After being named Airbnb’s second-highest trending destination for 2018, based on booking increases over the last year, it would seem sunny Bournemouth is the hottest name on tourists’ lips – searches for England’s south coast went up 353% since last year! With beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, all the attractions of going abroad and with the current economic climate, it is no wonder many of us have opted to holiday closer to home this year. We’ve taken a look at the popular destination, and itemised 10 hidden gems we think you’ll love.
Family-Friendly Sunny Log Cabin
Sat in an exclusive paddock, surrounded by woods and heathland, this beautiful log cabin is spacious, cosy, comfortable and well-equipped. Built autumn 2015, this log cabin is ideally situated just 30 minutes from all major local towns including Ringwood, New Forest, Poole, Bournemouth and Salisbury. Relax and enjoy spotting all the wildlife, keep the children entertained on the trampoline and make the most of eating outdoors. No need to worry about breakfast either, as this is covered for all six of you!
Wimborne Holiday Lodge
This beautiful holiday lodge is the perfect spot for a couple’s retreat or for families. Seasonal amenities are on offer, with all-year access to the Wi-Fi, dishwasher, washing machine and YouView television. The friendly, local public house and restaurant, The Willet Arms, is only a 10-minute walk – or 15-minute stumble – away. However, if it’s just a quiet evening at the Wimborne Holiday Lodge you’re after, then get the hot tub running and relax, knowing fresh bedding and sheets are provided.
Alum Chine Log Cabin
Built in 2017, in its own gated plot, the Alum Chine Log Cabin is ideal for couples and young children. Set within a stunning, child-friendly residential area, you can enjoy the beautiful woodlands and wildlife without worrying about the children wandering too far. The lodge is located nearby Westbourne and Bournemouth town centre, and is just a five-minute walk from the award-winning Bournemouth beach. You can spend a full day exploring, stress-free, with the knowledge that you’re coming home to underfloor heating, a full kitchen including a dishwasher, alarm system, shutters and blinds for a full blackout environment.
This pets-allowed, two-bed cottage is an ideal hub for a family break. The private garden is the perfect spot for the kids to play; for the adults, consider hiring the hot tub, logs for the fire pit or cranking up the barbecue. Included in your price, you have two bedrooms (one king-size bed, and two singles), ample parking, full shower, kitchen, coloured TV, fresh eggs for breakfast and Wi-Fi. All this whilst being situated on the doorstep of the beautiful New Forest.
The ‘But ‘n’ Ben’
A lovely annex perfect for two people, looking for a quaint but well-equipped place to stay. The bedroom/studio leads to a kitchenette, offering all the essentials (microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, tea and coffee). Enjoy sitting out in the lovely shared garden, or hop on a bus and make the most of what’s on offer in Bournemouth and Poole! As the evening falls, there is no need to stress over supper – an Indian restaurant, Chinese takeaway co-op and pub are just a short walk away.
Red Oak Barn
Made from reclaimed materials and sitting on the edge of the New Forest, Red Oak Barn holds a traditional, quirky and homey feel. Offering you two stable-type bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, shower room and screened decking, traditional and gas barbecues, table tennis and/or a chimenea. Set aside on a private road, your only neighbours (aside from the owners) are likely to be deer, buzzards and tawny owls. Bliss.
Forest Lodge is a beautiful bespoke building with something for everyone. Whether a family holiday, couple’s escape, or a small group weekend, enjoy the direct access to stunning New Forest walks, or use the site’s own swimming pool and relax in the hot tub. The lodge itself boasts an open-plan lounge, kitchen, diner and your own garden. Away from the lodge, you can fill your day with activities such as SnowTrax, GoApe or enjoy the stretches of golden sands.
Lapland Lodge B&B
The warm and welcoming Lapland Lodge offers accommodation for three to four people. Start your day with breakfast in the cottage or overlooking the glorious, 300-year-old Monterrey pine trees. From October to May, you can enjoy private Swiss cheese fondues or raclette in front of a roaring wood burner. The lodge is fitted with electricity, heating and, in a separate cabin, a WC and sink. For the full Lapland Lodge experience, you’ll sleep in sleeping bags with silk liners (both provided) on top of soft cushions and reindeer skins.
Seascape is the perfect lodge if you’re after some peace, seclusion and tranquillity. Situated at the edge of Swanage Bay View, on top of Townsend Nature Reserve, this bright lodge includes double glazing, modern furnishings, and spectacular views over the bay. You’ll keep yourselves busy by enjoying use of the pool and gym, exploring the beauty of the countryside, the South West Coastal Path or visiting the seafront shops, cafés and restaurants in Swanage.
Built in the early 1600s, the Thatched Cottage offers two guest rooms (both doubles), a modern kitchen, sunroom, a separate bathroom for guests, and the whole of the upstairs to yourselves. Outside, you have a patio, ideal for al fresco dining or to just relax, enjoying a free tea, coffee or soft drink, overlooking a traditional cottage garden, complete with stream.