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The Well House

Southbourne, Dorset (Ref. 1061828)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a fantastic week at The Well House, over Christmas."

    Lovely to have the family all together. Location is perfect with walks into Christchurch along the river and not far from the beach. House had everything that we wanted and communication with the owners was fantastic, before during and after our stay. Garden is beautiful and we enjoyed feeding the fish. Lots of wonderful memories made in the beautiful dining room with all of us around the large table.

    Reviewed by DebbieDec 2021

  • "There were 10 of us (3 generations and 3 households with 4 children aged 3-7)."

    We had a lovely holiday but the house would probably be better suited to older children or adult guests and only 2 households. This is because there are only 2 toilets upstairs - 1 in the en-suite to the main bedroom and a separate toilet to be shared by the other 4 bedrooms (the en-suite shower is just that, with no toilet, which we did not realise at time of booking and there is no toilet in the family bathroom).The kitchen is also quite small for a house of this size and the old fashioned range cooker difficult to use to begin with. As will be obvious from the photos all furnishings are pale colours which is also a bit tension provoking with small children! However, there are lots of seating areas and they loved running round the large garden. The house is in a lovely location with a nice walk to the harbour and the Riverside Inn where we ate twice with the children. There are miles of lovely beaches within a very short easy drive and lots of places to visit nearby including Adventure Wonderland which was good enough entertainment for a morning for the 2 older children. Would definitely recommend and others don’t seem to have been affected by the issues we raise above.

    Reviewed by RosaAug 2021

  • "Accommodation was above and beyond expectation,the garden and property outstanding, location was ideal for exploring local sites."

    Our family of 4 generations thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by IanAug 2021

  • "Beautiful house, great location."

    Owners were great communications and nothing too much trouble.

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2021

  • "The Well House is a wonderful place for a family get together."

    Plenty of space with comfortable furniture and beds and extremely well equipped. The surrounding areas offer plenty of great walks , beaches and restaurants. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2021

  • "The garden was lovely and it is a beautiful family home."

    It is a Grade II listed property so some of the utilities are a little awkwardly placed and the upstairs bathroom could do with some updating but that is not really major. The WiFi is the problem that impacted on the holiday - really intermittent and frustrating.

    Reviewed by IrfanJun 2021

  • "Very nice house."

    Immediately next door to lots of really nice Hengistbury Head walks.

    Reviewed by IainJun 2021

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower room, 1 x king size with sink, 1 x double, 1 x bunk beds
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and separate WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open log fire
  • Sitting room
  • Garden room
  • Hallway with seating area and woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric/gas double oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Extensive gardens with patio seating area, BBQ, pond and lawn
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar

The property

Set in half an acre of idyllic gardens a short stroll to miles of magnificent sandy beaches, The Well House is a detached, Grade II listed property in Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, ideal for a large family or group gathering on the South coast.

This is an outstanding, impossible to beat location, with award-winning beaches, a nature reserve and historic town right on the doorstep.

Just 100m away, the River Stour has a convenient public slipway from which you can launch SUPs, kayaks and boats quickly and easily on foot.

Bournemouth’s Blue Flag beaches are a ten minute walk, or cycle to the pretty pastel beach huts and the popular Beach House restaurant at Mudeford Spit, a beautiful 15 minute off road journey through the 350 acre Hengistbury Head nature reserve to which The Well House lies directly adjacent.

Hop on the Wick Ferry to the glamorous Captains Club Hotel and Restaurant for an afternoon cocktail on the terrace, then walk along the river to the historic market town of Christchurch, which is bustling with boutiques, chic riverside restaurants and cafes.

Or, take the larger vintage ferry to Mudeford Harbour where daily boats bring in the freshest of local seafood.

A 20 minute drive East takes you to the picturesque New Forest, while 20 minutes West and beyond are the golden dunes and first class dining at Sandbanks and charming Purbeck villages such as the ancient Corfe Castle.

When you’ve had your fill of Nature’s Paradise, The Well House is a wonderful retreat, with ample parking available on the driveway for up to five cars with an extendable hose to wash down SUPs, boards and kayaks.

A highlight of the house is its stunning enclosed gardens which extend to half an acre, with its own pond, large lawn, BBQ and patio area with seating, so you can enjoy sitting out in the sunshine with a morning coffee and the children can run around freely and enjoy kicking a ball around the huge lawn.

Head inside the property and hang up your coat in the porch, before stepping into the grand hallway, with traditional wooden beams on the ceiling and a seating area, placed around a welcoming wood-burning stove.

From here, you will discover a spacious, elegant sitting room with plenty of seating for everyone, and with the open log fire, it's the perfect spot to curl up on the sofa with a good book, play games or watch your favourite shows on the TV.

A second sitting room with an inviting sofa and armchair, leads on from the kitchen and offers an alternative spot to relax in, ideal for younger members of the family to make a space of their own.

The garden room offers an additional seating area, overlooking the lawns, a tranquil spot to kick back.

The kitchen is well-equipped with granite worktops and integrated appliances to allow you to cook incredible meals, to be enjoyed in the spacious dining room which seats ten.

Or, if you just want a quick snack, you can sit at the breakfast bar which can be easily turned around to seat six.

There is utility area next to the kitchen with its own entrance, ideal for taking off wet, sandy clothes and shoes after morning river activities and afternoons on the beach.

Upstairs are five spacious bedrooms; an extensive master bedroom with super-king- size bed and en-suite bath and separate shower, a large double with king size bed and sink, two further double bedrooms, one of which offers an en-suite shower and basin, along with a bunk bedroom, served by the family bathroom which offers a shower over bath.

Southbourne, the nearest town, offers a range of independent shops and boutiques, along with a Post Office, gift shops and cafés.

While just across the River Stour is Christchurch, with charming shops and excellent restaurants, 11th century castle ruins, and a pretty quayside that's perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Southbourne Beach, a 10 minute walk, is a stunning, Blue Flag sandy beach that is popular with families but quieter than the bustling beaches of Bournemouth.

Mudeford Spit makes an excellent alternative, with its breath-taking golden sand beach and colourful huts.

Visit the excitement of Bournemouth, with miles of sandy beaches, along with a pier, boat trips and stunning gardens, it will keep the whole family entertained for the day.

Further afield is Poole and its magnificent harbour, along with Brownsea Island, Weymouth and Swanage, while the New Forest is fantastic for walkers and cyclists wanting to discover woodlands, wild open moors and dramatic cliff tops.

The Well House offers so much for the whole family to see and do, right from the doorstep, making it an unforgettable holiday on the South coast.

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About the location


Bournemouth 3 miles.

Southbourne is a suburb of Bournemouth with its own sandy beach and local facilities, only a short drive from Bournemouth centre. It’s a pleasant place to find independent shops and boutiques along with a Post Office, gift shops and cafes. The Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway, is a funicular railway which links the coastal road with the promenade and beach area. Nearby Bournemouth offers something for everyone all year round. With seven miles of golden, award-winning Blue Flag beaches, there are all kinds of watersports, boat trips and stunning gardens to keep you busy during the day. Or, why not explore the town’s bustling shopping centre, which offers a large selection of curiosity and specialist shops. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with the entertainment on offer during the evening, with a vast array of restaurants catering for all budgets, lively clubs, bars and cinemas, as well as excellent shows and world-class events at both The Bournemouth International Centre and The Pavilion Theatre.

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Note: No stag/hen or similar