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“Very enjoyable winter break”
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Island View's spectacular seafront location.
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Island View's spectacular seafront location.
A calm evening's vista. Living room through the porthole.
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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18 reviews
Island View's spectacular seafront location.
A calm evening's vista.
Living room through the porthole.
The newly fitted kitchen interior.
Watch the boats from your own personal seat.
Curl up on this settee and see the world go by below you.
Kitchen/Dining area.
Kitchen area.
Double bedroom.
Watch the sunrise from your double bed.
The Attic bedroom.
The Attic bedroom/spiral staircase.
Island View's sunny hallway.
View across the bay to Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks.
View from Attic window along Swanage beach to Ballard Down.
Swanage Stone Pier and Quayside.
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Overview
Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England

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Mia H
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best flat in Swanage spoiled by worst hoover in history?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013 for a stay in October 2012
1
person found this review helpful

Brill flat; quirky, quiet, central, can't beat the price. All great until last 1/2 hour before leaving when I take out the hoover and it takes over an hour to clean what should have been a quick run-through, as we had no sand, mud or stains. The hoover was a museum-piece from the 1960's that almost let more dust out than sucked in! It was really hard and stressful and gave me a sad bad lasting impression, as I am only writing this 6 months later. We have rented various holiday lets in Swanage 8 times before and will love to come back to this flat, as soon as the hoover is replaced!

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4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 1 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: central
Liked least: museum piece hoover
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
5 Jun 2013
I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay in Island View and must apologise for the "antique" hoover which marred your final hour in "the best flat in Swanage". The offending item was replaced early in 2013 with a modern, efficient and time-saving vaccuum cleaner :-)
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Helen S
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable winter break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Recently returned from a mid week break at the Island view and we must say that the stay definitely lived up to all of the reviews previously read.

Regarding winter breaks, thanks to Ann's preparation, the apartment was easily kept warm whilst cold winds and snow fell outside. When not reading or just relaxing in the apartment, the walk to Durston Castle along the coastal trail is Well worth the effort.

We can also recommend the local Fish and Chip restaurant (100 yards to the left) and the amazing value for money at the Sea Horse Cafe (50 yards to the right!) both with direct views over the bay.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Location
Liked least: Slightly limited car access (for large cars)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Feb 2013
I'm so very glad that Island View provided a warm and cosy base for your winter break and that Swanage's eateries came up trumps!
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Matlock, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012
1
person found this review helpful
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The whole apartment
Liked least: Parking (very tight)
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
16 Nov 2012
Thank you for your review - the comments speak for themselves but I believe the reward to be well worth the climb!
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London, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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person found this review helpful
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: The view of Swanage bay.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
13 Oct 2012
I am delighted that your holiday in Island View was such a success from many aspects. I look forward to welcoming you all back on any return trip in the future.
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birmingham
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012 for a stay in September 2011
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Liked best: everything
Liked least: Not applicable
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
15 Jul 2012
Thank you for your positive review of Island View and I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay. My aim is always to give my visitors accommodation to match the view together with a personal service of the same quality.
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Cruisepri...
England
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Don't hesitate to stay here - ideal location for Dorset exploration and beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011 for a stay in August 2011
1
person found this review helpful

We (2 adults and 1 x 11 yr old) spent 5 nights at the end of Aug 2011 in Island View, Swanage. The property is on the top floor but the views are worth the effort of walking up the stairs. The photos don't really do this property justice and it comprises of a lovely lounge, well equipped kitchen with dining area, bathroom with bath and shower over, double bedroom and an additional large bedroom up the spiral staircase. We had absolutely no problems during our stay and would not hesitate to stay again.

Location wise: you are literally a stone's throw from the water and beach and the views from the property are awesome. In fact on the Friday night we were able to have a full view of the fireworks from the Proms in the Park and on Saturday night we had a fantastic view of the fireworks over Swanage bay. Ring side seat - brilliant!

Island View is ideally located for all the shops and restaurants too. A very short walk to fish and chips, italian restaurants x 2, ice cream, crepes, fish restaurants and pubs. Also local supermarket for self catering! We visited local attractions such as Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Monkey World, Studland etc. All within easy reach and after days out we were able to relax back at Island View or pop down the road for a meal.

The owner is very helpful and friendly and made to whole process very easy and relaxed. The property is a credit too her and we look forward to another future stay.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Location and views
Liked least: My husband getting excited about boats every 2 minutes :o)
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
21 Sep 2011
Very many thanks for your excellent review and 'low-down' on Swanage and the surrounding area's attractions. I look forward to booking you all into Island View again in the near future.
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Warrington, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011 for a stay in April 2011
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The views
Liked least: Having to return home
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
1 Sep 2011
Thank you for your kind comments Mr. & Mrs M...absolutely delighted to have beeen the choice for your honeymoon. I look forward to welcoming you back for many years to come.
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