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Welcome to Round Island

Poole Harbour

Holiday on your own Private Island

in the Heart of Poole Harbour

Our private Island, Round Island, is a hidden gem located in the sheltered western side of Poole Harbour in Dorset.  Our pier faces west towards the R.S.P.B Reserve on the Arne Headland, and our 360 degree views from around the Island take in the landscape from the Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle to the far distant Historic Poole Quay and Commercial Port of Poole.


The Island is approximately 15 acres in size with a path which winds through rhododendrons and woodland which is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  There is a sandy beach with shallow water from where our Guests enjoy a range of watersports.


Having been in the hands of the same family for over 50 years, our Island has been hosting Guests for the past 30 years in our Holidays Cottages which open between Easter and October each year.


Your journey to Round Island will see you cross Poole Harbour in our Private Launch from our base at Lake Yard Marina.  

  • Round Island Cottages

Island Accommodation


There are three Guest Cottages on Round Island, 'Curlew', 'Sandpiper' and 'Pier’, all located close to the Pier and Beach. The Cottages provide an excellent standard of accommodation which have our Guests returning year after year.  Our Cottages and Island are maintained by our Caretakers, Caroline & Steve who live full-time on the Island.  All our Cottages are redecorated and refurbished at the beginning of each year, to ensure our returning guests are not disappointed!

All the Cottages provide all the facilities you may reasonable expect for your stay.  


  • Fully fitted and equipped kitchens with electric oven, microwave, and dishwasher

  • Each Cottage has a washing machine

  • Ample dining areas and lounge areas

  • All cottages are provided with a bbq and charcoal for your stay


Poole Harbour is one of the world’s largest natural harbours and plays host to recreational, commercial and military interests and a range of environmental designations.

The Island enjoys a tranquil location, and there is an advisory speed limit of 6 knots in effect which goes to maintain the tranquillity of this part of the Harbour, and to protect our surrounding small bays and inlets where many birds feed, roost and breed.

Round Island, Poole Harbour

Round Island, Poole Harbour

The early history of the island indicates that the Island formed part of the Rempstone and Wareham Estate from 1886, (or possibly much earlier) until 1935 when it was sold to the Hon Kathleen Laurence, Daughter of Lord Illiffe.

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