For a town-centre holiday destination, a holiday cottage in Poole or Bournemouth may be an ideal choice. Poole and Bournemouth are the largest towns within the beautiful County of Dorset and while these bustling urban centres offer plenty of attractions, shops and pubs, they also enjoy a beachside position along the South West coast. From cosy harbourside cottages to luxurious waterfront retreats, we offer a range of accommodations to suit every taste.

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Denbur Cottage
Gaunts Common
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2 Bedrooms. Denbur is a lovely semi-detached cottage, with lawned garden and conservatory enjoying a superb location in a village that takes its name from John O’Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
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Woodland Lodge
Poole
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One of a small selection of superior lodges that overlook Poole Bay on Rockley Park. This detached holiday lodge offers a tranquil retreat in an exclusive gated area. The idyllic enclave is just a leisurely stroll away from Lytchett Bay, a charming small sandy beach, and in close proximity to the renowned Poole Harbour. For those seeking entertainment within the holiday park, tickets can be conveniently procured, with detailed pricing available on the Rockley Park website.
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Poole's Maritime Heritage

Discover the historic charm of Poole, renowned for having one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Drenched in history dating back to the Ice Age and spread between islands and heritage coast, Poole Harbour is a haven for wildlife. Visitors to the area can walk around this natural harbour and appreciate the beauty of the sandy shores and seagrass meadows. Once you’re done, we suggest heading to the bustling quayside, where centuries of maritime history come to life amidst a backdrop of colourful boats and lively waterfront cafes. Poole’s crown jewel, Brownsea Island, also awaits exploration, offering a serene retreat amidst unspoiled natural beauty for guests staying nearby in one of our Poole holiday cottages.

Dog and owner running on a beach in Dorset
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Perfect for Dog Owners

Both Poole and Bournemouth are paradise for dog owners, with many pet-friendly accommodations, beaches, and parks to explore. Treat your furry friend to a seaside stroll along the designated dog-friendly areas of Bournemouth beach or enjoy a leisurely walk along Poole’s picturesque harbourside. If you’re visiting out of season, beachside walks are in abundance, as restrictions on dogs are lifted between the months of October and May. Many of our holiday cottages in Poole welcome canine companions, ensuring that every member of the family can enjoy a memorable coastal escape. If you’re looking to travel to a coastal location with your dog in tow, we recommend placing Poole or Bournemouth at the top of your list. Take a look at our entire collection of dog-friendly cottages in Dorset, including Dorset cottages with enclosed gardens.

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Coastal Escape to Poole

Whether you’re seeking a seaside retreat in Bournemouth or a maritime adventure in Poole, our selection of holiday cottages in Poole and Bournemouth provides the perfect base for your Dorset getaway. Seven miles of golden blue flag beaches beckon families to this part of our lovely county, thrill seekers can indulge in an array of water sports or activities nearby, and nature lovers can explore the parks, nature reserves and chimes that are nestled within the area. For more information about Poole and our range of holiday cottages near Bournemouth, visit our area guide. Browse our full range of accommodation on the Jurassic Coast and cottages with sea views if you’re still looking for your ideal escape by the seaside.