Meridies Holiday Lodge – Mudeford
Meridies Holiday Lodge is situated on the popular Sandhills Holiday Park in Mudeford. It is available to let for short breaks for 11 months of the year (excluding February) – see availability below.
Meridies Lodge is brand new in 2016 and it is available to let via Holiday Lettings. Read down to the bottom for a special offer for my blog readers.
Meridies means “South” in Latin.
My parents moved down to Bournemouth from London when I was very small, and they called our new house Meridies. To them, South represented a move from the stress of the big city to a simpler and more carefree life on the South coast. I can remember Dad saying to me that he thought the word was a bit like “merry days”, and we certainly did have many merry days in that house.
Now I am all grown up and my parents have moved on. Now I’m the one who lives near London with the stress of work and parenting teenagers. So now I’m carving out my own little patch of carefree childhood on the South coast, and the name seems appropriate again.
I’m looking forward to my own merry days here, and I’m sure my guests will relax and enjoy themselves too.
Where is Meridies Lodge
It is situated on plot 116 at the popular Sandhills Holiday Park, Avon Beach, Christchurch BH23 4AL. The park is directly on the seafront at Avon Beach. Some lodges have a sea view but this one is in a slightly shady, much more secluded location with no roads or footpaths alongside it. The decking is part sunny, part shady, so excellent for those who have young children or who like to stay out of the sun sometimes. There is a small glimpse of Christchurch harbour from the deck – both beach and harbour are a few minutes walk away.
The lodge sleeps 6 people – it has one double room with walk in wardrobe and ensuite loo and shower, one twin bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. Opposite the twin bedroom is a family bathroom with a bath
The kitchen is equipped to a very high standard including
- Gas hob with overhead extractor fan
- Microwave, grill and oven
- American style fridge freezer with water dispenser and ice maker
The living area consits of a 4 seater table and two sofas (one of which is a sofa bed). There is a 32 inch flat screen TV with DVD player and Wii console with a few games. Wifi is available in the lodge for a small fee – free Wifi is also available in the clubhouse area.
At the end of the living room, patio doors open onto the fenced part sunny, part shady deck. There will be a table and chairs on the deck – I haven’t bought them yet…..
Sandhills Holiday Park
Sandhills Holiday Park is a small friendly park situated on Avon Beach in Mudeford. There are just over 100 caravans and lodges – many of which are only used by the owners, so there is a real family atmosphere.
The park has a clubhouse with a bar and cafe (and pool table), there is a small outdoor play area for younger children, a gym for adults only, and two heated outdoor swimming pools which are fenced in with a childproof gate and a lifeguard on duty throughout all opening times. The pool has sunbeds and a view of the sea, the Isle of Wight and the Needles. There is also a small shop and a laundrette on site, but you won’t need to use that as you have a washer/dryer in the lodge.
The local area
I could go on and on about the local area – there is just so much to see and do. There are lots of restaurants and attractions which can be reached on foot or via a short ferry journey, and if you bring a car there are literally hundreds of attractions for tourists of all ages and interests within a very short drive.
Avon beach and Mudeford Quay
Sandhills Holiday park is situated right on Avon beach – the promenade passes directly in front of the balconies of the sea view lodges. Avon beach is mostly sandy with beach huts and a fabulous cafe/restaurant called the Noisy Lobster.
If you turn right on the promenade out of Sandhills, you will see the picturesque Mudeford Quay, a beautiful small fishing port, where you can buy fresh fish and also try your hand at crabbing.
From the quayside you can catch the ferry across to Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Sandspit beach, home of the wonderful Beach House Cafe (recommended nachos, burgers and/or mussels). Mudeford Sandspit is a very exclusive beach as there is no vehicular access. It is home to some of the most expensive beach huts in the UK, which don’t even have their own internal toilets….
From Hengistbury Head
Once you have taken the 5 minute ferry crossing to Hengistbury Head (see reviews here), you can access another ferry that will take you down towards Christchurch and also to Tuckton Tea Gardens, for Self drive boat hire and crazy golf.
Alternatively you can go on the 10 minute land train journey ( the Noddy train) which will take you through the Hengistbury Head nature reserve until you reach the Hungry Hiker cafe, and the bus stop for the City Sightseeing hop on hop off round tour of Bournemouth.
Booking Meridies Lodge
I am prepared to offer some discounts for my friends, family and blog readers, especially those who are able to take breaks during the week in term time. I am looking to get some favourable reviews on my Holiday Lettings site and I’m very hopeful that you will fall in love with the place in the same way that I did.
If you would like to come and stay at Meridies Lodge, please check out the listing on the Holiday Lettings site and choose the dates you would like to come. Then drop me a message on that site and mention how you know me. I will write back and will offer you a discount, and if you are happy you can then book through that site.