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A Great Escape Guest House

Certificate of Excellence
6 Argyle Road, Swanage BH19 1HZ, England
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Ranked #1 of 56 Swanage B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Worcestershire
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32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We regularly stay in Swanage normally during the annual Carnival week held in the last week of July. Consequently, we have stayed at a number of Hotels and B & B's over the years. We can only concur with the glowing reviews that this must rank as one of the best if not the best Guest House in Swanage. We... More 

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Roxymusic2402, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Punctilious Well, you said you were going to leave a review and what a review!!! You obviously put a lot of time and thought into it - thank you very very much. It rates in the Top 5 of the best reviews I have received since opening in June 2009. Thank you also for giving recognition to my staff:... More 

Bergen
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect and unique place to stay, clean room, great service from the owner, she was service and open minded. A small gift every day from the owner. Excellent service, served in the morning. Five minutes walk to the city centre. Good restaurants recommended from the owner Sue.

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Roxymusic2402, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Deat MetteM Thank you so much for your lovely review of A Great Escape. It was a joy having you to stay and a complete bonus that you are from Bergen. Cheers for the tips on where to go whilst there. We are so looking forward to our trip to Norway next year for my Brother's Birthday. I'm so glad... More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastically clean, bright room on the ground floor. It had its own balcony that meant we could have a lovely glass of wine before we went out for dinner. Sue is the perfect host and nothing is too much for her. And wow what a breakfast, the full Dorset takes some eating and the last time I saw that... More 

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Roxymusic2402, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Hi Dave R, Thanks so much for your fab review. It was grand having you to stay and thank you also for understanding about the lost of broadband. It was totally out of my control and I felt so embarrassed having to tell guests. However, it is now fixed - hoorah!!! And it seems faster which is a bonus!! I'm... More 

Redondo Beach, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Immaculate, fun, energy and nice area. We were not familiar with the area and were driving from Southamptom to Swanage, not knowing where we were going to be staying the night. The first B & B to pop up on TripAdvisor was A Great Escape Guest House and we could not be happier. Sue had one more opening for the... More 

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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Megan K Thank you so much for your lovely review. What a pleasure it was having you and Holly, your Aunt to stay. We love all visitors, and those who have traveled from overseas are the icing on the cookie!! As I said, I know Redondo well (please say hello to Tony's on the Pier!) and thank you for... More 

Rotherham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having fancied a few days relaxation we thought straight away of "a great escape" We visited on the 7th June for 3 nights and when we got there Sue kindly told us about the Fish Festival and advised us to go down to the Jubilee gardens . We had a good afternoon looking round the stalls and listening to the... More 

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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Lynne and Keith Thank you for taking the time again to write another review for A Great Escape. We loved having you to stay. The 1st Swanage Fish Festival? What a resounding success!! I was overwhelmed by its immediate popularity and the fact that people traveled from all over the UK to attend. I too went to Jubilee Gardens... More 

london
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In April after reading all the good reviews about Great Escapes we decided to book a break in October, We phoned because there was no e-mail, Sue was very friendly and took the booking, she took our credit card details for the deposit adding that we would receive confirmation within a few days. After a few weeks with no deposit... More 

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Roxymusic2402, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Dear n l Your feedback has been taken into account and duly noted, as is all feedback given on TripAdvisor and all other OTAs (On Line Agencies). As I said when we spoke, we had at that time, a shedload of internet problems: to the extent that I had to have a new computer built. Also, and I didn't convey... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's difficult to think of superlatives that have not already been used to describe this exceptional accommodation. The guest house is immaculately presented, and has many features that are not always present in luxury 4 star hotels, e.g a safe and a fridge in each room, free wifi, wine glasses and bottle opener, and an emergency torch. Sue is a... More 

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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Seaspirit44 What a great review!! You are a star - thank you!! I wanted to put in the rooms all the things I never got when staying in a guest house in the past. Funnily enough, I didn't think anyone noticed the emergency torch but you did and so must others. Perhaps it's time to upgrade them as I'm... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Swanage after travelling down from Oxford for one night with my fiancée. After hearing how amazing this place was, it definitely wasn't a disappointment when we arrived! Sue greeted us like an old friend and couldn't have been any more bubbly and helpful if she tried! Showed us to our room which was absolutely spotless and really homely. Breakfast... More 

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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Dear John Y, Thank you for your smashing review. A short visit this time but longer next time I hope. I know I keep saying this but I couldn't run a Great Escape without my fabulous assistants, Jane, Sarah, Isla and Tony. I am also very lucky to now have the help of a professional chef at breakfast - not... More 

Vilnius, Lithuania
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I decided to have a small trip around Dorset and chose Great Escape Guest house for the night. I've never been more surprised. It was the best stay I have had in years. Sue cares about her guest beyond belief and leaves a "best friend" vibe. After the first few minutes of meeting and showing us around... More 

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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Hello Charlie and Donata, Thanks so much for your review of A Great Escape. As I said, you are my first Lithuanian visitor and hopefully, not my last!! I'm so glad you had a good time in Swanage and loved it as much as we do. Hospitality is all about making guests feel welcome and looking after them during their... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at a Great Escape Guest house last week for two nights. Sue ,the owner could not have been more accommodating. she made us very welcome .We had to move bedrooms on the second night but we knew this when booking.Our bedroom on the top floor had a super king bed for the first night but it was booked... More 

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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review

Hi Susan O, Thank you for your fab review - you star!! We are happy to give guests two room breaks (as opposed to two centre holidays!) if it means they can have the nights away that they want. We understand that some guests have only a small window in which to have their holiday due to work/family commitments. The... More 

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