Self catering holiday cottage rentals in Poole, Dorset, England

Book a self-catering holiday in Poole and on your doorstep you’ll have a choice of blue flag award winning beaches stretching over 3 miles, a large active harbour from where day trips are organised, a dedicated surfing and watercraft area, an unrivalled choice of restaurants as well as excellent shopping opportunities and plenty of nightlife.


About Cottage Breaks in Poole

When it comes to finding the best beaches on your cottage break away, why not try them all out? Spot the millionaires as you walk along glorious Sandbanks beach, with your dogs too on part of it. Sandbanks beach has been awarded the International Blue Flag Award for the past 24 years and at peak times the sands are regularly sifted, cleaned and raked. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards in spring and summer. Facilities include a play area for the kids, crazy golf and a café.

Nearby Shore Road beach is another lovely sandy beach, where water sports tuition and equipment hire is available. It too is patrolled by lifeguards and also beach wardens offering help and advice.

At the foot of Canford Cliffs is a quiet sloping, sandy beach with lots of wildlife for company. Beach huts along the chine here date back to the 1920s. As with all of Poole’s beaches those at Branksome provide safe family bathing and fun with lifeguards and wardens on hand in spring and summer and on Branksome Deane dogs are welcome all year round. New beach huts for hire are available on Branksome Chine beach. Just which will be your favourite?

Poole is popular with sailors and boating enthusiasts and has a large harbour and marina to recommend it. At the quay you can enjoy spending quality time on your self-catering break just sitting and watching the world go by or take one on the many trips that are available locally. Boats take you around the harbour, to Brownsea Island - home of the scouting movement, along the Jurassic coast on to Swanage and the Isle of Wight. You can even have an all-in one boat and steam train trip to Swanage and Corfe Castle.

If you prefer to stay on dry land you might enjoy the cockle trail. Follow the brass cockles in the pavements that take you from the quay to discover Poole’s heritage, smugglers, ghosts and all. If the weather is against you for a few hours you can take the 3-mile drive from Poole to Tower Park. This leisure complex has something for all the family including an indoor Splashdown water park, cinemas, bowling. bingo, casino games and other amusements.

We trust that you’ve found our hints and tips on Poole helpful. For more advice and free information head for the Tourist Information Centre along the Quay where you can be assured of helpful advice.

For a fun packed family holiday or a thrilling romantic break away, Poole has plenty to offer and could be a great base for discovering some of the best that the West Country has to offer on a cottage holiday.

Book a Poole cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Dorset on holiday.

9 rental properties

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Apple Tree Cottage, Blandford Forum, Dorset, West Country, England

5 bedroom Thatched Cottage, Poole 12 miles away

sleeps 6 - 10 guests
6 - 10
5 bedrooms
5
3 bathrooms
3
no dogs allowed
5 star

Pretty 5 bedroom thatched country cottage, near Blandford Forum, with warm bubbly outdoor hot tub in garden.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £989
Next availability:
from 05 December to 10 December 21 from 13 December to 17 December 21

Shepherd's Hut Barn, rural Dorset, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Holiday Barn, Poole 12 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
5 star

Want to stay somewhere with tranquil rural views over fields and pastures where you can relax and unwind in Dorset? This 3 bedroom family-friendly and dog-friendly ban could be perfect, close to Thomas Hardy's Country and within reach of Dorset's Jurassic Coast for day trips.

Weekly Price from: £518
Next availability:
from 05 December to 10 December 21 from 13 December to 17 December 21

The Old Stables Holiday Barn, Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Barn Conversion, Poole 14 miles away

sleeps 3 - 6 guests
3 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage
5 star

Family-friendly and dog-friendly barn conversion with modern interior, situated within a small development on a working farm, ideal for rural retreat breaks and within reach of the Jurassic Coast.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £469
Next availability:
from 31 January to 11 February 22 from 18 February to 26 February 22

Corner Pet-Friendly Barn, Dorset AONB, Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Barn Conversion, Poole 15 miles away

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
5 star

This 2 bedroom pet-friendly barn conversion is located within a development of six holiday barns in a tranquil rural setting close to the Purbeck Heritage Coast and the Jurassic Coast, shared facilities on site include a games room with pool table, table football and air hockey, whether for a family holiday or a getaway with friends, there is plenty to keep you entertained here.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £372
Next availability:
from 13 December to 22 December 21 from 25 February to 11 March 22

Lake Farm Country & Fishing Holidays, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, South East England, England

3 bedroom Log Cabins, Poole 16 miles away

sleeps 2 - 8 guests
2 - 8
3 bedrooms
3
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1

Escape to beautiful rural Hampshire for a lodge holiday at Lake Farm, choose from a collection of 8 high quality holiday lodges, some with lake views and some with hot tubs, close to the New Forest National Park.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £230

The Victorian Barn Self Catering Holidays with Pool and Hot Tubs, Dorset., Blandford Forum, Dorset, West Country, England

38 bedroom Cottage Complex, Poole 17 miles away

sleeps 4 - 80 guests
4 - 80
38 bedrooms
38
36 bathrooms
36
no dogs allowed
4 star

Luxurious barn conversion accommodation, sleeping up to 14 people in style and comfort, with lots to offer including access to excellent leisure facilities on site including an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, hot tub and a gym, as well as a games room with full-size pool table, a quiz machine and football table and an outdoor play area for children, as well as coarse fishing lakes.

Special features: free internet access, pool (ONSITE A wonderful addition to your stay is that we are able offer exclusive / private sessions for each set of guests. You will not swim with other guests not part of your group.), games room, outdoor hot tub, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £300


Late availability: from 30 November to 01 December 21

Endymion Pet-Friendly Cabin, New Forest National Park, Linwood, Hampshire, South East England, England

1 bedroom Pine Lodge, Poole 17 miles away

sleeps 1 - 3 guests
1 - 3
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
3 star

Charming 1 bedroom wooden-clad holiday lodge set in a tranquil location next to woodlands within the New Forest National Park near Linwood, pet-friendly and welcoming up to 2 dogs.

Weekly Price from: £330
Next availability:
from 10 December to 22 December 21 from 02 January to 08 January 22

The Stables, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, South East England, England

1 bedroom Cottage, Poole 17 miles away

sleeps 2 - 3 guests
2 - 3
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed

Comfortable one bedroom holiday home which usually sleeps 2 but is family-friendly and can also sleep two children with the sofa bed in the lounge, great base for exploring the New Forest and the Hampshire coast.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £200
Next availability:
from 11 March to 28 March 22 from 01 April to 21 May 22

Whitey Top Lodge, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Farmstay Lodge, Poole 18 miles away

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
4 star

Modern stylish 2 bedroom holiday lodge with warm bubbly outdoor private hot tub in a rural setting on a dairy farm, within around 30 minutes' drive of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £628
Next availability:
from 01 December to 10 December 21 from 12 December to 31 December 21