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Review: Poole

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Dorset, United Kingdom

Sea Breeze Cottage Poole

  • By SilverTraveller Terry

    114 reviews

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  • Aug 2013
  • Family including children under 16

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We have stayed in Poole before – but previously in a hotel. This year we rented a cottage with the family – 4 adults and 2 children. Outside there was off road parking for 2 cars. The appearance of the house from the road does not do it justice at all. As you walk inside however, it is lovely – everything you could possibly need and beautifully fitted out. Sue showed us around the property and made us feel very welcome. (A nice touch was a bowl of fresh fruit on the sideboard and a vase of flowers on the table) The ground floor consisted of a fully fitted kitchen including a washing machine – nothing was omitted. The conservatory dining room seated six; it also had a comfy leather sofa and looked out on to the flower-bedecked back yard. There was a double bedroom, a twin-bedded room and a family bathroom. Upstairs was the master bedroom with king size bed and en-suite facilities. The sitting room with balcony was perfect with amazing views over the harbour towards Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills. There was satellite TV, DVD player, wireless internet, barbecue and outside seating. The downstairs is wheelchair accessible and would suit elderly or infirm persons. Although a very short walk from Poole Quay with a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, it was nevertheless very quiet. There is so much for families to do in the area from fishing, sailing, boat trips, sightseeing or just simply relaxing with that fantastic view. The children's favourite pastime was catching crabs at the quayside. After our evening meal, the parents would go out for their stroll and a drink whilst we took the children to the park and playground just around the corner. Then later it was the turn of us two night owls to go out for a couple of beers. We found some good places to eat and drink within a short walk. One favourite was the Blue Boar – don't be put off by all the military memorabilia, the locals are friendly! For those who want to save some money, there are 2 Wetherspoons establishments in town, but don't bother with the one on the Quay, go to the other one near the High Street, the Lord Wimborne, it is much nicer. Poole is an ancient port with the world's 2nd largest natural harbour. Apart from tourism the main industry is the building of luxury yachts. It is also the main HQ for the RNLI and their lifeboats are also manufactured here. Clustered around the quayside are a number of fine Georgian buildings including the Guildhall and the old Custom House. Throughout the summer there are activities taking place on the Quay – street entertainment, classic car rallies and firework displays. We viewed the latter from a comfy vantage point on our balcony. We also visited National Trust properties in the area such as Corfe Castle. There were "mediaeval" activities taking place and of course there was the obligatory cream tea! It must have one the best views from a tearoom, but was slightly marred by wasps – eek! Nearby there is the heritage Swanage Railway travelling through the lovely Dorset countryside. To get to Swanage from Poole you can take the unique vehicular chain ferry to Studland from the Sandbanks area. Sandbanks has the largest concentration of expensive properties outside of London – home to retired footballers. We also visited the NT Kingston Lacey Estate. The house contains an outstanding collection of pictures including works by Tintoretto, Rubens and Titian. No visit to Dorset would be complete without visiting the Jurassic coastline World Heritage Site with fossil localities and stunning rock formations like the famous arched Durdle Door or Old Harry Rocks. Poole has a railway station right in the centre of town, where we were able to purchase off-peak group tickets – 4 people travelling only pay for 2 and accompanying children for only £1 each. We went to Bournemouth for the day. There were children's attractions in the Lower Gardens. We had dinner at AskItalian Jacey House, just a stroll up Bath Road from the pier. There was a varied Italian menu and I enjoyed Bruschetta, Terrina Frutti di Mare and Apple Rustica – delicious! We also had a day out in Weymouth taking in the harbour side and Brewers Quay. We ate at The Clipper in St Thomas Street – a Smith & Jones establishment. The bar area downstairs was frankly dingy, but upstairs was a bit cleaner and brighter. The service was OK and the traditional pub grub was adequate for the price paid. However, I would not recommend the place, as I'm sure there are better places to eat in the town. There are so many things to do and attractions in and around Poole – many of which take place on the water from cruises to charters. There are even trips aboard specially designed for people with disabilities – and these are free. There are plenty of things to do on land too such as trying your hand at Poole Pottery, taking a tour around the RNLI HQ, playing golf or bowls. We found that one week was not enough to see it all!

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