Luxuries: Wireless Unlimited Internet access, BluRay/DVD player, Harbour glimpses.
General: Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available.
Standard: Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Ironing board, Hair dryer .
Utilities: Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine.
Rooms: Bedrooms (5/6), Bathrooms (1), En suite (1), Shower rooms (1), WCs (3).
Furniture: Sofa beds (3), Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1) . Sleeps maximum of 18.
Highchair / Travel-cot / Stairgate available.
Outdoors: Private garden, Large GAS BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set.
Access: Wheelchair access, Secure parking.
Further details indoors:
• Gas Fired Central Heating,
• Spacious Hall and Landing with storage for coats etc.
• Entrance Porch,
• On Bus Routes Wilts & Dorset 52 and 50. (Poole, Bournemouth, Swanage etc).
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• Berber wool carpets.
The West Country / Dorset region
Dorset's attractions are the mild climate, golden sandy beaches, beautiful coastline and countryside. It's weather is favourable, Dorset having amongst the most sunshine hours per year in the UK.
There are the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle (National Trust), the Swanage Steam Railway, the long sandy beaches of Studland and the fascinating Sandbanks Chain Ferry (single car crossing approx £3) within a short distance. Treat yourself to tea at The Haven Hotel with its consevatory overlooking the entrance to Poole Harbour and the chain ferry.
Spend some time on the beaches of Sandbanks Peninsula, Poole, famous for having some of the most expensive properties in the world. Drop into Jazzy's Cafe (Shore Road) on a Sunday morning and read the papers and people-watch. Harriet's Restaurant (Lilliput, Poole) can be for a special occasion. See the Fireworks Display Thursdays 10pm at Poole Quay.
For those interested in watersports, there is windsurfing tuition available at Whitley Bay, Sandbanks; sailing tuition at Rockley Watersports, Hamworthy, Poole; scuba diving off Swanage and sea fishing trips from Poole Harbour.
Water-skiing, wakeboarding and parasurfing also take place in Poole harbour. Mountain biking is a popular activity in the nearby Purbeck Hills.
Thomas Hardy based his many novels, eg The Mayor of Casterbridge, in Wessex - the Dorset countryside. An interesting read before bedtime!
The Bournemouth / Sandbanks area
The Jurassic Coast
England's first 'natural' World Heritage Site! Visit www.jurassiccoast.com for full details. Includes such spectacular areas as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Kimmeridge Bay
The New Forest
Idyllic villages and beautiful country walks, a 'must see' attraction when visiting the East Dorset, Hampshire area. www.thenewforest.co.uk for further details.
This National Trust site is internationally significant as the venue of the first Scout camp in 1907 and one of the few remaining homes of the native Red Squirrel. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea for further details.
A famous ruined castle and very picturesque village neslted in the Purbeck Hills. Another National Trust property - for more details go to http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-corfecastle/
The Swanage Railway
A delightful way to see the sites and countryside of the 'Isle of Purbeck'. This preserved steam railway operates throughout the year - for further details of timetables, events and prices, go towww.swanagerailway.co.uk
The Beaches and Piers
The 'main' beach in this beautiful part of the world stretches from the mouth of Poole Harbour all around Poole Bay to the mouth of Christchurch harbour at Hengistbury Head, although it changes name (Sandbanks, Bournemouth, Boscombe) as well as harbouring a number of cliffs and 'chines' as well as 2 piers - Bournemouth and Boscombe!
On the other side of Poole Harbour entrance, the beach continues as the sheltered and unspoilt Shell Bay & Studland beaches, surrounded by National Trust land and providing a picturesque introduction to the Isle of Purbeck.
For more details, visit www.pooletourism.com or www.bournemouth.co.uk
Water Sports general information
Whilst the majority of wind/kite and wake boarding takes place within the Poole Harbour, a wide range of water borne activity can be found across the area. Several marinas, numerous yacht and sailing clubs as well as a number of boating companies and water sports shops offer a full range of all things 'nautical'.
For more information, try:
For detailed information on the harbour area itself, the byelaws and navigation information, go towww.phc.co.uk, the site of the Poole Harbour Commissioners.
Bournemouth Oceanarium - www.oceanarium.co.uk
Monkey World - www.monkeyworld.org See the stars of TV's 'Monkey Business'
Abbotsbury Swannery - www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
Farmer Palmer's - www.farmerpalmers.co.uk - 'Arguably the best value for money visitor attraction for the under 8's in the south of England!'
The New Forest
Designated a National Park - www.thenewforest.co.uk for more details.
Moors Valley Country Park
www.moors-valley.co.uk for details of the many attractions to be found at this beautiful country park.
Rights of Way
For a detailed map of 'Rights of Way' and footpaths through Poole, go tohttp://www.boroughofpoole.com/downloads/assets/rightsofwaymap.pdf
For cycle routes through Poole go tohttp://www.boroughofpoole.com/downloads/assets/cycleroutemap.pdf
These abound in the area! Some of the best known (and well worth a visit) are:
Christchurch Priory - www.christchurchpriory.org
Corfe Castle & village - www.corfe-castle.co.uk
Upton House - www.uptoncountrypark.org
Lulworth Castle - www.lulworth.com
Kingston Lacey - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-kingstonlacy/
Beaulieu - www.beaulieu.co.uk
Buckler's Hard - www.bucklershard.co.uk
Festival / Markets and Events
Since these change from season to season across the area, for all the latest details vist:
Harbour / Quay
The Harbour and Quay General Information
For details of activities in and around the Quay, visit www.pooletourism.com
Shopping General Information
Each town centre across the region has it's own unique flavour and style and as well as the high profile national brands (Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Bhs etc.,) a good variety of local retailers can be found.
Restaurants / Bars
Restaurants and Bars General
For the latest in eating out in Poole, visit www.eatoutpoole.com for latest menus, wine lists, photo galleries, maps, reviews and special offers!