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
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.
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The flat is lovely and spacious and has everything needed for a relaxing holiday. So much to do in the area. Didn’t move the car for over a week - travelled by bus, boat and steam train. Highly recommend.
Fantastic property in a great location. So many places to explore on foot from the front door. Apartment was clean and well equipped. Would reccomend.
Great location, interesting art works
What a lovely large property situated up a steep hill but right in the centre of Swanage everything very handy, lovely places to walk. Property well equipped would stay again.
Our stay at Barnacles was just perfect, accommodation is delightful, light and airy rooms. Perfect
Perfect stay, well equipped accommodation with everything we needed. Booking procedure was easy and we’d definitely recommend this property and make a return visit
Thanks Karen, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay. I'm glad you found all you needed - I'm always very happy to receive any suggestions guests may have about equipment etc. We look forward to your coming again!
Swanage Flat -- Barnacles
Loved the flat with excellent views over Swanage. Thoroughly recommended
Light and airy, warm and welcoming, peaceful and relaxing.
Our second visit. That says it all.
Thank you for your review Susan - you are most welcome any time. I am delighted to be able to share all the aspects you mention with guests.
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.