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The Retreat Guest House

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35 Grove Road South | Southsea, Hants, Portsmouth PO5 3QS, England
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  • Sleep Quality
    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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    5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 3 nights in the Franklin Room. Beautiful large room with everything you could need. Very comfortable large bed, quiet room, no road noise. Breakfast is lovely, fresh fruit plates and cooked breakfast. All very delicious. With only 4 rooms and no children allowed it is a lovely and peaceful place to get away from it all. The... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My wife and I stayed one night in June. Warmly welcomed by Sian into a glorious house, well restored while retaining in original character. We stayed in the Emanuel Suite: very large and comfortable, as was its bath. Though near a traveled road there was no road noise issue at all. Notable modern conveniences include motion-detecting lighting in hallways. Mark... More 

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isle of wight
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Tucked away off the main streets this quality guest house has great character and not the corporate 'box size' bedrooms. the property oozes charm and the owners are very knowledgeable and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. With only 4 rooms (all large) there is no fighting for breakfast and everything is cooked to order and as you like. It's... More 

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Dungannon, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We stayed for 3 nights in the Cooper Room. Although smaller than I had anticpated it was clean and pleasantly decorated. The bed was extremely comfortable. Mark and Sian are wonderful hosts and Mark makes the perfect omelette, the full english breakfast was equally as tasty in the light and bright breakfast room. We really enjoyed our stay and there... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Stayed at The Retreat for one night and had a warm welcome from Mark. The house is interesting and decorated beautifully. The Emmanuel is large and comfortable with a very comfortable bed and a good sized shower. Remember to go to the A Bar for dinner. Thanks for your hospitality Mark

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is the third time we have stayed in Mark and Sian's lovely house over the past few years doing the Great South Run. This year we even booked our room before getting our places as there was no way I was running 10 miles without staying at The Retreat. Mark and Sian are fantastic hosts and nothing is too... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We stayed here a couple of weeks ago and were so glad we did. Mark and Sian are excellent hosts and had a wealth of information about the local area and places to go and see as well as eat. If you are going on a Friday / Saturday though most of the places are fully booked so you may... More 

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a beautiful house with a "Good" feeling. The minute I walked in my "jealous genes" turned on. I wished it were my home. Large, airy, what a house by the sea in England should be. Back to the specifics: We stayed 2 nights in the Franklin room. The room is large by any standard, clean, with a four... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had a lovely short stay when dropping our son back to uni. Sian and Mark have thought of everything, even having a corkscrew and glasses available if needed. The bathroom was very luxurious, the bed comfortable, with a homely lounge for guests and lovely garden to relax in. Sian and Mark were really helpful, advising us on the local... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Thoroughly good couple of nights when we had a recent short stay in Southsea. Easy walking distance to all we came to see, good places to eat etc. Very comfy bedroom (The Ward Suite) and friendly, attentive host in Mark. Would recommend to others very readily.

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