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Dorset Lake Avenue, Lilliput, Poole

  • Ref: 9593814
  • Type: House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Reception Rooms: 7
  • Parking: Driveway, Triple Garage
  • Outside Space: Balcony, Garden
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • Rare prime waterfront location
  • Much sought after sunny location with truly stunning views across Poole Harbour towards Brownsea Island and over Sandbanks to the Purbecks. See owner’s story.
  • c. 8500 sq. ft property on 0.5 acres with a highly flexible configuration
  • Magnificent property built and refurbished to a very high specification
  • Jetty, slipway, summer house and boathouse
  • Highly specced water management system, underfloor heating, 2 Viessmann gas boilers, 18 channel 3-phase Oxtron electrics
  • Indoor swimming pool and bar
  • Owners have completed the build on their new property so no chain
  • Sale includes planning permission which would give the buyer potentially very valuable options-see in the property description and please ask for details.
  • Please watch the videos for further detail

Property Summary

Prime waterfront locations like this rarely come to the market. Just short of 8,500 sq ft of property on a plot of 0.5 acre.

Built in 2000 by a local developer/architect for himself with the target of the mechanics of the property to be to the standard of a small boutique hotel. In this there is a highly specced water management system including water softener, underfloor heating throughout the property, 2 Viessmann gas boilers, security system operable remotely and 18 channel 3-phase Oxtron electrics. This is only the second time it has come to the market in 19 years.

There is a magnificent flow and organisation to the property with flexibility in room determination. Above the garage is a gym, but could easily be an annexe or a bedroom or a recording studio. The huge and highest room in the house is currently an office, but could easily convert to another bedroom. The games room could become a bedroom as could the large walk-in dressing room, so the current four bedrooms could actually become up to eight bedrooms. 

The design of the house targeted the harbour as its focal point, so that from pretty well every room there are 180 degree views. 

The current owners bought the property in 2007 and have raised their kids here and the indoor swimming pool had lots of use. They have spent over £0.5m on the house since they have owned it, upgrading and reconfiguring including installation of the all important bar. 

But the main reason you’ll want this house is the access to the most amazing stretch of water it has. The garden slopes gently down to the harbour edge with the jetty, the slipway, summer house and the boathouse. The owners kids have caught Sea Bass from the jetty. It is worth your while to look at the videos that we have showing the easy launching and operation of the fantastic amphibious boat appropriately named Sealegs. 

The property does come with planning permission and a possible turnkey solution. The permission was granted in February 2019 for a block of 9 luxury 3 bedroom apartments totalling some 12,500 + sq ft. This would provide the acquirer significant and very valuable options in the future. Please ask us too regarding the covenant over neighbouring land. 

The new owners will be able to watch in luxurious comfort as you stand in awe looking at the ever changing panorama and seascape with boats moving to and fro in front of you and framed by Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Salterns Marina.


- Most rooms look out onto the harbour, except Bedroom 3, cinema room and the TV snug.

- All curtains are hand made with pleated headings

- Highly specced water management system including water softener

- Underfloor heating throughout the property

- 2 Viessmann gas boilers

- Security system operable remotely

- 18 channel 3-phase Oxtron electrics

- Built in speakers and Sonos sound system with operating points on the ground and lower ground floor

Entrance to the Property

Via electric gates, including side gate, operated from the house or via remote control. Sweeping block paved drive with lawns and mature shrubs. Access to the rear of the property, the garages, a side entrance and 4 steps up to the front door.


Triple garage, each electric door operated separately.

Gym/Granny Annexe 

Above the garages with 2 large storage cupboards

Entrance hall

Porcelanosa tiled floor with gallery above

Boot room 

Utility room 


Snug / tv room

With 65 inch TV with Sky Q

Living room

Engineered oak flooring and Nordica hearth. Access to balcony terrace.

Kitchen / dining area

Dining area - Engineered oak flooring, access to balcony terrace, wine fridge for your reds, whites and champagne. 

Kitchen - Porcelanosa tiling, quartz work surfaces, painted timber units, larder. Appliances include 2 x Bosch dishwashers, Neff induction hob, Miele Extractor hood, Miele oven/microwave and separate oven with warming drawer below, Sub-Zero fridge and Freezer.

Balcony terrace

With polyurethane decking and glass balustrade. Steps down to lower ground floor patio.

1st floor 

Illuminated stairs to galleried landing with storage cupboards

2nd Floor 

Illuminated stairs to landing and loft and water management area 

Master bedroom

Angled windows create a stunning panorama of Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills


Master ensuite

Porcelanosa tiled with large wetroom off. His and Hers’ sinks and vanity units with 360 degree mirroring

Bedroom two

Fitted wardrobes


With quadrant shower and bath 

Bedroom three

Fitted wardrobes


With quadrant shower

Bedroom four

Fitted wardrobes


With quadrant shower

Cinema room

With bar/kitchen area off. New Epsom projector, Celexon screen, Meridian speakers


Fully fitted. Angled windows create a stunning panorama of Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills

Games Room

Via sliding door access to patio


Fully fitted with dumb waiter and access to patio

Shower room with steam shower 


Swimming pool

With Plant room

Rear garden

Illuminated with lawn and shrubs leading to hard stand area with slipway and jetty. Outside loo to the side of the house.

Boatshed & Summer house

Power, light, alarm and separate summer house which retains the sun’s warmth and is set at the water’s edge.


Dorset Lake Avenue is a quiet no through road at the bottom of Evening Hill, away from the hubbub and traffic of Sandbanks. But of course so easy to travel by boat from your slipway into Poole Harbour and beyond. 

The harbour itself is the second largest natural harbour in the world(after Sydney) with many marinas capable of mooring the largest of yachts. Poole itself is the home of Sunseeker Marine. The natural harbour ensures safety and security for the yachts and the wonderful microclimate created by the Purbeck Hills makes for regular use of the water. And watching the kitesurfers and windsurfers in this UK hub for the sports will leave you open-mouthed. The harbour is known to be the UK’s safest venue for teaching children to windsurf and kitesurf. From the property you can walk to Sandbanks, part of 7 miles of continuous Blue Flag beaches stretching to Bournemouth and beyond. A coffee and bacon sandwich at the dog friendly Jazz Café on the beach is a treat. 

The current owners have used their Sealegs to visit 10 local restaurants from the Isle of Wight to the Wareham River but most within a few minutes reach in idyllic Poole Harbour itself. 

Lilliput village itself is a small community with hairdressers, Tesco & Co Op convenience stores, great fish ‘n chips at TJ’s which is next door to the locally famous Mark Bennett’s Patisserie. And at Koh Noi there is a popular bar and excellent Thai tapas.

Many major supermarkets are within short driving distances: Waitrose, M&S Food, Tesco, Lidl. 

For eating out you are spoilt for choice in the area: Rick Stein’s in Sandbanks on the edge of the harbour, the Pig on the Beach in Studland via the chain ferry, the Cliff and the Plantation gastro pubs and the Branksome Beach café and several restaurants in Canford Cliffs village plus all the eateries and fun in Ashley Cross. 

If in Canford Cliffs you will find the market leader HNB hair and beauty salon which is easily recognised by the familiar face of the concierge who welcomes you. 

Sports are a feature of the area. I guess that an interest in the water brings you to want to live here. The prestigious Royal Motor Yacht Club is on the Sandbanks peninsula, Salterns Marina is the other side of Evening Hill and the sailing centre of the area is Parkstone Yacht Club in Lilliput. 

Parkstone Golf Club, one of the top 100 courses in the country is on your doorstep. The famous West Hants Tennis Club is within 4 miles. The area has a large cycling community with a favourite destination being to take the Sandbanks chain ferry to explore the Purbeck Hills. And of course Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a must for walkers. There are local gyms at the Haven Hotel and the Sandbanks Yacht Company and of course AFC Bournemouth is a premier league club. 

If you have school age children, at primary level Lilliput 1st school and Baden Powell are Ofsted rated outstanding. There are local bus pick up points for the private schools of Dumpton, Castle Court, Canford, Bryanston and Clayesmore. The area boost no less than four grammar schools - 2 for boys and 2 for girls. 

Despite living in one of the most stunning places in the UK, the area is a significant business hub with the headquarters of JP Morgan, Vitality, LV, Sunseeker Marine, Barclays International, the RNLI and Merlin Entertainments all in the conurbation. 

From the property you are approximately 2.5 hours from London by car. It is a couple of miles to the Wessex Way with at least dual carriageway to the New Forest, Southampton and the UK motorway network. By rail there are direct routes to London(under 2 hours) and Manchester. Bournemouth International Airport is the fastest growing in the UK and from Poole there are ferries to France and the Channel Islands. 

A truly stunning place to live and enjoy this unique water-inspired lifestyle.


Imagine waking to the sounds of the water lapping the slipway at the bottom of your garden. Drawing open the curtains shows the stunning views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island. Some early risers are already manoeuvring their boats towards the Harbour’s entrance while someone is kitesurfing and provides a flash of colour and speed. There is a gentle noise in the background of a motor being started. 

The kids have an early morning swim and ball game in the indoor pool while the adults use the gym. All are then fed with fresh - and still warm - almond croissants bought from the very local Patisserie Mark Bennett. The dog was walked en route to purchasing the croissants -and during breakfast the beautiful lines of the Astoria ship cross right in front of the house on its way to Poole. 

After breakfast and some reading/screen time, the family then settle down to watch a movie in the sumptuous reclining seats in the Cinema Room. 

Feeling the need for some fresh air, all the family plus their much loved dog pile onto the Sealegs rib. Despite it being low tide, the boat eases down the slipway and onto the sand. Once it has gone thirty metres out on its wheels, it is afloat and the wheels are fully raised with the flick of a switch and the boat roars off towards the Harbour’s Entrance. 

After a family discussion over which of the 10 water accessible restaurants to head to, the vote today goes to the Shell Bay restaurant but only after the kids take turns in wakeboarding behind the back of the boat in the very safe and calm waters of the Bay by the very scenic Old Harry’s Rocks. After a burst of speed on the way to Bournemouth pier to see the packed beaches, the throttle is eased off and the boat cruises back alongside Sandbanks beach and into the Harbour again, having just beaten the timing of the chain ferry. The boat - with its wheels now lowered again - parks on the beach close to the Ferry crossing by the excellent Shell Bay Restaurant, with a quick walk for the canine member of the family on the quiet 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, the family then head back to their Sealegs and are home again - just fifteeen minutes after they finished their delicious lunch.

Chores and homework (with sunbathing for some on the secluded terrace) are then done for a few hours with the study and other working areas being utilised by different family members. 

The sun is still shining bright and the late afternoon brings a walk down Evening Hill (dog in tow of course) and along the Sandbanks beach. After a game of Crazy Golf, the whole family head to the Rick Stein restaurant where they eat a casual supper in the Bar - again accompanied by the canine.

The walk back up towards Evening Hill gives great viewing of the kite surfers and windsurfers providing a rainbow of colour and much excited laughter. Family memories are recalled as the kids spent many happy weekend mornings learning to windsurf in the very safe environs of ‘Kiddies Corner’ by the Sandbanks Hotel. 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 Sandbanks and yet having to suffer none of its sunny day traffic issues. 

Once home, after a cocktail on the terrace as the sun sets to the right, and 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. The family all head into the snug for a viewing on the 65inch TV of that day’s Match of the Day to watch the highlights of the local Premier League team (AFC Bournemouth) winning away at Chelsea - again! 

Just another gorgeous and memorable day by stunning and accessible Poole Harbour... and the dog sleeps a very contented sleep until it can all be repeated - with numerous variants and other possibilities (a walk and pub lunch in the New Forest being a favourite) the following equally sunny day. 

Who would choose to live anywhere else ....



Annual Council Tax: Band H £3,493.96 payable 

Connectivity: Currently owners use TalkTalk 

TV: Sky Q 

Property Specifications: 

Highly specced water management system including water softener 

Underfloor heating throughout the property 

2 Viessmann gas boilers 

Security system operable remotely 

18 channel 3-phase Oxtron electrics 

Built in speakers and Sonos sound system with operating points on the ground and lower ground floor 

Parking: Triple garage plus long drive 

Property Size: c. 8,500 sq. ft 

Plot size: 0.5 Acres 

Planning: (February 2019) Planning permission granted for a block of 9 luxury three bedroom apartments totalling some 12,500+ sq ft. This gives the acquirer significant and potentially very valuable options regarding the property in future. Please ask for details of the covenant over the neighbouring land. 

If you would like to know any additional information about this property or the area. 

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