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... It now includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pastureland, heathland and forest in south East England. Horse and cattle roam over the hills, roads and in the villages which is really strange to see. What a lovely area though, you could spend a lot of time there investigating the little villages dotted around and wandering through the forest tracks and beside the lakes and streams. And we would have if we ...
... was scheduled to depart and made it just fine. After the embarkation process, we were aboard the Ruby Princess and set to sail Great Britain and Ireland. Cruising in general is fun but cruising in Europe is even more so. Richard and I like to use a cruise in Europe as a tool - if we discover a port we really like, we make a point to put that location on a future vacation plan. My favorite part about cruising in Europe ...
... them right for being so unfriendly!! After Bridport the going got harder with longer and steeper hills, a lot of which I walked up. The longest was from Wooton Fitzpaine ; while I was walking I saw three deer quite close looking over the hedge. I left the No2 for the No52 for a couple of miles, then turned down a tiny lane towards Musbury. This went along the ridge for a while, then plunged downhill towards the village. It must have been at least 1in3 and I was ...
... to kayak 150 km along the Gironde estuary in Bordeaux France in to raise money for support military rehabilitation. A very emotional and inspiring story. It gave the kids a chance to reflect on the real impact of war. And given his accomplishments both as a soldier and in overcoming his injuries, a true hero.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article -2326248/Ben-Parkinson-MBE-Prince-Charl es-touch-true-hero.html
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandbanks Hotel Poole
Stayed at this hotel for Easter and the location is unbelievably beautiful. It stands on the prestigious Sandbanks beach, hence its name, and if you have good weather you could be in the Carribbean with the beach and facilities that this hotel has. It doesn't just have the looks of a contemporary up-and-coming hotel, it also has the facilities.
Stayed at this hotel for one night at the beginning of April.
The location of the hotel had great potential, this is on one of the best beaches in England and close to another (Studland - across the ferry). It was not brilliant weather - it was March - but enough for walking down the front. The hotel was clean, and there seemed adequate amount of staff. The reception area fealt new - indeed the room itself was smart and of reasonable size.
The best hotel in the world
This is really the best hotel ever, the service trementus everything about it deffinatly the best thing about it was watching the kids having fun while I was eating. it was just so much fun
Nice Hotel, Great Location
Great hotel, clean and good service. Sizeable rooms and a decent breakfast.
The best thing is the location though - right next to one of Britains nicest beaches, totally free of the tattooed/Sun-reader/knotted hankie/five hooligan kids brigade that Bournemouth next door is heaven for.
Great patio to sip a cool drink in the sun and admire the seafront and all the attractive young types that flock here on a sunny day.
Avoid, unless you want to stay in a creche
Four of us, all adults, stayed here for New Year. We knew it was a family hotel before we arrived but expected some dancing for adults as it was New Year. The programme said that children would have their own entertainment after 9pm but the dance floor did not clear of children all evening making it impossible to enjoy any dancing. The dining room was so loud at some points that we could not have a proper conversation due to children rushing in and out to their parents, which we considered a safety hazard with hot food being served.The hotel itself was very smart, in a wonderful location which could not be beaten and the food was good - pity it seemed to cater only for children - felt like we were staying in a creche!
We have just got back from the Sandbanks and my husband, 18month old son and I loved it - along with the rest of my close family who were also there for my Dad's 60th birthday celebrations.
My family and I decided to pay a visit to the hotel where I used to stay as a child in August 2003. I have two young 'adorable?' children and although there is the wonderful vast expense of extended golden beach, I feared that there would be little else to capture my childrens imagination. I was sorely mistaken. The hotel hosts a nursery for the youngest children alongside a childrens restaurant and during the daytime there are two blocks of entertainment especially for the children. The entertainers were friendly, professional and were an instant hit with all the children, whom were all trying to outshinine each other for attention! It surely was a treat to leave our children in such safe hands and meant that my husband and I could enjoy some rare time together in such beautiful surroundings. My children are not the easiest to please yet after each varied session they would be like fused atoms with excitement and joy. It is very rare that such a contagious atmosphere can affect a family in this way. Last year we opted for a thompson holiday in the Algarve. The childrens activities were mediocre and the children were bored and kept repeating how much they wished they were at the Sandbanks with Jimbob,Loopy lisa,Rad Rach,Mojo and Daniella Mozzerella ( names etched into heads )!. So this year we shall return in August.Already the kids are eager in anticipation ! Long live the funsters entertaining crew !
We only stayed at Sandbanks Hotel because our normal hotel in the same group was full for the weekend we wanted to stay. We now wish we had taken up the option of coming down for another weekend rather than take a chance on The Sandbanks Hotel.
What can I sayWe arrived and were greeted by a really friendly receptionist who took time to give us some very good tips on were to visit in the area. We went up to our room which had great views over Poole Harbour and Studland with the Ferry going to and fro all day. The room was bright and airy with a small balcony where you could just sit and watch the world go by.Dinner on the first night was in La Roche great food served on the waters edge, there was a real piano player playing real music and the wine list was not too wildly priced. Breakfast in the restaurant is from a buffet but the choice of hot and cold set us up for the day.We took the ferry and drove down to Swanage, went on the steam railway had lunch in Corfe and returned to the Haven for a waist splitting cream tea. We had dinner in the main restaurant on the Saturday, quite a limited choice of dishes but everything was well presented and the quality of the cooking was evident. I ended up choosing a T Bone steak from the small grill menu (no colesteral counts here!!) and it took me back to pre food scare days. The hotel was busy all weekends with weddings, dinners and conferences but they all seemed to have a great time and the hotel seemed to take everything in its stride.Next morning we swam in the outdoor pool and spent ages in the hot tub which is outside and must have the best views of any hot tub in England. We left early in the afternoon and were back in Chelsea within 2 hours.