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The Retreat Guest House

35 Grove Road South | Southsea, Hants, Portsmouth PO5 3QS, England
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Ranked #3 of 36 Portsmouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just had a great 2 nights over the weekend. We stayed in the Emmanuel suite which was comfy and clean. The sea is just a few minutes walk away. Location is great. The highlight is the house itself, my other half had always wanted to see what is was like inside having noticed the house many times when he used... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have just spent three days in Portsmouth staying at the Retreat. Our hosts Sian and Mark were friendly, helpful and informative. We had a very comfortable bedroom and were served an excellent breakfast each morning. The Retreat is a short walk from the shops and an excellent bus service to the Portsmouth docks take about 10... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The room was lovely, the bed was so comfy and pillows to match. The room was serviced every day. The breakfast was plentiful and served with a smile. The house is lovely and situated with-in walking distance of everything yet no noise pollution. Very gracious hosts where nothing was too much trouble. We will be going back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Previous reviews more than cover the reasons for staying here - lovely rooms, lovely food, spotlessly clean, run by a lovely couple. The only reason I haven't given it 5 points is that I'm a light sleeper and there was quite a lot of noise from people speeding along the main road and noisy people walking past under the window... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I was a single traveller and I had a lovely stay at a The Retreat. I was made very welcome and I was looked after exceedingly well by the lovely owners. The bed was very comfortable and the breakfast was lovely. Hope to see you again.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I write this review with a certain amount of apprehension as I feel if I 'bull' the place up too much I might not be able to get in again myself in the future however, fairness much prevail so here goes. The truth is I cannot speak more highly of this establishment, we have just stayed for two nights -... More

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Retreat is a beautiful old house, and when you step inside you immediately feel comfortable, assisted by the warm welcome from Sian and Mark. It's a small guest house with only 4 rooms, 3 of which our party were occupying between us. All rooms had a character of their own with luxury touches including a spacious bathroom, ours had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Tell you what, the photos on the website don't lie! We stayed in the Emmanuel suite which was a beautiful luxurious blue room. The whole house is absolutely stunning. Sian and Mark made us most welcome and were very informative on the best places to visit. The guest house is well located for shopping, the beach and Gunwharf quays. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the the retreat for 2 nights. All the reviews are true. If your looking for a guest house in Portsmouth this is an excellent choice. The owners were welcoming and helpful, without being overbearing. The room was huge, well appointed and immaculately clean. Nice well cooked breakfast. One of the best guest house experiences I've had in the... More

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Address: 35 Grove Road South | Southsea, Hants, Portsmouth PO5 3QS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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