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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  1. Nice trick! You started the post with those cute pictures and the cute vibe was with me already all the way through the post. That blonde kid is so adorable lol

  2. Emma England Reply

    Sounds like a great place for a little holiday with little ones.

  3. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    What a beautiful place for you all to stay ‘ – would love to stay

  4. What a gorgeous apartment – the attention to detail and quality is so obvious. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.

  5. It certainly looks very stylish and looks like a great location. I love how it is decorated and has everything you need like a home from home.

  6. It looks like a lovely spot for a getaway. The welcome basket was a really nice touch, I like it when a place goes above and beyond to make their guests feel welcome!

  7. Looks like a wonderful place to stay. My kids would love that bunkbed. And it’s always nice when to find the cupboards stocked with spices, cooking oil and bath necessities when arriving at a vacation rental. The gift basket was a nice touch as well!

  8. Lyndsey O'Halloran Reply

    How lovely to get a welcome basket. It looks like such a nice place to stay

    • Erik the Hungry Traveller Reply

      First off your kids are adorable. Second, the hotel feels so cozzy and comfy. Im sure itd going to be a grand time for people staying there.

  9. Oh my word this looks amazing! Everything looks so clean there as well, perfect for a family!

  10. This place looks so quaint and cozy! My own boys would love that bunkbed setup.

  11. Catherine Santiago Jose Reply

    Wow, that was really a neat and a relaxing place for a stay. It looks simple but still beautiful on my eyes.

  12. Well how lovely does this accommodation look. The bathroom looks really handy for those with slightly larger families. The basket is a very lovely gesture.

  13. That looks like it would be an amazing place to stay. I know I would love it. Quite the experience. And so versatile for all the things you could possibly want in a place to stay.

  14. Sandbanks isn’t too far away for me but I’ve never thought of staying there. These apartments look beautiful and a great little getaway location.

  15. Mommy Rockin In Style Reply

    Wow, the place looks so homey and inviting! And I love your photos too! Thanks for sharing!

  16. So glad you enjoyed your stay in my home town. There is soooooo much to do locally that I live here and still don’t fit it all in. The apartment looks lovely on the inside (I often drive past)

  17. Looks like a lovely place to stay and a great mix of practicality and luxury. Having said that Sandbanks always makes me feel a bit uncomfy, so much money in one place when in other areas of UK people are struggling so very much. Glad you had a great stay though #BloggerClubUK

  18. I think the kids loved it! It’s super cozy and friendly for the little ones. I highly recommend this also.

  19. Bindu Thomas Reply

    Such a lovely and gorgeous apartment. So much thought has gone to setting up this apartment.

  20. The place is absolutely amazing, looks like you guys had a great time during your stay. Great review and the photos look wonderful.

  21. Wow, looks amazing and really inviting. Looks like it has everything you need for a family holiday X #bloggerclubuk

  22. I love the look of this place! Would love to stay somewhere like this for a holiday. The clever bunkbed is really brilliant too!

  23. Looks like the perfect hideaway nestled among the pine trees. The accommodation looked clean and well kept with thoughtful hosts.

  24. It looks like wonderful place to stay. There seems to be enough space for everyone x

  25. Tom Elliott Reply

    the UK has many good places to holiday right here at home! As you’ve proven with this wonderful article! Glad you and the boys enjoyed yourselves.

  26. How adorable! Seems to have the look of a cute little cottage while having all of the chic amenities!

  27. This place looks STUNNING! HOLY SMOKES! I would LOVE to visit! And my kids would be IN LOVE with that bunk bed.

  28. This place looks relaxing and spacy very comfortable perfect for a staycation awesome photos!

  29. When we were in Arizona, the AirBNB we booked was as organized as this one, I was thorougly impressed.

    Honestly, it didn’t look much from the outside. But they really fixed the interiors inside. I love the kids room–it all feels homey and familiar, I’m sure your boys were comfortable. And I love the little things they prepared, such as the welcome basket? Such a thoughtful package.

  30. This looks like a very kid’s friendly place! I love that they have carpeted bedroom and separate shower and bath area!

  31. Annemarie LeBlanc Reply

    The Lookout is a perfect place for a family staycation. It is the home away from home. So cozy with beautiful views. I would love to take my family there if we had the chance!

  32. This place is so beautiful. And you find a home that you can feel that you are on your own home. It’s so clean and the interior design is so simple but so classic. This is a great tip. I know where to go when I place a visit there one day. Thank you for sharing !

  33. Gervin Khan Reply

    Such a wonderful place to relax. This give me an old school vibe-ambiance, I will take my family here for vacation. They will surely have fun.

  34. I always enjoy reading your reviews! I will send this to my fam who lives in the area! This place looks incredible!

  35. Agnes Vazhure Reply

    That is an awesome place! Looks so comfortable to stay and take a rest!

  36. Anthony Harrington Reply

    the accommodation looks great! nice and modern and cheery

  37. Debbie Skerten Reply

    Such a beautiful holiday let. I love Dorset and this looks such a wonderful place to stay.

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