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The Merchant House

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The Merchant House

4 out of 5

4.4/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast available
  • Parking available

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPoole Harbour6 min walk
  • Popular LocationMupe Bay Beach23 min drive
  • Popular LocationMonkey World Ape Rescue Center27 min drive
  • AirportBournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.)31 min drive

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About this area


The Merchant House is located in Poole. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Bournemouth Beach and Brownsea Island, while Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre and O2 Academy Bournemouth are cultural highlights. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Poole Stadium or Fitness First Stadium. With kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling nearby, you'll find plenty of adventures in the water.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Poole Quay - 2 min walk
  • Poole Harbour - 6 min walk
  • Poole Park - 4 min drive
  • Mupe Bay Beach - 23 min drive
  • Monkey World Ape Rescue Center - 27 min drive

Getting around

  • Poole Station - 12 min walk
  • Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.) - 31 min drive


  • Quay Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Ginali's - 4 min walk
  • Giggi - 4 min walk
  • La Lupa - 4 min walk
  • Café Aroma - 6 min walk

About this property

The Merchant House

4-star bed & breakfast, walk to Poole Harbour
This smoke-free bed & breakfast features an outdoor tennis court and free WiFi in public areas. This bed & breakfast has 3 rooms. Housekeeping is not available.
The Merchant House offers 3 forms of accommodation.
Recreational amenities at the bed & breakfast include an outdoor tennis court.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Extended parking on site (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Breakfast available for a fee

Things to do

  • Outdoor tennis court


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • No housekeeping

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Smoke-free property

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts cash

Property is also known as

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Rating 5 - Excellent. 78 out of 133 reviews
5 - Excellent 59%
Rating 4 - Good. 44 out of 133 reviews
4 - Good 33%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 133 reviews
3 - Okay 3%
Rating 2 - Poor. 3 out of 133 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 133 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Amenities
Firstly the property is lovely and clean and in a fantastic location. Parking was provided and breakfast courtesy of a restaurant on the quayside - superb 😁. Host very friendly and welcoming. However, I can only speak for our room “Payne”, it is NOT a double room! The bed is a 3/4 double we had to “top and toe” and were not big people. There is NO wardrobe, NO cupboards, drawers or shelves. There are only 2 sockets For the kettle and only lamp and no where near the mirror which is also blocked by the bathroom door. We had to buy an extension lead. The kettle has a fixed lead and so unplugging and taking the whole thing to the bathroom is needed and makes it difficult to pour without unplugging again. The host graciously reduced our bill slightly when I mentioned these thing upon settling up. Basically a fab place but don’t stay in “Payne” if you’re a couple over 18 and more than 5’ 6” or 9 stone!
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2020

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Staff & service, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
The bathroom was lovely and spacious but unfortunately this was not replicated in the bedroom which was small and in our opinion should have been a single room. The bed was pushed up against the wall making it difficult to get out of bed without disturbing your partner. You had to crawl down the bed and over the bedframe. There was limited room to walk around - the width of the door along the bed and the space of a chest of drawers at the bottom. Breakfast was at a local restaurant due to COVID. This was lovely but we had a limited menu. It would have been nice to be able to order from the full menu with a surcharge if we wanted the larger more expensive breakfast. We thought the room was overpriced for its size.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great location
Very COVID aware. Bed comfortable and nice shower. Not serving breakfast but sending you to a very nice cafe where you have a special Merchant House menu.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with pets, Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very handy for the ferry , and restaurant, s , the room was lovely and very welcoming, kettle filled , lamp on , host was very helpful.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020