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Chalet on small peaceful site with shared heated outdoor pool.

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Chalet in Matchams, Christchurch, Nr. Bournemouth, Dorset, England - 5 Minute Walk To Dry Ski Slopes

3 bedroom newly refurbished chalet in Matchams, Christchurch. Private fenced garden with patio. There is a pool on site parking for 2 cars. Lake and picnic area attached to site. Nearest beach is about 10 minutes in the car. Christchurch is 10 minute drive away. Local shop is 5 minutes and is open quite late. The site is quiet and friendly. If you prefer to be alone you can be. All residents on site live there, and will always give you advice if required. We have a patio area with table and chairs and a gas bar be que

Pauline Francombe
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Pauline Francombe

John and I (Pauline) purchased the chalet last summer. We were out for the day not intending to buy. We live in Bristol but it has always been my dream to have a holiday home in the New Forest, and eventually retire to that area. We have spent many wonderful times in the New Forest recently and in the past when our boys were young. It is such a relaxing place to be and we always feel de-stressed when we are there. We had a few weekends down there in 2009 with friends. The site is small, quiet and in an excellent spot. We live and work in Bristol, so it is a great Bolt hole the peace and quiet is wonderful.

Pauline Francombe purchased this chalet in 2009

Why Pauline Francombe chose Christchurch

The area is so peaceful and beautiful. We are very close to Christchurch and surrounding beaches. It is a small and friendly site. We live is Bristol where the pace of life is very fast, going to the New Forest for a break is lovely and easy for us to get to, no motorway and it takes maximum of 2 hours. We work very hard while at home John runs a butchery department in a farm shop and I work for City of Bristol College. We just like peace and quiet with nice walks, good food and company while we are away.

What makes this chalet unique

Total peace and quiet.

We now have grandchildren, who just love the chalet as much as we do. My young grandson calls it the shadow, he could not pronounce chalet when tiny and the shadow has always stuck.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at the chalet in August 2009. It was myself husband and elderly Father. The chalet is well equipped, clean and inviting. We had a wonderful 3 days round and about the area which is so beautiful. Hopefully be there again next year. Lin and Graham Riches Bristol.

Lovely time spent at this chalet with our 2 young children. Chalet well equipped, home from home really. Site quiet but friendly people living on site.

We hope to return again from Mr and Mrs Mark Norcott Luton 2014
Jan 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Christchurch in Saint Leonards and St. Ives

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with double electric shower unit, toilet and washbasin. Heated towel rail.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 double bedrooms with double beds, wardrobe and bedside cabinets. The main bedroom opens onto the patio. Third bedroom with a small double bed. This is being changed to bunks summer 2015.
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We have electric central heating newly installed (2015). Hot water is from the immersion tank. The area is very quiet with lovely walks, you do not need to take the car out if you don't want to, you are really in the middle of the new forest. Christchurch is 10 minute drive away. Local shop is 5 minutes and is open quite late. You can walk to the ski slope where you can have a meal or just a drink. Outside: Private fenced gardens with patio, large garden patio set sits 6, barbeque. All kept in a locked shed. Heated shared pool on site. There are about 15 units on site at present. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We supply bedlinen and the property will be cleaned for your arrival. Own towels required.


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Chalet on small peaceful site with shared heated outdoor pool.
average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews

Real Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely chalet and site. Everything you need and in easy striking distanve for Bournemouth and Christchurch - thank you very much.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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a home from home

  • 4 of 5

chalet was more than i expected it to be!! plenty of space and provisions supplied. clean and tidy, felt very comfortable to stay in that we did not want to leave!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments so glad you enjoyed my dream.
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A most enjoyable stay.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, clean chalet. We shall definitely be coming back again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely home from home weekend stay.

  • 5 of 5

We went here Bank Holiday weekend at the beginning of May this year and it was everything we exprected it to be. Great location for the surrounding area and very quiet. Really was a home from

home. Would definately go back. L BAKER

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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It is nice chalet. My little family enjoyed our stay. Only the cooker and extractor fan need renew.

  • 4 of 5

It was very nice holiday. We enjoyed it very much. Only the cooker and extractor fan not work properly and the electric meter is on £1 coins which goes very fast for just normal use.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your stay. We have done a lot of renovation at the chalet. The cooker is fully workable but are looking to replace at sometime. Your visit was in February so it is quite cold and the heating needs to be on more. In warmer times of the year the heaters are not used.
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Wonderful chalet

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was clean and had some lovely personal touches which showed it was more than just a rental, a great place to relax. There was plenty of space for the four of us. Pauline was quick to reply to emails and texts.The chalet is an ideal base for visiting the area.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


By car we are 10 minutes from Mudiford, Christchurch and about 15 minutes from Southborne with wonderful golden clean sand. Facilities for food etc are there and lifeguards. Bournemouth beaches are another 5 minutes up the coast. The New Forest is a gem, ponies and cows roam free. Plenty of picnic areas. Bike hiring from within the New Forest. Lots of country pubs serving excellent food.


We are 5 minutes from Bournemouth Airport. In fact you can go to the airport entrance in Matchams Lane and have a coffee in the flying club and watch the planes come in. We recommend transport.


5 minutes by car to local shop. Historical Christchurch is 10 minutes in the car.

Further Details:

Nice food is served at the dry ski slopes which is within walking distance, it is very reasonably priced. Also at the flying club restaurant in Hurn lane which is a bit further and we recommend you drive to it. Their are a number of small villages nearby with some lovely country pubs with nice gardens and serving reasonable priced food. Their is so much to do around the New Forest ranging from walks, beaches and plenty of activity type things for children to do. eg Ski slopes, go karting, farms to visit, Alice in wonderland maze etc;


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Christchurch, Hampshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Jun 2018 - 16 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
school summer holiday
17 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact me for availability. £50 deposit for each week booked, balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. At the time of final payment we require a £100 housekeeping deposit for any damages etc. This will not be cashed. Providing the chalet has been left clean with no breakages it will be shredded after your departure.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible on changeover. Arrival would be from 2.00pm and departure by 10.00am.
Most people like to change over on a Saturday but we can be flexible according to bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Longer lets available on request, at negotiable rates. Minimum of 2 night stay price on request.
The prices do not include electricity. We have a £1.00 coin meter fitted which works out about £1.00-£2.00 per day depending on season and amount of people in the chalet. Please have some £1.00 coins available when you arrive.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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