As its name suggests, The Mount sits high above Swanage to the west of the town near Durlston Country Park. It's a 10-minute walk downhill into town to the nearest shops and sandy beach and a steep 10-15 minute walk back up. There are a number of routes into town, but we love the grassy, clifftop walk over The Downs. If you've any shopping to buy we would suggest driving. There is a car park at the Coop store – £1.20 to park for an hour in the summer, but you can claim this back when you pay at the till. If you'd rather stroll down to the shops, however, there are taxis at Swanage Station ready to run you and your groceries up to the house ( £3.50 fare). And from May to September there is a little bus from the station to Durlston Country Park which stops near the property.