Before commenting on the property may I say that Swanage is a great place for a family holiday and I would thoroughly recommend it.
On the plus side, this property has a spacious lounge with lovely views and good Wi-Fi. However, be prepared for some serious issues.
Having looked at the very favourable reports, my wife and I booked 1 Salisbury Road for a one-week holiday for ourselves, our son and his wife, and our three grandchildren aged 5yrs, 3yrs and 6mnths. It was a mistake.
Parking was important to us and we were told when booking that there were plans to build two off-road parking bays for 2017. When checking in June I was told that these had not been built. I wondered why we had not been told earlier to give us time to re-book elsewhere but the owner was quite dismissive of my expectation of off-road parking. She offered to cancel the booking but it was too late to find anywhere else.
Parking did turn out to be a problem with competition for the spaces opposite the house. Drummond Road is an unmade road and presents a risk of grounding at the junction with Salisbury Road unless in an off-road vehicle. Parking, therefore, involves reversing the full length of Salisbury Road and care needs to be taken to avoid hitting other parked vehicles.
The property itself is not in the best of shape. The décor tired and the furniture shabby. Many of the fixtures and fittings are broken or do not work properly and the gutter above the front door is leaking.
The TV was important for the children. We found four TV/Video remote controllers but only one worked. One had no batteries and the batteries in another were leaking and corroded; quite dangerous for children. Many of the buttons on the remote for the lounge TV did not work.
The property seemed to have only been superficially cleaned. There was a thick layer of dust on the top of the wardrobe and dead flies between the windows and the secondary double glazing.
The en-suite does not have a toilet and the shower is in a sorry state. It leaks badly from around the shower head and there is evidence of mould on the shower curtain and tiles. In addition, the waste water, which is slow to drain, leaks into the lounge. Together, these made it unusable.
We found a sharp pin embedded in one of the children’s bedcovers which I removed. It could have been very dangerous. Seems to have been left when the cover was made.
The light switches in the hall look as though they’ve been there since the 1950/60s and it was difficult to get the electrical socket in the lounge to accept a plug.
The oven is quite slow so allow plenty of time. The Bar-B-Q was dirty and smelt of fish so we decided to use the George Foreman grill. It needed a thorough clean before we would risk cooking on it. Some of the crockery was chipped; not very hygienic.
Take your own milk. We were promised a pint of milk in the fridge on our arrival but there was none.
The trek up from the beach at the end of a long day was tougher than expected. Despite the parking issues we, occasionally, used the car to ferry the children and associated paraphernalia to the beach. I walked back twice but also took a taxi, which cost very little and was well worth it.
If some time and money was spent on this property to bring it up to a good standard and keep it clean, it could be a desirable holiday rental but as it stands I would not recommend it to any of my friends.
At no time did the owner call by to see how we were. Nevertheless, some might ask why we did not raise these issues at the time. There are two reasons. The first was the dismissive manner that my original complaint about the parking was received. The second was that there were so many issues, some of which could not be solved with a quick fix. The problems are endemic and need long-term solutions.
Hope this helps prospective holidaymakers and the owners.
Lovely views of Swanage Bay and ideal for a stay and plenty more of room for extended family of four generations
The house was great, excellent location to explore Swanage and the surrounding Dorset coast. The views from the house were amazing and there was a lot of space for all of the family. Great holiday!