South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE
South shore lodge is a Victorian cottage providing accommodation for groups on Brownsea Island in the middle of Poole Harbour. The lodge is located on the south coast of the island with its own garden, beach access and views of the Purbeck hills. Open all year for group hire including youth, community, special interest, corporate and school groups as well as some limited availability for families. Seating for 24 people is provided via folding tables. These are stored flat and can be used as required. On the lower level there is a kitchen, suited to group catering, a small bunk room for 2, a bunk room for 4 and a room that over looks the sea- where most people eat. The room has views of the Purbeck’s. There is another multi use communal room which over looks the small front garden. The remaining bedrooms are upstairs. Outside is a wild garden with patio, picnic benches and barbaque, there is a natural play area close by. Cars are not permitted on the island. Visitors can park at pay and display car parks at Sandbanks and Poole and walk the 10-15 minutes to the ferry. Once on the Island bags can be transported to the bunkhouse. Arrival to the Island is via boat and visitors must be able to independently transfer to the mainland. The outdoor centre wardens aim to meet all groups on the quay as you arrive, however if they are not there, the pier wardens will be able to advise you where to take your group and luggage ready transportation to south shore lodge. Some groups like to take on the challenge of walking and bringing their own luggage to the site. Please let the wardens know if you would like your group to do this.
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For sat navs use these post codes for the ferry terminals in Poole: Poole Quay Yellow Kiosk BH15 1HJ, Sandbanks Yellow Kiosk BH13 7QN, Sandbanks Beach Car park BH13 7QB. For current information on parking charges, please contact Poole Borough Council 01202 262000 Limited free parking is available on the residential streets of Sandbanks.
Brownsea Island Ferries (01929 462383) and Greenslades Pleasure Boats (01202 631828) run the boat service from Poole Quay and Brownsea Island Ferries run the boat service from Sandbanks. Book your boat crossing with the boat company who will be able to advise you on prices and luggage allowance. This is usually restricted to one piece of hand luggage per person plus 3 food crates per 10 people.