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Christchurch | Sleeps 6 + cot*

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearby pub

Located in the centre of Christchurch, this pub serves lunch and dinner using fresh produce locally sourced where ever possible. During the warmer months dine outside in the secluded garden.

Nearby beach

A café, restaurant and beach shop are all but some of Avon Beach's accolades. Grab yourself an ice-cream and plonk yourself on the sand, or hire your own beach hut and enjoy the views from the comforts of your own private hub. With separate areas designated for both bathing and water sports, there is something for everyone at Avon Beach.

Nearby walk

A short stroll around the town centre and through Christchurch Quay and the grounds of the Priory. Take a look at the Web site for parking and location details.

Nearby town

A sleepy little ex-fishing village at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour with sea views to die for and the freshest sea food you could hope for. The focal point is the Quay with grassy picnic area and a plthora of water sports opportunities.

Also nearby

A National Trust nature reserve, this three-mile curve of sand is home to many breeds of rare bird. Voted the UK's 4th top beach by Which? Magazine - though locals would probably place it higher. Studland is also a popular family beach famous for its nudist section at Knoll Bay, the National Trust's only designated naturist beach. With safe shallow waters, sandy beach and a cafe this is a great place for children. National Trust members can park for free.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2009

Gets pretty busy at peak times, but it's a great place all year round - as sandy as the Bournemouth beaches but totally sheltered from the prevailing south westerly breezes. National Trust Membesr park for free. Use the road from Corfe or chain ferry from Sandbanks.

Mudeford Sandbank Beach forms a natural divide between the harbour and the sea. Offering stunning 365 degree views, every angle of this beach is photo-worthy. Well known for its sought after beach huts, Mudeford Sandbank Beach has no direct road access but is accessible either on foot or via the land train or local ferry. There are plenty of facilities nearby.

Friars Cliff's sand and shingle beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Lined with pretty beach huts and affording beautiful views of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay, this award-winning beach is a real family favourite. With a clifftop nature reserve a short walk away and a cafe serving delicious food, there is plenty to be happy about.

A nature reserve in Christchurch Harbour is the stunning location of these land and waters-based sports and activities.

Not far from Hengistbury Head Ancient Monument, Hengistbury West Beach is a shingle and pebble beach enjoying spectacular views. With numerous walks and trails nearby and lots of information about the local wildlife and history, you can truly immerse yourself in nature. A dog-friendly beach, share your experience with your best friend and make the most of the scenery. Parking can be found at Hengistbury Head, and there is also a land train and bus.

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