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Harbour House

Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Situated close to the beach, this property provides idyllic accommodation for family or friends looking for a seaside adventure.

With the popular Avon Beach only a 5-minutes’ walk away, with its long stretch of beautiful golden sand, Harbour House is an ideal base for a seaside holiday. Standing detached, it is conveniently located for public transport to Bournemouth, and set back from the road. Tastefully styled and furnished, the open plan kitchen/dining area is a particular feature of this light and airy property, with its high vaulted ceiling and bi-folding doors, which open to the full width of the room. This is a lovely spacious room for the whole family to convene. There is private parking for 3 cars, and a large enclosed lawned garden to the rear, with a terrace and barbeque, the ideal place for al fresco dining or an aperitif or two in the warmer weather.

Overlooking the entrance to Christchurch Harbour is Mudeford, a quaint fishing village with great charm and history. Its old fisherman’s cottages were linked to smuggling enterprises in past times. There is a ferry that runs from the quay to neighbouring Christchurch and to Mudeford Sandbanks, a spit of land adjoining Hengistbury Head. Mudeford Quay is a calm area of water and is popular for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. The park area is popular for kite-flying and ball games. There is a children’s play area, an RNLI lifeboat station, a café, pub and fresh fish stall. The town has a historic theatre and cinema, as well as an interesting collection of local history exhibits at The Red House Museum. There are many period and historic houses and buildings, Highcliffe Castle and Steamer Point Nature Reserve are worth a visit. Stanpit Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the wetlands are popular for birdwatching. There is a pleasant promenade linking the quay with the beach, which is ideal for swimming, windsurfing and boat trips across the Solent.

Other activities include fishing, kayaking, boat hire and browsing artworks at the local art galleries. Christchurch, 2 miles, has many inns, eateries, shops and a bustling harbour with waterside dining. Within easy reach are Bournemouth and Poole, 6 miles away, with award-winning beaches and seaside attractions. Popular places to spend the day include Swanage, Studland Bay, Brownsea Island, Avon Heath Country Park, Salisbury, Marwell Zoo and much more. The New Forest National Park is a 15-minute drive. Southampton with its nautical interest has ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Beach 550 yards. Shop 550 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground Floor:
Living room:
With BT TV (sports package) with Netflix, DVD player and parquet floor.
Kitchen/dining room: With breakfast bar, electric oven, 5-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, tiled floor and bi-folding doors leading to garden.
Utility room: With washer/dryer.
TV room:
With Freeview TV and Wii.
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1:
With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With single bed and additional pull-out bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath (no toilet).
Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a steep step in the garden.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • WiFi
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    We spent a wonderful week this week at Harbour House. It was spotlessly clean, and we arrived to a lovely welcome pack that included a freshly baked Dorset Apple Cake, essentials like break and milk, and extras like a tub of marshmallows for the kids. We even had a lovely handwritten card from Julia. I was so impressed to see garden games for the children, BT tv instead of just freeview, and a study full of DVDs incase of rainy days. It really makes all the difference. From a practical perspective the house was well equipped with everything you need, towels, tea towels, dishwasher tablets, clingfilm etc. It was so nice not to have to make a trip out to stock up on essentials. The beach is literally 3 minutes walk away, and the sandpiper pub is almost as close (great standard pub food and child friendly). We will definitely be back!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thanks so much for your review. We are so glad you found the accommodation and location as great as we do. The Nelson pub now has a new menu. We have also made some improvements to the kitchen for 2019.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2018

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday. For 2019 our garden is looking better than ever after plenty of TLC to the lawn and borders.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2018
    Harbour House is a lovely, well equipped house in a perfect location. It is 5 minutes from the beach and a short walk takes you to the harbour where you can catch the ferry to Mudeford Sandbank, Christchurch etc. In the other direction, it takes about 30 minutes to walk along the tree lined cliff to Steamer Point nature reserve. The New Forest is only a short drive away with plenty to do including cycling, walking and eating out. We'd particularly recommend the Lantern Community cafe near Ringwood for delicious lunches at reasonable prices. They've also got a gift shop and a small farm shop. The only downside to our holiday (and the only reason we wouldn't use Harbour House again) was the difficulty we all had entering and exiting the driveway at the house particularly as the road outside is quite a busy one. Having said that, we did enjoy our holiday, the welcome pack was greatly appreciated (especially the apple cake) and we would recommend the house to others.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are so glad you enjoyed all the great things on offer near to our house. Not only the local beach 250 yards but also the New Forest and Bournemouth, as well as Mudeford Quay. We are sorry you had trouble getting onto the drive. For 2019 we have added reflectors to the low wall to make it more easy to park. We advise our guests to take care when entering the driveway. With care, we have had 4 cars and a boat on the drive.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2018
    The house seems to be in need of some TLC. Block paving and gardens needed weeding, not a good impression when we first pulled into the very narrow driveway. The glass doors and windows were not clean. I had to clean the sink with a Brillo pad before I could use it. The house gave the impression that when it was decorated it had been done in a rush, drips on the floor still there. Chipped paint on the window sills of bathroom and toilet. The doors to these rooms hadn't been painted. We didn't like the separate bathroom, which was small for a large house, and toilet. I would have thought there would be an en suite in a house of that size. The area was great for sightseeing, lovely restaurants, The Jetty and The Boatyard were fabulous, well worth the money. We will not be returning to Harbour House, the week before we stayed at Carbis Bay in immaculate accommodation for the same price. Could be a lovely house if given the care it is crying out for.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thanks for your feedback. We have a regular gardener and window cleaner. We will check when they last visited. We take care of any redecoration as required. We will look into the few items you mentioned.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2018
    Lovely modern property in a great location only a few minutes walk from the beach. The house is very spacious with a very nice large garden. It is furnished very nicely and is well equipped. The large open plan kitchen,dining and seating area is very impressive. We would definitely like to stay there again. The only small downside is that there is only one small bathroom. There are two small rooms downstairs which seemed of little use. If one of them were to be a bath or shower room the property would be even better.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thanks for your feedback. We will look into the feasibility of an extra bathroom.

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9.0 out of 10 – based on 9 reviews collected by Reevoo
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