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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Fab new bathroom and ensuite. LUXURIOUS Duravit Puravida and Hansgrohe specification; Merlyn10 enclosures with beautiful 10mm glass. Aqualisa HiQu showers with digital remote buttons to switch on your shower or fill your bath. Intuitive controls with illuminated displays. Italian sliding white glass doors in bathrooms as seen on Grand Designs.
A lovely quiet contemporary space close to the centre of the pretty market town of Wareham,Dorset. A real gem
Great for exploring the dramatic Jurassic coastline; miles of sandy beaches and the beauty of Purbeck.
This contemporarily furnished property is an ideal base to explore the beautiful Isle of Purbeck (not an island!). Wareham is the gateway to the dramatic Jurassic coast, now a World Heritage Site. Miles of some of the best golden sandy beaches only a short drive away.
Secrets is well placed for those wanting to admire the fabulous scenery - cliffs and beaches; There are also many other attractions in the area. Corfe Castle (National Trust) and its village are always popular. Swanage has a beach too and a steam railway. The Wareham Forest has Sika Deer and the RSPB Nature Reserve and beach is just a few minutes drive away at Arne.
Make sure you walk to Old Harry Rocks from Studland Village and then maybe take refreshment at The Bankes Arms or the small hotel around the corner on your return.
The National Trust Cafe on Studland Beach is one of the most popular in the country.
Poole is just 10km away with yet more attractions, sightseeing trips around Poole Harbour and its Islands, trips to Brownsea Island and more.
Watersports are extremely popular in Poole harbour and nearby. (See later)
Secrets is spacious and comfortable ensuring relaxation after a busy day exploring the attractions. A good place to chill. It is just three minutes walk from the centre of Wareham and yet is quiet. Wareham is itself a tourist attraction. Wareham's bustling Quay, which lies on the banks of the River Frome, offers restaurants and bars and a Saturday Community Market. It is a short stroll away from Secrets. There are other restaurants and pubs in Wareham serving good food.
The kitchen is well-equipped if you prefer to eat in. Outside there is a dining table and chairs for Al Fresco dining in the Summer or when we get those sunny days in between. The small walled garden is a sun trap.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Studland (fabulous) 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth; (also Southampton) 28 km, Nearest railway: Wareham 2 km|
|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, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||King Beds (3), Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Secrets has been decorated and carpeted throughout in neutral colours. The style is 'comfortable contemporary '. The carpet is light giving a spacious feel. The standard of cleanliness is amazing, something our guests really appreciate...
*Brand new fabulous white bathroom and an ensuite. Quality fittings. Separate freestanding shower cubicle in main bathroom as well as in ensuite. This would particularly suite elderly guests who require walk-in showers.
*Lounge/diner are open-plan. The lounge opens onto the terrace with table and chairs for alfresco dining. This area can be a sun-trap.
The garden view from the lounge is a lawn with jungle type plants in the beds. eg bamboos, bananas, phormiums...
* contemporary fire in lounge
*40 inch Samsung SMART TV
*Dining table suits 8, or 4 to 6 without the extension
*Kitchen looks out over the small walled private back garden
*Well equipped, including microwave, filter coffee maker, lean grilling machine, ample saucepans, Brita filter....
* top of the range MIELE washer/drier
*Canon gas hob/electric oven
*Separate (larder type) fridge and freezer. 2 tall units so there is ample cold and freezer storage for you
*The garden is west -facing, has architectural/jungley plants, including banana trees, and can be a real sun trap. As a keen gardener, I have sourced many of the plants from the far end of Cornwall
*Downstairs toilet with lit mirror and shaving point.
*Plenty of extra storage space (clean items only please) under the stairs and in the coat cupboard.
*Telephone - free local and national calls (excluding premium numbers of course)
* Selection of books, games, DVDs and CDs
*Sleeps up to eight adults in beautifully comfortable beds
*Bedrooms are all double bedroom size
*Flexible bed configuration- either 4 doubles (1 superking, 1 king and 1 double); or 2 doubles (1 king and 1 double) plus 4 singles; or 3 doubles (1 superking, 1 king and 1 double) and 2 singles
*Bedrooms 1 and 4 contain high quality twin beds which can be linked to form a 6' double. (Length is three inches longer than normal single beds).
*Bedroom 2 has a mirrored wardrobe and a 5' king size bed
*Bedroom 3 has a standard double bed.
*Ample wardrobe and chest space in bedrooms.
*Hairdrier in each bedroom
There is a freestanding shower cubicle in the bathroom. This is especially useful for elderly guests. Something our parents look for!
Both the mirrors in the bathroom and downstairs toilet have lights and a shaver point reducing queues when the men (or women!) are shaving or guests are having ablutions.
|Further details outdoors|
The walled garden on two sides, has a side gate leading to it from the front and is private. The tall gate can be bolted and makes the garden a more secure place for young children. The garden can be accessed from the lounge or from the kitchen. There is a table and eight chairs for al fresco dining on the terrace and a barbecue is available. The planting in the garden is quite luscious.
There is an open plan garden to the front, mainly laid to tidy lawn. The side bed has colourful architectural plants including South African shrubs and flowers. The front garden provides a cool area (east-facing) if everywhere else gets too hot! This can be a blessing at times when it gets really hot.
There is ample room for one car on the drive and one car across the bottom of the drive. (Usually the garage is kept for the owner - please ask if you wish to keep your bikes in there)
It is easy to walk from the property around the corner into the centre of Wareham and all its amenities. Lots of pubs and restaurants to eat at. The Quay is just a short walk from the house. Just sit and people watch...
The Salt Pig in Wareham is a real treat- have one of their roast meat sandwiches at lunchtime (divine/yummy); go for coffee or tea or an evening meal (evenings from ?Thursday to Sunday). They also sell lots of local produce and fresh fish. A delight.
Welcome Pack on arrival - tea, coffee, sugar, a pint of fresh semi-skimmed milk and fruit/ snack bars.
Quality bedlinen (quoted for 3 bedrooms if 6 persons), 'best' towels, beach towels, bath mats, ample tea towels and kitchen hand towels included. You need not bring any of these - ask for more in the rare event that you run out...
About this location
The Dorset region
Dorset's attractions are the mild climate, beautiful golden sandy beaches, impressive 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 conservatory overlooking the entrance to Poole Harbour and the chain ferry.
Explore the golden sandy beaches and dunes on Studland - from the ferry point to Old Harry Rocks. Have lunch at The Bankes' Arms in Studland village, sitting out with the most dramatic views of Old Harry and the coastline.
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. See the Fireworks Display Thursdays 10pm at Sandbanks from May to the end of August.
For those interested in watersports, there is sailing etc tuition at Rockley Watersports, Hamworthy (the Wareham side of Poole); scuba diving off Swanage and sea fishing trips from Poole Harbour and Swanage.
Water-skiing, wakeboarding and parasurfing also take place in Poole harbour.
Thomas Hardy based his many novels, eg The Mayor of Casterbridge, in Wessex - the Dorset countryside. An interesting read before bedtime?
The nearest beach is at Studland (fabulous) a short drive away. There is also a beach at Arne but this requires a walk from the Car Park - perhaps combine with going to the RSPB birdwatching site and nature reserve.
There are boat trips from Poole to Wareham Quay and around the many islands in Poole harbour. Brownsea Island (National Trust) is famous for its red squirrels and birdwatching (currently featured on Autumn Watch with Kate Humble). Bovington Tank Museum is worth a visit - one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK apparently.
Go to Lulworth Cove and walk to Durdle Door - a very famous Dorset image. Monkeyworld and Falmer Palmer's are popular with youngsters.
Bring a rake and dig up cockles in Poole harbour at low spring tide - boil and eat for dinner.
Wareham itself offers a great range of eating and drinking possibilities. Also try The Kings Arms, a gentle walk down South Street and just over the causeway (Stoborough) for some good food. One of our favourites!
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