It may be a picture of peace and tranquility as you watch the sun go down over Mudeford Quay. But not so long ago it was a very different scene, as local smugglers played a constant game of cat and mouse with customs men to bring their contraband ashore.
History is all around you in Dorset, from Christchurch on your doorstep with its winding Georgian streets, to the famous Jurassic Coast, a little further down the road an extra 200 million years back in time.
There are all sorts of family attractions too, like high wire adventure activities, animal parks and good old-fashioned bucket and spade days out on nearby Bournemouth beaches. And of course, you can pack a picnic at any time and head inland to explore the trails and pathways of the majestic New Forest by horseback, pedal power or simply on foot.
Miles of sandy beaches, tons of local attractions and endless places to explore. With a holiday home in Dorset, every day is different.