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Woodland Hideaway - Accessible Acc -5 Miles beach, New Forest, Jurassic Coast

Bedrooms 4
Space 15,715 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Chalet in Ferndown, Nr. Bournemouth, Dorset, England - Stunning Views of Local Countryside

Nature’s lover’s secret hideaway, Birchcroft nestles at the end of a winding lane, surrounded by rhododendron bushes in over an acre of land, enjoying walks into the local woodland. This beautiful chalet bungalow offers ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms and is large enough for 2 families. All rooms are of a good size with a particularly large lounge. Step onto the ample terrace and enjoy breathtaking views of the local landscape with Dorset lakes in the distance. Wild life including deer, foxes, rabbits and many species of birds are often seen in the garden. For the children there is a large rear garden laid to lawn but the boundaries are unsecured and lead directly into 19 acres of woodland. This year we have converted the summerhouse to a playhouse with toy kitchen, table and chairs, play food, toy cars and safety dartboard. Though secluded, Birchcroft is only 5 miles from Bournemouth beaches and all the town’s facilities, has an ample supply of excellent pubs and restaurants in walking distance, as well as many well known golf courses (Parkstone, Ferndown, Isle of Purbeck). 4 star rating. Accessibility Accommodation with M2 mobility rating, H1 hearing rating with TV and loop system as well as V1 visual rating.

Member since: 2010
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Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2018

About HolidayInDorset

I live locally and so can easily be available for advice on local amenities, restaurants, pubs, etc. If problems arise I can sort them out for you - from doctors to garages to plumbers or baby sitters. Nothing is too much trouble - just ring me on my mobile. I am married with 4 children and was born and bred in Bournemouth. I am a member of Bournemouth Tangent No1, the wife of a former member of Round Table and a member of Bournemouth North Rotary. I ensure that my holiday homes are of the standard that I would require should I be staying there, in fact Birchcroft was my family home and Amelia House was my grandfather's house. Our beach hut has been in the family for nearly 30 years, though it has been renewed I hasten to add. Leslie House is a new acquisition and we have totally re-vamped it, adding en-suites to each bedroom.

HolidayInDorset purchased this cottage in 1960

Why HolidayInDorset chose Ferndown

Birchcroft was built by my father in 1968 and has always been owned by a member of my family. I took it over in about 2000 and looked after it for my mother who still lived in it aged 94! After her death I renovated the property and it looks as you see it today. We are now in our 12th season and have several return guests each year. With its stunning views and woodland setting, it is the ideal place to relax though the bustling centre of Bournemouth with its golden beaches is only 5 miles away.

What makes this cottage unique

Last year we made several alterations which have allowed us to gain our accessibility awards from Visit Britain - M1, M2, H1 and V1. This allows us to open for occasional use wheelchair guests and those with hard of hearing problems as well as visual problems. We have installed an audio loop system, a personal alarm, grab rails, ramp and rails, strobe fire alarm as well as the usual wetroom facilities. This property is now ideal for families who like to take elderly relatives or disabled guests on holiday with them.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great few days. Lovely setting and kids had a great time in the garden and woods, as weather was cold but dry. House was very good – loved the log fire!! Would definitely recommend and come again. Feb 09. Date: May 21, 2010. Review by - Marion, Peter, Rosaline & Newy. We had a wonderful second visit. The house is extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean with all the comforts of home and the grounds that the house stands on have to be seen to be believed. The wild life and scenery is breathtaking. The land is teeming with rabbits, squirrels, foxes and many varieties of bird life. The Birchcroft TV was utterly amazing and we felt humbled in being able to watch the baby Blue Tits in their nest with both parents popping in and out but especially the Mother who was kept busy all day long and snuggling down with her babies at night. We made the most of the veranda where we could relax all day long. Mrs Hall and her team were only a phone call away for help or advice."
May 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ferndown in Ferndown Town

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 15715 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Power shower
    Shower room 1 - en suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to Bedroom 2 with power shower
    Shower room 2 - wet room ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Level entry, wheeled shower stool, grab rails, low mirror
    Shower room 3 - first floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , For use of bedrooms 3 and 4
  • Family bathroom with shower bath (power shower), WC and basin - g/floor. En-suite to bedroom 2 with shower (power shower), WC and basin - g/floor. Wet room with walk-in electric shower, WC and basin. G/floor with M2 accessibility. 1st flr shower and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8+ 2 Babies in cots (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, stunning views - g/floor with M2 accessibility. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, en-suite - g/floor and electric bed Bedroom 3 with double bed, full size cot - 1st floor. Bedroom 4 with twin beds - 1st floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
No smoking and No pets. It is very suitable for children and especially suited to accommodating large families with 3 generations. We pride ourselves on our re-cycling and ask for your help with this. Outside: Beautiful woodland garden with the large back lawn. Terrace has magnificent views of the local countryside and Dorset Lakes, as well as lovely sunsets. Birchcroft sits at the end of a winding lane amidst lovely rhododendrons. A playhouse and BBQ can be used by guests. If you walk through the beautiful gardens, you can enter the adjacent East Dorset maintained woodlands where there are lovely walks. One of these walks takes you to a children friendly pub called "The Angel" - just don't forget the torch for the return journey! Utility Room: Washer/drier in kitchen. Drying rack in Wetroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and beds are made up on arrival. Cot linen is not provided. The property is thoroughly cleaned at each changeover. Welcome pack on arrival. A Starter pack of Wood is available for the open fire during winter months. Other: Hall has large storage cupboard with safe. The property has a full alarm system, smoke alarms, personal alarm for the elderly, strobe alarm for the hard of hearing, and emergency lighting system. Visit Britain rated 4 Star with M1, M2, H1, V1 and WiFi


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Woodland Hideaway - Accessible Acc -5 Miles beach, New Forest, Jurassic Coast
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Lovely stay in a lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay in this property. Very comfortable accommodation, everything necessary for a great stay, including children's plates, cups etc. Well stocked with helpful books, maps etc. The grandchildren really enjoyed the summerhouse and the play kitchen equipment and play food, also the set of cars. The large garden was enjoyed by all, our grandson thought it was amazing. Enjoyed the wildlife that came into the garden, rabbits, squirrels, woodpeckers, finches and wrens. Also a good location, lovely views and a short drive to the beaches at Bournemouth, Boscombe and Poole. A big thank you to Sonia for all her help in making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rosemary Many, many thanks for all your lovely comments. We had only just converted the summer house for the children to use and we are so pleased that it works and they really enjoyed it. New curtains in the lounge and bedrooms are on order and will be fitted later this year. We look forward to welcoming you back at some time in the future and would like to tell you that return guests booking direct with us get a 5% reduction on the current price. Regards Sonia, owner
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A lovely weekend

  • 4 of 5

8 of us had a lovely stay in this well equipped cottage. It had been beautifully decorated for Christmas, and a very thoughtful welcome pack.

Stairs can be a bit tricky.

Overall would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. We are very aware of the pedal stairs and put a picture on the website. Unfortunately we need planning permission before we can change anything and we are looking into this problem. It is on our future project list but of course we do still have 2 downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. Glad you enjoyed the decorations and welcome pack. If you do come back please remember that return visitors get a 5% discount if booked direct with us. Regards Sonia
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Lovely property well equipped. Great location

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely weekend stay. Great location for walks .

Owners very friendly and helpful

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We enjoyed our stay very much. Everything we needed was there. .

  • 4 of 5

The house was very comfortable and the garden with the wildlife was appreciated by both adults and children Everything we wanted was provided. Our only problem was the very steep and narrow staircase and also the problem with the shower.

However we were extremely grateful for your extra help with the cake.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful House made a wonderful xmas

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and beautiful surroundings. Firstly the grounds are big and there is so much wildlife to watch. The house itself is spacious and well equipped with everything you need. My family and I spent a wonderful Christmas here and Sonia the owner decorated the house beautifully with all Christmas decorations. We had a wonderful two weeks and did not want to leave. I would recommend this place to stay at any time of the year. It's so peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We booked Birchcroft for a weekend break with friends and found it to be comfortable and well equipped. It was an ideal house to stay in with children - they loved the TVs in their rooms and the huge garden. The house, and inparticular the kitchen, was well equipped - with everything we needed for a relaxing break. A welcome pack of goodies was waiting for us and there was milk in the fridge for a much needed cup of tea when we arrived. The beds were comfortable and the towels and linen were good quality. The location is great - we explored Christchurch and Hengisbury Head during the weekend.

A great place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah. I am so glad that we ensured that you had a happy and memorable weekend break. Do hope we see you again soon. Sonia Hall [owner of Birchcroft]
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Special interest holidays:

Golfing weekends can be arranged.


Bournemouth's 7 miles of golden beaches are only 5 miles away. Our Beach Hut can be hired at Southbourne beach.


Bournemouth International Airport - 2.5 miles.

Bournemouth Central Railway Station - 5 miles.

M27 motorway - 18 miles.

Bournemouth Coach interchange - 5 miles.


Nearest village shop - 1/2 mile.

Nearest pubs - 1/2 mile to 1 mile in each direction - total 4.

Nearest supermarket - Tesco at Ferndown - about 2 miles.

Nearest petrol - Tesco.

Adventure Wonderland Hurn - 2 miles away.

Local Farm shop - 1.5 miles.

Further Details:

Tesco supermarket is approx 2 miles away and you can order on line to have items delivered. Haskins Garden Centre and Hobby Craft Centre are 1/2 mile away with restaurant, coffee shops, gifts and lovely Christmas decorations. You can walk through the woods to the Angel Pub for lovely meals [children friendly]. Ferndown [2 miles] has banks, pubs, food shops, clothing shops, Chinese and Italian restaurants and take-aways. It also has doctors and dentists if needed. Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals are approx 7 and 5 miles away.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Bookings, taken via email or phone, require a 50% deposit payable within 7 days. The balance payment is due 2 months prior to the start of your holiday along with a damage deposit cheque for £200.This is returnable if no damage is reported. Payments may be made by cheque, bank transfer, or credit and debit cards. Credit/debit cards are used via PayPay but an admin fee of 4% per transaction is payable. International bank transfers incur an additional fee of £20.

Changeover Day:
Friday is changeover day. In high season only weekly bookings are taken. November to end of March, weekends and mid-week breaks are available at special rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.