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The Telegraph has recently compiled a list of the top 20 coastal towns in the UK, which featured Poole in Dorset at number 13.

Poole was named alongside other popular coastal locations such as Looe in Cornwall, Bamburgh in Northumberland and St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, and was noted for its second largest natural harbour in the world. Also, with its lively town centre, golden stretches of sandy beaches and high-class status, it is not hard to see why Poole was featured on the list.

As a desirable location for either those looking to relocate, or simply taking a cottage holiday in Dorset, the area boasts spectacular scenery with coastal charm and plenty of things to do. From spending days lounging on the Blue Flag beaches to visiting the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, there are numerous ways to experience the picturesque surroundings.

Another popular area of Poole with both tourists and celebrities is Sandbanks, which is home to many famous residents, including Harry Redknapp. Unsurprisingly, the area is the second most expensive coastal location to own a property, but those staying near to the small peninsula can enjoy a taste of living the luxury celebrity lifestyle while here.

New Forest and Devon also rated highly

Other coastal locations on the list included Lymington in the New Forest and Salcombe in South Devon, which were both highly praised. Those staying in New Forest holiday cottages near Lymington can enjoy the unspoilt coastline in Hampshire, while also being within easy reach of London for a day spent in the big city.

In comparison, those visiting Salcombe can relax in the peaceful Kingsbridge estuary, walking the picturesque coastal path and watching as the yachts sail into the harbour. Similarly to Sandbanks, Salcombe also has a number of famous residents, such as Michael Parkinson, Damon Albarn, Jennie Bond, Rik Mayall and Kate Bush.

Click here to read The Telegraph’s article in full, and take the poll to see which locations were most popular with readers.