A Typical Day At The Harbour

Drawing open the curtains to reveal the stunning panoramic views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island you step on to your terrace with a cup of coffee in your hand.  The water is gently lapping the harbour’s edge directly at the end of the communal waterside area, and the sun is glinting off the sea. It is going to be another beautiful day at The Harbour.

After your session in the gym, with one of the other residents, and a revitalising sauna you wander down the path to the jetty to take in the constantly changing view. Watching paddle boarders glide past you see that some early risers are already out on their boats and decide that you too will spend the morning on the water.

Returning to your apartment you find that the kids have already had an early morning swim and are now tucking in to fresh almond croissants from the award winning local Patisserie Mark Bennett located just 5 minutes walk away, in the local Lilliput shopping precinct which also contains a supermarket, restaurant, bike shop and other amenities.

There is a family discussion over which of the 9 water accessible restaurants to head to. The Hut on The Isle of Wight loses out as it was frequented last week so the vote today goes to the Shell Bay restaurant in Poole Harbour itself.

Despite it being low tide, the amphibious Sealegs Rib eases down the slipway into the shallow water at The Harbour’s edge, which provides such a safe swimming environment. Once it has gone twenty metres out on its wheels, it is afloat and the wheels are magically raised with the flick of a switch and the boat motors off through the moorings and around the back of Brownsea Island. You are taking the quieter scenic route as you are not in a hurry and want to take in the views of the Purbeck Hills and smaller islands within Poole Harbour.

Sailing over to the scenic Old Harry’s Rocks, the kids take turns in wakeboarding and “Ringo-ing” behind the back of the boat in the shelter of the famous cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. After a burst of speed to Bournemouth pier, the throttle is eased off and the boat cruises back alongside Sandbanks beach and into Poole Harbour again, having just beaten the timing of the Chain Ferry taking passengers and cars from Sandbanks across to the National Trust treasure, Studland Beach.

The boat – with its wheels now lowered again – is parked on the beach close to the excellent Shell Bay Restaurant, with a quick walk for the canine member of the family on the beach before lunch. After crabs, steak, lobster, Dover Sole and a glass or two of Chablis, all while sitting outside looking towards Brownsea Island’s castle (which was an inspiration for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures) the family then head back to their Sealegs . They are home again – just fifteen minutes after they finished their delicious lunch.

The afternoon passes with chores and homework, facilitated by a dedicated internet cable serving just The Harbour, or sunbathing for some on the private secluded terrace. Meanwhile the pre-teen has the choice of watching a movie on the large screen in the living room or in the communal TV area with some friends on the lower ground floor where he may also play a game of Pool and chill out.

The sun is still shining bright and the late afternoon brings a walk down Evening Hill with the dog, and along the gorgeous sand of the Blue Flag award winning Sandbanks beach. After a game of Crazy Golf, the family head to the Rick Stein restaurant where they eat a casual supper in the Bar.

The wind has picked up, changing the scenery, and the walk back up towards Evening Hill gives great viewing of the kite surfers and windsurfers providing a rainbow of colour and skill. The children see some of their friends from the Watersports Academy in Kiddies Corner where they have been taking windsurfing lessons in the knowledge that if they fall in the water, they will only be up to their knees in depth. The family walk home faster than the traffic leaving Sandbanks on this busy sunny weekend and think they are lucky to be living so close to the beach at Sandbanks and yet having to suffer none of its sunny day traffic issues.

Once back at the sanctuary of their home, the adults enjoy a cocktail on the terrace and take in the glorious sunset. After watching that evening’s fireworks display from Poole, there is one final piece of icing on the cake of living in this stunning location. Arrangements are made with neighbours from another apartment to meet tomorrow for a Jaccuzi and BBQ in the grounds of The Harbour on its own private beach with those ever-changing views across the water, followed by an afternoon playing with kayaks and paddle boards taken effortlessly from the The Harbour boatstore.

Just another gorgeous and memorable day by the stunningly beautiful and accessible Poole Harbour. The family and their four legged friend all sleep contentedly – with the deep sleep and pleasant dreams brought on by so much fresh air on the water. They can’t wait for it all to be repeated with numerous variants; perhaps a walk and pub lunch in the New Forest, a boat trip further afield up the Wareham River to the Priory Restaurant or a picnic on Studland Beach.

Who would choose to live anywhere but The Harbour?