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Mary Bowes Terrace

(Ref. 1125968)

Southbourne, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • stay (8)
  • clean (8)
  • location (7)
  • well (6)
  • owner (6)
  • great (5)

13 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great stay and our minor difficulties (power short due to toaster and working out how the heating worked) were sorted very quickly by a responsive owner (thank you!"

    ) Having easy access to car park via patio door was a real bonus for my octogenarian parents too. Location was excellent - we visited Poole (highly recommend the pub for fish lunch), Christchurch, Wimborne, Ringwood etc - all within short drives. If I can make a positive observation, I think a few more instructions in the “manual” would be a good addition. Especially relating to heating (manual/automatic settings etc), TV (we struggled to get terrestrial Live TV, but eventually found ITV via ITVX), recycling eg glass? What to do ref linen - ie strip beds or not?

    Reviewed by Yvette5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely apartment, nicely furnished and decorated."

    Felt very clean and comfortable and the little added extras were very thoughtful. Fab location to beach and also high street is a walkable distance for shopping, eating etc. would definitely stay here again.

    Really pleased you’ve enjoyed your stay Look forward to seeing you again soon Julie warren. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2024

  • "We have had a great time at Mary Bowes, Southbourne."

    As we love walking its in such an ideal place right by the coastal path to Boscombe, Bournemouth and Sandbanks, also close to a very good bus route to Poole and Christchurch. The weather was lovely although the temperatures were very low but the home had a lovely heating system and we were never cold. Will definitely go back again.

    Thankyou for your feedback, so glad you were warm considering the minus temperatures we have had Also Thankyou for leaving the flat so clean when you left, hopefully see you again soon. Julie warren Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cynthia4.7Jan 2024

  • "It was a lovely place to stay, the two weeks we spent there was worth it."

    Close proximity to the sea. I could have given 5 stars if only the accommodation had laundry machine and tumble dryer, which I think the owner should look into. Other than this, it's an amazing holiday home, very clean and well maintained.

    Reviewed by Franklin4.7Nov 2023

  • "Hi property great but the tv control was a nightmare and we couldn't find any ..."

    Hi property great but the tv control was a nightmare and we couldn't find any instructions so we spent most of the evenings on youtube trying to work it out we phoned the owner on the first night about it but didn't get anwer and was cut off

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Sep 2023

  • "Great apartment - we appreciated all the little extras and the marine-related artwork/décor everywhere."

    Very clean. Good location near to beach and town and being able to park in a dedicated parking bay right in front and unload/load our luggage through the sliding door was great. Thank you. (NB: TV remote - the volume button can be pushed up and down as well as pressed in ;-) )

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property is situated in an excellent location, minutes away from the sea and sand."

    And having a designated parking facility was a great help. We felt the owner has put a lot of thought into what makes a good holiday home, especially for a family. - Upon arrival, we found a welcome gift which was so touching. - Very clean and spacious place. - Comfortable beds with plenty of storage space in the bedrooms. - The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of utensils and saucepans. We were pleasantly surprised to also see the provision of plastic cups and bowls for young children to use. - The dishwasher was a lifesaver with 2 children to look after. (From past holidays we knew that things like toilet rolls, kitchen rolls and bin bags are provided to cover for a couple of days, then it is the guest’s responsibility to buy more. So we were prepared for that). - Many extras were provided during our stay: Beach towels (in addition to the towels in the rooms), Family board games (which we really looked forward to in the evenings) Bucket and spade (which my son was delighted with). Foldable clothes airer - Loved the different pieces of art works around the property; the wall hangings and seaside models. - Very good wifi, although phone signal can be weak depending on the network provider so used Whatsapp to make most of our calls. - We think this property makes use of a system boiler with a tank. So while the water pressure is amazing, once the amount of hot water runs out from the tank, you will have to wait for the boiler to heat more. We found that a full tank was sufficient for 2 adults and 2 children to take a shower one after another, but not when someone takes a bath. Whilst this property is not advertised for disabled people, we just wanted to add that we have a daughter who is completely reliant on her wheelchair. Because the property was on the ground floor with the patio door opening to the front, it made things much easier when bringing her in and out of the property. Also, the sofa was large enough for us to keep her comfortably seated in one corner with plenty of cushions to support her. And the carpet was a very good size to give her body a good stretch and exercises. There is the Fisherman’s Walking path which takes you to the sand area. It took us about 8 minutes walking to get there. And whilst the path is wheelchair accessible, the route back can be quite steep to push a wheelchair so we would recommend using the Fisherman’s Walk Cliff Lift which is open till about 5pm. If you want a wheelchair person to enjoy more of the beach, then we recommend traveling to Boscombe Pier. There you will find a Mobi mat installed on the sand (on Undercliff Drive close to the roundabout), which allows the wheelchair person to get closer to the sea but still being on the sand. And if they want to be in the actual water, then you can hire a beach wheelchair from the Boscombe Seafront Office. Recommendations: - To have details of the nearest laundry in the guest book. We use google to search for everything but for those who may not have a smartphone would benefit from this information. - Another clothes airer for the other bedroom would be really nice. - The only thing that was a bit awkward in the property was the bathroom basin. It is a really spacious bathroom, so we were surprised at the very narrow basin. It is sufficient for washing hands but not washing the face. We think this was probably something installed by the developer across all the flats in the block rather than the individual owners. A slightly bigger basin would make it brilliant.

    Reviewed by Minati4.7Aug 2023

  • "More than expected on arrival."

    Coffee, milk, bread etc. very clean. Welcoming. ++++

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2023

  • "Without question, this was the best place we have stayed in through Sykes."

    On entering we had a massive surprise, it all looked and smelt delightful. Fantastic location, beautiful gifts left for us and a first class property. Just one small and easily rectifiable comment: please supply more coat hangers in future! That would make this beautiful apartment 109% instead of 99%!!!

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Jul 2023

  • "The property was absolutely spotless and had everything needed for our stay."

    The welcome pack was a pleasant surprise as we're the thoughtful extras such as picnic basket and beach towels and boards. It's location and access to public transport was a bonus. The location in a quiet suburban street made for a restful stay. Perfect

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2023

  • "A fabulous flat."

    Very clean and well equipped. We would have preferred a washing machine though, rather than a dishwasher. When we had a problem with the electrics, the owner came round and the problem was solved very quickly and efficiently. The extra touches were very well thought out and a welcome addition. Will definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely flat."

    Very convenient base. Very close to beach. Flat was very clean. with everything needed for comfortable stay. A washing machine was listed, but found unplumbed dishwasher instead. Although owner apologised. Access to outside bins would have been helpful as well as inside bin marked for recycling. Very kind and thoughtful extra touches included like home made bread and jam, prosecco and beach accessories to borrow.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Mary Bowes Terrace."

    Brilliant location from which to explore the miles of Coastline on its doorstep and the New Forest. The apartment was clean, well equipped and the welcome touches were really appreciated. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Gareth4.7Apr 2023

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  • Ground-floor accessible apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be a super-king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV ( TV channels accessed via the apps available), Superfast WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Designated parking for 1 car
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Stictly no smoking in or at the entrances to the property
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.1 mile
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250
  • Note: Shared storage available for surf boards and equipment.

The property

A brand new, contemporary, ground-floor apartment and surfer's paradise, sits a literal stone's throw from the beach in the vibrant seaside town of Southbourne.

Enjoying a close situation to Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole, Mary Bowes Terrace offers an excellent escape for up to four guests.

Upon arrival you are greeted by a designated parking space directly outside the front door, so you can easily unload your belongings and take advantage of the convenient shared storage room which is just perfect for storing those surf boards.

Step into the open-plan living space, uplifted by natural lighting from the sliding doors, this is the social hub of the home where all can gather and reflect on the day's events.

Cross over to the kitchen, where you can switch the hob on and get to work on a hearty dish, serving the fruits of your labour at the dining table.

After a filling supper, collapse on the sofa and decide on a film to watch on the 4k Smart TV.

The bedrooms include a double and a twin with zip/link beds for added flexibility.

Awaken from a leisurely slumber and start the morning with a refreshing rinse in the bathroom, before heading to a nearby convenience store and grabbing the essentials for a hearty breakfast.

Remember to pack your beach bag as just 100 yards away lies seven miles of award-winning, family-friendly Blue Flag Beaches, offering all kinds of watersports including paddleboarding, kayaking and surfing.

Southbourne is a vibrant costal town, packed with eateries, bars and essential convenience stores for all of your needs.

Mary Bowes terrace is just a short walk from the busy high street, whilst maintaining easy access to the main roads to Bournemouth and further west along the Jurassic coast.

This southern gem is also accessible to the South Western railway line from central London at Pokesdown station, a simple drive from Mary Bowes Terrace.

Southbourne beach is easily accessible, just a short walk from the property.

Before you head down, the over cliff boasts a luxurious bird's eye view of 7 miles of beautiful coast line.

A little further East, Boscombe Pier is the perfect vantage point for watching surfers, partaking in your own water sports or grabbing a bite and a drink from a choice of high quality bars and restaurants on the sea front.

Christchurch is another historic town to visit with award-winning beaches, coastal nature reserve and heritage attractions including Christchurch Castle ruins and Christchurch Priory.

The New Forest is well within a driving distance (10-15 mins) as well as the prestigious Lulworth cove and Durdle door a slightly further stretch (45-60 mins).

Arguably the finest attractions on the Jurassic coast!

The city of Bournemouth can’t be missed, home to a great nightlife scene with many bars, comedy clubs, theatres, casinos and plenty of spots to catch live music.

Box off the attractions of this seaside location with a stay at Mary Bowes Terrace.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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