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Bay View

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Swanage, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 9 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "We all enjoyed our stay at Bay View, very comfortable and in a great location, lovely views, convenient to the town and its beaches."

    We found things generally clean and tidy but we do think the property would benefit from a deep clean, as we found a fair amount of cobwebs in many of the rooms and there was almost an infestation level of moths! Also it would be helpful if there were labels on the various bins, indicating what each should contain to avoid mixing recyclables. Overall, an excellent property which we would happily return to or recommend to others!

    Reviewed by Patrick3.8May 2024

  • "1. I think it would be helpful to state the property is over 4 floors."

    2. Cleanliness....on arrival there were a lot of hairs in the plug of the loft room shower. Some cutlery was not clean....dishwasher's fault I guess! 3. I was surprised to find started packs of frozen food in the freezer, and lots of food in the tall drawer in the kitchen. It wasn't a problem....but a note to say whether the food was for our use or not would be helpful. 4. If possible..more room in the kitchen cupboards to put food would be helpful. 5. The mugs were a really nice selection. 6. It would be helpful to say where to find the recycling and rubbish bins....I thought it was one left on the street initially...then later discovered the right ones on the basement level patio. 7. We spent ages hunting for the hoover...more specific instructions on which cupboard to look in would be helpful. 8. Having a key safe is brilliant. 9. The location is excellent....10 to 15 mins to walk into town 10. The toilet seat in the 1st floor bathroom was quite wobbly. 11. The balcony table and chairs, with seat cushions hanging in the lounge, were great....amazing view. 12. Our children loved the TV and netflix 13. The folder with instructions for appliances was excellent. 14. The washing line was great 15. Overall we had a really nice stay. Thank you for sharing your property with us. We love Swanage and have visited many times. Would definitely consider staying in this property again.

    Reviewed by Huw3.4Aug 2023

  • "I'd have given the cottage a much higher rating if our concerns had been addressed properly while we were on holiday."

    I'm used to cottages where the owner can be contacted directly while you're at the property and our past experiences of any issues have been very positive - with owners responding quickly and helpfully. This time was quite different. It's such a pity. as Bay View has the potential to be absolutely top class - it's in a fantastic position, has lots of space, and could have been amazing, if attention had been paid to the all-important details. First impressions were poor - dead plants in pots on the front doorstep, cigarette ends on the balcony, crumbs and something orange and runny in the bottom of the fridge, a very messy patio (with more dead plants, pots full of stagnant water, weeds growing between the paving stones and random items strewn around) and piles of animal faeces in the lower garden/orchard area. The inside of the house (apart from the fridge) was clean and well appointed. There were fresh towels and bedding on all the beds and the rest of the kitchen and the other rooms looked freshly dusted and hoovered. Lots of the cupboards had stuff in, and there were a significant number of items stored under the beds, which we're also not used to in a holiday let. Because of the mess on the patio, I contacted the number supplied on the booking confirmation (assuming this would be the owner) - this was answered by someone from Dream Cottages, who, despite being friendly and helpful, was apparently refused permission by the owner to tidy the patio and put stuff away! We were particularly disappointed, as we'd specifically chosen a property with a garden, the weather was lovely and it would have been nice to be able to use the patio and the orchard area for table tennis and ball games with the children- but for different reasons, both were unsuitable for us to be able to do this. And not because of the uneven terrain, which I seem to remember was mentioned in the property description. We booked with you because of very good experiences of Sykes in the past and thought we could trust that the whole property would be of a good standard. Sadly this wasn't the case.

    Reviewed by Nicola2.8Jul 2023

  • "Really good location and property."

    Plenty of space and storage. Just need to make visible how to get hot water in taps. Vacuum cleaner was full so need to be emptied. Fridge water dispenser is not safe for kids. It made a mess in the kitchen when our kids started pressing those pedals. tumble dryer was not turning on. Also loads of stuff under beds and cupboards. Remove them to make space and also looks nice and easy to maintain. Overall loved the place.

    Reviewed by Aamir4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely property, but a little tired and felt a bit squished."

    Also the front room, although nice, the sofa was hard and uncomfortable, so we struggled as a big group to feel relaxed.

    Thank you for your comments and I hope you had a good time. I'm so sorry you found the sofa hard. It is very new. You can adjust the back of each section separately to make it recline to suit each person, and it also has a footstool, so we hope that it suits both recliners and those who prefer something more supportive. The house was completely freshly repainted in September, so I am sorry it looked tired to you. To us, it seems bright and clean. Of course, we welcome comments from our guests so that we can plan good improvements as necessary, and we will, of course, bear yours in mind." Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma3.1Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Bay View - the cottage is very comfortable, spacious and generously stocked up with stuff."

    It was very relaxing. I don't think the owner needs to change's perfect.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Feb 2023

  • "A fabulous home that exceeded expectations."

    (The photos do not do this house justice!). A floorplan in the details would be really useful as we had 5 young children (7,5,3,3,3) any younger and having someone in the basement would not have worked. Without the tumble dryer it was impossible to wash and dry bedding (February) so had to hunt to find spare for the top room after a spillage. Leaving a spare set out would be helpful. Location is great - short downhill walk/scoot to the beach and the house is really well equipped. Swanage beach is amazing - bucket and spade hire, fish and chips and a great play park too. The only change I would make is to swap one of the doubles for a twin. It would have helped us but I also think would increase your rentals as would suit more people. A really great (far too short) break. Thank you

    Thank you very much for your encouraging feedback. We are delighted that you had a lovely holiday and liked the house as much as we do. I'm so sorry you needed to hunt for sheets. We were advised that for clarity of laundry supply and billing, we should take spare sheets away, and that Dream Cottages are always happy to come and change linen for you as necessary mid-holiday. (But I'm very glad you found ours!) Perhaps it's a good idea to change a double bed for twin beds. We'll certainly bear it in mind. Do come again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Feb 2023

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 2 x doubles, 1 x single, 1 x family room with double and single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • 2 x shower rooms with walk-in showers, basins, heated towel rails and WCs
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility/games room
  • Sitting room
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi, a selection of books, radio/CD player, table football, table tennis table
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Rear garden with decking, patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.8 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out at 10am

The property

Set in an elevated position in Swanage, Dorset lies this inviting holiday home, Bay View.

With stunning views from the delightful garden and an interior filled with home comforts, this holiday home makes a fabulous choice for a large family gathering or a break with friends.

On arrival at the cottage, park up roadside before making your way inside to begin your holiday.

A well-equipped kitchen/diner offers everything you need to rustle up a family dinner to enjoy at the dining table for 10, including a handy dishwasher to help with the cleaning up.

After dinner, unleash your competitive side with a game of table football, which is located in the convenient utility, before settling in to catch up on your favourite shows in the sitting room.

When sleep calls, choose from three bedrooms suited to a range of guests; a king-size and two doubles are perfect for the couples of the group, the family room for those with young children, and a single, ideal for a child or even a grandparent.

Be sure to take advantage of the garden area too; the decking makes a wonderful spot for a morning coffee with a view, while the lower patio offers a space for the children to play.

When it’s time to explore, be sure to head down to the nearby beach and wander the Purbeck Heritage Coast and pier before reaching Peveril Point.

Explore further with a trip to Studland, known for its Nature Reserve and the Old Harry Rocks.

Slightly further again you can visit the town of Bournemouth for shopping and dining options, along with its pier and Oceanarium, for any sea life lovers in your group.

Bring your friends and family to Bay View for a memorable escape.

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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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Parking: Unrestricted on-street parking (available on a first come first served basis). On your arrival, if there’s no convenient parking place, pull up on the pavement opposite to unload (keeping an eye on tour vehicle as to not cause an obstruction) and then look for a space further along Priest’s Road or on surrounding roads.

Please note that due to the balcony at the property, children must be supervised at all times.
Garden – Children should be supervised at all times. Uneven steps to lower orchard garden. Please take care.
Please note the bedrooms are arranged on the first and top floor, with an additional
bedroom and shower room on the garden level at the back of the house.
Please note that the gas fire is not in use.
Dining room fireplace is for decoration only.
Tumble dryer not in use.
The bed in the single bedroom is a small single - 2ft 6.
No stair gate or travel cot available.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas