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Boscombe - Reef - Retreat

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 29 reviews

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Impressive 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom flat conveniently located just minutes from Boscombe pier, beach, new artificial reef and many restaurants, bars and shops.

Bed linen and towels are included. A travel cot and highchair are also provided.

Set within the prestigious Burlington Mansions a former Victorian luxury hotel which has been affectionately restored into luxury apartments, each one being unique with many of the original features retained. The flat, suitable for 4 people was renovated in 2010. It has two entrances and a car park space.

The master bedroom has en-suite and there is another separate bathroom. The lounge/dining area is very spacious with a dining table, luxury L shaped sofa and large TV. The kitchen is fully fitted with everything to make this flat perfect for a self-catering holiday.

Burlington Mansions is a 5 minute walk to the beach at Boscombe, with Europe’s 1st artificial reef and pier. A good selection of restaurants and bars can be found in several directions within minutes. The centre of Boscombe is 5 minutes walking and Bournemouth centre can be reached by car in 10 minutes. Bournemouth beach is a pleasant stroll along from Boscombe beach or a short ride on the Land Train.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Boscombe 500 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bournemouth 10 km, Nearest railway: Bournemouth 2.4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Lounge with dining area:

• Sumptuous L shaped leather sofa with seating for 4

• 32'' flat screen TV with TiVo Virgin Media Cable TV package (our guests tell us this is better than Sky Plus)

• Free WiFi

• DVD player with variety of DVDs

• Ipod docking station

• Dining table with seating for 4

• High Chair and travel cot provided

Spacious Hall

• Two entrance doors to property- one outside and one to interior of Burlington Mansions

• Coat hanging area

Double master bedroom:

• Fitted wardrobe

• Double bed

• Chest of drawers

• 2x bedside tables

• En-suite with large shower, WC, basin and heated towel rail

Twin bedroom:

• Fitted wardrobe

• 2 single 3' beds

• Bedside table

• Chest of draws


• Large luxury bath

• Shower

• Heated towel rail

• WC

Lounge with dining area:

• Sumptuous L shaped leather sofa with seating for 4

• 32'' flat screen TV with TiVo Virgin Media Cable TV package (our guests tell us this is better than Sky Plus!)

• DVD player with variety of DVDs

• Ipod docking station

• Dining table with seating for 4

• High Chair and travel cot provided


The apartment is on the ground floor and lower level. There is an outside door on the ground floor which leads into the hallway and the second bedroom. The living room and master bedroom are on the lower level. The living room and bedrooms all have windows and natural light. The interior apartment door goes to the centre of the Burlington Mansions building.

Burlington Mansions:

• Impressive entrance hall

• Security entrances

• CCTV monitored by concierge

• Large communal sun terrace

• Private parking space at rear of building

Further details outdoors

Shared outdoor terrace area.

Further details

• No pets

• No smoking inside building (short hallway leads to private entrance)

• No hen/stag parties

• Under 25? - Please contact us for Availability

• Changeover day Saturday.

• Arrival is after 3pm. Departure before 10am.

• 25% deposit on booking with full balance payable 6 weeks prior to stay

• £150 security deposit – repayable within 2 weeks of departure subject to satisfactory inspection

• Payments accepted by bank transfer or cheque.

The Dorset region

Central Southern England is a very popular tourist destination and benefits from not only a spectacular coastline but beautiful countryside and the New Forest. The area has so much to offer, from the country’s finest seafood restaurants, to country pubs; from castles and museums to adventure parks.

The New Forest is a national park which combines ancient woodlands, forest glades and wonderful open spaces, great for peaceful walks. Ponies, cattle and deer still graze freely as they have done for centuries.

Dorset has amazing beauty with 140km of coastline, from Lyme Regis to Christchurch which features a selection of the UK’s best beaches.

Many of the towns and villages have popular tourist pulls: Chesil Bank with the stunning 25km barren pebble beach stretching from Weymouth to Bridgeport; Dorchester with its 6000 years of history, Roman relics and Higher Bockhampton – Thomas Hardy’s birthpalce; and Lyme Regis which was featured in the Meryl Steep and Jeremy Irons film 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and where the best fossil hunting in the country can be done.

In the area, there is a museum for everyone, if the Tank Museum in Bovington doesn’t appeal to you, maybe the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester would, or the award winning Brewers Quay in Weymouth.

There are 140 picturesque villages in the region, featuring quaint names like Toller Porcorum, Nettlescombe and Cerne Abbas.

Adventure Wonderland is a family fun park with themed rides and entertainment, including shows featuring characters from Alice in Wonderland and boasts one of the largest mazes in the UK.


Boscombe Spa Villiage is a suburb of Bournemouth which is on the map in its own right thanks to a beautiful sandy beach and Europe’s first artificial surf reef. The reef is the size of a football pitch and since its opening in 2009 has fast become a popular destinations for both beginner and experienced surfers.

Built in 1888 and fully restored in 2007, Boscombe pier is an impressive sight with its unique aircraft wing design entrance, new decking, lighting and viewing section at the end. Boscombe Cliff Gardens offers an impressive view that stretches from Hengistbury Head, through Bournemouth all the way to Poole Harbour.

There is an impressive variety of quality restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars just minutes from the maisonette, several of which offer regular live music.

The centre of Boscombe has a good range of high street name and independent stores and on Thursdays and Saturdays a bustling market where you will find fresh fruit and vegetable, meat and fresh seafood stalls as well as many clothing stalls.

Once described by Thomas Hardy as the ‘Mediterranean lounging place on the English Channel,’ Bournemouth is an ever popular tourist destination with its 7 miles of award winning blue flag golden beaches. Beach huts were invented here in 1908, and those original huts (the oldest in the world) can still be rented today.

The award winning Central Gardens stretch from the sea at Bournemouth pier for several miles down the Valley of the river Bourne and includes the Pleasure Gardens, the Bournemouth Eye Balloon and the Pavillion.

The free Air Festival from 18th – 21st August features incredible air displays, attractions and fantastic evening entertainment, and has been selected as a finalist in the 2010/11 South West England Tourism Awards.

The Christmas Market from 18th November to Christmas Eve features German inspired chalets, an Alpine chalet style bar, carol singers and a brass band as well as the usual food, drink and present stalls and visits from Santa himself.

There is a thriving youth culture here due to the high university population and many language school students. The seeds of new business culture are revolving around surfing and a Californian lifestyle is emerging.

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Review 1-10 of 29

4 Oct 2014


"Very comfortable, well appointed and very nicely furnished."

Depending on what your holiday plans are, I feel a car is necessary as all the action appears to be in Bournemouth itself. Shopping street within easy access. The unit is a basement flat but this is not a problem as very well lit and has a very convenient back entrance. Overall we enjoyed our stay here.

17 Sep 2014


"great location: well equipped flat"

Clean modern apartment within a distinctive old building. It had everything we needed. Free WiFi is a bonus. Plenty of mugs and other crockery to keep the dishwasher going! Easy access via back door t… More

29 Aug 2014


"Excellent Stay"

Had a very enjoyable stay at Flat 51. Everything about the Apartment is to a very high standard, kitchen is very well equiped, and all in all very clean and comfortable. Cannot fault anything about … More

15 Aug 2014


"Superb apartment and central location"

Number 51 Burlington Manor was superb not only for myself but my mum and dad who struggles with his mobility. The side door leads into the car park without having to negotiate the steps within the m… More

28 Jun 2014


"Couldn't ask for more!"

This spacious apartment has a 'home from home' feel with absolutely everything you could ask for in it. It is situated close to the gorgeous sandy beach and we had some lovely meals in the local area. Ocean City chinese restaurant and Urban Beach are definately recommended; as is this apartment!

12 Jun 2014


"Fantastic apartment in a wonderful location"

This was my second stay at this excellent holiday apartment, and after my previous experience I was keen to return at the earliest opportunity. This time, we had amazing weather to accompany the great facilities on offer. The apartment is located in such a wonderful old building - Burlington Mansions - which evokes fond memories of the storied past of this charming seaside resort. While the apartment is ideally situated a few minutes stroll from the seafront and Boscombe Pier, it is also a superb base to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside and New Forest. We took day trips through the countryside to Dorchester, and also to Swanage and Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck, which is accessible by a short ferry ride from Bournemouth. The location of the flat is therefore ideal - both for lazy days on the seafront in Boscombe, and for exploring the South coast and surrounding countryside if you prefer a more vigorous vacation! The flat itself is very well equipped, and the owners obviously care about maintaining the property and facilities to the highest of standards. I must also say that Teresa was extremely helpful during the booking process, and provided comprehensive directions as well as a list of suggestions on nearby restaurants and attractions that significantly enhanced our stay. Hope to return soon!

2 Jun 2014


"Excellent apartment, great location and facilities"

We have just returned from staying for a week in the Boscombe Reef apartment 52. It is a fantastic apartment - very clean, stylishly decorated and with all the facilities we needed for a comfortable s… More

21 Mar 2014


"Staying here is a MUST!!"

This place is really outstanding. Theresa has thought of everything and I really can not think of anything I would add.. The two bathrooms were so useful as there were 4 of us and the beds are really … More

6 Jan 2014


"A beautiful homely apartment with a perfect location"

We had a break here in late December to relax and try a bit of surfing (brrrrr!) and this was the perfect base to get down to the beach and get out of the cold when we were done!

The first impression of this apartment was that it is *really* nicely decorated and immaculately clean. There are themed pictures hanging throughout and nice, modern furniture. It's not just a pretty face either - the place is extremely well thought out: We stayed in and cooked and found everything we needed right there (pots, pans, cutlery and plenty of basics like tea, sugar etc). There's a dishwasher to make life easier when your done and a large selection of DVDs by the TV to watch in the evening (unfortunately I was forced to watch Bridget Jones' diary... again!) and a load of books and local tourist guides. There were instructions for all the facilities (wifi was a decent speed too). Showers were warm, washing machine worked, beds were very comfortable. Even little details have been thought of - the owners have put a large picture outside on the wall opposite the lounge window so you aren't greeted with bricks. In short, its better equipped, better looking and more comfortable than my house. I need to move here!

Location-wise, this place is just up the hill from the beach so really ideal for anyone looking to get down there (would be great for families). And there is a high street with a Sainsbury's within walking distance in the other direction. Pretty much perfect.

All in all, I really can't fault my experience at Boscombe Reef Retreat (except my friends' choice of movie and the Great British weather) and I will definitely recommend this to anyone looking to visit Bournemouth/Boscombe over a more expensive (and probably less comfortable) B&B or hotel.

5 Jan 2014


"Great New Year stay at this wonderful apartment!"

This apartment has it all - it is ideally located in a fabulous Victorian building a mere five minutes walk from the seafront and Boscombe Pier. The flat has an excellent kitchen equipped with all the utensils one could need. The lounge area is comfortable and spacious, and the TV comes equipped with cable and a large selection of DVDs for days when the weather doesn't co-operate. The flat was very well appointed and spotlessly clean. The surrounding area has a large selection of cafes and restaurants, and there are shops within walking distance. Would highly recommend, and will stay again!

Review 1-10 of 29

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Calendar last updated:22 Dec 2014

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