Close to the town, beach and coastal path, the flat is peaceful and full of light with different sea, hill and beach views to enjoy from each room. The furnishings are comfortably modern with colourful rugs. The flat consists of two 'wings' (with a kitchen you can eat in, a large sitting room, and bedroom) - this unusual orientation makes it very spacious and brings the sun in all the day and year round. Central heating makes it cosy in the winter. The position is perfect for those who want to set off along the SW coastal path or Purbeck Way, take the steam train to Corfe Castle, or spend the day on the beach then retreat to the peace and quiet of Barnacles before trying the many pubs and eating places in town. Between Swanage and Lulworth the coastal scenery is dramatic and craggy with beaches and old stone quarries. Swanage also has a variety of festivals including the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival at the end of May, the popular Jazz Festival in July, the International Chamber Music Festival in early September, and the famous Purbeck Film Festival in October.
Barnacles apartment in Swanage, Dorset, England - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk To The Beach And Less To A Range Of Pubs, Shops And Eating Places
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 12, 2018
About Charlotte Heath
Soon after I left the Department for International Development in 2012 we were lucky enough find this long dreamt of toe hold in Purbeck. In addition to just enjoying being here I am fully involved in Purbeck Art Weeks Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival. I started out life studying music (cello), then changed tack and went to art college in London to do a Textiles Degree. I was a weaver for a number of years, and love colour and texture. This took me to all sorts of interesting places including the Middle East where I spent several years working with Bedouin weavers in Oman and the Negev. My home is in Highbury, London with my partner Oded - and spending time in Barnacles and Swanage continues to give us a huge amount of pleasure, me in particular! I hope you enjoy it too.
Charlotte Heath purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Charlotte Heath chose Swanage
My family have been connected to the Kimmeridge area since the early 1900's, and I have been coming down here since I was born in 1952. What particularly appealed to us about this property were the different views of the sea and hills from each room, the light pouring into the flat all day, and the fact that the sea, cliffs of Peveril Point and the coastal path are so close by. It's also quiet here, which is very important to us. And there's something special about a window seat! I love gardening so I got permission from Swanage Council to cultivate the verges around the house. The plants are becoming established and learning to protect themselves from the Swanage Council mowers and dogs! And this year I'm planting in a new climbing rose (Frances E Lester) to go up the dead tree along the verge. Salvias do well - which I love. You will see some unusual glass work in the flat too made by Oded.
What makes this Apartment unique
I can't imagine ever being bored here - each season has its own interest - for photography, collecting drift wood, reading, observing, birds, walking, exploring, drawing - or simply watching the changing light across the sea and hills. After coming to the area for so many years it's a pleasure to know that it remains easy to get away from the 'crowds' - which in any case are never very big here even in August.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A lovely spacious well-equipped flat near the town centre. Very convenient, with good views to sea.
We loved the flat straight away - much bigger than we expected. Very spacious and light, due to the large windows. Great views down to the sea and bay and across to the hills of Studland. Very well equipped. Convenient for the town centre, Durlston Country Park, Studland Heath, Arne RSPB, Corfe Castle and Poole.
Lovely apartment with superb views. Fully and well equipped for all our needs. The only drawback is the steep hills to get to it but the views were worth it.
Thank you for your comments. The views are a joy aren't they! I wonder if you found the more gradual route? It's small left hand off the High St by the Mulberry Gallery - you go up a narrow lane which turns into a pathway. It's much less steep and comes out below the Youth Hostel. I love all Swanage's little alleyways!
Very Relaxing Stay
A lovely, airy and spacious apartment. The weather was hot but the flat stayed cool, with good ventilation and venetian blinds.
Had a wonderful view of the Fireworks on the first night (to mark the end of the Carnival week) through the first floor windows.
Though Swanage was exceptionally busy the whole week, we managed to find places of calm and solitude. Walking the south west coast path and visiting Durlston country park.
This apartment was just what the doctor ordered to help us to relax and recharge the batteries.
It had everything we needed, and more.
I would highly recommend it to future visitors.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay and feel recharged. I agree, Barnacles is a calm place to stay - even during Carnival week! I hope you’ll be back. Best wishes Charlotte
lovely and clean large property to stay at in the centre of Swanage
We staying in this beautiful apartment for Carnival week this year. This apartment is large for a one bedroom apartment with a well equipped kitchen. A huge living room and a good power shower.
We would stay here again. Thanks
Thank you so much for your review - I’m delighted you enjoyed your stay. You must have had a wonderful view of the fireworks over the bay! Best wishes Charlotte
We had a fabulous few days at Charlotte's flat. Very comfortable and lovely views. So much to do in the surrounding area, we will be back. Visited Poole Harbour, Brownsea, Corfe Castle by train and enjoyed the beaches along Studland. Great food at The Black Swan and loved The Cabin on far end of Swanage beach.
Thank you for your review - I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. I will be staying in Barnacles myself from this weekend for the two weeks of Purbeck Art Weeks Festival - and will try out The Cabin, which I didn't know of. There are so many things to do in and around Swanage and to continue to discover!
It suited our requirement for our short break
The property was lovely very nicely furnished and equipped with everything we needed for our stay and good communication with the owner.
The seafront is a 2 minute walk, and Swanage's own sandy beach is just a 5 minute walk. Studland's National Trust sandy beaches and Shell Bay are 10 minutes away driving (or longer if walking). Going westward Kimmeridge Bay is a short drive away and great for walking, swimming, fossils and surfing. Lulworth Cove is a little further, with a pretty village and good swimming. Durdle Door is about 40 minutes by car. Bournemouth's sandy beaches can be reached via Sandbanks Ferry from Studland.
Swanage can be reached by train to Wareham from London Waterloo, then a bus (Purbeck Breezer 40) or taxi to Swanage. Other options are hiring a car from U Drive next to the station, or bicycles from platform 1. A car is not essential during your stay as there's plenty to do locally, with a good local bus service along the coast and a steam train from the centre of Swanage to Corfe Castle. The nearest airport is Hurn near Bournemouth - about 12 miles away via Sandbanks Ferry to Studland.
Durlston Castle and Country Park incl. Seventh Wave Restaurant/Bar 1.2 miles
Corfe Castle, history and cream teas 5.5 miles
Studland Beach for sand, swimming 3.5 miles
Worth Matravers and The Square and Compass 4 miles
Kingston Village and The Scott Arms 5 miles
Kimmeridge Bay 10 miles
Deserted Tyneham village and Worbarrow Bay 12 miles (approx)
Wareham and the historic Rex Cinema 10 miles
Lyme Regis 56 miles
Durdle Door 20 miles
Dorchester and good shopping 30 miles
Swanage Railway station 8 mins
Pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops are all within 3 minutes of the apartment. On the provisions side there are two supermarkets plus several bakers, two banks, a delicatessen, a butcher and a fishmonger. There is a range of other interesting shops as well as several small Galleries, including the new New Wave Gallery at 25 Commercial Road - also off the same road is a charmed corner at Tilly Mead and the excellent Java cafe. The Mowlem Centre provides cinema and theatre. Other places of interest are Brownsea Island nature reserve (National Trust) which is beautifully positioned in Poole harbour and famous for red squirrels. The ferry goes from Poole Quay. In Wareham you can go boating on the River Frome ending up at The Granary on the quayside for a drink, lunch or evening meal - before seeing a film at the historic Rex Cinema. Near Wareham is Arne (RSPB) nature reserve which is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland; it's a fantastic place for walks at any time of year and you may see Dartford Warblers, Nightjars or Ospreys. If you enjoy historic houses there is also Kingston Lacey, a fine 17 C manor house (National Trust) near Wimbourne Minster.
The grassy cliff top 'lawns' of Peveril Point are literally 2 minutes walk away - for picnics, sun bathing or an evening sundowner.
Booking Notes: I am usually happy to take bookings of less than 7 nights (3 minimum) in off peak periods - so please do ask. The charge for less than 7 nights is worked out as a percentage of a full week. Changeover days can be flexible depending on how it fits with other bookings and cleaning schedules.