Per weekfrom 850.00 to 1540.00 GBP
"Few cottages are as cool as this." read The Times newspaper when including Palm Cottage in a recent round up of 'Cool cottages in Dorset' and they were right on the money! There's a whole lot more than meets the eye to pretty terraced house, tucked down a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance from the lovely Dorset harbour town of Christchurch. Little people will squeal with delight at what they find under the stairs and who would have expected a 60ft garden for playing outside, barbecues and simply basking in the sun?
The owners have recently completed a full refurbishment to make the whole cottage super smart and modern, with luxurious furnishings and finishing touches in every room. From stepping through the front door, it’s impossible not to be struck by how bright, light and spacious a traditional terraced cottage like this can be, thanks to the fresh white decor, natural colours, bleached wood flooring and a roomy, open plan layout. Even funky mirrors and ocean artwork cleverly adds to the sense of space.
Although Palm Cottage feels brand new, it’s been the owners pride and joy for many years and they’ve lavished all their love on creating a blissful bolthole by the sea, especially for families with babies and toddlers in tow. One of their coolest ideas has got to be their very cute play snug under the stairs, which has a mini stable door with a window to peep in on youngsters as they pick and choose from all the toys, games and books in this Tardis-like space, complete with sheepskin rug and scatter cushions. On dry days, children can have just as much fun in the ‘Little Palm’ play house in the garden, which has a play kitchen, table and chairs, plus ride-ons rockers and toddler slides are provided. The garden is a real sun trap all day long, so parents can relax while children play, then stoke up the BBQ for easy tea-times of bangers and burgers.
With the whole ground floor open plan, parents can always keep an eye on babies and toddlers whether they’re pulling out the toys and board games to play on the rug by the flame-effect gas stove or snuggling into the comfy sofas to watch favourite TV programmes or DVD’s. The state of the art contemporary kitchen has been fitted with high spec integrated appliances and equipped with the latest gadgets including a Nespresso machine, Dualit toaster, digital radio and a handy hand blender for whizzing up baby meals. Everyone has a good chance of a good night’s rest in the luxurious bedrooms, with Egyptian cotton linen, plush throws and black out blinds, plus the master bedroom has an Ercol armchair to be as comfy as possible for those mid night feeds.
Palm Cottage has two bedrooms to sleep 4 people plus a baby, with a Baby Bjorn travel cot available, plus there’s room for 2 more on a sofa bed. The ground floor has a light and spacious open plan layout comprising a lounge area, dining area and a kitchen. A pair of luxurious sofas is set in front a flame effect gas stove and the wall mounted TV can be positioned for the most comfortable viewing. A cupboard beneath the TV is full of board games for all ages and the owners have built up a good collection of DVD’s. In the dining area, the chalked oak table seats 6, plus a high chair is available and this is next to the play snug under stairs, so parents can sip cappuccinos just outside the tiny stable door! The designer kitchen area, with its pale grey units and white grey veined marble worktops has been fitted with high end integrated appliances and gadgets. These include an eye-level oven/grill and built in microwave, gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso, Dualit toaster hand blender and a washer dryer.
A carpeted staircase, with a stairgate available, leads upstairs to the two bedrooms and family bathroom . The master bedroom, with a lofty white beamed ceiling overlooks the garden and has a luxurious suede king-size bed, plush throw and Egyptian cotton linen, plus an Ercol armchair in the corner and space for the travel cot. The second bedroom has zip link beds that can be made up as a king size bed or twin singles and there is space for the travel cot as well as a lovingly restored Captions chair. The family bathroom has been finished to very high standards with grey vein marble tiling, fitted units, a bath, power shower, large washbasin, soft close WC and heated towel rail.
French doors from the kitchen open onto an enclosed, 60ft garden, laid with an artificial lawn that never gets muddy and featuring a patio area, BBQ and a corner play house with outdoor toys and ride-ons. There is a right of way through garden gates at the back, but this is really only used by bin men.
Palm Cottage is just a short walk from the centre of Christchuch in Dorset, which is a historic market town with a huge natural harbour that makes it especially popular with the boating fraternity. The town has all the shops and amenities families could need and loads of family friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants to tuck into all the ‘Made in Dorset’ delicacies. Check out the quirky cafe bistro, The Boathouse, a local institution for some delicious local food. Or check out Cheese and Alfies, in a cobbled street of Christchurch’s oldest quarter for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the olde worlde New Forest Perfumery Tea Rooms for a Dorset Cream Tea, sinful cakes and lush milkshakes.
Besides being walking distance from Christchurch town, Palm Cottage is close to the beaches at Mudeford Sandbank and Hengisbury Head, plus there are a string of other beaches nearby for bucket and spade days on either scrunchy shingle or sandy shores. Avon Beach is especially good for families and crabbing is a traditional pastime at Mudeford Quay. Families can have fun at the Splashpark on Christchurch Town Quay or spend a few hours in the bizarrely named Serendipity Sam’s Play Centre featuring a huge, 4 lane Astra slide into a ball pit, a spiral tube slide, aerial runway, tunnels, obstacles and an enclosed area for under 4s.
The major south coast seaside resort of Bournemouth is only a few miles from Christchurch and there are loads of other fun attractions to fill the days nearby. Adventure Wonderland (4 miles) is an Alice in Wonderland theme park with over 30 rides and attractions for all ages, an Animal Cuddles Corner and Wild Thing Aztec Adventure play centre. At the Snowtrak Alpine Adventure Park (5 miles), older ones can have a go at ski-ing and snowboarding on the dry ski slopes but younger ones can also have fun on Ringoes and Ski-Bobs or clamber around the woodland adventure playground. Pester power could also go into overdrive to visit Peppa Pig World (30 mins) at Paultons Family Theme Park.
The New Forest National Park in only a fifteen minute drive from Palm Cottage to see the famous free ranging ponies in the lovely scenery, visit wildlife parks and petting farms or Beaulieu Motor Museum and have a spot of lunch at beautiful country inns.
Nearest medical services: Christchurch and Bournemouth.
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 70 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 70 days prior to arrival
We have owned Palm Cottage for the past 20 years and it has served as well as an escape from London for a few days by the sea & forest. When the children arrived (now aged 4 & 5), our 'couple retreat' needed to be adapted to cater for the little ones - so while on maternity leave, the cottage underwent a major restoration project - all that remains of the old cottage is the fireplace and a large piece of driftwood we found on the beach some 15 years ago (now in the bathroom). In early 2019 and then again in 2022, the cottage had another major refresh, ready for the season ahead.
Thank you for your interest in choosing our home for your holiday escape. We hope you'll enjoy your time down there as much as we do!
A beautiful open plan space, where the kids can run & crawl around freely without the normal parent concerns. This is very much our home from home and what a beautiful escape with the smell of the sea in the air and the beaches closeby.
For the feeling of "freedom" - our daughter continuously hosts us for tea and cake in her log cabin play house and our son thinks he's a shop owner in the play nook under the stairs! They both love the space and freedom to run around. The artificial grass in the garden has been a great touch - no muddy knees and no tears after any accidental bumps off the play slide!
Sleeps 4 in 2 x double bedrooms + cot.
Bournemouth is just over 10 minutes drive away.
Avon beach is just 5 minutes drive away.
Christchurch market town is just over 10 minutes walk away.
A great under stairs play nook with a good selection of toys.
Babysitting can be arranged.
This baby friendly cottage has a hand blender, plastic cups, crockery and cutlery (including weaning spoons), travel cot (Baby bjorn) (no cot linen provided unless requested), bed guards for the twin beds, blackout blinds and night lights in both bedrooms, together with a wifi enabled baby monitor and a gro-egg room thermometer, stair-gate and a number of socket covers, non-slip mat, a potty, childs loo seat, step and change mat.
This child and baby friendly cottage has a fantastic play nook with comfy seating and a selection of toys and books, DVD player and small selection of childrens DVDs, selection of bath toys.
Play house with selection of toys (kitchen, table & chairs) and ride-ons, and slide.
local hotel (Harbour Hotel in Mudeford) provides award winning spa services if required.
Stairgates are provided.
A large garden with BBQ and dining area.
Wi-Fi is provided.
Hengisbury Head is a short drive away.
Stove fire in the lounge.
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We had a delightful week at Palm Cottage, the weather was even kind to us! The house has been completely refurbished and it's all calm and welcoming. The back garden has all weather grass and a fabulous summer house which has all sorts of toys, play tents, bat and balls, balance bikes. Our kids spent most evenings enjoying their tea on the decking! Beds are very comfy and kitchen is fully equipped, although we gorged on fish most days along the coast so we didn't really use it. Our kids are school age so we didn't use any of the available baby equipment but they have all that you might require for babies. Would definitely recommend Palm Cottage!
The cottage was beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. The facilities for the children were outstanding, particularly the play nook and the toys provided. We had a wonderful holiday and would highly recommend it to anyone with young children.
What can I say? For the first time since having children we didn't want to go home, the best and most stress free holiday we have had in years. A beautiful, well equipped cottage in our new favourite part of the country!
Palm cottage is a real gem and a rare find. It has everything that you can think of for young children and it saves a lot of packing. Alexia (the owner) is available at any time and does keep in touch to check everything is ok. We really enjoyed our stay and our girls (2 and 5) had the best time especially in the under the stairs nook and the outside play house.
We had an amazing time in this fabulous cottage. It has everything you could wish for for children and toddlers. The nook under the stairs was just perfect as a little refuge for them, and as part of all sorts of role play games. And when the kids discovered the play house in the huge garden we could hardly persuade them to go to the beach! Every touch was thought of (including bath toys and baby monitors) for kids, but it was also a very cosy and beautiful space for adults. A short walk into Christchurch and only a stroll to a lovely pub. All the instructions were clear and the hosts were very accommodating and helpful. We had an amazing time and would highly recommend this lovely home.