A warm welcome awaits at your clifftop hotel, cosy coastal cottage or traditional countryside campsite.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape for two, a classic seaside holiday for all the family – including the dog – there’s something to suit every budget and need.
Choose from holiday parks in the centre of Swanage, right by the beach to luxury boutique hotels for a holiday to remember. Book a manor house to share with a larger group or a budget campsite or hostel right by the town’s pubs, shops and restaurants.
Just outside Swanage, discover accommodation options in quaint villages dotted around the Purbeck countryside, as well as campsites on farms and unique stays with a difference, including old follys and even a lighthouse.
With just five pitches you’re guaranteed a nature-filled break away from the madding crowd, and you can easily get out into the countryside with walking paths direct from the campsite.
The Caravan & Motorhome Club site is the sister site of Quarr Camping across the road.
Handily located just off the Valley Road, you’re easily connected to Swanage and Corfe Castle, whilst being surrounded by rolling countryside.
There are two convenience stores (a Spar and a Londis within petrol stations) nearby, where you can find various food, drink and camping essentials. Corfe has four pubs, a village shop and bakery, and Swanage has two supermarkets and a range of shops, eateries and beach-side activities.
Facilities at the site include drinking water and Elsan Points, however there are no toilets or showers.
North View Campsite is dog-friendly and open year-round (unless very heavy rain), and there’s various dog-friendly beaches in the vicinity.
This family-run campsite has everything you need for a traditional rural camping experience in the Purbeck countryside.
Situated between the picturesque village of Corfe Castle and the bustling seaside town of Swanage, Purbeck Valley Farm Campsite is ideally located for exploring everything the Isle of Purbeck has to offer.
The campsite welcomes tents and campervans and can accommodate extra requests – simply send a note with your enquiry form.
There’s play equipment for children and a visiting pizza van, and often farm-produced burgers and sausages available.
You’ll find various footpaths and cycleways into the countryside direct from the campsite, and just a short drive away are the sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland Bay.
Nearby in Harman’s Cross is a Spar shop & petrol station, and Corfe has a village shop and various eateries.
For real, old-world charm and character in the heart of Swanage town, the Purbeck House Hotel is hard to beat.
Once a private Victorian residence, the hotel now boasts 18 rooms all maintaining that traditional country house atmosphere, some of which have sea views, as well as an additional garden lodge with 20 modern bedrooms.
The Purbeck House hotel has a charming three-acre garden where you can take a stroll or sit out on the terrace or lawn with your morning coffee or evening drink.
The friendly staff here are always on hand to answer any queries and the hotel won the category of Best Family Business in the 2023 Purbeck Business Awards.
Just along High Street, where Purbeck House Hotel is situated, you’ll find a range of great places to eat – try The Black Swan, Love Cake or the Red Lion pub for excellent lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, or to sample some local beers.
The rest of Swanage’s amenities are conveniently located just a stone’s throw from your door and the beach is just a five-minute walk away.
After exploring Swanage and the surrounding area, relax with a drink in the hotel’s Bar 1875 or its Thomas Hardy Lounge, which overlooks the gardens. Bar 1975 is also open to members of the public.
In the morning, after a good night’s sleep, enjoy breakfast in the garden conservatory.
Stay in the main house for a more traditional experience, or the more modern Louisa Lodge, which has dedicated family rooms.
Each room comes equipped with flatscreen TV, desk/vanity table and chair, hot drink-making facilities, hairdryer and complimentary WiFi & toiletries.
Purbeck House itself offers a range of accommodation, from single rooms for solo or business travellers to a grand four-poster bed experience.
With the single and double rooms there is an option to upgrade to a sea view room.
The Superior Double rooms (king-size bed) are spacious and have either a garden or sea view and the added luxury of bath robes.
And the cherry wood four-poster room has a feature fireplace, with views looking toward St Mary’s Church.
Louisa Lodge rooms range in size, catering for single visitors to families of up to five.
The family and double rooms benefit from garden views, or you can upgrade your double to a sea view room.
Spacious Superior rooms come with small seating areas overlooking Swanage Bay.
Upgrade to a Superior Balcony to enjoy your morning coffee outside.
The garden of the Purbeck House Hotel is little hidden gem in Swanage, with its setting so central on the High Street.
Stroll about the three acres, or sit and enjoy the sun with a drink in this little oasis of calm in the centre of town.
The head gardener will be only too pleased to tell you about the garden’s Victorian beginnings, including the striking 90-year-old weeping ash tree.
And tucked away is a small kitchen garden with resident chickens and honey bees.
Relax and unwind in the lounge area after a long day exploring Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck.
The welcoming room has plenty of comfy seating with views out onto the hotel’s garden.
There’s a small selection of board games as well as a large bookshelf just outside the room.
Food at Purbeck House Hotel
Note that this is a breakfast-only hotel, not serving lunch or dinner.
However, you’ll find a great range of places to eat right outside your door – on High Street itself, as well as dotted around town.
Residents of Purbeck House Hotel can enjoy 10% off their meal at nearby Tawny’s Wine Bar.
Weddings & Events
The hotel is a great choice for your event, being centrally located in Swanage and close to all the town’s amenities.
Whether you’re planning your big day, charity event or meeting, there’s a range of options to choose from.
Purbeck House Hotel is licensed to hold weddings and civil partnership ceremonies in its dedicated Purbeck Room, which will be beautifully dressed for your special day.
The former convent has an arched ceiling and chapel backdrop, with wood panelling – all lending an air of romance and providing the perfect setting in which to say your vows.
The room accommodates up to 100 guests.
The Elizabeth garden conservatory seats up to 100 guests and has its own bar as well as dance floor and space for a band or DJ.
French doors open onto the terrace, so you can spill outside into the gardens.
The hotel uses local caterers who use Dorset produce and who will work with you to create a wedding menu bespoke to you and your friends & family.
As well as the Purbeck Room, the bar, conservatory and Thomas Hardy Lounge are also available to book for your event.
You can also hire the whole place exclusively.
Car park spaces may also be available for hire throughout the year.
To discuss your room-hire requirements and for prices, contact the hotel direct.
Purbeck House Hotel History
Built in 1875 by Swanage businessman George Burt, in Scottish Baronial style, the hotel has strong connections with the capital, with architectural relics salvaged from London including statues from the Royal Exchange, an arch that once stood in Hyde Park, carvings from the Houses of Parliament, and a balustrade and columns from Billingsgate Market – all adding to the building’s imitation feudal castle look.
Location and directions
Purbeck House Hotel is the most centrally-located hotel in Swanage town and has handy on-site parking.
Situated on High Street, there are a range of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés within walking distance. And of course Swanage Bay and beach are also a short five-minute stroll away.
You’ll also find various amenities close by such as Swanage Library, hairdressers and a dry cleaner, and points of historical interest such as St Mary’s Church, Swanage Museum and Swanage Pier.
Cosy up in a home-from-home holiday cottage in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck’s only seaside town – stay in a luxury beach-side apartment for a relaxing and restorative break, a large Victorian property to spend time with the whole family, or keep it cheap with budget accommodation for a seaside staycation with friends.
This family-friendly touring park sees return visitors year after year, with its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, great facilities and proximity to Wareham as a gateway to Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck.
Located just outside the village of Corfe Castle and nestled at the foot of the famous Purbeck Ridgeway, Corfe Castle Dorset Camping is a traditional, well-kept, friendly and pleasant spot for tourers and campers.
This five AA pennant-rated camping and touring park, located within Wareham Forest, has excellent walking paths and cycling tracks, and is a stone’s throw from the Saxon-walled town of Wareham, regarded as one of gateways to the Isle of Purbeck.
Bring your tent, campervan or motorhome to the pleasant Ulwell Holiday Park for a fuss-free and fun stay in Swanage within immaculately-maintained grounds and with all the on-site facilities you could need, including a clean shower block, electric hook-ups, shop, swimming pool and even your own pub.
Durdle Door Holiday Park is set in an incredible location on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Just a stone’s throw from Durdle Door itself, and a short drive or walk to the picturesque Lulworth Cove, it’s a great place to base yourself for a holiday in Purbeck.
With Swanage being the only seaside town in Purbeck, it’s an extremely popular location for holidaymakers from both here in the UK and abroad, so you’ll find a huge range of accommodation to suit any type of beach or countryside holiday.