Located in Christchurch, Dorset
Captains Retreat is a holiday cottage in Christchurch, Dorset, sleeping 4 in a great location within an easy walk from both the harbour and the high street
Captains Retreat is a mid-terrace holiday home in a quiet cul-de-sac just a short walk from Christchurch harbour. Ideally placed to take advantage of the seaside and the many great sandy beaches in the area it is also within easy reach of the New Forest National Park. Take the Wick Ferry by the Captains Club Hotel and discover a lovely pathed walk through fields towards the famous Hengistbury Head which boasts stunning coastal views. Take a boat trip up the river Stour or enjoy the riverside park where bands often play. A shop and pub are just 5 minutes walk from your door.
The accommodation at Captains Retreat comprises of a sitting room with Freeview TV, DVD player, CD/radio, WiFi and a selection of books and games. The kitchen/diner is well equipped with an electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and host of accessories and utensils. The dining area has table and seating for four. There is also a ground floor cloakroom. Upstairs to bedroom one which is a double with en-suite shower, hand basin and toilet. Bedroom two is arranged as a twin and has an en-suite bath with hand held shower, basin and toilet.
Outside is an enclosed decked area complete with furniture. There is allocated off road parking for two cars. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
There is no doubt Christchurch is beautiful as the rivers Stour and Avon come together and flow into the stunning natural harbour and all the pretty scenery surrounding it. It is superbly located for exploring the World Heritage Jurassic Coast as well as the New Forset National Park. It borders Bournemouth with all its attractions but has many things to explore within the town itself.Read more
Many people are drawn to the area by the fabulous, mostly sandy beaches which extend for four miles from Highcliffe to Mudeford Sandbank. Steamer Point Beach is next to the Steamer Point Nature Reserve and enjoys views to the Isle of Wight. Highcliffe Beach is good for safe swimming as is Friars Cliff Beach. Or try Mudeford Sandbank, a spit of land that adjoins Hengistbury Head.
There is quite a bit going on in the town around the year. Some of the highlights include a weekly market which has been ongoing since 1149. In May is the week long food and wine festival that includes an international food market that has over 100 stalls. The annual music festival hits on the first weekend of July that caters for a wide variety of musical taste, from Flok to Rock. The annual regatta has been running for over 100 years and takes place in the secend week of August and includes a carnival and fireworks display.
From Mudeford you can join Adventure Voyages and their 9 metre RIB that travels at 30 knots that visit various locations including Brownsea Island and the Needles Lighthouse. Watermans Adventure Park has two areas catering for different age groups, one is toddler friendly, with a variety of traditional and new park toys to explore. If you want your fun wet then head to Christchurch Quay and the Splash Park which has many fratures including paddling pool and water sprays - great for those scorching summer days. For more sedate on water activities the Vintage Ferry Service takes you from Tuckton Tea Gardens to Mudeford Sandbank taking in Wick Ferry and Christchurch Quay on the way. Adventure Wonderland is a great park catering for younger children. We have visited several times and it always go down well and we stay until we are forced out!
If you like a ruin then head to Christchurch Castle, built in the 11th century and added to in later years, it is free to enter. If you want your historical buildings more in tact then Highcliffe Caslte is a maginificent Grade 1 listed mansion dating back to the 1830s with the added benefit of tea rooms serving cream teas and lunches. Priory Church is well worth a visit as well, dating from the 11th century again and is 311ft in length and said to be the longest parish church nave in England. There are guided tours throughout the year but if visiting during the summer then you can access the tower where you can enjoy stunning views across Christchurch and the harbour. Access is free. If you wish to find out about the history of the area then Red House Museum and Gardens is free to enter and is open all year round.
There is a huge choice of where to eat out in the area catering for all tastes and budgets. There are lots of independent eateries as well as some major chains in harbour, village or town locations from greasy spoon to Michelin Star restaurants.Read less
Bournemouth is 4 miles away
Bristol is 67 miles away
Exeter is 87 miles away