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Agents House


Brownsea Island, 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.

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

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

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

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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 Wildlife Trust reserve on Brownsea 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.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Fridge
  • 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

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset. Their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

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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place to visit
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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


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • August 2016
    • Unknown
    Good quality accommodation

    It was a get away holiday and when visitors left the island it was so peaceful and great first thing in the morning before they arrived! It was great to have such a place to explore and find something new every day. Even though it was very close to where we live it felt miles away, but was so easy to access the mainland if we needed to. We were particularly impressed by the quality of the accommodation with the little things available such as cleaning products, flowers, toilet paper, tea and coffee and a pint of milk. Thank you for an amazing week.

  • Amanda Hadfield
    • April 2016
    • London
    Extremely comfortable!

    Excellent location, it was also wonderful actually being on Brownsea and being able to walk around after hours. The house was extremely comfortable and relaxing to stay in.

  • Mr Ingram
    • February 2016
    • Dorset
    Made enjoyable...

    The team at Brownsea were welcoming and nice to talk with. Always were available if we needed something. Helped with bags on and off the boat. We remember John from last time and always have a good chat with him and learn something about what's planned on the island. A big thank you to all the team for their support and making our holiday so enjoyable for my family, including the cleaners. Its an idyllic spot, no cars, lots of wildlife, peace and quiet and a great family retreat Wi fi would be useful, but not essential.

  • Mrs Jago
    • September 2015
    • Hampshire
    Loved the house!

    The place and wildlife are just perfect - 100% Also loved the house. As an Island - we felt it would have been helpful if the cafe had sold fresh milk and had a more takeaway service available. You do have 2 holiday cottages on the Island.

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What it will cost

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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