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Woodland Hideaway - 4 Star - Golf - Only 5 Miles from Bournemouth

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Birchcroft a nature lover's hideaway yet so close to all amenities - Mobility 2


Last updated: 05/06/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Nature’s lover’s secret hideaway, Birchcroft nestles at the end of a winding lane, surrounded by rhododendron bushes in over an acre of land and enjoys walks into the local woodland. This beautiful chalet bungalow offers g/floor bedrooms and bathrooms and is large enough for two families. All rooms are of a good size with a particularly large lounge. Step onto the ample terrace and enjoy breathtaking views of the local landscape, with Longham lakes in the distance. Wild life including deer, foxes, rabbits, and many species of birds are often seen in the garden. For the children there is a large rear garden laid to lawn but the boundaries are unsecured and lead directly into 19 acres of woodland. Though secluded, Birchcroft is only 5 miles from Bournemouth beaches and all the town’s facilities, has an ample supply of excellent pubs and restaurants in walking distance, as well as many well known golf courses [Parkstone, Ferndown, Isle of Purbeck].
SPECIAL for March - 4 nights ONLY £456 = 1 night free

Accessible Accommodation: Quality In Tourism has awarded Birchcroft with Mobility 1 & 2, Hearing 1 and Visual 1, so we can accommodate part time wheelchair users as well as people with hearing and visual difficulties. We have a wet room with wheeled shower stool, electric single bed, electric stand-up chair and a loop system. We have flashing smoke alarms and a personal alarm. There is a ramp to the front door and easy access to the terrace and the back garden. The front garden is flat with tarmac driveways. We a perching stool in the kitchen and armed dinning room chair to help the elderly. The paddle staircase to the first floor is not suitable for those with disabilities, but we have 2 downstairs bedrooms, one with an extra wide door to accommodate a wheelchair. Please email owner for our accessibility statement for more details.

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Awards: We at BIRCHCROFT are very proud to announce that we have received from Quality In Tourism both of these prestigious awards and now look forward to welcoming Walkers or Cyclists to our property.
For Walkers we have boot removers and a bench to sit on at the front door as well as Ordnance Survey maps of the area for your use. The wet room is very useful for hanging wet coats, over trousers and muddy boots with a special folding wall hanging rack. A First aid kit is always available. For those who prefer a gentle stroll in the immediate vicinity, the back garden has paths into the local woodlands and rights of way to the local pub where a good pub lunch is available. There is also a very pleasant walk by the nearby River Stour and one to Dorset Lakes and the picturesque Hampreston Village Church.
For Cyclists we have a secure storage for up to 8 bicycles at no extra expense and Ordnance Survey maps of the area are available for your use. There is a bicycle repairers just 1/2 a mile away.

Green Tourism Award: We have now been awarded our Green Tourism Award, Silver level. We recycle all suitable waste products, use organic cleaning products and monitor water usage. we have our own septic tank that processes all sewerage waste. We encourage our guests to book via email and our websites and do not print any brochures unless specifically asked by our clients. We are replacing all light bulbs with energy efficient ones and use low voltage lighting in nearly all areas. Our gas hot air central heating system is one of the most efficient systems.
Beach hut hire. Birchcroft is located only 5 miles from the 7 miles of golden sands that make up Bournemouth beaches. They stretch from Hengistbury Head [NT] overlooking Christchurch harbour, passed Bournemouth and Boscombe piers to the world famous Sandbanks peninsula with its luxury houses. On the quieter Southbourne stretch we have our own Beach Hut. It is 7 miles from Birchcroft and can be hired on a weekly basis. It contains chairs, gas stove, cutlery, china and some beach toys. Please contact the owner for more details.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 146 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • Children Welcome:

    The garden, woods and summer house are always favourites with our visiting children. The area has many child orientated activities, including Adventure Wonderland...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Email owner for a full Accessibility Statement. We are M2 rated with V1 and H1. We have a hearing loop and a folding wheelchair that fits most car boots....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ground floor with room for a cot...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    ground floor en suite with room for a cot...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 baby crib

    1st floor with wooden cot...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    1st floor...moreless

  • All bedrooms include linen and towels and have a high standard of furnishings. Bedrooms 1 & 2 are on the ground floor and have facilities to help the less able with an electric bed as well as an electric armchair, Each has a television. Extra Cots available on request. Wheelchair will fit into Bedroom 1...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    Electric shower with electric towel rail - on 1st floor...moreless

  • Wetroom: toilet, shower

    Electric shower on ground floor...moreless

  • En suite to Room 2: toilet, shower

    Shaving mirror and heated towel rail - on ground floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Shaving mirror and heated towel rail - ground floor...moreless

  • The En suite to Room 2 has a power shower, light mirror and grab rails Family barthroom has a power shower and light mirror Wetroom is particularly useful for less able guests as it has a flat floor shower entrance, electric shower, shower stool and grab rails for shower area and toilet There is a shower room on the first floor...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Birchcroft has a small conservatory with 4 seats from which to watch the wildlife, especially birds on the feeders. The large raised lounge terrace gives magnificent views to Dorset Lakes in the distance and some fantastic sunsets. The rear garden sweeps down to a wild flower meadow and leads to walks in the local woodlands. The front garden has a sun lounge and greenhouse as well as level lawned areas and plenty of car parking. Though the ground floor of Birchcroft is ideal for the less able with a ramp to the front door, ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms, the first floor is accessed by a paddle staircase and not suitable for the less able visitors. High-chair, cot and stairgate are available. Secure storage for 8 bicycles is available. Beach hut hire at Southbourne beach is available for a small fee. Please ask in advance Free Welcome Pack and open fire Starter Pack - extra set of keys available on request. Awards: Mobility 2, Visual 1, Hearing 1, Green Tourism...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The room has a lovely view on the Dorset Lakes and the back garden, with a view down the valley...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 9 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage:

    Only for secure storage of bicycles brought by guests...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    A delightful large lounge, seating 9 on comfortable sofas and an electric armchair for the less able. The picture window is vast and looks down the valley, over the Dorset lakes and sloping lawn...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Ample parking on the long drive and by the front door...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    A washer drier is available...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    some filter liners are available for guests use...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    2 complete sets of cutlery as well as china...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    A well equipped kitchen with a extra microwave available for larger groups....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built in microwave is an oven as well...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    4 slice toaster...moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles:

    Please bring your own bicycles with you but we can provide secure storage or you can hire bikes locally....moreless

  • Boat:

    Poole Harbour [7 miles] offers you every boating experience you can think of, from power boats to sail boats. We can arrange hire for you so please just ask us....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Sit here on a summer's evening and enjoy the stunning views down the valley and over the Dorset Lakes. Watch the wild life feed on the bird feeders while the Buzzards wheel above you...moreless

  • Golf:

    Here you are spoilt for gold courses - 16 in the area and one at the end of the lane - Dudsbury Golf course running by the Stour river. The famous courses of Ferndown [2 miles], Parkstone [5 miles]...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    A kettle bbq is available for your use just behind the conservatory....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    The dry sky slopes at Hurn are only 5 miles away....moreless

  • Tennis:

    The famous West Hants Tennis Club is only 5 miles away in Bournemouth where a temporary membership can be arranged....moreless

  • Terrace

Property Descriptor

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May Bank hols
May 1 - May 7, 2015
3 night min stay
£195 £278
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Spring Season
May 8 - May 21, 2015
3 night min stay
£175 £250
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Summer Half term
May 22 - May 28, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Friday

Late Spring
May 29 - Jun 18, 2015
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Early Summer
Jun 19 - Jul 16, 2015
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Mid Season
Jul 17 - Jul 23, 2015
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

High Season
Jul 24 - Aug 27, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Friday

Summer Bank Hols
Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2015
3 night min stay
£290 £414
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Late Summer
Sep 4 - Sep 24, 2015
3 night min stay
£178 £254
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Sep 25 - Oct 15, 2015
2 night min stay
£168 £240
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Autumn Half Term
Oct 16 - Nov 5, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Friday

Low Season
Nov 6 - Dec 19, 2015
2 night min stay
£150 £198
Fri, Sat

Changeover Day: Friday

Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2015
7 night min stay

New Year
Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit £100
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


To book your cottage email us at to check availability and provisionally book. We will then email your Booking Form. Please make us aware of any special requirements. After Booking and having received the non- refundable deposit payment, we will confirm your holiday in writing. Accessible accommodation M2 rated.Paddle staircase is not suitable for elderly guests.

A 40% non-refundable deposit payable of cottage rate is made at booking date. Balance payment is due 2 months before commencement of holiday plus a damage deposit cheque of £100 only banked if damage occurs. Cheques, debit and credit cards are welcome. Credit and debit cards subject to a 4% surcharge made via PayPal. Full Terms and Conditions are sent on booking.

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Last updated: 05/06/2015
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3 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bournemouth International Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Angel, Ferndown - a stroll through the woods
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Dudsbury, opposite end of our lane
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Bournemouth Central Railway Station
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bentley's at Dudsbury Golf club
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
Dry ski slope at Hurn
6 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended

Birchcroft nestles in 1 acre of woodlands but is only 6 miles from the golden sandy beaches of Bournemouth with cinemas, nightclubs and great shopping. Picturesque Christchurch, the New Forest, National Trust properties of Brownsea Island, Kingston Lacey, Corfe Castle and the Jurassic Coast, are all in easy distance with Adventure Wonderland, Hobby Craft and Wimborne Minster close by. The area is a golfers paradise with over 16 courses and features some very well known courses – Parkstone, Ferndown, Broadstone, Queen’s Park and Isle of Purbeck with its fantastic views of Brownsea, Poole Harbour and Bournemouth Bay.

The Dorset area is well know for its Jurassic coast, Chesil Beach and the Swannery at Abbotsbury as well as Monkey World and the Tank Museum at Bovington – all within an easy drive.

BIRCHCROFT for peace, tranquillity, beautiful walks, golf courses and sun & sand. Special Off March

Other Activities: dry ski slope

Golf: The area is a golfers paradise with over 16 courses and features some very well known courses:


As well as many Public courses and Driving Ranges. Also

· Dudsbury Golf Club - at the end of the lane opposite Birchcroft

Let BIRCHCROFT be your ideal base for a self-catering GOLF holiday in the South of England

Ski: Dry ski slope about 3 miles away from Birchcroft at Hurn, Christchurch - passed the Airport


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1962

About the owner: I have lived in the Bournemouth area all my life and my family goes back 4 generations of local people.Though I have travelled the world I am always drawn back to the safe beaches, lovely woods, lush valleys and rolling plains of the Dorset countryside.

Why the Owner Chose St. Ives:
I am the owner of Birchcroft and it has been my family home since my father bought the land in 1962 and then built the house himself. The outstanding views down the Stour valley with magnificent sunsets always amaze me. My children always adored visiting grandparents at Birchcroft because there were so many paths to wonder through the woods, so many places to play hide and seek and so much wildlife to watch.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The sunsets over the Stour valley, the amazing wildlife and the quiet mornings with the mist rising and the sun filtering though never cease to inspire me. You feel in the middle of the countryside and yet you are only 5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth with its shops, cinemas, piers, beaches and night-life. Access to the rest of Dorset, many National Trust properties, miles of golden sands, 2 harbours and the magnificent New Forest is very easy. Birchcroft an ideal base for so many different types of holidays. And don't forget we are Mobility 2 rated so bringing elderly relatives on holiday with you is so easy.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Birchcroft a nature lover's hideaway yet so close to all amenities - Mobility 2

    Birchcroft a nature lover's hideaway yet so close to all amenities - Mobility 2

  • Kitchen


  • Lounge with wood & coal burning fire

    Lounge with wood & coal burning fire

  • Kitchen


  • Bedroom 2 with en suite

    Bedroom 2 with en suite

  • Lounge with open fire

    Lounge with open fire

  • Dining room & Kitchen

    Dining room & Kitchen

  • Summer House

    Summer House

  • Spring flowers

    Spring flowers

  • Lilly of the Valley

    Lilly of the Valley

  • Front garden

    Front garden

  • Grey squirrel taken by a guest

    Grey squirrel taken by a guest

  • View of valley from lounge terrace

    View of valley from lounge terrace

  • Bedroom 1 on ground floor

    Bedroom 1 on ground floor

  • Sweeping lawns and terrace

    Sweeping lawns and terrace

  • Visit Britain Awards

    Visit Britain Awards

  • Bedroom 3 upstairs

    Bedroom 3 upstairs

  • Family bathroom

    Family bathroom

  • Disabilities wetroom

    Disabilities wetroom

  • Robin on a snowy day

    Robin on a snowy day

  • Rhododendrons bloom all over the garden

    Rhododendrons bloom all over the garden

  • Bullfinch in garden 2011

    Bullfinch in garden 2011

  • Stunning sunsets over the valley

    Stunning sunsets over the valley

  • Nuthatch taken by a guest

    Nuthatch taken by a guest

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