Bournemouth Beach Lodges website describes the lodges as an enchanting overnight stay overlooking beautiful beaches in a tranquil location. And this is definitely true!
We were lucky enough to be invited to spend the weekend at the beach lodges at the end of February and we had the best time. We had a dog friendly lodge too so Dolly our Pug came along for the adventure as well.
Arriving on a wet and windy Friday afternoon we easily found a free car park space on the overcliff drive. And the zig zag path led us to the 24 amazing lodges. Just a stone’s throw away from the beach, the view from the lodges is breathtaking. And the lodge itself is perfect. The open plan space didn’t feel too small with the 5 of us and Dolly inside. And it had everything we needed, even a small welcome pack. Beautifully created and laid out, the lodge really is the perfect way to have a holiday by the sea.
There was a double bed and small single bed on the mezzanine floor accessed by wooden steps with a stairgate at the top and bottom. And the sofas folded out to make a double and a single, so there was plenty of room for us all. Each has a private raised deck with deck chairs too, so in the summer with the doors wide open, it would be incredible.
Our weekend was full of pre-arranged activities which we were very lucky enough to be gifted. All only a short distance away from the lodge.
The Bournemouth Big Wheel, based on Pier Approach, offered a spectacular view over the town, sea and Bournemouth Pier. Then, only a ten minute walk away from the lodge we enjoyed lunch at Prom Diner. The American themed diner with amazing views over the sea serves fresh food from cooked breakfasts to paninis to waffles. And after working up an appetite from the sea air it was a welcome retreat.
Unfortunately due to the high winds over our weekend, my surf lesson with Sorted Surf School was cancelled. Again, just a short walk from the lodge, this would be a great way to spend an afternoon.
West Beach is a seafood restaurant with amazing views over Bournemouth beach. We were lucky enough to enjoy a meal here on the Saturday night. They had a great kids menu, vegetarian options and even Dolly was allowed along. We were very well looked after and had a really lovely meal.
We woke up to sun and less wind on Sunday so we headed to Rock Reef indoor climbing centre. Based on Bournemouth Pier the activity centre includes clip ‘n climb walls, Highline and more. As my youngest Eddie was too young for these activities I got to have fun with my eldest two boys and had a great time.
After working up an appetite we headed to Bistro On The Beach based at Southbourne beach. It was a busy, bustling place on a Sunday lunchtime. We enjoyed a delicious family lunch.
We then took a short drive to Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum an amazing hidden gem, full of history, beautiful collections and artwork. An extraordinary, must visit place.
We really did have the best beach staycation, and none of us were ready to return back to reality. We were very lucky with the weather, it could have been a lot worse. But I can say in February the lodge was warm and cosy, also spotlessly clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. We didn’t need to use the laundry during our stay, but this is a great extra. And the shared BBQ hot plates would be amazing in the summer.
For a full lodge tour and more photographs take a look at the saved highlights on my Instagram account @sandandseagulls
Press stay and activities kindly gifted in return for social media coverage and blog. All views are my own.