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“First class base for a walking holiday”

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England

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Brian S
Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“First class base for a walking holiday”
Reviewed 30 April 2018 for a stay in April 2018

Located above a art gallery/shop "Old Steps" exceeded our expectations. Perfectly situated near to shops restaurants the seafront and easy access to the SWCP it is a spacious flat with three good sized bedrooms and a light and airy open plan kitchen and lounge. It was immaculately clean and all furnishings new. Kitchen was well stocked. The owners were exceedingly helpful in the booking process and check in.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 May 2018
Thank you for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to have such appreciative guests. Glad you enjoyed the coastal walks.
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Kathy388k
Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic spacious apartment in a central location”
Reviewed 7 April 2018 for a stay in April 2018

We stayed as a family of five. Three children aged 9, 5 and 4 along with my partner and I.

The apartment was light and spacious as well being very nicely decorated. I usually book two hotel rooms when we travel but the Old Steps was a far better alternative!

The apartment was extremely clean and the beds were very very comfortable. We all slept very well.

There are two large bedrooms upstairs with a bathroom and a double bedroom on the first floor with another bathroom. The kitchen area was well equipped and Sarah and Jim had thought of all the possible utensils you could possibly use.

My children weren’t well so we cooked a fair bit in the apartment for the children and I didn’t miss a thing from the kitchen!!

We had takeaways when the children were asleep and there are several pubs and restaurants within a stones throw away! Italian, Indian, fish and chips.
It’s a ten minute stroll to the beach area in Swanage but we drove to studland which was three miles away where there is a beautiful four mile stretch of beach. We also took the steam train to Corfe Castle which my boys loved. It’s such a pretty little village to wander through. The beaches are unspoilt and scenic. The tank museum is also a thirty min drive away, perfect for the day it rained!

Finally, Sarah and Jim were the most hospitalable hosts. They were so welcoming and left us a bottle of wine, cookies and some creme eggs. I’d ordered a Sainsbury’s delivery and Sarah even offered to help me unpack it in case I got stuck in traffic. They stayed and welcomed us into the apartment and could not have done more to explain things and to show us around.

I would highly recommend staying wth Sarah and Jim at Old Steps!

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Management Response
7 Apr 2018
Thank you so much Kathy for your great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we are delighted to have had such fantastic guests who left Old Steps in an immaculate state. Thank you
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Natalie W
1 review
“Fantastic apartment in the heart of Swanage”
Reviewed 20 February 2018 for a stay in February 2018

We've stayed in this apartment a couple of times now and we love it here. The apartment is light, spacious, beautifully decorated and clean. The owners, Sarah and Jim, have obviously put a lot of effort in to making sure the apartment is comfortable - the beds are very luxurious - and equipped with everything you might need. My daughter was very happy to find the selection of board games which was a particularly thoughtful touch. The apartment is conveniently located in the heart of Swanage with shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs on the doorstep and its just across the road from the sandy beach. Despite being in the town centre we weren't disturbed by any noise. I can't recommend this apartment enough. We have already booked our next stay.

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Management Response
21 Feb 2018
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We very much want our guests to enjoy their stay in Old Steps so it is great to hear that you loved it. We look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes, Sarah & Jim
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StefanoLo...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic !!”
Reviewed 3 September 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Brilliant accommodation in a perfect location, 50 yards from the beach and close to everything you will ever need.
We've stayed in a number of places in Swanage over the years and this was by far the best we have stayed in.
Very spacious flat which had been decorated to a very high standard, perfect for children with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and a very spacious lounge/kitchen area downstairs with views over the high street and looking to the sea.
I would not hesitate to return here again, a very personal service provided by the owners, Sarah and Jim who greeted us on arrival with an bottle of prosecco, and showed us around, a nice touch.

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Management Response
3 Sep 2017
Thank you for your very kind words, Stefano and Lorna. We were delighted to have you to stay in our holiday home and were extremely impressed with the care you showed to our property and the beautifully clean state in which you left it. You were the perfect guests and we would love to have you back for another stay. We would try and organise better weather for you next time. Sarah & Jim
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1 review
“Summer Holiday Fun”
Reviewed 29 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

My family and i stayed at the Old Steps for a week in August, and it was perfect.
A bright and stylish appartment. Full of comfort and peace. With lots of thoughtful touches such as games and a welcoming bottle of bubbles to enjoy. Very thoughtful home from home.
Brilliant for my 5yr old as it was close to the swings, amusements amd ice cream! We used the beach everyday and easily drove out to Studland and Shell Bay.
We made good use of the steam train's and bars and restaurants. Always try to book as the summer time is busy.
For me it ticked all the boxes for enough storage and comfort. I will be booking again. X

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Management Response
31 Aug 2017
Hi Sarah. Thank you so much for your lovely kind words. You were our first ever booking and we were very nervous so it is great to read your review and even better, that you are coming back in 2018. Thank you. Sarah & Jim.
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susejstre...
Horsham, United Kingdom
1 review
“perfect location, great apartment!”
Reviewed 2 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

This lovely apartment is in what we call 'the hub' of Swanage, basically in the best location for everything.
You can see the Sea, our favorite seafood restaurant-'Gee Whites' and how long the queue is at 'The Fish Plaice'!

A very relaxing lounge which looks over the High Street and the kitchen/diner is modern.
I love the spacious hallway and landing which is very helpful with the gear you bring on a seaside holiday...fishing stuff, surf boards, camping chairs etc.. My husband and brother bought the bikes and cycled to Harry Rocks.
The bedrooms are fresh and crisp and so comfortable.

Overview of the apartment is airy, freshly decorated and has a great coastal feel.
We all had a wonderful week and would definitely stay again, the hosts were extremely helpful, thank you!

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 Aug 2017
We are overwhelmed by your lovely words. You were wonderful guests and we would be delighted to welcome you back anytime. And thank you for looking after the property so well.
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moirar100
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“The perfect seaside apartment - has everything”
Reviewed 19 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

This flat is right in the centre of Swanage, a few minutes from the sea. Everything is nearby, and it is completely set up for the perfect stay - it has obviously been decorated and furnished very recently. The wonderful, spacious main room is designed for sitting, relaxing, cooking and eating - and gazing out the window at the sea. ALL the bedrooms are very superior, with lovely linens, and the bathrooms are new and shiny. So nice to walk out the door and be in the centre of everything - beach, walks, and morning coffee and croissants! Friendly helpful hosts meant we had a terrific stay - we will certainly be coming back for another visit.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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