Birchcroft-hideaway - self-catering accessible acc. for families with disabled members - Dorset sleeps 8

Ferndown, near Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
£700 to £2500
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Birchcroft-hideaway nestles in over an acre of woodlands at the end of a winding lane with Bournemouth’s golden sandy beaches near by. The area has great entertainment with cinemas, nightclubs and good shopping. Picturesque Christchurch with its beautiful harbour, the New Forest, National Trust properties of Brownsea Island, Kingston Lacey, Corfe Castle and the Jurassic Coast, are all in easy distance with Adventure Wonderland, Hobby Craft and Wimborne Minster are close by. The area is a golfers paradise with over 16 courses
The property is M2, V1 and H1 rated by Visit England,. We have a hospital style bed [4’] and a single electric bed. We can provide folding wheelchair, commode, folding walker, toilet risers, etc if requested. A hoist can be hired in advance and fits well into room 2. Access to the front door is via a wheelchair friendly ramp or two steps. All rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible except for bathroom and en suite. We have a well equipped wet room with wheeled shower stool, low mirrors and sink, and large drying rack. The lounge has an open fire and two riser/recliner chairs to assist with standing or a comfy place to put your feet up and enjoy the stunning view. Each bedroom has a small television and comfy beds.
From the lounge terrace or the HOT TUB you look down the Stour valley, where you can see spectacular sunsets while sipping a glass of wine.
"Where the country meets the sea and history abounds." ©


  • Assisted Shower Chair
  • Disabled Parking
  • Electric Beds
  • Loopback
  • No Smoking
  • Shower Seat
  • Toilet Grab Rails
  • Wheel In Shower
  • Wifi


Ferndown is on the eastern side of Dorset and only 6 miles from Bournemouth's golden sandy beaches. The location allows easy routes into the surrounding countryside with the Jurassic Coast just an hour's drive away. The New Forest, several National Trust houses [Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy,] Adventure Wonderland, artificial ski slopes, Poole and Christchurch harbours [for wind surfing and boat trips] numerous pubs and restaurants as well as cinemas and good shopping are all in easy reach. Birchcroft is set in its own rhododendron woods with a playhouse for younger children and great wild life to watch. Our own hot tub is coming soon.
BIRCHCROFT for peace, tranquillity, wildlife, beautiful walks, golf courses and sun & sand.

Booking Information

Booking Terms and Conditions for HolidayInDorset - 2021
In these Booking Terms and Conditions:-
a] “we”, “us”, “our” and the “Organisation” means HolidayInDorset.
b] the “Owner” means the person/persons who own the holiday home [“the Property”].
c] the “holidaymaker”, “you”, and “your” means the person making the booking and all members of the holiday rental party who have been accepted by the Organisation on behalf of the Owner.
d] the “booking” means the agreement between The Organisation and/or the Owner and the holidaymaker
e] the “holiday period” means the from and to dates as stated on the booking form
f] the “OTA” means Online Travel Agents [ie, AirBnB, Eviivo, etc]
g] “fees” means the total cost of the holiday payable by the holidaymaker
The Organisation is responsible for the administration of your booking and does so solely on behalf of and as agent for the Owner.
These Booking Terms and Conditions set out the basis of your contract with the Owner. They also deal with the Organisation’s position. When you book a property through the Organisation you enter into a contract with the Owner of that Property. The contract of hire is not effective until the Organisation has received the completed the Holiday Booking Form from the holidaymaker.
Additional Terms and Conditions may from time to time be issued by the Organisation or the Owner with the Booking Form where national restrictions and rules may come into force.
Nothing in these Booking Terms and Conditions affects your normal statutory rights.
1.1 Provisional or instant bookings may be made by telephone, e-mail, on the website or any OTA website that holds details of the property. After this a formal booking form is sent by the Organisation to the holidaymaker with the request that it is completed, signed and returned together with an agreed deposit [usually 50% of booking fees] within seven days of the form being sent to the holidaymaker. No booking shall exist until the Organisation has received the completed booking form from the holidaymaker.
1.2 When the Organisation has received the signed booking form and deposit, the Organisation will issue a Holiday Confirmation email to the holidaymaker and a binding contract will exist between the holidaymaker and the Owner subject to these terms and conditions.
1.3 The balance payment as detailed in the Booking Conformation Form must be received by the Organisation within 29 days of the commencement of the holiday period. On receipt of the balance payment a Final Arrangements Form [Key Letter] will be sent to the holidaymaker confirming key codes and any other final arrangements.
1.4 All offers and bookings are subject to availability. The holidaymaker must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. The holidaymaker must be authorised to make the booking on the basis of these Booking Terms and Conditions by all other members of the rental party. By making the booking, the holidaymaker confirms that he/she is so authorised and that all other party members agree that the booking is subject to these Booking Terms and Conditions. The holidaymaker is responsible for making all payments due to the Organisation. The booking is made as a consumer and you agree that no liability can be accepted by the Owner or the Organisation for any expenses, costs, losses, claims or other sums of any description that relate to any business, howsoever suffered or incurred by you.
1.5 Where the Organisation has not received the balance of the holiday cost by the due date (i.e., 29 days before the start of the holiday or as the OTA has detailed) an overdue reminder letter will be issued to the holidaymaker.
If the balance is not received within 7 days the Organisation on behalf of the Owner reserve the right to cancel the holiday booking and to keep the deposit paid by the holidaymaker and the holidaymaker shall have no claim against the Owner or the Organisation for compensation or reimbursement whatsoever. Where the costs of the holiday have been paid in instalments, the equivalent of the deposit is not refundable.
1.6 A damage deposit fee of £200.00 [if applicable] may be payable with the balance of the holiday cost and such fee shall be fully refundable fifteen days [or the cheque destroyed] after the holiday ends provided that there is no damage caused to the Property and no extra cleaning is required. If any works are required to the Property then the Organisation reserve the right to use the damage deposit fee to cover all damages and/or extra cleaning. This damage deposit fee does not limit the Owner in any way from making a subsequent claim against the holidaymaker for excessive damage by the holidaymaker through the English legal system.
1.7 For Properties booked less than 30 days before your arrival date, payment must be paid for in full by bank transfer or credit/debit card, at the time of booking along with the damage deposit fee [if applicable]
1.8 The prices of unsold holiday periods may be increased or decreased and corrections made to errors in advertised prices at any time before your arrangements are confirmed. The price of your chosen arrangements will be confirmed at the time of booking. As changes and errors occasionally occur, the holidaymaker must check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price) at the time of booking.
1.9 Should the VAT rates increase, or any additional taxes or levies be introduced that affect the price of your holiday, the holidaymaker may be required to pay the extra amount. Alternatively, should the rate of VAT or any government imposed tax or levy included in the quoted prices decrease so that a lower rate applies to your holiday, the price of your holiday will be reduced accordingly.
1.10 Occasionally, offers are made giving the holidaymaker the chance to book the Property at a special rate. Details of any additional terms specific to the offer will be notified to you prior to or on making your booking and should be read in conjunction with these Booking Terms and Conditions
1.13 You can now pay your deposit and balance payments via your credit or debit cards or bank transfer if you book via the website or any other OTA [ie. VRBO,, AirBnB or Eviivo].
2.1 In order to process your booking, the Organisation needs to collect and store on their computers certain personal details from you, for example names and addresses of party members, payment details, special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect any holidaymaker’s holiday arrangements. The Organisation is the sole data controller of all personal details provided to the Organisation by customers and prospective customers.
2.2 The Organisation may need to pass on your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your holiday services can be provided [for example the Owner, any key holder(s) of the Property, other suppliers or agents].
2.3 The Organisation also needs to process and store your personal details for their own administration, market analyses and operational reviews. The Organisation would also like to store and use your personal details for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you brochures, emails or details of promotions and offers which the Organisation feels may be of interest to you). All details you give to the Organisation at any time will be kept, but only names, contact details and any booking preferences will be used for marketing purposes unless the holidaymaker informs the organization when you provide the information.
2.4 The companies, organisations and third parties to whom the Organisation discloses customer details may contact any members of your party by post, e-mail, telephone, including automated dialling equipment, fax, and/or pre-recorded messages for the purposes set out in this Section. If you do not wish to receive any or all of the communications set out in this Section, then please let the Organisation know as soon as possible by telephone, letter, e-mail or fax. The Organisation is entitled to assume that you do not object to being communicated with unless you have indicated otherwise either at the time you gave your details to the Organisation or subsequently.
3.1 The holidaymaker must notify the Organisation and/or the OTA immediately and in writing of any intention to cancel the holiday. The cancellation only takes effect when the Organisation and/or the OTA has received written confirmation from the holidaymaker.
3.2 When the holiday period has been booked via the Organization and the holidaymaker cancels at any point before check-in the following rules will apply to any payments or outstanding payments for the holiday period:-
If cancelled before midnight more than 30 days before check-in, no fees will be payable and any fees already paid will be refunded less an admin fee [if applicable].
If cancelled before midnight less than 30 days but more than 14 days before check-in, 50 % of holiday booking fees are due. Any fees already paid over 50 % of booking fees will be refunded less an admin fee [if applicable]
If cancelled before midnight less than 14 days before check-in, 100 % of fees are due, outstanding fees will be payable and any fees already paid will be retained by the Organization.
3.3 When the holiday period has been booked via an OTA, the booking rules and the cancellation rules of the OTA, specified at the booking date, will apply.
3.4 The Organisation does not offer holiday cancellation insurance and it is advised that all holidaymakers take independent advice on an appropriate holiday insurance policy.
3.5 If the holiday period falls within national restrictions as specified by the British Government, for the area in England that the property lies in, then the holidaymaker is entitled to a full refund by the Organisation if booked through the Organization. If the holiday period has been booked via an OTA then the cancellation policy of the OTA will prevail.
3.6 If the holiday maker has to cancel the holiday period by illness before the holiday, during the holiday, by national restrictions in his home area as specified on the booking form, by any other circumstances that force him or his party to cancel then he is liable to payment of the booking fees as specified in 3.2 and 3.3 above.
3.7 If the holiday maker or any of his party become ill from Covid 19 or any other pandemic illness he must organise for his whole party to return home immediately. If the holidaymaker or any of his party cannot return home for any reason then the cost of the extra holiday period is the responsibility of the holidaymaker and he is also responsible for any damages caused to the next and subsequent holidaymakers who therefore cannot fulfil their holiday periods.
4.1 In the unlikely event of the Owner being unable to let the Property for the specified period, the Organisation on behalf of the Owner shall use their reasonable endeavours to arrange alternative accommodation of an equivalent type and standard in a similar location. If this is not acceptable to the holidaymaker then the holidaymaker may require payment by the Organisation on behalf of the Owner of all monies paid on a pro rata basis if the holiday period has already started which shall be forthwith refunded. The Organisation does not accept any liability other than the repayment of monies, which have previously been paid to them.
4.2 “Force Majeure”. Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Terms and Conditions, the Owner and the Organisation shall not be liable, jointly or individually, for any changes, cancellations, effect on your holiday, loss or damage suffered by you or for any failure by the Owner and/or the Organisation to perform or properly or promptly perform any of their respective obligations to you which is due to any event(s) or circumstance(s) beyond the reasonable control of either the Owner or the Organisation (referred to as “force majeure” in these Conditions). By way of example, force majeure includes fire, flood, exceptional weather conditions, epidemics, pandemics, destruction or damage of the Property by any cause (other than negligence of the Owner or the Organisation) and all similar situations. In appropriate cases (for example where your booking has to be cancelled before departure from the property due to force majeure) the Organisation on behalf of the Owner will, however, refund to you all monies paid to the Organisation by you for your booking, on a pro rata basis. No compensation, expenses, costs or other sums of any description (including without limitation the cost of securing an alternative property/ accommodation) will be payable in such circumstances by either the Owner or the Organisation to you.
4.3 In the unlikely event of any service [ie supply of gas, electricity, water, WiFi, etc] or equipment failure outside the control of the Owner and Organisation, the Owner and the Organisation shall not be liable, jointly or individually, for any changes, cancellations, affect on your holiday, loss or damage suffered by you.
5.1 Whilst to the best of the Organisation’s knowledge the details described in the Property literature and/or website are correct at the time of publishing the Owner reserves the right to make alterations to the Property at any time and the Organisation will endeavour to inform the holidaymaker of any such alterations.
5.2 Occasionally, problems can mean that some facilities or services become unavailable or subject to restriction. If this happens, the Organisation or the Owner will tell the holidaymaker as soon as reasonably practical after the Organisation or Owner becomes aware of the situation. If a facility or service within the Property becomes unavailable, the Organisation or Owner will make all reasonable effort to correct the situation in a reasonable time. The Organisation, or Owner or the Owner’s representative or any workmen called in by the Organisation/Owner, reserve the right to enter the Property for the sole reason of remedying the problem during usual working hours. Permission of the holidaymaker will usually be sort, but the Organisation/Owner reserves the right to proceed to carry out the maintenance, repair or replacement of the said service without the holidaymaker’s permission if necessary. At no time does the Organisation or the Owner, where a broadband service is provided, guarantee the broadband service.
5.3 The Organisation makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that information supplied to you in relation to the Property or its facilities and/or services is accurate and complete as at the date given to you or as at the date published. As the Organisation acts only as agent for the Owner the Organisation cannot accept responsibility for any inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information about the Property or its facilities and/or services except in the case of the negligence of the Organisation. The Organisation will, however, use its best endeavours to notify you of any changes to or inaccuracies in any information contained in a brochure/website or otherwise provided to you as soon as reasonably practical after the Organisation becomes aware of the change or inaccuracy.
5.4 The Organisation or the Owner cannot accept responsibility for any changes or closures to local area amenities or attractions mentioned in the website or literature.
The holidaymaker confirms and agrees as follows: -
6.1 The holidaymaker will ensure that the Property is securely locked and alarm set [where applicable] when not occupied during the holiday let.
6.2 To use the Property solely for the purpose of a holiday by the holidaymaker and his or her party.
6.3 Limit the number of occupants to the number stipulated in the website or in the Property details and the party to the list of people detailed on the booking form or the number stipulated by Government or Local Authorities. The Organisation on behalf of the Owner reserves the right to refuse admittance to the Property where this condition is not observed.
6.4 Show due consideration to other parties. If the holidaymaker abuses the Property or displays dangerous, offensive behaviour to the Owner or the Organisation or any third parties e.g. neighbours then the Organisation and the Owner have the right to ask the holidaymaker to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period.
6.5 If for any reason the holiday shall be terminated by the Organisation and/or the Owner, then the holidaymaker shall have no claim against the Owner for compensation or reimbursement whatsoever.
6.6 Keep the Property and all furniture, utensils, equipment, fixtures and fittings in or on the Property in the same state of repair and condition as at the commencement of the holiday and to ensure that at the end of the holiday the Property is left in the state and cleanliness in which it was found. The Organisation on behalf of the Owner reserve the right to levy an additional charge for extra cleaning required after the holidaymaker’s occupancy.
6.7 Report as soon as possible to the Organisation any breakages or damage caused by the holidaymaker during the holiday. The Organisation reserves the right to make a claim against the holidaymaker for repair and costs as a result of such damage.
6.8 Each Property does not accept pets as the Organisation attempts to have allergy free accommodation but no guarantee to this allergy free status can be accepted on behalf of the Organisation and/or the Owner.
6.9 Where pets are permitted, such as dogs for the blind or any assistance dogs, they shall not be left unattended and shall not be allowed on the furniture and must sleep on bedding provided by the holidaymaker. Pets are not to be allowed in bedrooms at any time. The holidaymaker shall be liable for any damage caused by pets. The Organisation gives no warranty that the garden is secure for a pet or pets.
6.10 Where pets are allowed by prior arrangement with the Organisation and/or the Owner, the holidaymaker shall be liable to pay for an allergy clean at the end of the holiday period. This is not payable if arrangements have been approved for the pet owner to exercise the pet in the grounds of the Property and not to enter the Property at any time ie when the pet is kennelled elsewhere.
6.11 Should a guest bring a pet with them without prior permission of the Organisation and/or the Owner, the guest will be asked to remove the pet immediately and will be charged an additional full allergy clean as soon as is practical or at the end of the holiday period.
6.12 Each Property is designated non-smoking so the holidaymaker and his or her party shall refrain from smoking in the Property. If evidence of smoking in the Property is found during the holiday period or at the end of the holiday period, then an additional charge for extra cleaning will be charged. If the holidaymaker does smoke in the garden or grounds [where permitted], it is the responsibility of the holidaymaker to dispose of all cigarettes, cigar ends or matches in a safe environment and not to leave the same in the garden or grounds of the Property. Any extra clearance/cleaning required by the result of non-removal will result in a claim against the holidaymaker.
6.13 The holidaymaker must at all times be responsible for and aware of all fire hazards in the Property, garden or grounds of the Property. Any hazards must be dealt with promptly and any hazards reported to the Organisation or owner as soon as possible. Fire assessments and fire safety precautions are checked annually by the Organisation and Owner and all remedial action taken.
6.14 The holidaymaker is required to sign a Declaration of Damage Liability form if the party consists of one sex only and/or where the majority of the party are under 25 years of age.
6.15 Where from time to time Government rules may require holidaymakers to sign health and safety declarations or take specified tests, if the holidaymakers refuse to sign or take the test, then the Organisation or the Owner may ask them to leave the property immediately and no refunds will be given.
7.1 You can arrive at the Property at any time after 5.00pm (unless advised otherwise, for example on your Holiday Confirmation Form) on the start date of your holiday period and you must leave by 10.00am on the last day of your holiday period.
7.2 The keys to the Property will be in a key box on the wall near the front door. The code for the key box and alarm [if applicable] will be sent to the holidaymaker in the Key letter. Where key boxes are not available, the Owner will arrange to meet you or leave the keys elsewhere and you will be informed about this in the Holiday Confirmation Form.
7.3 If the holidaymaker has requested items from the Organisation’s Food and Gifts Order Form, these will be delivered to the Property during the first evening of the holiday period where possible. The Organisation or the Owner will inform the holidaymaker as soon as possible if deliveries have to be altered.
7.4 You are required to vacate the Property by 10.00 am on the final day of your holiday period and leave the Property in a clean and tidy condition, similar to the conditions in which you found the Property on your arrival.
7.5 Please leave a comment in the Visitor Book and please make a note of any breakages, leaving a small payment as listed in the Help folder in the Honesty box. This eliminates the use of the damage deposit fee if this procedure it used, provided that it is used to cover small items – ie broken cups, broken glasses, etc.
7.6 On departure please set the alarm [where relevant], securely lock the Property, return the keys to the key box and ensure the key box is locked.
8.1 Every effort has been made to ensure that you have an enjoyable and memorable holiday. If, however, you have any cause for complaint the Owner and the Organisation are anxious that remedial action is taken as soon as possible. It is essential that you contact the Owner or his/her representative immediately if any problem arises so that it can be speedily resolved. It is often extremely difficult (and sometimes impossible) to resolve difficulties properly unless the Owner is promptly notified. Discussion of any complaints with the Owner or his/her representative whilst you are in residence will usually enable shortcomings to be rectified immediately. In particular, complaints of a transient nature (for example, regarding preparation or heating of the Property) cannot possibly be investigated unless registered whilst you are in residence.
8.2 If you cannot make contact with the Owner or his/her representative, or if you remain unhappy with their response, you should immediately telephone the Organisation on the number shown on your Booking Confirmation Form.
8.3 If, after this, you feel that the problem has not been resolved to your satisfaction, then the holidaymaker must, within 7 days of the final day of the holiday rental, put the complaint in writing to the Organisation. This will then be passed to the Owner. Please send your letter by recorded delivery to the Organisation’s Office at 32 Dunkeld Road, Bournemouth BH3 7EW, marked for the attention of the Customer Relations Department. This procedure is designed to ensure the speediest possible investigation and rectification of complaints. Please help the Owner and the Organisation to help you by following this procedure. If you fail to do so, this may affect your entitlement to claim compensation where this would or may otherwise have been appropriate. As the Organisation acts only as an agent for the Owner, the Organisation cannot accept any liability for your property. Any assistance provided in resolving a complaint in relation to your booking is provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as agent only.
8.4 Any outstanding dispute shall be settled in accordance with English law.
9.1 The Organisation or the Owner cannot guarantee the security of any vehicles or personal possessions left at the Property, on the roadway, or in the garden or driveway of the Property from any cause whatsoever.
9.2 The Owner and the Organisation shall have no liability for any death or personal injury unless, in the case of the Organisation, this results from the negligence of the Organisation or its employees (providing they were at the time acting in the course of their employment) or, in the case of the Owner, it results from the Owner’s negligence or that of any employee of the Owner (providing they were at the time acting in the course of their employment).
9.3 For claims that do not involve death or personal injury, if the Organisation is found liable, the maximum amount the Organisation will have to pay is equivalent to the booking price (excluding taxes and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected. Additionally, the Organisation cannot accept liability for any business losses.


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