Driftwood Cottage is about 100 years old, and is a three-storey mid-terrace traditionally built purbeck stone cottage. Access is from the front door on the High Street, where there is unrestricted parking. There is also access to the back door by walking around the side and back of number 48 (number 48 is next door, even though Driftwood Cottage is number 44!). We have tried to provide as much information as possible in this statement, but if you have any queries please contact us through Dorset Cottage Holidays.
The cottage is listed on the Dorset Cottage Holidays website and bookings / enquiries can be made via Dorset Cottage Holidays on their email, fax, phone numbers. There are bus stops close by, with regular buses to Swanage and Poole.
The nearest train station (Wareham) is about 10 miles away; there are accessible taxis at the station. The nearest pub and the village shop are directly across the road.
The front door is 30” wide and opens from the pavement into the living room. There is a small ridge between the pavement and the entrance. The living room and dining room are open-plan with each room measuring 12’ square. The living room has one large window facing onto the High Street, with two large squishy sofas, one comfortably seating two and the other comfortably seating three. A single, firmer but comfortable chair is under the stairwell in the dining room if needed. There is a large pine coffee table in the centre of the room, under which there is a basket full of information about the local area, different walks, maps and tourist attractions. There is also a large television with freeview, dvd and video player with a selection of dvds and videos. There are a number of bookshelves on the walls with books to suit all ages and most tastes for guests to use. There is also a music system for cds with radio, and free wi fi.
The dining room has a large window facing the side courtyard. It contains a pine table with six chairs and a wooden high chair. There is a sideboard under the stair-well, which contains jigsaws and games. The thermostat for the heating is located on the wall by the kitchen doorway.
There is a 30” doorway from the dining room into the kitchen (with no door), which is fully fitted, including washer-drier, microwave, electric oven and hob, 5’ fridge-freezer toaster, kettle etc. It has work surfaces on both sides, with two side windows looking onto the side courtyard. It also contains the gas combination central heating and hot water system, with cooking and barbeque utensils and more than enough cutlery, crockery, glasses, cups and mugs for six.
The kitchen leads to a lobby area with a door leading to the side courtyard, with small step out, and cupboards containing hooks for coats, a place for outside and walking shoes, hoover, iron and ironing board. The lobby area also leads to the bathroom, which contains a bath, over-bath power shower, toilet and wash basin.
Access is via stairs from the dining room, which lead to a narrow hallway, leading to two bedrooms. The first bedroom (12’ square, 30” doorway) at the top of the stairs has a large window to the front of the house, with wooden floors with rugs, two single beds with bedside table between, a pine wardrobe and pine chest of drawers. There is also a stairgate, collapsed cot and cot mattress if needed. The second bedroom has a lovely view to the back of the house. It measures about 8’ x 7’ (with a 30” doorway) with two full-size single beds and a bedside table.
A further flight of stairs leads to the third bedroom (12’ square) with a view to the front of the house and across to the countryside, and eaves ceilings. There is a 5’ bed, pine wardrobe and chest of drawers, pine book shelf filled with books and two bedside tables.
The garden can be reached from the door from the lobby. The side courtyard contains the dustbins, and a small shed containing cushions for the outside garden furniture, garden tools and a variety of outside games, a few buckets and spades etc. There is also a small garden bench and low wooden table. The ground surface is uneven with mostly concrete surface. A narrow path (2-3” wide) with uneven concrete leads to a private ‘secret garden’ containing a rotary washing line and lawn and edged with plants and shrubs. At the very end is a patio area with barbeque, large all-weather table and chairs.
Agents: Dorset Holiday Cottages 01929 481547 www.dhcottages.co.uk
Local Tourist Information Centres
Swanage Tourist Information Centre, The White House, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1LB 01929 422885 www.swanage.gov.uk/Tourist_Information.aspx