Life's A Beach in Bournemouth
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Hello and thank you for taking the time to look at our lovely luxurious apartment, Life's A Beach in Bournemouth
This is a modern, light and very spacious first floor apartment with lift access just a 5 minute stroll from the award winning, blue flag beaches of Southbourne. Boscombe and Bournemouth. The clifftop and pathway down to the beach are just at the end of the road.
The property is situated on a very quiet, tree lined street yet the beach and other facilities such as shops, cafes and bars are just moments away
The apartment comprises of a large, sunny and airy open plan living room leading onto the kitchen diner. The lounge has double aspect windows and there are 3 comfy sofas (1 is a double metal action sofa bed) and an armchair surrounding a large coffee table. There are additional folding chairs if more seating is needed. There is a 32inch Samsung TV (freeview) with DVD and a Philips Hi-Fi (please note loud music is not permitted). super fast fibre optic broadband is also available. I have also included a bookcase with a selection of books, board games and DVDs. There is a Nintendo Wii with 2 controllers and a selection of games, perfect if the weather isn't great. I have also compiled a folder containing local maps and leaflets on nearby attractions if you are feeling adventurous. There are also local takeaway menus, restaurant and bar menu's if you want to just have it all done for you.
The spacious kitchen/diner features a washing machine, dishwasher, large fridge and freezer, microwave, 5 hob gas stove with separate oven and grill plus extractor fan. There is a dining table with seating for 6 with 3 extra folding chairs(high chair available on request). There is plenty of cupboard space for shopping and groceries. There is a Combi boiler meaning all hot water is instant. Gas, Electricity and Water Bills are obviously included. There is a large selection of crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, kitchen utensils and other kitchen accessories for your use.
I include a Welcome pack with helpful information for your stay along with some tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits to help you settle on arrival.
There is a good sized fully tiled family bathroom with bath/shower, toilet, basin and heated towel rails. Please note although fully tiled, it is not a wet room.
The master bedroom is very large and bright with triple aspect windows, There is a double wardrobe, 4 drawer double divan bed, bedside tables, dressing table, chest of drawers and a double fold out bed for extra guests. There is another 32inch Sony TV. The master also has an en-suite with a large walk in shower, toilet, basin and chrome heated towel rails.
The second bedroom has a double bed and bedside table
The third bedroom has bunk beds which are ideal for children.
There is also a substantial travel cot with mattress. If you intend to use this, please provide your own bedding.
The apartment comfortably sleeps 6 but with the additional double sofa bed (in the lounge) and pull out bed (in the master bedroom) can sleep up to 9.
All bedrooms have a double wardrobe with 3 drawers for extra storage.
BEDDING IS PROVIDED (not for the travel cot). Towels and toiletries are NOT so please bring your own.
All windows have blinds and are double glazed for great heat and noise insulation. The accommodation has central heating controlled by a thermostat in the hall
The apartment is neutrally decorated with tasteful, local artwork throughout
There is off road parking round the back of the building for 2 vehicles and an extremely quiet and safe road to park any other vehicles on free of charge.
The building is enveloped by a small, pretty communal garden which is regularly maintained.
Just around the corner from the property are private tennis courts which you can access with a fob key provided on request. Please let me know if you intend to play as a one hour time slot needs to be booked in advance online.
Bournemouth town centre is only 5 minutes away in a car or taxi. Soutbourne and Boscombe high streets with shops, cafes and bars are only short strolls away
Please note before making a booking:
I do not accept Hen or Stag parties.
Check in is from 2pm and check out is at 11am.
The property is NO-SMOKING throughout. If smoking outside, please dispose of cigarette ends in the ash tray in the drive. Please do not BBQ at the property, there is a park just around the corner and you can also BBQ at the cliff top and beach at the end of the road.
Although a Hi-Fi is supplied, no loud music is permitted at any time.
Please keep noise to a minimum between 11pm and 8am in respect to the neighbours.
The apartment is not to be used as a place to just party in
Please do not wear shoes in the apartment as there are cream carpets throughout
Leave the apartment in the same condition as when you entered (ie clean and tidy) otherwise cleaning costs will be deducted from your deposit. Cleaning products and dishwasher tablets are provided under the sink as well as a vacuum cleaner in the kitchen. There is an iron, ironing board and hair dryer.
When you leave the apartment at night to go out and explore Bournemouth and the surrounding area, please do not leave windows open or the heating and the lights on.
I look forward to welcoming you
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southbourne and Boscombe Beach 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth Airport 8 km, Nearest railway: Pokesdown 650 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
About this location
The Dorset region
If you're after clear air, sweeping cliff walks, breathtaking views and snug little towns brimming with restaurants and shops to explore, Dorset is for you!
Dorset is as multi-layered as the famous fossil flecked cliffs along its Jurassic Coast - a stunning stretch of 200 million-year-old shoreline that has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its outstanding geological make-up.
The charming countryside Dorset has to offer has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's easy to see why - take some time to discover this beautiful county at your own pace.
There is more to Dorset than just fabulous scenery and magnificent coast - the history of this county is rich and vivid. How many areas do you know that can boast a huge naked chalk giant, England's first Natural World Heritage Site and the largest hill fort in Europe?!!
All over Dorset, you'll uncover charming market towns and tiny villages tucked into tranquil rurality. Each town has its own individuality, character and history to relate.
It is no wonder that the area has captivated film and TV makers from all over the world. Productions of all kinds have been filmed on location here, with Dorset's unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and spectacular historic houses and gardens being used as a backdrop to the action.
For further information on Dorset, visit websites such as www.visit-dorset.com and /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorset
Local shops and Amenities:
Southbourne high street is only a 15 minute stroll away with it's charming shops, bars and cafes including the very popular Ludo Lounge and the Larder House (www,thelarderhouse.co.uk). Cafe Riva and the Commodore pub sit on the clifftop with beautiful views over the clifftops and beaches.
In the opposite direction is Boscombe high street with a large Sainsbury's, post office, coffee shops, street market on Thursday and Saturdays, restaurants and take aways (McDonalds, Subway and KFC). There is also a Wetherspoons pub and the award winning Chaplin's cellar bar with great food and live music. Situated at the end of Keswick road is the excellent Little Pickle Deli Cafe where you can buy local food and drinks.
Bournemouth town centre is approximately a 40minute stroll along the beach, or 10 minutes by bus or car. Here you will find cinemas, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, theatres, the BIC (international concert venue), a large selection of shops with both high street chains and designer. From the town centre, you can walk through the gardens to the pier, perhaps stopping on the way to play crazy golf or fly high in the Hot Air Balloon to get an amazing view of the area. For a full list of things to do and see in Bournemouth, take a look at www.bournemouth.co.uk/things-to-do
Just around the corner from the property is Shelley Manor where there is a medical practice and pharmacy. There is also an attached theatre with local productions (www.shelleytheatre.co.uk). Shelley Manor has a large park behind it which leads onto the clifftop and beaches. There are private tennis courts which you can access via the fob key provided. If you would like to play, please contact us and we will book you an hour slot. We can also provide you with tennis rackets and balls. There is also a children's playground in the park with swings and climbing frames.
Other nearby facilities:
Just a 10 minute walk away is King's Park which is home to Bournemouth football club. There is also a skate and BMX park, crown green bowling square plus a large Athletics stadium. Just past King's park is Queen's park which has a golf club open to the public (www.queensparkgolfclub.co.uk)
The Littledown Leisure centre is a 10minute drive away, and has swimming pools and waterslides, outdoor and indoor football courts and gyms (www.littledowncentre.co.uk)
Next to the centre is a park with a small lake, paddling pool and the Altitude High Rope Adventure Park (www.bhlive.co.uk/altitude-high-ropes-adventure/home)
Just across the road from the centre is a large 24 hour Tesco superstore. Behind Tesco's is Christchurch Golf centre and driving ranges which are open to the public (www.christchurchgolfclub.com)
A further 5 minute drive from Tesco's is Castlepoint shopping centre with many large high street retailers including M&S, Next, Asda, Sports Direct, Currys, cafes and restaurants such as Nando's and Franky and Benny's (www.castlepointshopping.com)
To the beach:
To access the beach, simply turn right out of the property and walk 200m to the end of the road and you will be on the clifftop.(If you look to the East / left, you should be able to see the Isle of Wight). Turn right and walk 100m to the Manor zig-zag which takes you down to the beach. It's that easy!!
At the bottom there is a small shop open in the summer months selling hot food, ice creams and drinks. There are also public toilets.
If you turn right at the beach and promenade, you will see Boscombe pier. There is the excellent Urban Reef restaurant and bar (www.urbanreef.com) and a Harvester's pub. There is Sorted Surf shop where you can hire surfboards, wetsuits, paddle boards and kayaks. Lessons are available throughout the year (www.sortedsurfshop.co.uk). If you walk past Boscombe pier, you will see Bournemouth pier in the distance. It is approximately a 30minute walk away or alternatively you can hire a bicycle from the surf school which is situated just up the hill from the pier next to another bar/restaurant (www.reef-encounter.com).
If you want to stay down the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather (fingers crossed) then you can hire some deck chairs or even a beach hut. These are available at the council office by Boscombe pier or contact 01202 451781.
The beautiful sandy, blue flag beach stretches for 10km from Hegistbury head in the East to Sandbanks in the West. There is a promenade along most of the stretch so walking and cycling are very easy and enjoyable.
Hengistbury head is a nature reserve and is the site of an ancient settlement. There is a brand new visitor's centre which houses all the historic tools and pottery discovered by archaeologists and there are also cameras showing the nesting sites of protected birds in the area (www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk). There is also an outdoor activity centre where you can sail, kayak and windsurf.
The historic market town of Christchurch is nearby with it's famous Cathedral, pretty marina with restaurants and cafes.
Sandbanks at the western end of the beach is known for being the 4th most expensive place on earth to live. There are beach side mansions, a few bars and cafes and a watersports centre. You can use the chain ferry to access Studland beach and further beyond is the pretty sea side town of Swanage via car or bus (number 50).
As you can see, there are many things to do and places to visit around this beautiful area. We have compiled a small folder in the apartment so can you read and plan your trips in your own time
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28 Jan 2015
My family and I decided to escape London for a mini break. We chose this property because of its location being so close to the beach. We were not disappointed. The apartment was spacious and had ever… More
12 Jan 2015
Having booked this as a family xmas gathering we were seriously disappointed to find that the 'spacious double room' only had a 4' bed. This is not fit for 2 adults. Using the sofabed… More
This guest has been by far, the rudest, most disrespectful person I have ever met. Every guest up till this one and after, has said how much they have enjoyed their stay. Much of what she has been written is a lie so I will have to write this response very clearly so the facts can be distinguished from her fiction.
I have been looking forward to responding to this review (after advice from holiday lettings) ever since this guest threatened to send it before I had discussed the deposit return. She even e-mailed a different version to me a couple of weeks ago. This was an attempt to blackmail me into returning the damage deposit, despite the guest breaking my integrated dishwasher by standing on it. After an inspection by a dishwasher specialist it was judged to be irreparable, meaning the cost of replacement would far exceed the £250 deposit. When she reported that she had broken it (on the day of her departure) she didn't even apologise. Instead she launched into an aggressive rant at my elderly mother who was just there to collect the keys. She even had the audacity to complain that the dishwasher wasn't big enough, after having broken it. The dishwasher has 9 place settings, and since there was only 6 of them, there should have been no problem. Obviously she finds fault in everything. I provided a box of 10 Finish dishwasher tablets and 1 was left after her stay, yet she claims she was forced to resort to hand washing the dishes with the provided Fairy liquid and sponges. I even provided the guest with a steamer before her arrival which she requested to cook her vegetables. Hopefully she hasn't broken this too.
The apartment is meticulously checked before every guest enters and leaves. This guest melted 2 gas hob control knobs and is still disputing it, despite photographic evidence I have taken, and a gas inspector checked the boiler and gas appliances just before she entered, further proving it was her. She also claimed that the en-suite mirror's lights weren't working when she went in, again these are checked. However this was never going to be charged as we had an electrician come around who said that the transformer had gone which might be put down to wear and tear or improper use. She has also complained about there being a shelf missing in the fridge. This was just a cover over the vegetable compartment at the bottom. I had removed this after a previous guest request so they could put bottles of wine and soft drinks in there. Again, the guest could have asked me for this instead of complaining afterwards.
When the guest entered the property, she and her husband refused to take their shoes off. On my advert I state I have cream carpets throughout so ask guests to remove shoes in the entrance hall where there is a shoe stand. I also send this information out when a guest books. When I welcome guests in, I like to show them around and explain a few things. Incidentally, when shown in, this guest commented on how nice the accommodation was and that there was everything they wanted. Because they were staying over Christmas day, I had provided mince pies, Christmas crackers, chocolates and some decorations in addition to the coffee, tea, milk and biscuits.
When I leave the apartment and wish guests a nice stay, I always mention to the guests to contact me if there are any problems or if they have any questions. This information is also in the Welcome pack.
Unfortunately the day after their arrival (Christmas Eve), the broadband did go down. After several phone calls where I tried to find out what happened, I was told by BT engineers that there had been a technical fault at the exchange. The process of repair has taken a long time to resolve but is now working. This was completely out of my control and I sincerely apologised to the guest on several occasions. I contacted holiday lettings and they advised me that I did not need to compensate the guest but should apologise and suggest local places where she could use free WIFI. When I did this, I then received several nasty messages from the guest demanding compensation and for me to pay her entire unlimited mobile phone internet bill for her stay (a week) and this would be charged at £13 for every 2GB usage. I agreed to pay her £13 for the inconvenience, but she demanded more. I was willing to pay the £13 after her stay but then discovered after her checkout that she had physically damaged the dishwasher, obviously costing more than the £250 damage deposit anyway. For future guests who may unfortunately be reading this, it is all sorted now. I have BT Infinity, fibre optic superfast broadband.
The guest has also complained that the lounge is open plan. I think from the photographs on the advertisement and the detailed description this is clear. The guest claims to work in the travel industry, so not reading the description or looking at the pictures, is a bit of a personal error. Incidentally all the photographs were taken by a holiday lettings supplied photographer.
Next complaint - The double bed is 6 inches too small. Yes she is correct (at last), there was a small double bed in there. I have not had previous complaints about it, despite having more than 6 people stay in the apartment. If the guest had informed me that her parents were having such a problem, instead of "suffering" in silence, then I could have arranged to put a bigger bed in there from next door. Incidentally, I have now put the bigger John Lewis double bed in there. The guests who have just left said it was lovely.
This guest has again lied about me e-mailing her about charging her for excess gas and electricity use. I have the proof in e-mails on the booking website. I clearly just mentioned to her that she had used excessive gas and electricity. They used four times more electricity than any other previous guests!! Over Christmas, the weather was very cold outside and they left windows open all day with the heating on full blast. I was not going to charge for this.
I received £18.50 per person, per night for her stay. I have been left in negative equity after her damage and energy wastage. You could not stay in a youth hostel for that much, never mind all the things I provide.
The guest complained that I asked her to sign a contract on entry. This was advised to me by holiday lettings. It just makes guests aware of the rules which are clear on the advert and also sent to them by e-mail. Again, working in the travel industry, she must be aware that such things exist surely? One of the rules is to keep noise to a minimum after 11pm in respect to neighbours. I got up for a glass of water one evening and I could hear noise from her apartment at 1.30am, but again, it was not my intention to charge for this. Just another sign of how inconsiderate she was.
My last 2 parties that have used the apartment since she left, both really enjoyed their stay, caused no damage and their deposits were returned to them in full straight away.
Holiday lettings have been advised on this incredibly difficult and rude guest, they advised me to simply accept her review and to respond professionally which I have now attempted. Even though this review has been wholly unfair, I suppose it is a good lesson. I am relatively new to the industry and am constantly trying to improve my service and apartment. For example, a new carpet has just been fitted in the living room (due to wear and stains by previous guests), a dressing table with mirror and more storage have been provided in the master bedroom. There is now over 20 DVDs for guests to enjoy and the book, board game and WII games collection all provided for free are growing.
To my future guests, please don't be put off by this review. I'm sure you will make your own mind up and discover after your own personal experience that this guest was just simply a bad egg. Thank you
1 Oct 2014
"Great for beach"
The accommodation is well positioned within 10 minutes of a lovely beach. The apartment is well appointed but potential clients should ask for a copy of the extensive penalties list at the time of bo… More
24 Jun 2014
"Perfect for a beach get away with friends - highly recommend"
I stayed with some friends at Life's a Beach for two nights. The price and everything about the property was just what we were looking for! The location is really close to beautiful boscombe beac… More
Thank you Claire, I look forward to welcoming you back again. Enjoy the rest of your summer
9 Jun 2014
We had a great weekend in sunny Bournemouth. The apartment is perfectly located for Boscombe beach. We found it to be spacious, beautifully presented and well-equipped. We loved the little beach decor… More
26 Apr 2014
Wonderful spacious and bright flat. Great location and made out seaside escape all the more enjoyable!… More
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