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Bayview Cottage

(Ref. 1122910)

Southbourne, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • beach (7)
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13 Customer Reviews

  • "Our second holiday at Bayview ."

    This property is in an ideal location situated across the road from Hengistbury Head nature reserve and close to Southbourne , and , many dog friendly beaches . There are many options for dog walks from the bungalow . The property is comfortable and well equipped , care needs to be exercised when stepping in and out of the large bath to shower . We are aged 70 and 66 and managed to do this without mishap . The garden furniture could do with an upgrade . Overall another enjoyable stay .

    Reviewed by Michael4.4May 2024

  • "Great location near beaches and Hengistbury Head although near a busy junction with street lights immediately outside."

    Blackout curtains would be a useful addition to the front bedroom. The property is very tired. Two of the beds are very low to the ground and soft. The garden furniture is very old and some chairs are broken. The cooker hood extractor and fan didn't work. The worst problem was the bath which was unsafe if you have any mobility issues. It is enormous and has no grab rails so getting in and out is extremely difficult if you have any mobility issues. My wife refused to use it. How did it pass any safety assessment? It would also have been useful if there had been any instructions for some of the equipment. We never did manage to work out how and when the heating was supposed to work as it seemed to turn on at random times of the day and the middle of the night

    Reviewed by Michael3.1May 2024

  • "Although the property is in a good location and the dogs loved the walks that are on the doorstep, the property is very tired."

    The property was not very clean either. The beds, although reasonably comfortable, 1 was very low, virtually on the floor. The garden furniture is old and when 2 of the chairs were sat on they broke, had to use the dinning chairs outside as didn't want to risk any more chairs breaking.

    Hi Mr Smith, thank you for your feedback. I apologise that you felt this way about the property. We have always seen the cottage after change over and feel that it is cleaned thoroughly each time. We have also replaced the broken chairs. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wayne2.5Apr 2024

  • "Disappointing start because cottage had not been cleaned."

    Owner apologetic however cleaners didn't leave until 6pm From exterior it looked neglected (lawn cutting etc) Property right on junction with street lighting outside not shown in pictures. Might be an issue for some. Garden very dog friendly secure high fence - safe even for jumpers! Plenty of walks from doorstep. Hundreds of dogs on/around Hengistbury Head - never seen so many in one place !! Well/tastefully decorated and equipped through out. One or two small changes needed re plugs/lights/curtains. Sofa comfortable. TV good. Intermittent phone signal within property. Main bedroom bed comfortable. Plenty storage. Other two beds very low to ground. Bath double size and whirlpool in picture doesn't work. Easy reach of Southbourne and Christchurch/ Mudeford beaches etc

    Hi, we are so sorry about the start of your stay. This has never happened before and our cleaning company took full responsibility of their error. With that being said, we understand your frustration. We ensured we resolved the issue as soon as possible and hope you were able to enjoy the rest of your stay at Bayview Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue3.4Mar 2024

  • "The location is the selling point for this bungalow, absolute dream position."

    Advertised that it takes 8 but it only has one toilet so that would not be ideal. The bath in the property is ridiculous, I cannot believe it passed a risk assessment. No steadying bars no slip mats. The property is more suited to summer high temperature holidays as it is a very cold bungalow without heating. When the heating worked it was fine but a bit hit and miss. Booking with Sykes was all ok.

    Hi Rita, thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking time to do this. Regarding your comments, we have placed handrails against the wall next to the bath for support and there are slip mats at the property. We have also put some ‘how to’ instructions for the heating system inside the property. We hope you enjoyed your stay. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rita3.8Mar 2024

  • "Lovely place."

    Excellent location as only 5 minutes walk (with slow old dog) direct to beautiful beach. Enclosed garden. Plenty parking. Huge Telly. Very warm. Many local food places that can deliver and a chippy just up the road. A few lovely second-had shops in Tuckton - we know how to live. Dogs didn't want to leave! Would definitely revisit. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Oct 2023

  • "Loved the location."

    Perfect. Good sized place, 6 adults, 1 baby, 1 dog. Everything you needed in kitchen. Very well equipped. Nice having a big tv. Bath / shower is a massive size. Quite hard to climb into and out off if you have any kind of disability. Normal shower would be more suitable. 2 of the beds are very low. But saying that, we discovered there was not an iron or ironing board, we were going to a wedding, I text the owner and he very kindly brought one straight round. Also he let us check out a bit later as struggling to get out with baby on time. That was all very much appreciated. We would definitely return. I believe they have only recently started renting this property, so to be fair they have done very well. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.4Oct 2023

  • "We loved the spacious bungalow and the area, just a little tip for future ..."

    We loved the spacious bungalow and the area, just a little tip for future holiday makers, if you have an electric toothbrush/shaver take an adapter plug, as there's no shaver point (a small detail) 2 of the double beds are Futon style so very low, & hard to get in and out of, if you are elderly like me, The area is very quiet which suited us, you would need to drive or walk a fair distance to get to any amusements or restaurants, Very close to Hengibury Head nature reserve, with lots of interesting walks Overall we enjoyed our stay and may return with the grandchildren

    Reviewed by Barbara4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable week at Bayview ."

    The bungalow is comfortable and practicable , and the layout suited us all particularly the dog . The only problem we had was with the bathroom , being aged 65 & 70 we found it awkward getting in and out of the bath to have a shower . Having said this we would not hesitate in returning for another visit. It is a dog walkers paradise , you literally cross the road and there is grassy parkland leading to the nature reserve and dog friendly beaches . Southbourne beach is 10/15 minutes away if you want a traditional day at the beach. You can spend the whole holiday without using the car .

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2023

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Bayview Cottage."

    OK we were lucky with the weather (heat wave) but it is a great spot from which to explore all around us - Southbourne beach; Hengistbury Head; Medford Spit; Christchurch and so much more. The property has pretty much everything you'd expect and offers good communal space. It's comfortable with six occupants; eight would be a squeeze. There's scope for improvement on some of the details which we're sure will come. We will definitely be looking to go back and would hope to give the property a 5* ranking after a future visit. The location is on the corner of a road junction that leads up to Hengistbury Head and Mudeford. This means there's a bit more traffic than you'd expect and the house enjoys quite a lot of street lighting coming in to the front rooms. Not ideal but certainly not enough to discourage us from planning a return.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time on our holiday and the property was excellent for what we needed."

    My daughter loved having a double bed to herself!! It is certainly a property that is suitable for young children as it's one level and has a lovely big garden. You just have to take your own travel cot etc if you go with younger children. The large bath was also a big hot with the children!! We would definitely return to this property and recommend it to others. Thank you for helping make our holiday memorable!

    Reviewed by Katherine3.8Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay."

    The space was great for the 6 of us with good outdoor space too.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Jul 2023

  • "Perfect in every way."

    I work away a lot as a RHS Gold Garden Designer so I need to stay in nice places, so me and my partner were very happy here although just the two of us (but the place is huge and all on one level too) and our Gordon Setter (the dunes and beach are over the other side of the road, literally, and the beach well...deserted and in the distance is the main Bournemouth beach where the hordes go, so great for dog and children or just walking Best Wishse and we will be back Paul & Callum +Rusty the doggy ps recommend the Indian Takeway in Tuckton Village!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with sofa bed which can accommodate an additional 2 guests.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking on a private driveway for 3 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio, and furniture
  • Dog-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.9 miles, beach 0.2 miles
  • Note: The property can accommodate two more guests on the sofa bed, sleeping eight in total.

The property

A fabulous single-storey cottage, within a short walk to the award-winning sandy beaches of Southbourne and Hengistbury Head, which enjoy far-reaching views of the Isle of Wight and Old Harrys Rocks. Bay View Cottage, which has a secure enclosed garden accommodates up to six guests and is dog friendly.

You will experience a relaxing atmosphere, a homely interior and the perfect setting for a self-catering getaway. Bay View Cottage provides parking for three cars in front of the property.

You will also find a kitchen/dining room with all the expected appliances to ease your stay. Enjoy meals as a family in the formal dining room or venture out to the enclosed patio, ideal for an alfresco affair.

Return indoors to relax on the plush sofa, with your favourite programme on the Smart TV.

At the end of the day, retire to one of the three bedrooms including a king-size room and two double bedrooms. Begin your day with a stroll along Southbourne Beach, reaching Sobo Beach restaurant for a bite to eat, before continuing your travels along the promenade to Bournemouth or hire bikes and head past Bournemouth along to Sandbanks.

Southbourne Beach provides an idyllic natural scenic sandy beach with sand dunes, it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset. Turning left out of the property will take you directly to Hengistbury Head, a natural scenic area of Headland between Bournemouth and Christchurch; it is an AONB with views of Mudeford Quay, the Isle of Wight, Studland, Bournemouth and Christchurch Harbour. Hengistbury Head is the perfect walk, especially if you have a dog, with all the dog-friendly beaches around the headland and if you’re tired from the walk, jump on the land train which travels between the Beach House Café on the spit and the Hiker Café at the start of Hengistbury Head.

The Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre offers a range of activities for all ages; as well as this, you will also find Solent Mead Par 3 Golf Course & Driving Range behind the property. Alternatively, head to Tuckton where you will find a selection of shops, restaurants, and local convenience stores for your every need.

From Tuckton, you can make your way back to Bay View Cottage via Wick Village, walking along the river, stopping of for some crazy golf, a sandwich in Tuckton Tea Gardens or if you are feeling up to it, renting one of the small motorboats and taking a ride up the river. You can also catch the short ferry ride to Christchurch Quay where you will find a host of restaurants, cafes and Christchurch Priory and Ruins.

On the Quay, you will also find access through the riverside walk to the park, including a children’s play area and water play park with a paddling pool. A short walk away on the Broadway, you will find a local convenience store, fish and chip shop and a post office.

A very short drive will take you to Southbourne Highstreet which hosts a selection of café, pubs, bars, and restaurants as well as a convenience store, petrol station and locally run boutiques. Bournemouth town centre and Boscombe are only a short drive along the coast for those visitors wishing to experience a more traditional seaside town with beaches, high street stores, plenty of tourist attractions and bars and restaurants. From Bay View Cottage you can also head inland to the New Forest, the countryside area offering beautiful walks in a vast area of peace and tranquillity.

Throughout the New Forest there are many small villages, perfect for shopping and dining. This property is in the perfect location for any type of activity and day out.

From chill out days at the beach, exploring the countryside and local historic villages to venturing out of the coastline for some water sports and adventure.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas