The Old Post Office - Billet Doux

Swanage, Dorset

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


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 10 minutes away.


Nightly price
from £61
Weekly price
from £425
1 Annexe for 2
From £611 bedroom


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.


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The neighbourhood

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.