Choose from bright lights or shimmering sands

Build some British childhoods on the shimmering sands of Middle Chine. Learn to surf, head out in a kayak or try standing up on a paddle-board. For grown-up fun, Bournemouth’s bright lights are just a seasplash away.

On the Beach

Just a short stroll away from the Manor is Middle Chine Beach, a sandy stretch of beach where you can enjoy a classic English beach from the comfort of your private beach hut.

Bournemouth has seven miles of beautiful golden beaches, voted the best in the UK. From Middle Chine you can walk to the Pier, where there is always plenty to see and do, or head to Sandbanks, for beautiful white stretches of sand.

Across the ferry from Sandbanks are the beautiful, unspoilt beaches of Studland Bay, all owned by the National Trust.  Corfe Castle is close by and well worth a visit.

Heading East from the Pier you’ll can walk or take the land train to Boscombe. With its great surfing and stylish Urban Reef Cafe, Boscombe is a mecca for surf lovers of any ability.  Head over to the Surf School and hit the surf – wet suits and surf boards all included.


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Kids Ahoy!

Every type of watersport is available close to the Manor: swimming, surfing, body boarding, kayaking, sailing, kite surfing – you can even take a trip in a high powered speed boat.

Spend a day at Monkey World, an internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre set in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland and home to over 230 primates – including the largest group of chimps outside Africa.

Go Ape at Moors Country Park. Test your nerves high in the trees on the high ropes course and see which of your groups has a real head for heights.

When you fancy a break, stroll down to the Pier for an ice-cream.


For the Grown Ups

You will find numerous pubs and restaurants close to the house in Westbourne, Poole or Bournemouth town centre.  If you prefer to stay in, we have the services of a well-known local chef on offer – or you can order an online delivery from one of the local supermarkets and cook up a feast yourselves.

Surfing lessons and all sorts of water sports are on offer on the beach at Bournemouth.

For a fun-packed day out, you are spoilt for choice. Head over to the pier, gardens and shops in Bournemouth, taking in a ride on the tethered balloon or some late night fireworks. Or stroll pier to pier along the promenade from Bournemouth to Boscombe, taking in ice-creams as needed along the way.

Country pursuits can be arranged a short drive from the house, including clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or even deer stalking. Horse riding and cycle hire are also available close by.