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“RETURN TO BEACH LODGE WITH BELLS ON!! :)” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Beach Lodge Guest House
Ranked #2 of 144 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bromley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“RETURN TO BEACH LODGE WITH BELLS ON!! :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Our family of 4 did our yearly pilgrimage to Beach Lodge guest house this July with a teeny bit of wonder if it would 'be as good' as it has recently inherited new owners. Worry not! We had the most fantastic experience. Life at Beach Lodge continues with the fabulous high standards of the previous owners but with Faith and Martin's own spin on it. They have thoughtfully put their own stamp on certain areas and I look forward to seeing their further tweaks in our next visits.
These guys aim to please. It is lovely to witness. We received yummy cakes on arrival and cake turned up in our room the next afternoon too!! Much appreciated by hungry teenagers. The facilities are spotless and the breakfasts were - let me say - a little bit better than previously and that is fabulous because they were always good, they are now super-fabulous quality.
My request for non-dairy milk did not freak them out which is really refreshing as sometimes it becomes a bit of an issue.
I loved the Bournemouth 'old style' beach posters and the lounge was very comfortable if you wished to use it.
We stayed in 'Oak' and our kids were in 'Ash' bedrooms. We have now stayed in 4 of their rooms and you will not be disappointed with any of them.
Fab time with a fab couple. Thanks guys. See you soon.
Roberts and Shaw

Room Tip: 'Maple' and 'Holly' are family rooms and face the front of the building. 'Ash...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank shawruth
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to do us a TripAdvisor review, we really do appreciate it. It was lovely to meet you all and we're glad you approve of the changes we have made to Beach Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you and your family again next year. Kind Regards, Martin and Faith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights as visiting friends from Christchurch and had a lovely weekend. Firstly, the location of the guesthouse was superb - a 1 min walk to a beautiful , long sandy stretch of beach- just gorgeous! The guesthouse itself was lovely , very modern , fresh and spotlessly clean. Our room was a family room and was large and very comfortable with a spacious bathroom. The couple who run the guesthouse were very friendly, professional and made us feel very welcome - little added small things like the cake slices in our room and lovely fresh coffee at breakfast were a lovely touch too. Martin was very busy one morning with breakfasts but we didn't wait long for anything- very professional! I will be visiting again and recommending this to friends and family.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kmilsom
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Katie, Thank you for the excellent review! It was lovely to meet you both and its great to know you enjoyed your stay with us so much, thank you! We hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks, Martin and Faith
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We have just returned from a lovely break at Beach Lodge in beautiful Southbourne.
After a long journey, we received a very warm welcome on our arrival and this continued throughout our stay. Beach Lodge is a wonderful B & B and Martin and Faith are great hosts. The breakfasts were delicious as were the lovely home made cakes provided by Faith each day!
The whole place was spotlessly clean, very quiet, and everything you could asked for was catered for.
We will definitely visit again!
Sharron & Jerry

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sharron H
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Sharron, Thank you for taking the time to write us a great Tripadvisor review. We enjoyed having you both stay with us and its good to know you enjoyed it too!! We hope to see you at Beach Lodge again soon. Many Thanks, Martin and Faith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Beach lodge is a wonderful example of a child/baby friendly B&B (a rarity I've learned!). My husband and I stayed here with our 1 year old son and Martin and Faith couldn't have been more helpful. They provided a travel cot and bedding in our room, booster seat and tableware in the dining room, and a fridge for us to use. Perfect!

Our room was lovely, up on the top floor in Silver Birch. It had everything we needed, and the homemade cake and bottled water each day was a great touch. Breakfast was plentiful and I was delighted to find a vegetarian cooked breakfast on the menu! Delicious!

Southbourne has a beautiful sandy beach just minutes from the B&B, accessible via a zig zag path or the cable lift. We also did a day trip to Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door which was incredible. Highly recommend the ferry from Sandbacks to Swanage if visiting this part of Dorset.

All in all the perfect break for us, thank you Faith & Martin!

  • Stayed July 2013
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Vicki, Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us., we really appreciate it. It was lovely to meet the 3 of you and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Many Thanks, Martin and Faith
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

We received the warmest of welcomes on our arrival at this delightful guest house. Our room was newly decorated and well furnished with a window over-looking the garden. The beds were the most comfortable we have slept in. There were tea and coffee facilities in the room and every day home-made cake was provided, a very friendly touch from the nicest couple you could wish to meet. Martin and Faith served an excellent breakfast with a choice of cereals and fruit in addition to your own choice of cooked breakfast.
The house was lovely and located only a few yards from the beach. We had a great four night stay and will definitely make this our first choice when we return to Bournemouth.
Thank you both for a lovely holiday, Ann and Peter Baxter.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter B
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Hi Peter and Ann
Thank you for the amazing review!! It's really good of you to take the time to write one. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us last week, it was really lovely to meet you and have you stay with us. The cakes have become a big hit, everyone is mentioning them on TripAdvisor, its so nice to know that the little extras are appreciated.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Kind Regards,
Martin and Faith
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

My teenage daughter and I have just returned from a five day trip to Southbourne for the first time. We chose the Beach Lodge after reading so many outstanding reviews on Trip Advisor and were definitely not disappointed.

We received such a warm welcome from Faith on our arrival. She has a way of making her guests instantly comfortable. Faith took us to our twin bedroom on the first floor. It was a good size and really tastefully decorated. It was absolutely spotless - so clean and has a good size shower room which is equally spotless. We each had a set of luxurious white towels. There was a large wardrobe and a chest of drawers that had plenty of space to take all our clothes etc. for the stay. The beds were very clean and so comfortable.

Being a lover of period properties finding this guest house was a delight. The character has been beautifully maintained.

The breakfast was superb! There was a good choice of cereals,fresh fruits, fruit juices, yogurts, and jams/marmalades in addition to full cooked English breakfast with a vegetarian option and tea and coffee. Faith and Martin work so hard to keep everyone happy and nothing is too much trouble for them. In the dinning room guests were very friendly and it was more like being with family and friends in the morning at breakfast.

Martin and Faith had lots of suggestions of places to go to during the day and also recommended eateries. The accommodation is situated ideally for the beach which was about a 3 minute walk down a zig-zag path from the cliff. The views were amazing. If you are not able to cope with the walk you need not worry as there is a lift! The beach was one of the best we have been to so far! We just loved it, very clean and not crowded. It's ideally located for Christchurch, Bournemouth and beyond. It is also great for walking - which we hope to do more of on our next visit. The views from the cliff costal walks are breathtaking. Unfortunately we were not quite prepared this time but look forward to doing on our next visit.

When we popped back to our room in the afternoon we found home baked cake left by Faith! It was such a treat!

In the opposite direction from the beach, only about a 3 minute walk, again, is the main road with a good selection of shops. Supermarkets, chemists, bakeries, eateries, antique shops, clothes boutiques and lots more. My daughter and I loved browsing around all the shops which were mostly independent shops.

We honestly enjoyed our stay so much and cannot recommend the Beach Lodge highly enough. Everything was SO perfect! We will be recommending it to all our friends and will definitely visit again. Faith and Martin make everyone so welcome, it suits all ages, families, couples, teenagers, and single guests!

When you find jewel you never want to lose it!

Thank you so much Martin and Faith for making our stay so special and for all your kindness.
Carmen and Aimee xx

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Carmen M
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Dear Carmen and Aimee,
Wow, what a review! That is just awesome and so kind, thank you so so much. We really enjoyed having the 2 of you stay with us and we are so pleased you loved it too. We hope to see you (and your son too) very soon.
Thanks again
Martin and Faith
PS Don't forget your walking shoes next time ;-)
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Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Can't recommend this welcoming hotel enough for a family break by the sea. We have 3 young boys and they loved that we could all share a room together, could see the sea from our window, and be scootering alongside the beach within minutes of leaving the hotel. Great location and even better breakfasts - will definitely be staying at Beach Lodge again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mandy H
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beachlodge, Owner at Beach Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Hi Mandy
Thank you for taking the time to write us a TripAdvisor review. We really appreciate it. We are looking forward to seeing you and the family again soon.
Warm Regards,
Martin and Faith
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Property: Beach Lodge Guest House
Address: 61 Grand Avenue | Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3TA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At our guest house you are assured of a friendly welcome, its family run, well decorated, comfortably furnished, clean bedrooms all with en-suites, white towels, hospitality trays, toiletries, hairdryers, Free Wi-Fi and Freeview colour LCD TVs. We have an excellent choice of an English breakfast freshly cooked to order and/or a Continental, free parking with public transport close by. We are less than five minutes walk from Southbourne's Blue Flag Beaches, shops, pubs, cafes and cliff top walks; from Beach Lodge you can explore the New Forest and Jurassic Coastline. ... more   less 

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