Quay House awarded 5 Star Gold Rating by The English Tourism Board

gold-award-sticker-sign-2Our beautiful 6 Bedroom Listed Georgian Town House in Christchurch, Dorset has been described as…

“Quay House is an imposing Georgian town house that has been totally refurbished, both externally, as well as internally. Quality finishes are extremely high, with some flexible living areas and very comfortable, modern, high quality furnishings and equipment throughout. Cleaning/housekeeping standards are excellent and the house is ideally located, within walking distance of the town centre and quayside and with views of historic Christchurch priory from the main bathroom and some of the bedrooms. There is secure, gated off road parking available for four cars and an attractive garden and patio area, with outside seating for guests to enjoy al fresco dining in the summer. ”

Posted in Christchurch, Dorset, News, Properties | Comments Off on Quay House awarded 5 Star Gold Rating by The English Tourism Board

Things to do in Christchurch, Dorset

While you’re staying at one of our Christchurch based properties – there’s plenty to do in the local area!

  1. Visit to Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland offers so much fun and excitement for the whole family thanks to the diversified rides and attractions. Battling on Battle boats, having a ride on Dragon’s Drop Megaslide are favorites of many families. Cuddle Corner Farm of this exciting lot offers you the opportunity to see beautiful animal breeds. Park characters like Alice, the White Rabbit etc. are prepared to mesmerize your kids thought-out your visit. If your kids prefer nature-related aspects, you can take them to the huge indoor adventure park.

  1. Quomps Splash Park for kids

4-apr-splash-parkBright and sunny days are not rare if you are in Dorset. Taking your kids into a water park on such sunny day will be a great experience for them. So, consider taking your kids to Quomps Splash Park which is based on lots of water-related activities including spraying and padding in the large pool area. In general, this park is suitable for kids up to 10+ years of age. It is open daily from April to October.

  1. Christchurch Sailing Club

047429_16327a50If you are a sailing enthusiast, Christchurch offers you a great opportunity to join Christchurch Sailing Club. The entire family can learn sailing by joining this exciting activity. More importantly, they have specially designed courses for children to learn or improve their sailing skills.  However, your kids must be at least of 12 years to join this club.

  1. Adventure Voyages

Adventure Voyages offer the guest a wonderful opportunity to experience the taste of boating in the UK. Christchurch harbor is equipped with several 9 meter RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to offer you an exciting sailing experience that reaches the speed up to 30 knots.  However, it is required to book these voyages in advance.

  1. PlayGolf

Most of us love playing couple of Golf games during our free times. If you are a Golf enthusiast, this golf course will be your delight. You can either practice or play depending on your skills. Further, you can have your kids to get some practice thanks to the specially designed junior golf lessons. They also organize school holiday activities too. More interestingly, they offer you a chance of playing their very exciting novelty game called Foot Golf, which is a family game!


  1. The good play café

If you are looking for a place to keep your little ones entertained, Good Play café is a great solution for you. It is a soft play café that is decorated with brilliant colors for the delight of kids. A nice selection of kids’ eatables is available in the same place. Various kids’ activities are available; keep them engaged in fun-filled activities

The “things to do in Christchurch” list is not limited to the above facts. It is a place of various other natural and man-made attractions. Don’t forget to do some research and get information about other available activities in this exiting area.

Posted in Christchurch, Discounts & Deals, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Things to do in Christchurch, Dorset

Dog Friendly Accommodationin Dorset

Short Stay Homes offers Dog Friendly Holiday Accommodation in Dorset

We own a number of high quality properties in England which are available for short lets throughout the year. Whether it’s for a 3 night break or a longer stay we can cater for your needs.

Ranging from a picturesque thatched cottage perfect for exploring the New Forest National Park, to a luxury 2 bedroom 2 bathroom riverside apartment in the heart of the city London, or a fishing break in Devon, we have the perfect property for you.


Quay House

Quay House

Quay House
The Former Vicarage, now known as Quay House, is a significant Georgian House with later Victorian and Edwardian additions which has been completely refurbished and furnished to a extremely high standard.

The house has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to 12 adults plus three children. There is also car parking for up to 4 cars on site, in addition to public car parking nearby. There is a large garden, which is rare for such a central location.


Quay Corner

The house is perfectly located within the historic centre of Christchurch, it immediately adjoins the Christchurch Priory and is within a few minutes’ walk of all the excellent facilities of the town centre, including many fine restaurants and excellent shopping and a small cinema.

Quay Corner
Quay Corner, a perfect family house that has 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and cloakroom and can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people. There is also car parking for up to 3 cars on site, in addition to public car parking nearby.

DogBeachBut what about walkies?
Try Mudeford Sandbank, a Dog Friendly Beach in Christchurch, Dorset. Mudeford Sandbank sits next to Hengistbury Head beach, but overlooks Christchurch harbour, forming a natural barrier between the harbour and the open sea.

There’s an adjacent lagoon with red shanks, oyster catchers, terns and natter jack toads. The area is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and can only be reached by foot, bicycle or land train from Hengistbury Head, or by ferry from Mudeford and Christchurch Quays.

Posted in Christchurch, Dorset, Hampshire, News, Properties | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dog Friendly Accommodationin Dorset

Top Things to do in Christchurch, Dorset

Not sure what to do on your holiday in Christchurch? We’ve selected just a few of our favourite attractions.

410 ed Chch 1Take a stroll around Christchurch Priory
Wander around the beautiful scenery surrounding a historic Christchurch Priory Church, it’s on the door step of our Quay House Property! It’s the longest running parish church in the country and is larger than 21 English Anglican Cathedrals. While you’re there, view the Miraculous Beam; The legend of the miraculous beam dates to the early 12th century. The story is that a beam was found to have been cut too short when it was hoisted into place. This would have been embarrassing for the carpenters since the wood was expensive and would be difficult to replace. There was however a mysterious carpenter who had worked and eaten alone. The following day the carpenters returned and found the beam was now fitted in place. The unknown carpenter was never seen again, and the story came to be that it was Jesus Christ who had intervened. The church became Christ’s Church of Twynham in commemoration of the event. In time the town became Twynham-Christchurch and eventually shortened to Christchurch. The miraculous beam can be seen today and is located in the Priory’s ambulatory.

mudeford-4891785697_9c473ed510_oHead to the beach at Mudeford Quay
Mudeford is the centre of the local fishing industry with lobster pots piled up along the quay. The ferry runs from the Quay to neighbouring Christchurch and to Mudeford Sandbank, a spit of land adjoining Hengistbury Head.

The Quay side offers cafes, gifts shops, inns and restaurants which make this a pleasant place to visit. Historic buildings in the village include the Grade 2 listed Mudeford House, Waterford Lodge Hotel, the Grade 2 listed Sandford Hotel which once hosted the Post Office, and the Nelson Tavern. Look for the 1856 Victorian letterbox next to The Moorings.

2029449_1eff262dEnjoy the Gardens at Highcliffe Castle
This magnificent Grade 1 Listed Cliff top mansion was built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay in the early 1830’s. The Library galleries inside the Castle provide a magnificent backdrop for history, art and craft exhibitions. This varied programme offers something for all tastes and ages whilst promoting the best local artists.

IMG_6437Catch a movie at the Regent Centre

The Regent Centre is a restored 1930s art deco cinema, now also featuring theatre, opera, concerts and dance found right in the centre of Christchurch’s high street. Its 480 seats are regularly filled for events as diverse as the latest film releases to professional touring theatre, jazz, big band, ballet, opera and celebrity star shows.


Posted in Christchurch, Discounts & Deals, Dorset, Holiday Lets, News, Properties | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Things to do in Christchurch, Dorset

Last minute deals…

Riverside Lodge New Forest – 12th – 19th August – 7 nights…

Should be £1,295 now just £650 inc VAT for a 7-night stay – call or email now to book.

Riverside Lodge

Riverside Lodge


Quay House Christchurch – 15th – 22nd August – 7 nights…

Due to cancellation now available for £2,500 inc VAT – call or email now to book.

Rear aspect of Quay House

Rear aspect of Quay House

Posted in Christchurch, Devon, Discounts & Deals, Dorset, Hampshire, Holiday Lets, Properties, The New Forest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Last minute deals…

Now showing our properties using Drone technology …

Stunning images captured by a local drone photographer show our properties at their best in this amazing location…


…see more great pictures under ‘Fordingbridge’ & ‘Christchurch’ properties.


Posted in Christchurch, Dorset, Holiday Lets, News, Properties | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Now showing our properties using Drone technology …

Quay House advert features in Christchurch Food Festival publication

Christchurch food festival advert

Short Stay Homes proud to support another hugely successful food festival.

Posted in Christchurch, Dorset, Holiday Lets, News, Properties, Self Catering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quay House advert features in Christchurch Food Festival publication

Quay House featured in new local book

Lesser known Christchurch

A contemporary book about Christchurch in Dorset. It contains 6 self-guided walks with maps and colour illustrations to help you explore. Part of the Lesser Known series from Roving Press, this is a practical guide to Christchurch. ‘This well-researched book will tell you things that you will probably not have known about Christchurch and its history. Of interest to visitors to the town as well as residents who may want to explore parts of the borough they don’t get to see very often. Dip into any part of this book to find a fascinating fact that will whet your appetite to know more about the town and some of its more colourful historical figures.’

Posted in Christchurch, Dorset, News, Properties | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quay House featured in new local book