Stunning beaches, unrivalled sailing and some of Dorset’s top restaurants are all good reasons to book a coastal holiday cottage in Sandbanks. This idyllic peninsula juts into the mouth of Poole Harbour, on the English Channel coast. Famous for its extravagant homes and celebrity residents, it’s no wonder Sandbanks has been nicknamed ‘Britain’s Palm Beach’. Dorset Holiday cottages in Sandbanks often overlook the sweeping bay, where yachts, sailboats and paddle-boarders glide across the shimmering sea. Sandbanks’ lovely Blue Flag beach is undoubtedly its main attraction. Believed by many to be the south coast’s best, this glorious stretch of golden sand is a paradise for sunbathing or whiling away a day with a bucket and spade. The gently sloping shore and lifeguards make it a popular spot for a bracing dip in the sea. On the promenade, you’ll find cafes, ice-cream stands and beach shops, selling everything you’ll need for a day in the sun. You’ll also have the chance to experience powerboat rides, inflatable ‘ringos’, jet-skis and land train tours.

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A luxury coastal cottage within the exclusive Sandbanks resort, Harbour Lodge is a large 4-bedroom Hampshire holiday home. Facilities include a cinema room, glass-clad sun terraces and a hot tub. This large holiday house sleeps 8 within easy reach of lovely beaches and south coast attractions.

Self-catering holidays in Sandbanks are perfect if you want to enjoy the best food Dorset has to offer. For fresh lobster or Dover sole, head to Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant, at the northeast corner of the peninsula. Alternatively, book a table at The Point, an award-winning fine-dining restaurant with breathtaking views across the Channel, towards France. Heading east and west from Sandbanks, the Dorset coast is at its most beautiful. Pristine, sandy beaches and secluded coves can be found on the Purbeck Heritage coast, while the renowned Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve is a haven for walkers and rare birds. The lively seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole are both worth a visit, offering great restaurants, shopping, pubs and nightclubs.