5 Reasons to buy a holiday home in Dorset

September 21st, 2018

As ‘staycations’ continue to grow in popularity holiday homes are becoming a viable option for many families. They offer the opportunity to spend time together throughout the year and a place to escape from the stresses of daily life.

Whilst there are numerous benefits to owning a holiday home, especially in Dorset, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 reasons why we think owning a holiday home is a wonderful investment.

1. Spectacular landscape and location

Dorset is the perfect place to own a holiday home thanks to it stunning scenery and convenient location. Just 3 hours from London, it boasts the perfect mix of countryside and coast with views to rival even the most exotic of holiday destination.

The Jurassic Coast adorns the length of the county providing an abundance of beautiful beaches, coastal walks and natural landmarks to explore. You wont get stuck for things to do during your time here, as there is something something new and exciting to discover around every corner.

Old Harry Rocks
If having an area of outstanding natural beauty right on your doorstep hasn’t been enough to convince you to make the move, the county experiences some of the warmest weather in the UK, so you can really enjoy the summer months.

2. Flexibility and convenience

One of the best things about owning your own holiday home is the flexibility it enables. Say goodbye to booking accommodation months in advance during the height of the season and simply turn up at the drop of hat. You can choose when you want to go and how long you want to go for, even if it’s just for a quick weekend away or a last minute break. You won’t even need to spend time packing suitcases or arranging the car as you can leave everything you need at the caravan ready for your next visit!


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3. More quality time with the family

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend time doing the things that really matter. Away from the never-ending list of jobs to do around the house, you’ll find more time to spend with the family, whether it be relaxing in a luxurious caravan or exploring the great outdoors. Share your holidays with your loved ones, or let your extended family make use of the space when you are unable to.


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4. Luxury interiors

Gone are the days when a caravan holiday entailed cramped family getaways in a dark and dingy caravan. Static caravans today are light, bright and contain all of the latest ‘mod cons’ you would expect from a luxury home. State of the art kitchens and spacious dining and living areas help create the perfect space for entertaining and socialising and large comfortable bedrooms provide the perfect retreat after a busy day. Depending on the terms of purchase, it is sometimes possible to negotiate inclusion of soft furnishings, so you walk straight into a fully furnished unit without having the hassle of decorating!

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5. Fantastic facilities

Holiday homes are typically located on holiday parks many of which boast a suite of facilities for your enjoyment. This means you can fill a day with exciting activities without even having to leave the confines of the site. Enjoy a relaxed morning swimming in the pool before dining with new found friends for lunch! What’s more many of these facilities are often included within the parks annual site fees so they wont even cost you a penny!

swimming pool at ulwell cottage caravan park

Ulwell Holiday Park is located in the Isle of Purbeck, just a short drive from beautiful beaches and the quaint town of Swanage. We have a range of brand new holiday homes available for purchase, which make the perfect base for any couple or family wanting to spend more time in Dorset. Why not get in touch today to talk to one of our friendly and helpful team to discuss holiday home ownership.

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain

Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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