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- Private room
This is a room only accommodation. Tea and coffee is provided and guests may bring their own food. Single room in detached home. Lovely quiet location but close to all amenities - Poole and Bournemouth town centres are a short drive away as is Poole quay and ferry port. The leisure complex, Tower Park, is also nearby for restaurants, cinema and shops. Please note this property is Not suitable for disabled or young children due to steps, inside and outside plus a steep slope.
- Private room
Small single room in quiet house share bathroom and Use of microwave oven use of garden off-road parking and close to Poole Town center 10 minute walk to PoolePark. And a short journey to the Jurassic Coast and other beautiful attractions in this area
- Private room
Welcome to our room perfectly located in the heart of Poole. Great for a few nights away, working in the area or just visiting family and friends. With its own kitchen, fast Wifi and large TV, this Cosy room has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Close to Poole hospital, Ferry terminal, The Lighthouse theatre and Stadium with frequent bus and train services nearby. Free off road Parking is available within 5 minute walk. Or there is road parking outside if available.
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Your guide to Poole
All About Poole
With stunning beaches, a spectacular natural harbour, and a historic old town, Poole is one of Dorset’s most popular holiday destinations, just an hour from Southampton. Its main attraction is Poole Harbour — said to be the second biggest natural harbour in the world (behind Sydney), spanning more than 22 square kilometres, with many islands dotted throughout. The harbour is lined with marinas and beaches, protected wetlands, and coastal walks through untouched woodland, with calm waters for kitesurfing and paddleboarding. Sit and enjoy the view from one of the bars or indulge in seafood delights at a waterfront restaurant. On a small peninsula jutting out from the harbour, you’ll find the sandy shores and calm waters of Sandbanks Beach, one of the area’s cleanest, safest, and most-visited beaches.
Poole also has a lovely Old Town, where you’ll find some of the oldest buildings in Dorset, dating from the 15th century. You can spend a few hours walking the popular Cockle Trail, which guides you through the town’s rich history. Poole is also home to the Lighthouse, the largest arts centre in England outside London, which holds year-round live shows, theatre productions, and cultural exhibitions.
How do I get around Poole?
Trains from London to Poole take about 2.5 hours, with the drive taking slightly longer. The closest airport is Bournemouth Airport (BOH), which is 20 minutes’ drive from Poole and serves a handful of UK cities. You’ll find more flight options at Southampton Airport (SOU), around a one-hour drive from Poole. There are rental cars available at the airport, as well as a direct train that will get you into Poole in just over an hour. Once you arrive, the city is easy to explore on foot, with many attractions and restaurants within walking distance. You could also rent a bike in town, as there are many cycle paths to explore, and taxis are available to take you further afield. If you plan on making regular trips to towns and beaches nearby, renting a car may be your best option.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Poole?
Poole is a year-round destination, with many holiday lets and cottages to choose from for your stay. Summer temperatures can rival those of the Mediterranean, so make sure you pack a hat and sunscreen. The Summer Spectacular takes place every Thursday from July till late August at Poole’s quayside, with live music, entertainment, and fireworks. Spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit, and you can expect mostly mild days for enjoying the outdoors, though be aware that you may experience some rain and cooler days, so make sure you pack a jacket.
In September, the Poole Seafood Festival showcases the locally caught catch, with chef demonstrations, music, and family entertainment. A winter visit can be greeted by cold weather and possible rain, but it’s still rewarding if you enjoy sitting inside by a warm fire while watching the weather pass.
What are the top things to do in Poole?
Sandbanks Beach is widely considered one of the nicest beaches in the United Kingdom. With its soft sands and calm waters, it’s ideal for swimmers of all ages; you can rent parasols and deck chairs from the beach office, as well as sports equipment like volleyball nets. In the cooler months, you can still enjoy a long stroll along the shore, taking in the views; dogs are allowed at the beach’s western end.
Pick up a map of the Cockle Trail at the Poole Tourist Information Centre and take a self-guided tour of the town’s rich heritage. The trail opened in 1998 to celebrate Poole’s 750th anniversary, and features brass plaques set in the pavement that point out historical sites of importance. You’ll pass by the town’s historic quay, which played a major role in D-Day preparations, as well as historic buildings like the Customs House and more recent landmarks like Sea Music, the impressive metal sculpture that echoes the sounds of the sea.
The town’s 45-hectare harbourside park is home to large green spaces, manicured gardens, a saltwater lagoon, and beautiful lakes. There are two play areas for kids, as well as a mini-golf course and a bowling green, and there’s even a railway you can ride around the park. Hire a pedalo and take a relaxing trip around the lake, or simply enjoy a stroll through the gardens or along the harbour.