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The Old Post Office - Billet Doux - Self-catering annexe in Dorset

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4a Ballard Estate, Swanage, BH19 1QZ, Dorset
England, United Kingdom

Jude Tucker

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Two minutes from north Swanage beach and easy walking to Old Harry Rocks, a bright cottage annexe for couples on a private estate

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Romantics who love the sea need look no further. Welcome to a unique, private, cliff-top estate which began as a tented military camp in 1909. Annexed to what was the old Post Office is your own little 'billet doux', with garden. Walk straight into a pretty kitchen with duck-egg blue cupboards and wooden worktops and a hand-carved French dresser filled with china. The cream-carpeted living room opens onto the private garden and is bright and airy – sun streams in through French windows with beautiful crewel-work curtains. On the walls hang original art; the owner is a sculptor and runs stone carving courses you can book onto, check the SeaSculpt website for dates. The bedroom is cool and sleek, painted in soft greens with a fashionably-distressed wardrobe and a chest of drawers, and views over the sunny patio (complete with barbecue). There's a fabulous big shower, with a heated floor, low level lighting, plump towels and fragrant things. A few steps and you are already on the coastal path with access to the beach. Walks are spectacular but you're near to Swanage town for retail therapy.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from Jude Tucker:

Local points of interest from
Jude Tucker:

  • SeaSculpt Residential Stone Carving Courses now being run at the Old Post Office
  • Walk up over Ballard Down to visit Old Harry, then swim at Studland's beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Enjoy the views and a pint of own-brew cider at the unique Square and Compass pub, Worth Matravers.
  • Visit the stone globe and lighthouse at Durlston Country Park - the start of the Jurassic Coast.
  • See red squirrels and peacocks on Brownsea Island.
  • Visit Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
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Guest feedback
"Just returned from a week's stay in the Billet Doux. A wonderful week of peace, quiet and relaxation plus lots of walking (despite severe weather!). The Billet Doux is very well equipped and extremely comfortable, a pleasure to return to after a day out. We did not want to leave! We would highly recommend this self-catering cottage. "
December 2013

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  • 1 Annexe for 2
Price:(i) £425 to£645 per week

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Short breaks available.


Restaurants 10 minutes away.




4a Ballard Estate, Swanage, BH19 1QZ, Dorset

Self-catering The Billet Doux (self-catering)
Annexe ~ 1 double, 1 sofabed
Price: (i) £ 425 to £ 645 per week

Jude Tucker

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