings etc that are in keeping with the character of this place. The views are wonderful and I couldn't have asked for more, until we had a problem...... We had no lights in the bathroom for two days, a bit inconvenient as there are no windows. I called Sykes cottages twice, was promised someone would contact us, but nobody even gave us a call back, let alone send someone to fix the problem. All rather disappointing. However, I still can't fault this lovely property

    Thank you for your very nice review. I apologise for the failure to deal with the light in the shower and I believe that Sykes has contacted you about this and also apologised. I was unaware of the problem. For the second time the extractor fan has tripped the bathroom lights as a result of condensation in the vent pipe damaging the motor (the problem of being semi underground). We have found a solution and will be installing a new extractor with a different pipe fitting which will allow condensation in the vent pipe to escape Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely unique place to stay, loved the history of the bunker."

    Disappointed that recycling from previous visitor had not been removed also we had to clean out the log burner before we could use it. This didn’t detract from a lovely holiday, and we would certainly come back. Would suggest a poker or tongs needed for log burner.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 2023

  • "A really exciting and well presented holiday home."

    Everything you need in one tidy concrete package, with fantastic views and a peaceful secluded location.

    Thank you for your nice comments and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger4.4Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful setting with beautiful views."

    The bunker itself is well thought out and the fixtures and furnishings are great. Being in the country and partially under the ground are going to bring bugs into the bunker and we found our car covered in wasps from the tree sap, which isn't much of a problem if you don't mind them! It's a lovely place to stay if you want to stay in all day, very peaceful, but we used it as a base and travelled all over Dorset. We weren't sure where we were allowed to walk and didn't want to trespass so perhaps a map of public footpaths around the bunker would have been helpful. Thankyou for the opportunity The Payne family x

    Thank you so much for your helpful comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jul 2023

  • "This is an amazing property in an idyllic location with a quirky loft conversion feel to the interior."

    We loved our stay, found the place very well equipped and would consider rebooking for next year. The kids (8&12) were very happy in the environment and even the beds were really comfy! A few very minor points … It’s Britain and it rains!! So a few hooks on the wall just inside the door gif wrt costs would have been so invaluable. The kitchen is small, it’s a perfectly functional space but maybe loosing the odd time think, like the butter dish and all the other very homely small additions but not life necessities would allow more to for cooking! The bin thing is confusing, I’m all for recycling but if it’s so important as bigger outdoor recycling bit is needed. And finally, we do loved how everything was designed and the look of each room, but I think the bathroom is going to end up mouldy if sone sort of solution to water escaping the shower into the floor isn’t found. We tried every which way to use the shower and kept the water in but to no avail. Could a discreet curtain be added to the entrance? To increase the life of the property!! All I all such a precious find, we just want to give tips to make it a lasting success. Thank you for sharing the discs with us.

    Reviewed by Sophie4.7Jul 2023

  • "We spent a lovely week staying in the bunker."

    It was so quirky. We were really cosy and had every thing we needed. I loved the little kitchen and it was so well equipped, everything had been thought of. The views were amazing we loved sitting and watching the wildlife and the ever changing colours of the sea. We were blessed with good weather and I enjoyed many walks with Syd the dog. It was so quiet and peaceful a great place to recharge batteries. The furnishings were excellent and I slept really well. The history in the display case was a great idea and so was the photo book showing start to finish of the bunker. I really want to visit again and also can’t wait to see how the other bunker gets a make over. Sue.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2023

  • "A quiet location, with a glorious view, easy access to much of Dorset."

    The kitchen is of necessity tiny.

    Reviewed by Penelope4.4Jul 2023

  • "The Transmitter Bunker was wonderful."

    I booked it as a surprise for my husband who is recovering after being seriously ill. He has a great knowledge of and love of military and naval history so I thought it would be perfect. It was. Beautifully converted hideaway, literally. Breathtaking views of the landscape and sea. We only left the bunker once for a short walk. We spent time sitting in the peace filled garden reading and watching the wildlife. We spent the evenings watching the bats and the moon over the sea. Arrived to it spotlessly clean and ready. Key easy to locate. All instructions clear. Incredible entrance, like stepping back in time totally. There is a tiny but well designed kitchen. Furniture was comfortable. We didn't light woodburner as weather so warm but appreciated stack of logs etc in case we wanted to do so. The history books and little museum info cupboard were perfect with history of the bunker, as was photo book of how it was transformed. What would be lovely for the future would be maybe a map showing where any walks were etc of the area as we would have liked to walk up to the Pill Box on the hill if you were allowed and short cut to the bay if there was one, we stuck to the road as we obviously didn't want to trespass. We would love to return and very much hope to book again to stay longer and explore the area a bit more. We didn't want to leave and wish we were able to stay longer. Next time.

    Thank you for your very nice comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2023

  • "I love military history so I was super excited to discover The Transmitter Bunker."

    Nestled in a field in deepest Dorset, this was the most unique place I’ve ever stayed. The restoration has been sympathetic and much of the original concrete is featured. I loved seeing the photo book of the restoration that the owners have left for visitors to read. The view from the south facing terrace is stunning and there is a lovely table and chairs to chill out in the evening watching the sun go down. The kitchen is small but very well equipped and the main bedroom is comfy. There’s a log burner and underfloor heating so it will always be cosy whatever the time of year. I can’t fault it at all. A truly unique and interesting place to stay for a peaceful couple of days.

    Thank you. I am so glad that the Transmitter Bunker lived up to your expectations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is an outstanding place to stay."

    You can really feel the history as soon as you walk through the doors. The build creatively pairs modern technology with the past and all of the wonderful features of the old bunker. You can spend all day just sitting and watching the view of the bay and looking out to sea. Stunning! No more words. Absolutely amazing, we would go back tomorrow. Thank-you

    Reviewed by Nicola-jayne5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the bunker."

    Such a fantastically unique place that manages to maintain the look, feel and history of the bunker with a really comfortable feel. The bunker had everything we need and the small kitchen was perfectly kitted out for our stay. All the little touches have been thought of throughout. The views from the bunker are absolutely stunning and driving to the bunker - seeing the bay and then through the dairy farm was a joy each time. The garden was fantastically landscaped and really suited the architecture of the bunker and frames the view so perfectly. We were blessed with rabbits, pheasants and woodpeckers. The bunker is also very well situated at Ringstead for exploring Dorset and we found most places were just 15-40 minutes away across the county, with bay beautiful beaches and villages very close. My only constructive feedback would be that the option of a double bed set up rather than twin beds in the main bedroom would have been appreciated. However the beds were wonderfully comfortable and the bedrooms so quiet and peaceful.

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. It is greatly appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing holiday."

    I will miss that splendid view. The property is quirky but beautiful and well equipped. The wildlife with daily visits from hares deer and woodpeckers was lovely to see. Great location to explore Dorset which is beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed highly recommended

    That is such nice feedback. Thank you so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved the Transmitter Bunker!"

    The accommodation was everything we hoped it would be. I loved the history of the building, and the way the bunker has been refurbished, while keeping the original feel. The views over the sea from the living room and patio are remarkable. Excellent for a holiday – and even better if you’ve got an interest in World War II history.

    Thank you so much for your very nice feedback. It means a lot to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Thank you so much for letting us stay at the bunker."

    It’s perfect. Quirky place with amazing history and beautiful views out over the bay. The general location is great for exploring the area with Durdle door and Lulworth cove down the road in one direction and then Weymouth, Lyme Regis and Charmouth easily reachable in the other direction. Our little boy loved the bunk bed and his room became the fossil hunting classroom where we had to go for lessons!! Every little detail has been thought of to make our stay easy and comfortable.

    Thank you for your very nice feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. By converting the Bunker to holiday accommodation we have been able to preserve an important piece of history and so your comments are most welcome. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jay5.0Apr 2023

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin, 1 x bunk
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Ground source energy generation, polished concrete floor with underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, slimline dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed front garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out at 10am
  • Note: The garden is fenced
  • Note: There are steps in the garden

The property

Preston 4 miles.

Tucked away in the rural setting of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Ringstead Bay near Preston, Dorset, discover this sympathetically restored, unique former bunker, The Transmitter Bunker which sits in the middle of the owner’s dairy farm, two fields away from the sea.

Boasting all ground-floor accommodation, stunning sea views and an abundance of character, The Transmitter Bunker welcomes four guests to experience the ultimate quirky retreat in Dorset.

After unloading your personal belongings in the off-road parking spot, cross the threshold into your delightful holiday home ready to recline in the sitting area in front of the roaring open fire and Smart TV; perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day.

Allow the designated chef to rustle up a culinary delight in the compact but well-fitted kitchen, complete with all the necessities required to ease your self-catered stay; settle down at the dining table to tuck into a feast or savour mealtimes on the private patio so you can soak up the quirkiness of your surroundings a little longer.

When the evening draws to a close, wash away the day in the lovely shower room and you’ll be ready to climb into bed and catch your rest ahead of another exciting adventure.

You can practically feel the history emanating from every part of the property with original features throughout.

Formerly the home of one of two transmitter blocks serving RAF Ringstead during the Second World War, the Transmitter Bunker was part of the Chain Home radar, a coastal early warning system which stretched from Cornwall in the West to Norfolk in the East.

The station was commissioned in early 1941 and finally decommissioned in 1956.

The renovation has had regard for the fact that the Bunker is listed Grade-II, with the original concrete walls and other features retained.

If that’s given you a taste for local history, then why not get out and about exploring the area?

Start your day in Ringstead Bay with its stunning shingle beach that stretches for nearly half a mile; here you can while the days away paddling the shore, sunbathing, or simply watching the world go by, before refuelling at the Smuggler’s Inn Pub.

Further afield, embark on a relaxing stroll along the South Coast Path, stopping off at Man O’War Beach before heading to Lulworth Cove.

Travelling west you’ll find the popular seaside location of Weymouth, where the Sea Life Centre, Lodmoor Country Park, Nothe Fort and Sandsfoot Castle all reside, offering plenty to see and do for the whole family, in addition to a plethora of shopping and eating opportunities so you can enjoy a hearty meal on the days you don’t feel like cooking!

For all of this and more, book a unique stay at The Transmitter Bunker (

Can be booked in conjunction with Pitt Cottage (994553) which lies within the grounds.

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About the location


Weymouth 7.6 miles.

Ringstead Bay in Dorset is an unspoilt pebble beach on the Jurassic coastline surrounded by striking cliffs and farmland. The original village mentioned in the doomsday book no longer exists, but there is now a small vibrant community nestled at the back of the bay in a variety of unique houses. You can enjoy walking the South West Coast path or meander through the woodland walks, whatever your preference this is a gorgeous place to be outside. When you are ready to explore further afield, you will find Lulworth Cove and Durdle door a short 11 miles away and Weymouth with it’s beautiful beach and plentiful restaurants and cafes 7 miles to the west. The Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World Rescue, and Tyneham Village all offer varied and interesting days out just a short drive from Ringstead, presuming you can tear yourselves away from the unspoilt beach.