California Meadows, Swanage, Dorset

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  • Weekly price
    from £ 1500
  • 2 night weekend
    from £ 1000
  • 3 night weekend
    from £ 1250
  • Midweek per night
    from £ 200

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Large barn and shepherd's hut sleeping 12, for family celebrations and special weekends near the Jurassic Coast

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
California Meadows, Swanage, Dorset, sleeps 10-12 in 4 bedrooms.

Sleeps 2 to 12 in the Barn and Shepherd's Hut:
California Barn sleeps 10 in 3 bedrooms
Shepherd's Hut sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom

The Barn, previously used to shelter the quarry ponies of the local stone industry, was converted to holiday accommodation in 2004. Glamping and camping is available on the same site for larger groups. The venue has a weddings license and can accommodate wedding receptions and festival weddings for 200.

California Barn is ideal as a large comfortable self catering property for family events and holidays in a beautiful location. The property also provides opportunities for other uses such as groups participating in specific activities and for corporate use. Activity holidays previously held on site include art holidays, therapy groups, religious and meditative observation, historical and wildlife research, yoga and physical well-being, music, literary and performance activities.

The mid 19th century Barn provides accommodation for 10 people (plus cots and additional foldouts and sofa beds if required). The large open plan ground floor includes a fully fitted contemporary kitchen (cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer), dining and lounge areas (digital TV, DVD, CD/radio). Also on the ground floor is a twin bedroom and shower room useful for those with limited mobility. Two further bedrooms sleeping 4 each and a bathroom lie on the first floor. Both bedrooms are large enough to accommodate guest beds.

The Barn is comfortably furnished throughout with many original works of art. Underfloor heating, a wood burning stove and double glazing make it perfectly suited to use during cooler months.

The Shepherd's Hut sleeps a further 2 or 3. The on site campsite can accommodate 50 including a yurt sleeping 2-5.

The cultural, historical and ecological heritage of the Purbeck area is ideal to discover and be inspired by.

The property is ideal for group accommodation, weddings and activities on site or organised elsewhere in the Swanage area i.e. various festivals; Steam Railway events; Durlston Country Park and National Trust workshops and conservation volunteers; diving, walking and wildlife groups.


Cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and large fridge with freezer compartment. There is a wide range of cooking utensils, cutlery/crockery.
The dining area in the Barn is incorporated into the spacious lounge/dining room. The table seats 8-10 with additional tables and chairs if required.
There is a very spacious and comfortable lounge area. 3 large sofas seat up to 10 people. The lounge overlooks and leads onto garden with seaviews.
There is TV, CD/radio in the Barn lounge area. As open plan it can accommodate larger groups and is licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Mobile reception is variable depending on server but available outside the thick stone walls. Please walk around to check hotspots. WiFi is available.
There is no games room.
There is a log burner in the lounge. Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and freestanding heaters on the first floor.
The 3 main house bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and large enough to accommodate guest beds. 1 wheelchair friendly bedroom on the ground floor.
Linen and towels are not provided. However, they can be, at extra cost, if required (please pre-book). Duvets and pillows are provided on site.
Wheelchair accessible bathroom on the ground floor, en suite and family bathroom upstairs.
Wheelchair accessible bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor. Ramped from the front door with adjacent parking.
The barn is family friendly. Please confirm availability with owner if baby equipment is required. There are plenty of family attractions nearby.
The Barn has a south facing patio and garden with direct access to the cliffs only 2 fields away. Barbecue, table, chairs, Japanese garden.
We do not have a pool, but the local leisure centre (swimming pool, gym, bar and cafe) is nearby, and larger centre and indoor pool at Wareham.
There is parking. up to 6 cars can be accommodated by the Barn, with extra space nearby by prior arrangement and for campers. No coaches.
Smoking is not permitted indoors. Smokers are requested to clear up after smoking outside. Please avoid smoke blowing into the barn.
Up to two pets are allowed. There is a fee of £15 per pet.


California Barn lies in 11 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside on the internationally recognised Jurassic Heritage Coast just 1 mile from Swanage and accessible to other attractions and activities.
Central Swanage is a mile away; there is a supermarket, pub, Indian restaurant, fish/chip shop 0.5 mile away. Bar, gym and swim pool 0.25 mile. There are various festivals and events each year.
Herston Post Office and supermarket including off licence and independent butcher for barbecue meats is 0.5 mile away. Swanage is 1 mile with many shops, cafes and pubs.
Herston 0.5 mile away for fish and chips, Indian restaurant, pub with food. Caravan park nearby has bar/restaurant, with entertainment in summer. Many more in Swanage and villages nearby.

Booking Information

Reductions for late availability or considerable under occupancy. During school holidays and high season there are minimum booking periods of between 3 and 7 nights. Contact owner for details. Fees do not include linen or towels which can provided at extra cost. Duvets and pillows provided.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

BH19 2RS
United Kingdom
Wareham Rail Station 10 miles.
Swanage Bus Station is a mile away inc. London coaches. Bournemouth for other major coach lines.
Bournemouth (Hurn) airport 20 miles, Southampton airport 40 miles.

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California Meadows, Swanage, Dorset

Karen Delahay

Joined us: 2011
+44 (0)1929 425 049
+44 (0)7730 680 579
BH19 2RS
United Kingdom