The Mount

Swanage, Dorset

Generous, fun house, perfect for family gatherings. Head down the hill for sandy beaches or let kids and dogs run wild on the Purbeck coast


13 beds


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 14


A very English scene with rolling green hills tumbling down to long sandy beaches and The Mount which sits apart from the hustle and bustle of Swanage in quieter Durlston. Here lovely local owners Elaine and Carl know exactly what makes a great get together and have thought of everything – a pool table disguised as a dining table, an ‘arty stuff’ drawer for budding artists, musical instruments for prodigies and a secret attic for the kids to pile into. Cooks will love the big colourful kitchen and there are long evenings to be spent crashed out on leather chesterfields heaped with velvet cushions, fire lit. Bedrooms at the front are elegant with sea views (one en-suite) but you won’t feel hard done by in the servants’ quarters, smaller but with iron beds and pretty curtains. There are two family bathrooms and a charming garden surrounds all – grab a colourful deckchair from the wall and spend the day on the lawn with a book. For days out there’s Swanage town with some great up-and-coming eateries, a steam train for littlies, or if you just want to get away from it all the coastal path is at hand for walking and wild swimming. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • 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
  • Credit cards
  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Parking on-site
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

A little something in the welcome pack and towels for drying.

Secure garden. Woodland, country and coastal walks just minutes from the door. Dog-friendly cafes.

Restaurants 10-minute walk. Caterer available.


Nightly price
from £300
Weekly price
from £1800
Damage deposit
1 House for 14
From £30013 beds6 bedrooms


The Mount is the most perfect house for a large group - we were 14 adults, 2 children and a dog. There is loads of space, comfy beds, masses of hot water, plenty of plates, mugs etc and 2 dishwashers! It is the little touches that make the difference and make The Mount so special - fluffy towels and bathrobes for everyone, a beautiful garden, toys, books and games for all ages, really well equipped kitchen, washing machine etc. We have already re-booked for 2019!

Amanda, Chessington

Huge house with great facilities (including snooker table) that comfortably fit all 14 of us. Plus the Hosts are lovely - after foolishly leaving a single shoe behind, Elaine kindly sent it back to us free of charge.

Oliver, Bristol

We have just had a lovely family Xmas at this superbly equipped property. There were 16 of us in our party and its size was more than adequate for our needs. The house has some lovely period features and has that real lived in feel. Everything worked well and the hosts Elaine and Carl were extremely friendly and attentive, catering for all our needs. I can thoroughly recommend The Mount which is ideally situated in Swanage which has a rich and fascinating history and is surrounded by some beautiful countryside.

Richard, Leicester

Our large group of eight adults, three children and two dogs enjoyed a wonderful week at The Mount in August. As we were celebrating several events (birthdays and retirement) other members of our extended family joined us in the gorgeous garden for lunches and games afternoons. The house is so spacious and very well equipped providing everything we could have wished for! We enjoyed walks to the beach and nearby Country Park, played croquet, badminton and cricket and had plenty of space to rest and relax when we needed it! Elaine and Carl helped to make our week at The Mount a memorable one!

Sue, Lewes

We were 7 adults, 4 children and 2 dogs and The Mount really couldn't have been better. It's a great house and excellently well equipped. Elaine was very helpful both with our multitude of questions while booking and when we had questions and little issues during our stay. It's worth looking in cupboards and drawers around the house because there's often something surprising or useful inside. We didn't use everything but it was exciting to see what was there. The attention to detail is amazing: even the guitars and ukuleles hanging on the wall were in tune when we arrived!

Simon, Bristol

Booked The Mount for a surprise family birthday weekend and it was perfect. It comfortably housed 11 adults, 7 children, 1 baby and 2 dogs. The kitchen is equipped with all you could possibly need, with ample pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glasses, and with two dishwashers and two fridges we took full advantage. The house is well furnished but not so pristine that you worry about the children causing damage to precious antiques, so you immediately feel at home. A very pretty garden surrounds the house which the children loved to play in. We will stay again, it is highly recommended.

Ruth, Dorking

We came here as a group of 13 female friends for a long weekend. The house was warm, comfortable and homely, with fluffy towels and robes, gorgeous toiletries and open fires. Spotlessly clean, and with rooms large enough for us all to spread out and never feel cramped. The kitchen is a very well appointed with ample crockery for large groups and two dishwashers also to make life easier. Perched on a hill above Swanage, it is only 5-10 minutes walking down to town. We did long walks along the spectacular coast in both directions over the weekend, without having to use a car. Fabulous!

Sarah, Winchester

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Elaine Pearson & Carl Styants

  • The Mount is a stone's throw from the Jurassic Coast & South West Coast Path. Enjoy stunning walks east towards Old Harry Rocks & Studland or west towards Kimmeridge & Durdle Door beyond. Even the short, coastal trot into town is spectacular.
  • Artists including Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland were inspired by Swanage. Enid Blyton visited every year and liked to swim round the pier. Follow the Stone Trail to spot bits of imported London, including a tower from old London Bridge.
  • Purbeck has the most diverse wildlife in Britain. Bats, owls & badgers visit the garden. Orchids, butterflies, puffins & peregrine falcons can be spotted in Durlston. RSPB Arne and Brownsea Island, of Autumnwatch fame, are close by.
  • You can walk to historic Corfe Castle along the chalk ridge, with its epic views over Poole Harbour. Then visit the castle ruins, ancient pubs and artist studios, before catching a steam train back to Swanage.
  • Worth’s famous Square & Compass pub is a rewarding destination for a four-mile coast walk or cycle ride. Enjoy a pint & pasty, gazing out to sea. Another favourite is the Scott Arms at Kingston. Bus there, then ramble over the heath to Corfe station.
  • Swanage is a lively town with events year round. Festivals include: walking, literary, arts, jazz, folk, strings, blues, fish, triathlon & even pirates! Plus Lifeboat Week, Purbeck Marathon and sea rowing.