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We got to Petersfield where we stayed at the Cricketers Inn.
That night Heather met us to take us to their place for a meal. It was good to see both Mike and Heather who we hadn't seen for 5 years. They were annual visitors to Jajarawong for many years.
Next day Heather took us by train to Portsmouth...in particular to see the Maritime Museum.
The area taken up by the museum is large and is in ...
... that are on the South Downs Way as opposed to campsites that require a 10 mile cycle ride to get on the Way.
Camping at Southsea Caravan Park. What an expensive dump!We walked along the sea front as far as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, had a cup of tea and then walked back again.
Early start tomorrow to catch the ferry to Caen. . ...
So the days are whizzing by, the excitement building, the nerves improving and most of the plans now being discussed on a daily basis. I do feel a little alone with the pressure of making sure that enough research is done BEFORE the 'take off' so that nothing is missed.
I have therefore enlisted the help of Lonely Planet. A guide which many seasoned backpackers say they can not ...
... We first went on board the HMS Warrior. The Warrior was launched in 1860, and was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day. The Mary Rose was King Henry VIII flag ship a Tudor warship that sank in 1545 whilst leading the attack against a French invasion fleet in the Solent. Four and a half centuries later, it was raised from the depths and now lies in dry-dock at Portsmouth where it ...
... or so minutes for the following train to pick us up. He had announced it but we missed it because we were chatting. He had seen that and thought he would let us know. He also suggested we could catch a taxi for five quid to get us all home. So we did that instead of hang around very nice of him! So we had a very relaxing night with toast for tea! Tomorrow we get to check out Portsmouth history! Then move on to Dorchester in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Florence House Hotel Portsmouth
My new husband and I want to say how Fantastically luxuirous the Florence House Hotel (and its nearby almost adjoining Hotel Somerset House) is. We were recommended the Hotel by the staff at the HMS Warrior (1860). We were told that the decor was second to none. We have to say they were not wrong!!! We stayed from Saturday 26th August until the Monday 28th. We married on the Sunday afternoon (on the Warrior). We booked 9 rooms for the stay. Daniel and his wonderful staff, were accomodating to a fault. We held a family buffet on the Saturday evening as a preamble to the Wedding day. The food was fantastic, reasonably priced and plentiful. We had such a good time.
Just returned from a weekend break Florence House Hotel - actually stayed at the Somerset House which is just accross the road from the Florence.
I turned up at hotel tired and hungry and rang reception to ask if they had any snacks, before I knew it I had a freshly made tuna sandwich on wonderful fresh bread and potato crisps. The rooms were fabulously decorated - each had a different theme but it was quite art deco/contempory. Would have liked some bottled water in room along with tea and coffee, but nonetheless it was stunningly clean. Excellent furnishings - wonderful huge bath - I could have stayed in that for days. Everything you could need. Owners/staff very friendly and helpful and breakfast - well it made a change to eat freshly cooked food, not reheated and to have lovely melon and fruit etc as choice. It is well located and I cant wait to return - easily best hotel I have stayed at in Portsmouth well done to those who have rennovated it so lovingly and thanks for a lovely stay wish it could have been longer.
Florence House Hotel was recommended by a work colleague and is a great place to stay when spending a night away from home. Each room has its own character and gives you a sense of luxury that is a welcome change from the standard chain hotels. My personal favourite is room 6 on the top floor, a spacious room with wide, deep double bed to sink into. Most rooms I have stayed in have great walk in showers in bathrooms that have a slant tiled feel (although in rooms 5 & 6 I couldn't help being a little worried about the overlooking flats a few streets away!). Some of my colleagues have stayed in the rooms with jacuzzis which they have had great pleasure in telling me about the next day.
We stayed at the Florence House Hotel last weekend. It is clearly in a different league to the usual seafront B&B - lavishly decorated rooms, very stylish and beautifully finished, not a candlewick bedspread in sight.
Best hotel in Southsea & Portsmouth
Having lived in Southsea for 12 years, we moved to the USA in 2001 and now visit Southsea 3 or 4 times a year. We have tried the Marriott and Hilton hotels in the Portsmouth area as well as looking at various other hotels and B&Bs. In our opinion, the Florence House Hotel offers the best accommodation in the Southsea & Portsmouth area. It is a family run hotel and Daniel & his wife do their utmost to make our stays enjoyable. The hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is well located in Southsea, a few minutes walk from the seafront and from the local shopping centre. We would definitely recommend this hotel.
Debbie & Robin Powell
I originally discovered this boutique style hotel through an internet search. I have probably stayed here now around 10-12 times due to frequent business trips. As I often travel alone, I prefer a smaller intimate hotel as opposed to large chains. I have never been disappointed & find Daniel, the hotel owner to always be welcoming, friendly & helpful. The rooms are all very tastefully furnished with different themes ie. chocolate, romantic, french, spa etc. The hotel has recently been expanded and now is based on 2 sites (directly opposite each other). I stayed in the newer building (Somerset House) on my most recent trip & loved it. The lounge area is welcoming, comfortable & again, the rooms are all individually themed. I stayed in the art deco room which has a wonderfully comfortable bed & the most fab power shower. If you are planning a trip I recommend you request one of the larger rooms. This is a hotel that I will continue to use & regularly recommend to friends who may be going to Portsmouth.
We spent a weekend at this hotel, and, having seen the website, were expecting a luxury break. Despite a reception by the owner which can only be described as polite but bored, we were shown into the french room. Decor was nice and the bathroom looked good but was difficult to manoevre in and actually quite poky. We had gained the impression from the web site that dinner was served in the evening but in fact it wasn't! There was no offer to help us find a nearby restaurant or even to book a cab for us. We stayed in October and found the hotel quite cold. The heating didn't come on at all, towels hung damp on the beautiful chrome radiators and on both evenings only one of us was able to have a warm shower!