South Shore Lodge

Poole, Dorset
South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
The kitchen at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island
An aerial view of Brownsea Island, Dorset
A beach on Brownsea Island, Dorset
South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island The kitchen at South Shore Lodge, Brownsea Island An aerial view of Brownsea Island, Dorset A beach on Brownsea Island, Dorset

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 24
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Preferred changeover day Tuesday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0

About South Shore Lodge

Take your group on an island adventure when you stay in this sea-view cottage on Brownsea Island.

Perfect for youth and special interest groups, this Victorian conversion provides bunk bed accommodation for up to 24 people. It’s set on the south coast of the island with its own garden, beach access and views of the Purbeck Hills. 

Your journey here will see you cross the seas from Poole Harbour to arrive on this wildlife-rich island. You’ll be greeted by one of our wardens who will escort you to your accommodation. 

Enquire and book

Call 01202 707744

Opening times

Monday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm

When emailing the team please reference the name of the bunkhouse you are enquiring about.


Features and facilities

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


  • Ground floor

    A kitchen, seating for 24 people provided via folding tables (these are stored flat and can be used as required). Two bedrooms 1x twin (bunkbed) and 1x domitory sleeping 4 (bunkbeds). There is another room which is multi-use.

  • First floor

    3x dormitories each sleeping 6 in bunkbeds. 

  • Other floor(s)

    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 bunkhouse.

Notes for guests

Booking: Please note South Shore Lodge is not open for bookings over the Christmas and New Year period.

Heating: The bunkhouse has electric heaters.

Bedding/linen: Mattress protector, one pillow and a blanket will be provided. Please bring a pillow case and sleeping bag.

Parking: There is no parking available on Brownsea Island. The nearest parking is the main pay and display car parks at Sandbanks and Poole and they are a 10-15 minute walk to the ferry. Once on the Island bags can be transported to the bunkhouse. The uneven gravel route to the bunkhouse is not lit.

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 a BBQ area. 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.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 Acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level through to 5 Acorns at the highest level. Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose, safe and clean. Running water and a WC are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities (details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage). Bedding, linen and towels are supplied (with a few exceptions, which is again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. Generally a 1 acorn cottage does not have wifi. Examples of a 1 acorn offer include Cartref, Wales and Rosedene, Worcestershire.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high sleeps to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 acorn cottages have wifi and, similar to a 1 Acorn cottage, the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic in their offer. All 2 (and higher) Acorn cottages supply bedding, linen and towels. Examples of a 2 acorn offer include Engine Cottage, Cornwall and High Hallgarth, Cumbria.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small sized kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage. Examples of a 3 acorn cottage include the Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk and Rose Cottage, Isle of Wight.

4 Acorn: these cottage have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally it is likely to have added comfort extras. The ratio of bathrooms to guests will be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers as opposed to over bath showers. Examples of a 4 Acorn offer include Portland House, Dorset and Stepper View, Cornwall.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage. This is the highest offer available. The furniture is of high standard, and has real comfort for modern living. Examples of a 5 Acorn cottage include The Old Rectory, South Wales and West Gate Lodge, Yorkshire.

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