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Agents House

Poole, Dorset

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This lovely former agent's waterside house enjoys a prime location on Brownsea Island, which is renowned for its natural beauty, beaches and wildlife. With its own private garden overlooking the lagoon and stunning sea views, this cottage is just 3 metres from the water's edge. It is ideal for birdwatchers and ramblers, and is the perfect base for exploring this unique and very special island, with its thriving natural habitats including woodland and heathland.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance hall, dining room, sitting room with open fire and kitchen.
First floor
three bedrooms (double with 5' bed, double with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request, twin room)bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric central heating included.

Garden: There is an enclosed garden at the rear with a paved patio area and lawn.

Parking: There is parking for two cars on the quayside at Sandbanks.

Utilities: There is no tumble dryer at this cottage as advertised in the 2014 brochure

Please Note: Normal arrival time to the island is between 2.00pm and 4.30pm boats run from Sandbanks Jetty BH13 7QJ. If arriving later than this please contact the Property Office on 01202 707744 (by 1.30pm on the day of your arrival) to arrange a boat to the island and key collection.

During the summer season (Mar - Oct) boats also run from Poole Quay. If you wish to come to Brownsea Island from Poole Quay please call the Property Office to arrange boat passes at least 4 days in advance of your arrival.

We are sorry but no bicycles are allowed on the island.

There is an island evening boat service to Sandbanks, full boat booking details will be given to you on arrival. The boat service does not run on 25, 26 Dec and 01 Jan.

Offers: Free entry for cottage guests into the Dorset Widlife Trust reserve on Brownsea Island.

Cottage guests gain 20% discount in the shop and cafe on the island.

Cottage guests can gain access to the Castle Bar, open between 11.00-23.00 from March to October. A lunch time bar menu is available between 12.30-14.00 and must be prebooked the day before. Full details can be find in your cottage welcome folder.

Local suppliers:

Castaway Boat Charters - to help you make the most of your holiday Castaway Boat Charters are offering affordable ‘one hour’ harbour cruises, day trips, half day bookings and evening cruises which are available all year round – subject to Castaway Boat Charters terms and conditions.

To book visit or call 07860793450 - remember to mention the National Trust and the name of your holiday cottage when making your enquiry.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

Dorset Coast
Child playing in the sea at Studland, Dorset. © David Levenson

Dorset is Thomas Hardy country - an appealing mixture of rolling heath land, secluded valleys, picturesque villages, great houses and estates, and a coastline awash with natural beauty. The spectacular Jurassic Coast is just one of the many wonders Dorset has to offer and has shaped the county?s history - from the rugged Isle of Purbeck and the sweeping Chesil Beach to the quaint charm of Lyme Regis and Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. National Trust properties in Dorset include Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Clouds Hill once the cottage retreat of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), while other attractions include the seaside resort of Bournemouth and the county town of Dorchester.

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  • Bird watching
  • fishing
  • walking
National Trust places to visit
Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island Peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Studland Beach Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle Thousand-year-old castle, an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, rising above the Isle of Purbeck
Kingston Lacy
Kingston Lacy Elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland
White Mill
White Mill Corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting
Clouds Hill
Clouds Hill The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Helen Hazelwood
    • January 2015
    • Surrey
    Loved it!

    John, our Brownsea contact , was most helpful. The location is fabulous, we loved it.

  • Susan Palmer
    • October 2014
    • Wiltshire
    Truly idyllic location

    The location is truly idyllic. We loved sitting outside watching the boats sail past. It was so lovely we will certainly come again. The cottage was wonderful and so warm and comfortable. A few extra items would be welcome in the kitchen : oven gloves, kitchen towel, washing up brush/scourer.

  • Mr Ingram
    • February 2014
    • Wiltshire
    Lovely place to stay

    Everything was in place as promised and the Agents House is a lovely place to stay. If you are happy with a 10 minute boat ride, you end up on your own island for a week. This place is really away from everything, no cars, no people, no hustle bustle, just red squirrels, sika deer, and other animals, with great views. For some of my family it really did get their creative juices going. Drawing, poems, model making, creative writing, with the added benefit of a nice open fire. It was an opportunity for my family to be together and have quality time. We have always loved Brownsea in winter or summer. As my wife describes it, long may it continue to be a place for heeling.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2013
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    Unique place

    Brownsea is a unique place with its diverse habitats condensed into this 'fantasy' island . The house's liminal location between two bodies of water is enhanced spectacularly by the windows. It is atmospheric out of season with a freedom to roam that is unsual for families with young children. It has a fascinating, multilayered social history that is not adequately explored or charted in the brochures about Brownsea: the ghosts of of its expelled working populations and of its specific folk culture are not sufficiently recognized.

  • Mr Roy Mussell
    • November 2013
    • Dorset
    Fantastic location

    Fantastic location ,beautiful house , locals very friendly and helpful

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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