A pet-friendly, Grade II-listed hideaway from World War Two, rich in quirky character and secluded in a Dorset AONB with incredible sea views.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

The Transmitter Bunker is, just as its name suggests, a former transmitter block that once served RAF Ringstead during World War Two.

Part of the Chain Home Radar, a crucial early-warning system that stretched all the way from Cornwall to Norfolk, the bunker was decommissioned in 1956. These days, you’ll find it transformed into a fascinating heritage-rich retreat for up to four guests and their two well-behaved dogs.

Secluded in Ringstead Bay, part of a designated Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the sea-and-country views from the bunker are as magnificent and far-reaching as you’d expect.

Yet the views are also rather spectacular inside, with plenty of enthralling original features that feel like taking a step back in time. Ideal for history buffs, there’s a fascinating ‘museum’ cupboard and a photo-book that documents the bunker’s transformation.

However, modern facilities are all present and correct, too! They include a Smart TV for snuggly evenings warmed by an open fire, and a well-equipped kitchen that comes complete with a dishwasher.

Enjoy your home-cooked feasts cosied up in the bunker, fuelled by laughter and wine. On a balmy summer’s day you could choose to head out to the private, furnished patio instead, for a delicious supper devoured by sunset. Who knows which of the abundant local wildlife you’ll also spot?

When it’s finally time to say goodnight, two comfy bedrooms – a deluxe twin and a quirky bunk-room – will be ready and waiting. There’s an elegant shower room to freshen up in, too.

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At a glance

  • A former World War Two bunker transformed into a Grade II-listed, single-storey Dorset retreat for up to 4 guests, secluded on a farm in Ringstead Bay.
  • Surrounded by fascinating original features and historic tales, there are full self-contained facilities and two bedrooms – a twin and bunk room – to curl up in.
  • Spend lazy summer evenings out on the private furnished patio and fenced garden, with spectacular sea-and-country views.
  • Watch the comings and goings of the local wildlife, or take a breezy walk along the South West Coast Path. There are plenty of popular beaches to visit close by, including Lulworth Cove and Weymouth.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


All ground-floor: 1 twin bedroom, 1 bunk room. Shower room with walk-in shower, WC, basin, heated towel rail, towels provided. Spacious living area with open fire and logs, sofa, Smart TV, Wi-Fi, underfloor heating. Kitchen area with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, slimline dishwasher. Access to front garden with fencing and furnished patio. Off-road parking for 4 cars.

Local Activities

Coastal walks, beaches, swimming, watersports, wildlife-watching, stargazing, picnic spots, family attractions, historic sites, shops, pubs, restaurants.

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Primed for an adventure-filled day ahead, you could begin by strolling along Ringstead Bay’s atmospheric shingle beach… stopping off at the Smuggler’s Inn Pub for welcome refreshments later on.

In the mood for a longer walk? Take the windswept South West Coast Path to Lulworth Cove, perhaps paying a visit to Man O’War Beach – a picturesque cove surrounded by dramatic Jurassic Coast cliffs – on your way.

For a fun family day out, head to Weymouth, where popular attractions including the Sea Life Centre and Sandsfoot Castle will keep everybody entertained. And with plenty of shops and restaurants to weave your way in and out of, you won’t even have to cook your own dinner!

Wear yourselves out in the surrounding area, before heading back to your comfy bunker by evening to watch swooping bats and the moon glowing gently over the sea. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Things to note

Check in from 4pm, check out by 10am. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay.

Where you'll be staying

Ringstead, Dorset

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