We originally booked a property near Sandbanks as we wanted to be close to a sandy beach and walking distance to pubs/restaurants etc - we were hosting Christmas for our family and friends. 10 days before we were to stay there, we were informed the property had been rented out 'longterm' by the Agency!
We were offered another property which was actually bigger than what we had booked - which did work out well for our large group of 14; however, it was not near Sandbanks… it was in Ferndown, miles from any beach and no decent pubs or restaurants anywhere nearby.
The house obviously hadn't been rented out previously as a holiday home as there were many new items such as cutlery, crockery and glasses that were all brand new; whilst it was very nice knowing there were plenty of matching things in good condition, we had to wash everything before they were used. Not a huge problem, but just time consuming - loading/unloading the dishwasher 3 or 4 times isn't exactly the first... Plus