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Woodland hideaway - Family friendly, Accessible accomd, near Bournemouth beaches

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,571 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Self-catering cottage with Accessible accommodation, local walks, golf courses

Nature lover’s secret hideaway, Birchcroft nestles at the end of a winding lane, surrounded by rhododendron bushes in over an acre of land and enjoys walks into the local woodland. This beautiful chalet bungalow offers Accessible accommodation with ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms and is large enough for two families. There is a new ramp to the front door with large turning circle. All rooms are of a good size with a particularly large lounge. Step onto the ample terrace and enjoy breathtaking views of the local landscape, with Longham lakes in the distance. Wild life including deer, foxes, rabbits, and many species of birds are often seen in the garden. For the children there is a large rear garden laid to lawn but the boundaries are unsecured and lead directly into 19 acres of woodland. Though secluded, Birchcroft is only 6 miles from Bournemouth beaches and all the town’s facilities, has an ample supply of excellent pubs and restaurants in walking distance, [you can walk to The Angel Pub though the woods at the bottom of the garden but remember a torch for the return journey!] as well as many well known golf courses [Parkstone, Ferndown, Isle of Purbeck].

Accessible Accommodation: Quality In Tourism has awarded Birchcroft Mobility 1 & 2, Hearing 1 and Visual 1, so we can accommodate part time wheelchair users as well as people with hearing and visual difficulties. We have a wet room with wheeled shower stool, electric single bed, electric stand-up chair and a loop system. We have flashing smoke alarms and a personal alarm. There is a ramp to the front door and easy access to the terrace and the back garden. The front garden is flat with tarmac driveways. We have a perching stool for the kitchen and an armed dining room chair to help the elderly. The paddle staircase to the first floor is not suitable for those with disabilities, but we have 2 downstairs bedrooms, one with an extra wide door to accommodate a wheelchair. Please email owner for our accessibility statement for more details and items that can be provided free of charge to make your holiday so much easier for less able people.

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Awards: We at BIRCHCROFT are very proud to announce that we have received from Quality In Tourism both of these prestigious awards and now look forward to welcoming Walkers or Cyclists to our property.

For Walkers we have boot removers and a bench to sit on at the front door as well as Ordnance Survey maps of the area for your use. The wet room is very useful for hanging wet coats, over trousers and muddy boots with a special folding wall hanging rack. A First aid kit is always available. For those who prefer a gentle stroll in the immediate vicinity, the back garden has paths into the local woodlands and rights of way to the local pub where a good pub lunch is available. There is also a very pleasant walk by the nearby River Stour and one to Dorset Lakes and the picturesque Hampreston Village Church.

For Cyclists we have a secure storage for up to 8 bicycles at no extra expense and Ordnance Survey maps of the area are available for your use. There is a bicycle repair shop just 1/2 a mile away.

We recycle all suitable waste products, use organic cleaning products and monitor water usage. We have our own septic tank that processes all sewerage waste. We encourage our guests to book via email and our websites and do not print any brochures unless specifically asked by our clients. We are replacing all light bulbs with energy efficient ones and use low voltage lighting in nearly all areas. Our gas hot air central heating system is one of the most efficient systems.

Our latest addition is the conversion of our summer house into a play area for children complete with toy kitchen, table and chairs, safety dartboard and toy cars, etc. This has proved very popular with our younger visitors.

Beach hut hire. Birchcroft is located only 6 miles from the 7 miles of golden sands that make up Bournemouth beaches. They stretch from Hengistbury Head [NT] overlooking Christchurch harbour, passed Bournemouth and Boscombe piers to the world famous Sandbanks peninsula with its luxury houses. On the quieter Southbourne stretch we have our own Beach Hut. It is 7 miles from Birchcroft and can be hired on a weekly basis. It contains chairs, gas stove, cutlery, china and some beach toys. Please contact the owner for more details.

More Details

About Us

Sonia Hall
Mrs Sonia Hall
32 Dunkeld Road
BH3 7EW Bournemouth
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HolidayInDorset - Mrs S Hall
Member since: 2009
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About HolidayInDorset - Mrs S Hall

I have lived in the Bournemouth area all my life and my family goes back 3 generations of local people.Though I have travelled the world I am always drawn back to the safe beaches, lovely woods, lush valleys and rolling plains of the Dorset countryside.

HolidayInDorset - Mrs S Hall purchased this cottage in 1962

Why HolidayInDorset - Mrs S Hall chose Ferndown

I am the owner of Birchcroft and it has been in my family since my father bought the land in 1962 and then built the house himself. The outstanding views down the Stour valley with magnificent sunsets always amaze me. My children adored visiting grandparents at Birchcroft because there were so many paths to wander through the woods, so many places to play hide and seek and so much wildlife to watch.

What makes this cottage unique

The sunsets over the Stour valley, the amazing wildlife and the quiet mornings with the mist rising and the sun filtering though never cease to inspire me. You feel in the middle of the countryside and yet you are only 5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth with its shops, cinemas, piers, beaches and night-life. Access to the rest of Dorset, many National Trust properties, miles of golden sands, 2 harbours and the magnificent New Forest is very easy. Birchcroft an ideal base for so many different types of holidays. And don't forget we are Mobility 2 rated so bringing elderly relatives on holiday with you is so easy. Also we can now provide extra items to help the elderly [and save you boot space!] at no extra cost. We have just turned the summerhouse into a playhouse for children under 8 years old. It has a play kitchen, complete with play food, plates, etc, table and chairs, safety dartboard and some toy cars. The kids are thrilled with it so come and try with your grandchildren or small children.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great few days. Lovely setting and kids had a great time in the garden and woods, as weather was cold but dry. House was very good – loved the log fire!! Would definitely recommend and come again. Feb 09. Date: May 21, 2010. Review by - Marion, Peter, Rosaline & Newy. We had a wonderful second visit. The house is extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean with all the comforts of home and the grounds that the house stands on have to be seen to be believed. The wild life and scenery is breathtaking. The land is teeming with rabbits, squirrels, foxes and many varieties of bird life. The Birchcroft TV was utterly amazing and we felt humbled in being able to watch the baby Blue Tits in their nest with both parents popping in and out but especially the Mother who was kept busy all day long and snuggling down with her babies at night. We made the most of the veranda where we could relax all day long. Mrs Hall and her team were only a phone call away for help or advice."
May 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Ferndown around the Ferndown Town

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1571 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • As we are not on mains drainage, please do not place any items other than toilet paper in the toilets, especially no nappies or wipes - Septic tank
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • En suite to Room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Step to Power shower, heated towel rail - ground floor
    Bathroom 1 - ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Power shower and heated towel rail - ground floor
    Shower room 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Electric shower with electric towel rail - on 1st floor
    Wetroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , level entry , wheeled shower stool, grab rails -ground floor
  • The En suite to Room 2 has a power shower, light mirror, grab rails, heated towel rail and heater. Family bathroom has a power shower over bath, mirror with light, heated towel rail and heater as well a sink and shaving mirror Wetroom is particularly useful for less able guests as it has a flat floor shower entrance, electric shower, wheeled shower stool, low mirror and grab rails for shower area and toilet with grab rails. It also has a heater. There is a shower room on the first floor with shower, toilet and sink as well as heated towel rail and shaving mirror. There are pump hand soaps in each shower room and bathroom and toiletries.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , ground floor with room for a cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , ground floor en suite with room for a cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1st floor with wooden cot
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1st floor
  • All bedrooms include linen and towels and have a high standard of furnishings. Bedrooms 1 & 2 are on the ground floor and have facilities to help the less able with an electric bed and armchair, Each has a television. Extra Cots available on request but no cot bedding. Wheelchair will fit into Bedroom 1
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Conservatory
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Birchcroft has a small conservatory with 4 seats from which to watch the wildlife, especially birds on the feeders. The large raised lounge terrace gives magnificent views to Dorset Lakes in the distance and some fantastic sunsets. The rear garden sweeps down to a wild flower meadow and leads to walks in the local woodlands. The front garden has a playhouse as well as level lawned areas and plenty of car parking. Though the ground floor of Birchcroft is ideal for the less able with a ramp to the front door, ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms, the first floor is accessed by a paddle staircase and not suitable for the less able visitors. High-chair, cot and stairgate are available. About 4 bicycles can be locked near the frontdoor [pre-booked]. Free Welcome Pack and open fire Starter Pack - extra set of keys available on request. Awards: Mobility 2, Visual 1, Hearing 1. Loop system


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Woodland hideaway - Family friendly, Accessible accomd, near Bournemouth beaches
average rating of 4.75 based on 26 reviews

Lovely stay in a lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay in this property. Very comfortable accommodation, everything necessary for a great stay, including children's plates, cups etc. Well stocked with helpful books, maps etc. The grandchildren really enjoyed the summerhouse and the play kitchen equipment and play food, also the set of cars. The large garden was enjoyed by all, our grandson thought it was amazing. Enjoyed the wildlife that came into the garden, rabbits, squirrels, woodpeckers, finches and wrens. Also a good location, lovely views and a short drive to the beaches at Bournemouth, Boscombe and Poole. A big thank you to Sonia for all her help in making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rosemary Many, many thanks for all your lovely comments. We had only just converted the summer house for the children to use and we are so pleased that it works and they really enjoyed it. New curtains in the lounge and bedrooms are on order and will be fitted later this year. We look forward to welcoming you back at some time in the future and would like to tell you that return guests booking direct with us get a 5% reduction on the current price. Regards Sonia, owner
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Amazing & Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Birchwood Cottage in Ferndown, Dorset was so beautiful. The driveway would have fitted two or three cars but we came in my dad’s 7 seater Chrysler. There were 7 of us in total; me, my husband Kris, my stepdad Philip, my two sons aged 3&7 and my niece aged 6 and my nephew aged 5. The cottage itself was massive and could have fitted another family. On the front garden beside the long driveway was a big playhouse which contained everything the children needed to keep themselves entertained. Inside the cottage there were 4x big bedrooms and we all stayed on the ground floor where the children shared their granddads bedroom with him; which also had an ensuite with walk in shower and toilet. The kitchen contained all the necessities including washing machine & drier as well as a dishwasher which is ideal for travelling with so many kids. The back garden is big and contained a walk way to the woods( which i unfortunately didn’t get to walk through but my husband Kris and my stepdad Phil did walk through and stated that it took them about 15-20 minutes to walk to the Angel pub and another 15-20 minutes walk back)

The only thing which may just need amending are the amount of signage inside the cottage; there maybe a bit too many (?) Other than that, Sonia the owner is lovely as she introduced herself on our first day and Mary the keeper was also there on our first day and came again on Thursday to finish the gardening. The cottage was 7 minutes drive to Wonderland Adventure (ideal for a day out for kids aged 10&under) and Bournemouth beach was amazing and only 20-30minutes drive from the cottage.

We would definitely recommend this cottage and book this again if were to stay in Dorset again. Thank you Sonia and the team.x

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful setting.

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable house with everything you could need. Excellent attention, care and advice on local facilities given by Sonia and Mary, right down to leaving wine, biscuits. And a birthday card for my daughter’s special birthday.

Hopefully, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home from home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting, very quiet and relaxing, every need was catered for and owner and caretakers did everything they could to make the stay enjoyable would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review. We feel that your holiday is so important to you so we do our best to ensure it goes smoothly and a lovely surrounding. Don't forget you get a 5% discount as a return visitor. Sonia [owner]
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Beautiful house, very well equipped , fantastic helpful owner.

  • 5 of 5

The house is set on beautiful well kept grounds with amazing views. Everything you could possibly think of has been provided in the house down to the very finest details.

The owner and her assistant were always available for anything we needed or wanted and to offer helpful advice about places to go and things to see. We were caught in quite a large amount of snow and the driveway was gritted as if by angels in the morning, a large broom and pot of salt was also left for us incase we needed.

Thoroughly enjoyable weekend in a great house. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. We cannot do anything about the weather but we do try to lessen the effect on your holiday - the snow clearing being an example. Luckily we don't often have snow but we do have rain! The hanging rail in the wet-room is very useful for drying wet walking clothes and the children's playhouse is a great distraction when they cannot play outside. We look forward to seeing you again and please remember that if you book direct with us you get a return visitor discount. The rhododendron woods are beginning to bloom, along with the camellias so the garden is looking at its best now and in the coming months. Thank you again, Sonia [owner]
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  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped and comfortable in a pleasant and secluded setting

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Bournemouth International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Angel, Ferndown - a stroll through the woods
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
The Dudsbury, opposite end of our lane
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Bournemouth Central Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Bentley's at Dudsbury Golf club
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Dry ski slope at Hurn
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: recommended

Birchcroft nestles in 1 acre of woodlands but is only 6 miles from the golden sandy beaches of Bournemouth with cinemas, nightclubs and great shopping. Picturesque Christchurch, the New Forest, National Trust properties of Brownsea Island, Kingston Lacey, Corfe Castle and the Jurassic Coast, are all in easy distance with Adventure Wonderland, Hobby Craft and Wimborne Minster close by. The area is a golfers paradise with over 16 courses and features some very well known courses – Parkstone, Ferndown, Broadstone, Queen’s Park and Isle of Purbeck with its fantastic views of Brownsea, Poole Harbour and Bournemouth Bay.

The Dorset area is well know for its Jurassic coast, Chesil Beach and the Swannery at Abbotsbury as well as Monkey World and the Tank Museum at Bovington – all within an easy drive.

BIRCHCROFT for peace, tranquillity, beautiful walks, golf courses and sun & sand.

Golf: The area is a golfers paradise with over 16 courses and features some very well known courses:

·As well as many Public courses and Driving Ranges. Also

· Dudsbury Golf Club - at the end of the lane opposite Birchcroft

Let BIRCHCROFT be your ideal base for a self-catering GOLF holiday in the South of England

Ski: Dry ski slope about 3 miles away from Birchcroft at Hurn, Christchurch - passed the Airport


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

To book your cottage email us at to check availability and provisionally book. We will then email your Booking Form. Please make us aware of any special requirements. After Booking and having received the non- refundable deposit payment, we will confirm your holiday in writing. Accessible accommodation M2 rated.Paddle staircase is not suitable for elderly guests. The damage deposit will be returned to you within 1 month of your final holiday day, unless damage has occurred and then we will consult you direct with regard to our compensation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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