Detached house near beach - Poole home swap
Our house is in Poole on the south coast of England. It is a detached four bed, double fronted house over two floors, in a quiet residential area, close to shops, supermarkets, parks and restaurants. Otherwise the road is quiet and there is place to park a car on the driveway or on the road. We live between Poole and Bournemouth (about 4 kms from each town centre). There are regular buses or you can walk to the train station and catch a short train in both directions. You can also easily catch trains to Southampton, Portsmouth, Dorchester and London from here. Both Poole and Bournemouth have good shopping and there are lots of activities for children â€“ Splashdown (Poole), Lighthouse Arts Centre for music, theatre and cinema (Poole).
There are two south facing reception rooms on the ground floor both with televisions and dvd players. One of these rooms contains a sofa bed for extra sleeping space (2 beds) if needed. There is wireless internet. At the back of the house is a large kitchen diner (34 sq metres). This is open plan and has a kitchen area, a dining table (for 8) and sofa. The house is big enough for everyone to sit and eat together but also big enough for people to be on their own if they choose.
At the back of the house is a stone patio area with a table for eating. There is a lawn area and lots of mature shrubs and trees. There is a further shaded patio area at the back of the garden.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms. Two have double beds and one has a single bed. The last small bedroom has a comfortable bed settee. There is a family bathroom on the first floor and a shower room on the ground floor. There is also a large loft space with a pull down ladder, there is a large flat screen TV and sofa bed up there- good den for teenagers!
About the location
Our house is about 2.5kms from the sea. You can walk or cycle to the beach through a wooded valley or chine, or it is a five minute drive to the beach. We have 10 kms of Blue Flag (very clean) sandy beaches which are very safe for children. You can windsurf and sail in the harbour, or on the beach. You can walk to Poole Quay through the park beside the inner harbour. There are indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, canoeing and all kinds of watersports within easy reach.
Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe at 36square kms, and second largest in the world after Sydney. In the middle of the harbour is Brownsea Island which was the famous in the establishment of the scout and girl guide movements. These days the island is famous for birdwatching, the rare red squirrel, as well as other wildlife, and the open air theatre which shows plays by Shakespeare in the summer.
Poole is an ideal vantage point to see some of the most historic cities in England.
â€¢ London (2 hours by train), an easy day trip;
â€¢ Bath - a classic preserved Georgian City and world heritage site (2 hours by car,102kms);
â€¢ Dorchester - (40 minutes by car/train);
â€¢ Oxford â€“ historic city and university, (2 hours by car/train);
â€¢ Portsmouth with it historic naval dockyards, great shopping and the Spinnaker Tower (80 mins by car or train);â€¢ Southampton, again great shopping and sea front (40 mins by car);
â€¢ Salisbury with its beautiful cathedral (65 kms);
â€¢ The stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury (105kms).
We are also close to some of the beautiful parts of southern England:
â€¢ Poole is the gateway to the 160 kms of the Jurassic Coast where you can walk through 185 million years of geological history in this renowned world heritage site.
â€¢ The New Forest a large area of unenclosed heathland and forest created as a Royal Forest in 1079, famous for itâ€™s miniature ponies and lovely walks.
â€¢ The Isle of Purbeck- fantastic beaches, walks, and Corfe Castle.You can also travel by boat:
â€¢ To Wareham across Poole Harbour from Poole Quay;
â€¢ Along the coast to Bournemouth and Swanage from Poole Quay;
â€¢ To the Isle of Wight from Lymington;
â€¢ To Guernsey and Jersey by daily sailings from Poole;
â€¢ To France (Cherbourg, St Malo).
We love our home because it is has the best of all worlds, close to beautiful beaches and countryside, but close to urban centres and facilities. There is lots to do, we have only mentioned a few of the possibilities!
Conditions of home exchange
- Garage / Parking
- Washer / Drier
- Car exchange offered
- Use of bike
- Shopping facilities
- Rock climbing
- Local restaurants
- Horse Riding
- Good public transport
- Car not required
- Car recommended
Closest airport: BOURNEMOUTH
Nearest city: POOLE
Property type: House
Location type: Suburban