AD – We were gifted our stay in return for this blog post Review Boutique Holiday Lets all words and opinions are my own.
Review Boutique Holiday Lets – I had never really thought about staying on Sandbanks until Boutique Holiday Lets got in touch. I am not sure why because on our way home I was already trying to work out when we can fit in another visit. A couple of days isn’t really long enough to explore such a beautiful place. There is so much to do, that we simply have to go back especially now we have found the perfect bolt hole to do it from.
Boutique Holiday Lets specialises in creating luxury self catering accommodation. Taking great care to make sure they think of everything you need to make your stay exceptional.
Boutique Holiday Lets – The Lookout
We opted for a luxury apartment right on the end of Sandbanks close to the ferry port called The Lookout. Arriving on Friday evening we were pleased to find that the apartment block had parking. It is a white building probably built in the 50s with blue roof tiles, in keeping with a number of the houses close by. Each apartment has large windows and its own balcony. I liked the fact that there was only 18 apartments in total, each block had six and we were on the top floor of ours. Without doubt it had the best view out of the all, looking across the pine trees and to the sea. Theres something special about opening the curtains in the morning and seeing the little boats bobbing up and down as the sun shines off the water.
The apartment itself has two bedrooms. There is a master with automatic curtains (I need to get myself some of these) which had the beautiful view. The second bedroom will sleep up to three, because of the clever bunk beds, that the boys loved on sight. The bottom bed is a double and the top a single. To the side it has its own set of stairs which makes getting up and down easy for Kipper. We had to draw straws to see who would sleep on the top bunk on night one. Before swapping around for night two.
There is also a modern kitchen with everything you could need including a little table for the kids to eat breakfast at. The lounge has the same view as the master bedroom with a small balcony. There is a large corner sofa with a multitude of tactile cushions. Across one side of the room is a set of units which houses a Sonus Sound System and large flatscreen TV. I was impressed to find Netflix available and ready to use. There was also plenty of toys hidden in the unit to keep the kids happy. Kipper particularly liked the little cars, but there was lego and building blocks too.
The bathroom had a separate shower and bath which I find super useful when travelling with children. So many places we go have one or the other. I was also very impressed that all the hard floor areas in the apartment had underfloor heating. Each room had its own thermostat to control the heating and the floor making it suitable for visits all year round. All the fixtures and fittings looked brand new and were of extremely high quality. It looked recently renovated, yet had been done in a way to keep the glass panels between the lounge, kitchen and the hall. This gave the feeling of space and let light move between the rooms.
One of the things that really makes a difference when it comes to holiday apartments for me is the little things. The fact that there was plenty of loo roll, lots of small face towels, all manner of household products and a cupboard fully of oils, salt and pepper etc. There was a welcome basket waiting for us which included sweet treats for both the adults and the children. Along with a bottle of fizz in the fridge. There is also an information folder that has suggestions for places to eat and a box which has leaflets from local attractions.
I had no idea there was so much to do locally. Although we were only there for a couple of days we managed to fit in so much. A family meal to celebrate a birthday, a trip to Brownsea Island, crabbing and fish chips in Poole. As well as Halloween fun at Paultons Park.
Things we loved about The Lookout
- Its quiet outlook nestled among the pine trees. Being on the one way system at the end of Sandbanks there was very little traffic.
- The proximity to Brownsea Island was great, you could have also walked down to the beach easily.
- The apartment is beautifully set out with plenty of little touches, such as the toys for the kids and books to read for the adults.
- It was a lot bigger than I was expecting so it would suit a family with older children as well. The rooms are all great proportions. Plus the fact that each of the bedrooms and the lounge has a TV would mean there would be plenty of scope for teenagers to have space.
- It is spotless! The linen is all white and crisp and the plentiful towels were soft and fluffy.
- The customer service we received was very good. Karen gave us details of the lock box via email and checked in with us on text message. As well as offering to recommend restaurants and places of interest prior to our stay. We knew she was around if we needed anything which gives you that extra piece of mind when travelling with children.
It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the apartment. There is really very little we could fault. The only thing I would say is if you are travelling with very young children there is no lift in the property for buggies etc. But that is more to do with the age of the property and did not affect us at all. It was nice to see all of the other apartments in our block were residential. I think we were the only holiday let. We would definitely recommend The Lookout as a holiday apartment. It really is beautiful and with so much to do locally its the perfect staycation retreat.
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