Hello and thank you for taking the time to look at my 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 player (please note loud music is not permitted). There is Sky super fast WiFi broadband. I have also included a bookcase with a selection of books, board games and DVDs. There is a Nintendo Wii with 4 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 and recommended nearby restaurants if you want a break from cooking.
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
Outside: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. Just around the corner are 3 private tennis courts which you can access with the provided key fob. I also provide some tennis rackets and balls.
From late October 2015 to late March 2016 subject to availability you will have access to a nearby Beach Hut on Southbourne beach. There are 4 folding chairs, deck chairs, cooking facilities, tea, coffee, cordials and things for the beach including buckets and spades, cricket bat and ball, a football, kite and a frisbee.
Please note before making a booking: I do not accept Hen or Stag parties. I also don't accept groups of guests aged 21 years and under. Check in is from 2pm and check out is at 11am. I require a £250 refundable damage deposit payment which is made to holiday lettings and they automatically return this to you after your stay (can take up to 10 working days). 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. 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 extra cleaning costs may 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|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Check in time:||14:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Southbourne and Boscombe Beach 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|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|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Bunk Beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Private tennis court, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
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