Self catering holiday cottages in Christchurch, Dorset, England
If you’re into sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, fishing, swimming or snorkelling, a self-catering holiday in Christchurch could be the ideal choice for you. Here you are close to four beaches, two rivers and a harbour. And there’s a whole lot more coastline to visit besides. If all that wasn’t enough, travel inland and the beauty of New Forest National Park awaits you.
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Everywhere you go in Christchurch you are reminded that this is an ancient town with roots going back to the Iron Age. There is a Norman castle, a priory church dating from 1094 and a replica ducking stool. The town was strongly fortified in the Second World War and an existing commercial airfield was taken over by warplanes. It was at the Engineering Experimental Establishment in Christchurch that Donald Bailey developed the Bailey Bridge in the early 1940s. Today Christchurch is a thriving town with lots of speciality shops, a Monday street market and fine restaurants. It positively blooms in the spring and summer and has won awards for its floral displays. Young kids will love Serendipity Sam’s indoor play centre or water adventures at Slash Park and all ages will have a great time visiting the quay whilst on a cottage break.
Steamer Point Beach is a sand and shingle beach that is designated for water sports and the UK’s annual windsurfing championships are held here. Close by is Friars Cliff Beach with some amazing views of the Isle of Wight. Highcliffe Beach is designated especially safe for your children and while you’re there you can take refreshments at the magnificent 19th century Highcliffe Castle. There is an isolated beach at Muddeford reached by foot or by land train. There is also a quay at Muddeford from where fishing and pleasure boat trips operate. Further along the coast are the resorts of Boscombe, Bournemouth and Poole Harbour which you may wish to visit whilst on a cottage holiday.
Just north of Christchurch at Bournemouth Airport in Hurn you’ll have fun packed experiences that could last days. An aviation museum has a wonderful collection of planes. Here you’ll also find Adventure Wonderland. Whatever the weather the kids will have the times of their lives with scores of fun rides and action play. You won’t be left out either. Try your hand at skiing or snowboarding at the Snowtrax Centre. And if it all gets a little too much you’re very well located in Christchurch to take some leisurely time out in the peace and quiet of The New Forest National Park, just a short drive away where you can enjoy woodland walks and marvel at the wild ponies.
Christchurch has plenty to offer for a special holiday in the West Country and whether you plan to book a cottage by the coast or inland, you can be assured of plenty to see and do in the local area on your break away.
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Featured Self catering country cottages near Christchurch, Dorset, England:
10 bedroom Mansion, West Country.
8 - 24
Wonderful 10 bedroom manor house in the Blackmoor Vale surrounded by beautiful gardens and lush Dorset countryside.
Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room.
9 bedroom Large Country House, Jurrasic Coast.
2 - 20
Large luxurious holiday house with swimming pool and private hot tub near the Dorset Coast and Bournemouth, suitable for large groups of up to 20 people.
Special features: free internet access, pool (In the Pool-house for your exclusive and private use. ), games room.
|from 06 April to 31 October 20|
2 bedroom Farm Cottage, Dorset and Somerset.
2 - 4
Get away from it all with a stay at this idyllic rural retreat near the attractive hillside town of Shaftesbury in Dorset.
|from 13 June to 27 June 20 from 04 July to 10 October 20|
9 bedroom Georgian Manor House, West Country.
9 - 21
Elegant 9 bedroom Georgian town house in Bridport, complete with games room and high-tech cinema room, luxurious and stylish plus pet-friendly and sleeping groups of up to 21 people.
Special features: free internet access, games room.
|from 06 April to 10 April 20 from 20 April to 24 April 20|
1 bedroom Chapel Conversion, South Coast.
1 - 4
For a self-catering holiday for 2 out of the ordinary in Dorset, stay in a unique one bedroom converted chapel with twin beds high up in the eaves on the gallery overlooking the cosy living area below; during your stay discover the pretty countryside on the Dorset Wiltshire borders, the National Trust property of Stourhead House, Wincanton for racing and Longleat Safari Park.
|from 06 April to 10 April 20 from 13 April to 18 April 20|