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Branksome Wood House

Poole, Dorset (Ref. 935204)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely love our holiday beautiful house and garden , would definitely go bk again"

    Reviewed by JeffreyAug 2021

  • "Very rarely does a place look better than the photos."

    ...but this does! The house is immaculate and the setting stunning. The backdrop of the trees gives a real sense of seclusion and the beautiful garden has many different areas to explore and relax. The pool area is incredibly well equipped and the sofa area with bar to hand made for relaxing evening get togethers. The kitchen has all you would need and the table looking out onto the garden provides for easy family dining whatever the weather. In every respect this house provided for a perfect family holiday.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2021

  • "Considering the price paid for this holiday, we expected the house to be spotless but unfortunately this was not the case."

    Some areas of the house were dusty and had cobwebs. The master bed was quite uncomfortable. The dishwasher required rinse aid after one wash so we had to purchase this. A number of items of crockery also had to be washed before being used. It’s a shame these things let them down as the house and location is perfect.

    Reviewed by NatalieSep 2020

  • "Lovely house."

    Reviewed by AshleySep 2020

  • "Freak storm house had a few leaks"

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2020

  • "Lovely house, great for a family get together."

    Children (&adults) loved the pool.

    Reviewed by ElsieDec 2019

  • "Just returned from spending Christmas at this fantastic property, The house was spotlessly clean, the swimming pool, hot tub and sauna were amazing."

    The grounds are gorgeous. It’s the perfect holiday retreat and I thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by MarilynDec 2019

  • "The house was amazing and overall we had a Fantastic time it was just a shame that some bits let it down."

    The AGA was not on, it stated when we got there they don’t put on until end of Nov, this wasn’t stated on website. A 2 slice toaster for 10 people is not great Only 4 Robes was a shame Hoover wasn’t working Tap in double bedroom was loose (the one with bath) Water in the sink of the single room wouldn’t drain The main issue was the heating in the bedrooms wasn’t working, which wasn’t great when it was minus 2 one night, the heated towel rails worked in some bedrooms but two of them didn’t have a heated towel rail, so three bedrooms were extremely cold. We did try increasing the temperature via the thermostat but it didn’t work.

    Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, it is heartening to receive so many positive reviews it really does mean the world to us Branksome Wood House is over 6000 sq ft and takes quite a lot to maintain, even changing light bulbs can take a considerable amount of time. We try really hard to make sure everything is in order for your arrival. Occasionally we get it wrong and when we do, we like to hear about it immediately and be given the opportunity to put it right. We now have a private rubbish collection, more drinking glasses, a 4 slice toaster, constant 28C heated pool, knife sharpener, increased lighting in the swimming pool area, ground floor heated to 23 and first floor heated to 22 in the autumn/winter months. So we really do listen and try where ever possible to act on your requests. We look forward to welcoming new guests and old to our much loved family home Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2019

  • "We booked this house to celebrate an 80th birthday party with all the family."

    We all enjoyed the facilities and the social spaces. The house was great to get to the beach and the town either by car or walking The one problem we had was resolved within 30 minutes, with quick and effective communication. Would thoroughly recommend booking this property.

    Reviewed by KatieNov 2019

  • "Absolutely fantastic holiday home."

    The whole family enjoyed it immensely. Just perfect

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2019

  • "For a place able to take 10 people there was a shortage of mugs which given the ample amount of all crockery was a shame."

    Maybe some more side tables on which to stand things like drinks would have been useful. We had an issue with the water heating on the first two days in that temperature was tepid. However a call to the care-taking agency resulted in the visit from an engineer who simply adjusted the boiler temperature - why had it been turned down ? On the positive side we enjoyed the pool and hot tub and sauna.The garden was secluded and attractive, the smart televisions allowed us to enjoy our traditional family music night and have access to U-tube etc. The rooms were all airy and light and well equipped. No-one complained about the beds. We didn't tackle the AGA but other cooking facilities and equipment were very good. However, a two slice toaster for 9 people ?? Overall a good choice on our part.

    Reviewed by FrancisAug 2019

  • "The house it self was nice just a lot of things didnt work properly ."

    Toaster,food disposal ,tumble dryer was broke no washing line also the fridge in the bar didnt work properly not cold .Also outside barbecue gas bottle was empty i think the money we paid we feel let down .

    Reviewed by DannyAug 2019

  • "We all really enjoyed our holiday."

    The house was lovely very spacious and comfortable it was nice that all bedrooms had an ensuite bathroom. The kitchen was well equipt and the pool area was lovely. The swimming pool and hot tub were well used. The garden was also lovely, well maintained and large with plenty of space for parking. We would love to return at a future date.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Branksome Wood House."

    On arrival there was a burglar alarm - which we weren't aware of and it took a while to switch off - but Sykes were really helpful and they said they would update the house information for new guests. It is in a great location within the woods and you can take a lovely walk down to the beach and within easy reach of Westbourne for restaurants. The house was comfortable. The pool was heated but when tested was 24C to 26C rather than 28C so although the children made good use of the pool, the adults not so much! However, there was a hot tub which was very nice. The mattresses were quite soft for our liking and we changed rooms but they were also soft. There was extensive lighting throughout the house and beautiful gardens but lots of switches in not quite obvious places. The electrics tripped a few times too. The gardeners came mid week (a warning would have been good and they should have buzzed at the gates, not just let themselves in) and the pool maintenance people came early on the last morning (although we asked the to come back as the children wanted a final swim, again why not buzz to request entry). Overall would recommend.

    Reviewed by LucyMar 2019

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The property

This architect-designed detached house is set on a private road within Poole, centred around one acre of gated gardens.

Comprising an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and pizza oven, this is the perfect social environment to share with your loved ones.

The accommodation introduces a study on the ground floor, a beautiful sitting room with a woodburning stove and sliding doors too.

You will be equally impressed by the fabulous kitchen and its AGA cooker, all well-appointed for full height windows which welcome the natural light inside.

Gather in the dining room after the sun sets, an opportunity to discuss those up and coming adventures or reflect on the day's highlights so far.

Perfect for accommodating 10 guests, this one-of-a-kind house in itself creates a hotel experience, with five en-suite bedrooms.

Zip/link options provide all the flexibility a family could need, and the luxury furnishings have been thoughtfully presented, with exceptional attention to detail.

The hallway looks out onto the pool area, uplifted by the warmth of the woodburning stove creating the hub of this fabulous house with a bar area, changing room, sauna and separate wash room/utility.

Just a 15-minute walk leads to Branksome Chine which is a fantastic sandy beach on the edge of Sandbanks/Poole/Bournemouth.

Find Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell began the Scout Movement.

To the west is the 'Isle of Purbeck', which offers visitors scenic countryside, dotted with quaint villages and seascapes, plus Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Corfe Castle are well worth a visit.

The local beaches at Sandbanks boast facilities for all kinds of watersports.

If you fancy a spot of shopping head to Westbourne where you can visit the best Fish & Chips shop Chez Fred, The Plantation, The Cliff and the Rick Stein restaurant.

Petit Prince offers the best coffee and cakes for that light snack.

Alternatively, visit the neighbouring family friendly seaside resort of Bournemouth which is 1.8 miles or Sandbanks which is 5 miles away.

A special retreat for any occasion.


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x master kingsize with en-suite bath, handheld shower, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite roll-top bath, handheld shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, with en-suite wet room, 1 x twin, with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bath, power shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric wood burner and patio doors leading onto the grounds of the property
  • Study with well stocked library
  • Leisure room with indoor swimming pool, electric wood burner and sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with electric woodburners
  • AGA gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TVs with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • 1 acre of gated gardens, with hot tub, pizza oven, table and chairs
  • Heated indoor pool and leisure area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Swimming pool towels also provided
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Sandbanks 5 miles; Bournemouth 5.3 miles.

The town of Poole is dominated by one of the world's biggest natural harbours, which features five pine clad islands and regular boat trips. The largest of these islands is Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell began the Scout Movement. To the west is the 'Isle of Purbeck', which offers visitors scenic countryside, dotted with quaint villages and stunning seascapes, plus Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Corfe Castle are well worth a visit. The local beaches at Sandbanks provide excellent facilities for all kinds of watersports. Alternatively, visit the neighbouring family friendly seaside resort of Bournemouth and within driving distance is the fascinating New Forest National Park. An excellent holiday destination at any time of the year.

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