Bella Vista
contemporary holiday house by the sea

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Swanage is situated on the Isle of Purbeck, an area of outstanding natural beauty in south east Dorset. The wonderful Purbeck Hills are ever present in the views from Swanage.Durdle Door.JPG (50440 bytes)          The Jurassic Coast, the name given to the magnificent coastline between Old Harry Rocks, just north of Swanage, and Orcombe Point, Devon, is a World Heritage Site.

Relax on the glorious sandy beaches of Swanage Bay - Bella Vista is only eighty yards from the nicest beach in Swanage. Enjoy the traditional English seaside with Punch and Judy shows on the beach.

Discover some of London's old buildings brought to Swanage stone by stone by local benefactor and industrialist John Mowlem in the nineteenth century and re-erected in Swanage, including The Clock Tower near the pier.

Walk the Dorset Coast Path (it passes our front door) to Old Harry Rocks and take in the stunning views from Ballard Down. Or enjoy one of the finest walks in the country from Swanage to Corfe Castle across Nine Barrow Down - come back by steam train!

On the other side of Swanage lies Durlston Country Park with its nature trails and remarkable cliffs.  Visit the Park Centre and hear dolphins and undersea noises on the hydrophone.


At the centre of Purbeck lies the stone village of Corfe Castle dominated by the dramatic ruins of the castle. The town is steeped in history - in 978 CorfeCastle.jpg (109117 bytes) the Saxon St Edward the Martyr was murdered here on the orders of his step-mother. The castle, held by Lady Bankes for the King during the English Civil War, was captured by Parliamentarians in 1646 and 'slighted' (destroyed).

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