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Poole, Dorset

South Shore Lodge

The exterior of South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The exterior of South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island | © National Trust / Robin Kitchen
The outdoor eating area of South Shore Lodge Brownsea Island, Dorset
The beach at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island

South Shore Lodge, Brownsea

Perfectly placed for sea views and island adventures.

The outdoor eating area of South Shore Lodge Brownsea Island, Dorset
The beach at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The exterior of South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
Entrance to South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The sitting room at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island, Dorset
The kitchen at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
Dorm 4, sleeps 4, South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
Exterior washing facilities at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The exterior of South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The garden leading down to the beach at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The surrounding area of South Shore Lodge Brownsea Island, Dorset
The surrounding area of South Shore Lodge Brownsea Island, Dorset
The exterior of Custom House and Agent's House, Dorset

© National Trust / Mike Henton

Perfectly placed for sea views and island adventures.

At a glance

Guests
12
Bedrooms
3
Number of dogs welcome
0
Reference
GSW010
Acorn rating

About South Shore Lodge, Brownsea

This Victorian conversion provides basic bunk-bed accommodation for up to 12 people and is set on the south coast of the island with its own garden, beach access and views of the Purbeck Hills.

There is additional capacity for organised groups and associations. For further information, please see the notes section below.

Your journey here will see you cross the seas from Poole Harbour to arrive on this wildlife-rich island where you’ll be greeted by one of our holidays team.

St Mark's Bothy, sleeping five, is next to South Shore Lodge, and they can be booked together. Also on Brownsea Island, you'll find two National Trust holiday cottages, Agent's House sleeping six, and Custom House sleeping two. Brownsea Island Campsite is nestled on the South Side of the island.

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair, not available
  • Fridge, available
  • Dishwasher, not available
  • Tumble dryer, not available
  • Television, not available
  • WiFi, not available
  • Garden, available
  • Microwave, available
  • Freezer, available
  • Washing machine, not available
  • Telephone, not available
  • DVD, not available
  • Open fire / wood burner, not available
  • BBQ, not available

Location

Accessibility

Accessibility questions? Please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

Layout

Ground floor layout

A fully functional kitchen with crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment and seating and tables for 12 people provided. Lounge area with 3 sofas.

First floor layout

3 dormitories each sleeping 4 in bunk-beds.

Other floors layout

External utility block: Two communal shower rooms. First block x 2 showers x 2 toilets, second block x 3 showers x 2 toilets. Located in an external utility block adjacent to the cottage.

More information

Acorn Rating: Please note, that while bothies and bunkhouses show a 1 Acorn rating on this site, facilities are more limited. A bothy offers a ‘camping with walls’ experience, usually with no electricity or running water. Bunkhouses provide simple, accommodation for groups – mostly dormitories with bunk-beds – showers, electricity and heating.

Heating: The bunkhouse has electric heaters.

Bedding/linen: Mattress protector and one pillow will be provided. Please bring a pillow case and sleeping bag and towels as required.

Parking and Access: There is no parking available on Brownsea Island.

Arrivals between March and October: Ferries depart from Poole Quay.

Arrivals between November and February (When the island is closed to the public): Ferries depart from the Sandbanks jetty which is located just to the right of the chain ferry that crosses the mouth of Poole harbour.

The nearest parking is the main pay and display car parks at Poole Quay and they are a 10-15 minute walk to the ferry. 

The cost of the ferry crossing is not included in the accommodation price. We will contact you one week prior to departure to confirm your ferry booking.

Once on the Island bags can be transported to the bunkhouse. The uneven gravel route to the bunkhouse is not lit.

Baggage Policy: You will be responsible for carrying your baggage on and off the ferries and space on ferries for large baggage is limited. We therefore recommend packing as light as possible and as a guide recommend that you should be able to carry your personal baggage yourself without making additional trips to and from your car.
Soft bags or rucksacks are recommended.

Please note that ferry companies reserve the right to charge an excess baggage fee if necessary.

Garden: There's a medium-sized wild garden with elm trees located at the back of the lodge. The garden area is not fully enclosed. There is a south-facing patio area with picnic benches and garden games. There is a nearby natural play area.

Hazards: Arrival to the Island is via boat and visitors must be able to independently transfer from the boat onto the jetty. This countryside property is close to the sea and cliffs.

Island Facilities: Brownsea Island does not have a shop so you will need to bring food for your stay with you. There is a small café on the island which is open during the day when the island is open from March to October where you can buy hot food and drinks.

Is this bunkhouse for you?

Our bunkhouses are perfect for guests who want to enjoy the outdoors and meet up with friends and family. We do not accept hen and stag groups at this bunkhouse. If you are travelling as part of an organised group or associated, please download and complete the group booking form at the bottom of the page and send it to guestrelations@nationaltrust.org.uk.

There are neighbours nearby, so we respectfully ask that you keep noise to a minimum after 11pm.

Having a celebration? We’re pleased that you’re using one of our cottages for a celebration. If you’re planning on inviting more that two day guests, we’d like to have a chat. We’d be grateful if you could complete the group booking form at the bottom of the page and send it in to guestrelations@nationaltrust.org.uk so that we can ensure the day is right for you.

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Booking enquiry form for organised groups and associations 2024 

Organised groups, including Duke of Edinburgh groups, are welcome at our campsites. To make an enquiry, please complete the form with your requirements and send it to guestrelations@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Having a celebration? 

We’re pleased that you'd like to use one of our cottages for a celebration. If you’re planning on inviting more than two day guests to your holiday accommodation, we’d like to have a chat and ensure the day is right for you. Please complete the group booking form, send it in to guestrelations@nationaltrust.org.uk and we'll get back to you - thank you.