Home to millionaire mansions, golden shores and clear blue waters, you don’t have to look far see why Sandbanks is one of the most sought-after postcodes in the world. Sitting at the mouth of Poole Harbour, this prized peninsula has earned an enviable reputation for its magnificent real estate and pristine Blue Flag beach. But knowing how to make the most of your visit to this little slice of paradise requires insider knowledge, and that’s precisely why you should let Rumsey of Sandbanks take care of your stay. The name Rumsey has been a Poole stalwart for over 70 years, providing guests with their dream holiday getaways for generations. Today, the business is under the care of Managing Director, Simon Tolson, a Poole native whose expert direction has grown the agency to offer more than 120 premier properties.
There truly is something to suit everyone in the Rumsey portfolio – from dog-friendly abodes to luxury beachfront apartments – and with strong local roots their expert team can recommend a myriad of things to see and do during your holiday. Of course, if you’re after something extra special, we recommend taking advantage of their Bespoke Sandbanks range. Arguably the crème de la crème of the Rumsey of Sandbanks collection, these elite holiday homes are unrivalled in quality and provide guests with access to a special concierge service during their stay. The service is managed by Kevin and David, who can arrange any number of experiences on your behalf, from private parties to boat charters, holistic treatments, supercar rental and chauffeur services.
Read on to discover three of our favourite Rumsey of Sandbanks properties…
Harbour Lookout, Poole
Arranged over three floors, this chalet-style beach house is beautifully presented throughout and offers enviable views across Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island. The open plan kitchen and living room on the top floor is reminiscent of chic Hampton hideaways, with full-width bi-fold doors that open out to a spectacular balcony and additional skylights that flood the space with soft natural light. A solid wood dining table seats ten guests comfortably, while the plush L-shaped sofa is perfect to kick back on and relax. Add a striking feature fireplace into the mix and Harbour Lookout takes comfort to the next level.
The property features three well-proportioned bedrooms, including a master suite with an ensuite bathroom, four-poster bed and personal balcony. Bedrooms two and three boast garden views and the ground floor Garden Room contains an additional Murphy bed which can be made up if needed. Harbour Lookout also offers a charming garden and benefits from three private parking spaces. With wifi throughout and easy access to the beach, few properties are as perfectly located for a luxurious trip to Poole.
Shore Lodge, Sandbanks
Shore Lodge is the sort of home that is usually kept behind lock and key, but thanks to Rumsey of Sandbanks this exquisitely outfitted property is available to book on an exclusive basis should you wish to experience the very best that Sandbanks has to offer. Set in an elevated location, within walking distance of the iconic Sandbanks Beach, Shore Lodge benefits from a large, landscaped garden and four private parking spaces. The property marries together historic beauty and ultra-modern design, with a state-of-the-art home extension and an immaculate design scheme throughout.
Each of Shore Lodge’s six bedrooms have been individually designed with custom built furniture and lavish textiles. Decoration is truly one of a kind – at times even bordering on audacious – with eye-popping accents and unique artwork adorning the walls. The huge open plan ground floor is equipped with places to cook, dine and socialise, and large picture windows offer views of the sunset that follow you throughout the building. Meanwhile, the property’s outside spaces benefit from a cedar hot tub and barbecue area to enjoy during the summer months.
Number Twelve, Lilliput
Number Twelve is a beautiful, four bedroom detached house in the much sought-after district of Lilliput. Only a short distance from Sandbanks and its many amenities, Number Twelve offers everything you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday by the sea.
Interior decoration follows a calming neutral and blue colour scheme with just a hint of ‘seaside chic’. All four of Number Twelve’s spacious bedrooms have been beautifully outfitted, along with its 3 elegant bathrooms and a bright, modern kitchen and dining space. Curl up and watch a movie in the cosy cinema room or head to the staggered patio out back where you’ll find a private hot tub and a barbecue area for al fresco dining. On both of the property’s top two floors, bi-folding doors open out to private balconies, providing views of Brownsea Island and, on a clear day, The Purbecks. This charming property is perfect for families with babies and young children in tow, as a cot and a highchair are available. One small dog is also welcome should you wish to bring your four-legged companion along.