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Little Steppes

Swanage, Dorset
Original Cottages

This property is managed by our sister brand Original Cottages info_outline

Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 1
4
star
Towels included
Family friendly
Romantic
Internet access
Open fire / wood burner
Enclosed garden / patio
Downstairs bathroom
Shop nearby
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
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At a glance

  • Beautifully presented, Grade II-listed, 19th-century former quarryman’s cottage in Swanage
  • Wood burner for stoking up on chilly autumn afternoons after long country walks
  • Courtyard garden for summer afternoons after mornings spent on the beach
Property code: OC-WY382

An exquisite, stone cottage, set in a tranquil corner of Swanage, this delightful Dorset cottage is perfect for a couple or small family. Sleeping three guests, and happy to accommodate four-legged friends, the two-bedroom retreat is in a great location for anyone wishing to pick up the scenic South West Coast Path or spend time at the beach. From here, enjoy a 2-mile walk, partly along the cliff tops to Dancing Ledge, one of the many beauty spots along this part of the Jurassic coastline. Swim from the rocks here, go snorkelling or dip in the small tidal pool. For a family-friendly seaside experience, venture less than 1 mile into Swanage, where you can swim at the long, sandy beach.

Take three steps up to follow the path up to the front door of this charming cottage, which is next to a church. Wander inside to find accommodation with an abundance of character, including beams and beautiful, exposed, Purbeck stone walls. The lounge/diner, with its fireplace housing a wood burner, is a truly welcoming space in which to watch the Smart TV or curl up with your book in the window seat. The kitchen, with a beamed ceiling and flagstone floor, as well as stone walls, is beautifully fitted out with cream units, wooden work surfaces and everything you need to prepare meals at home during your stay. A utility room is accessed from the kitchen and leads through to the family bathroom. Steep stairs lead up to the first floor of the cottage where two beautiful bedrooms, a kingsize bed and then a single, with some restricted head height, are situated.

A stable door from the kitchen on to the enclosed garden with steps up to a raised with seating and views towards the church. Here is a shed with a handy tumble dryer in, plus secure storage for bikes.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 single
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric hob and oven and fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine and microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Wood burner (logs supplied)
  • Smart TV
  • Please bring your own beach towels
  • Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture
  • On-street parking 50 metres away
  • Storage for bikes
  • Shop 350 metres, pub 150 metres, beach 1 mile
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00
  • 1 dog allowed. Additional charges may apply

Samantha Banner

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Samantha.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 32 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Judith, 18th May 2024

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A cosy but compact cottage for a couple. As there is only single glazing there is some traffic noise. 20 minute walk to Swanage town centre. Ideal for dog owners with plenty of walks close by.

Reviewed by Marianne, 11th May 2024

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Lovely, well-equipped cottage in a great location, perfect for exploring everything Dorset has to offer.

Reviewed by Jane, 28th March 2024

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Reviewed by Jane, 23rd February 2024

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Reviewed by Nick, 30th December 2023

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Reviewed by Karen, 6th November 2023

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Reviewed by Beverley, 27th October 2023

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We loved our short stay in Little Steppes. The cottage was cosy and well equipped with everything we needed for a self-catering break. The dcor is tasteful and furnishings comfortable. The shower and bath were lovely and the bed firm but comfortable. It is dog-friendly, which is a huge bonus: there is a courtyard garden for late night visits plus aRead more green space at the bottom of the road. There were some nice welcoming touches: tea, coffee, milk and sugar, plus biscuits for us and treats for the dog. Little Steppes is an easy walk (one mile or so) from Swanage town centre. It is in a lovely, quiet area, next door to a church and surrounded by other heritage buildings. The main bus routes run along the bottom of the road, which was terrific for us as we were completing the South West Coast Path walk. A convenience store, two pubs, an Indian restaurant and a chippy are all within very easy walking distance (2-10 mins). Although there is no allocated parking space, we had no trouble parking a few steps away from the cottage. We absolutely loved Little Steppes and didn't want to leave. Thank you. We will book with Original Cottages again. Hide

Reviewed by Julia, 18th October 2023

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Little Steppes was a lovely cottage to stay in. Perfectly clean. Very comfortable and very dog friendly. We had everything we needed for a very happy holiday. Thank you!

Reviewed by Sophia, 14th October 2023

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Lovely, quaint cottage. Good location, facilities, parking never a problem for us. A home from home.

Reviewed by Dorothea, 12th October 2023

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Reviewed by Richard, 2nd October 2023

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Reviewed by Jill, 27th September 2023

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Reviewed by Julia, 18th July 2023

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Lovely little cosy cottage. On street parking not an issue for us but may be different during peak holidays. Secure garden for dog.

Reviewed by Gillian, 1st July 2023

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Reviewed by Christine, 25th June 2023

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This was a little bit of perfect! Such a gorgeous little cottage, beautifully designed and kitted out with everything you could possibly need. We loved eating breakfast in the back garden listening to the birde, and we slept like angels on the comfiest beds ever. With three adults here, we never felt overcrowded. And a lovely 25 minute walk aloRead moreng High Street to the sea front. Hide

Reviewed by Judith, 18th June 2023

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Lovely cottage, but has different floor levels and low ceiling points, which caught out my tall husband on occasion! Very dog friendly, with wonderful local walks. Its a step into the centre, but the local shop is very good.

Reviewed by Claire, 27th April 2023

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Reviewed by E, 22nd April 2023

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Reviewed by Sarah, 11th April 2023

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Reviewed by Nigel, 3rd April 2023

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The property was comfortable. It was not as clean as it could be (dusty) and even the crockery in cupboards was dusty. Whilst it says parking is available, the road was very busy and on some days i had to park a long way from the property on other roads. It is a more busy road than the details presented. The walk into town was a bit too far for ourRead more liking and we would pick somewhere nearer in future. Small criticisms' and we did enjoy our week in Swanage. Hide

Reviewed by Maurice, 14th March 2023

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Excellent Cottage holiday experience. Can't fault it.

Reviewed by Jacqueline, 1st March 2023

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Property was very clean and cosy. However, the kitchen contains equipment you may never use and not things you would. Eg. No vegetable knife, I had to cut an apple with a carving knife, cafetiere too small to make 2 decent cups of coffee, no large glasses. Are 6 Champagne flutes necessary? In the cottage info it said a few extra logs outside the baRead moreck door but there wasn't. Also more can be bought locally......where? We are total strangers to the area. It turns out they the place to buy is about 50 yards away up the road, why not say? Found by pure chance! As the cottage was very well heated, ths wasn't an issue but an observation. I thought the outside area could have looked tidier and the paths cleaner. Why was there a block of wood behind the gate? Had to really push hard to get it open. I've said all of this because you asked! But we did have a very pleasant weekend in a beautiful part of the country. PS. Hope the smoke alarm got fixed Hide

Reviewed by Spencer, 3rd January 2023

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Reviewed by Roger, 10th December 2022

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Reviewed by Angela, 16th November 2022

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Reviewed by Peter, 2nd November 2022

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Although the property was lovely we felt that it was beginning to show signs of being a bit tired, particularly the kitchen worktop which was black with mould around the taps, I suspect this is to do with the fact it's a timber worktop which hasn't been properly maintained also the gap between the sink and worktop dribbled black mould. The kitchenRead more smoke detector was also in one of the kitchen drawers which was a little concerning. We did enjoy our stay and 90% of the property was nice it was just the kitchen that let it down. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah, 31st October 2022

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Reviewed by Anonymous, 1st October 2022

This is a cute cottage, recently refurbished. The bed was very comfortable. A good sized bath and great shower. We enjoyed our stay

Reviewed by G, 24th September 2022

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Reviewed by Lisa, 11th September 2022

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A lovely cottage which was immaculately clean ,a very big thankyou to the cleaning staff who made sure that there were no potential allergens left behind as my daughter has severe food allergies.The garden space is a particular bonus !

Reviewed by I, 7th September 2022

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Reviewed by K, 18th June 2022

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Location

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