Sandbanks is a small peninsular crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour. The half a square mile peninsular has been described as the 4th most expensive area in the world to live.
One of the properties on the peninsular with direct access to the harbour is Harbour Edge, which until 1994 was a fifties style bungalow bought by John Lennon in 1965 for £25,000 for his Aunt Mimi. John frequently visited his Aunt, as she had brought him up in their native city of Liverpool & Mimi has fond memories of John doing cartwheels on the beach. After Mimi passed away in 1994, the property was sold to a property developer who demolished the bungalow & replaced it with a glass fronted house which was believed to have been sold to close for £3.5 million. A current famous resident of Sandbanks is Harry Rednapp.
The main attraction of Sandbanks are the golden sand beaches which are undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Britain. It has been the holder of the European blue flag for 20 years. There are also good facilities on the promenade including toilets, showers, ice cream kiosks, hot dog kiosks with the seafarer cafe which offers a selection of hot & cold meals. There is mini golf & crazy golf by the cafe & a new play area for children.
On the beach side of the peninsular there are a selection of water sports including parascending, inflatable ringo’s or bronco’s, jet ski hire & power boat rides.
On the harbour side of the peninsular is the water sports academy at Sandbanks provides first class tuition to all ages from novice to expert, they offer windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wake boarding & water skiing.
The three hotels on the peninsular, the harbour heights hotel, the Sandbanks hotel & the Haven Hotel are all open to non-residents for lunch & dinner & even afternoon tea or just a drink at the bar.
Watch the world go by on a trip to the local historic Poole Quay, from the busy fishing boats, sailors in the harbour & water sport enthusiasts. A tempting collection of art galleries, potteries & curio shops are well worth browsing alongside high street shops located in the town centre. If eating out is on the agenda, as well as The Quay, the town of Poole & Sandbanks offer some of the best restaurants in Dorset, including; Storm, Alcatraz, Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant, a selection of traditional pub grub or choose an alfresco option of fish & chips in true Dorset style.
The south east of Dorset has so much to offer – for a spot of island hopping, catch the Sandbanks chain ferry over to Studland & explore Brownsea & or Round Island. As you head over to the Isle of Purbeck, towards the coastal town of Swanage, taking in the Purbeck Hills from the coast road & visiting the picture perfect, Studland Bay & Old Harry’s Rocks.
The chain ferry from Sandbanks crosses Poole Harbour to Studland & from there you can drive through the stunning scenery of the Isle of Purbeck towards Old Harry’s Rock & on to Swanage & Corfe Castle.