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Fenn Lodge Apartments
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Fenn Lodge was a welcome return to the B&B scene for us habitual hotel frequenters. From our initial email contact, Sandy’s warmth and personality were evident and we were welcomed into her home with a broad smile and a greeting by name. Tea or coffee was immediately offered, we accepted enthusiastically, it arrived promptly. Our room was immaculately clean and bright, fully equipped with everything we needed for our short stay. Breakfast menu was comprehensive and varied, something for everyone. I loved the cherry loaf with yoghurt and granola, while my husband didn’t leave a scrap of kipper or poached egg, served with homemade bread, toasted. Offers of toast and coffee top ups were frequent. Everything was delicious. Before our departure Sandy spent a considerable amount of her valuable time, given the busy time of day for her outlining some of the many options to spend a wet day and impressed us with a broad knowledge of the greater area and its amenities. Reasonable rates, excellent location and wonderful host and hostess, we left regretfully. We do not hesitate to strongly recommend Fenn Lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

WOW.... as a guy who has spent his entire working career either staying in hotels or working in them I can only say is that Sandy and Bruce have, in the 12 years they have been operating the Fenn Lodge, have mastered the rudiments of the hospitality industry!
One of the most welcoming welcomes! A room that rates 5 stars... amazing Egyptian cotton sheets, a wonderfully large (compared to every other B&B we've been in) bathroom. A wonderful touch was the pettipointed welcome mat. The in-room wifi was awesome and the beds were probably the best we've slept in on our 3 weeks on our 'explore' of the south coast of England.
I feel sorry for those visiting Bournemouth during October thru April as they close for the winter so you won't be able to stay with them!

Room Tip: Every room looked wonderful.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We so enjoyed our stay at Fenn Lodge.Bruce and Sandy were kind and courteous. We chatted about bygone African days.We were truly sad to leave. They felt like family to us.
Lovely room overlooking terraced garden. ' Wildlife watch ' in the evening. Short walk to beach through woods. So wonderful !
Good breakfast choice, loved the homemade bread.
Simply furnished, neat, clean room. More than adequate. We hope to return next year. Thank you , Bruce and Sandy.

Room Tip: Room 11, lovely view of garden and wildlife.
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The Fenn Lodge has been our favourite place to stay for years. The smile of owners Sandy and Bruce at our arrival is such a wonderfully warm welcome every time. The rooms are very clean and lovingly decorated with carefully chosen accessories and every room has its particular colours and theme. But this is not the only area in which the owners show great love and care. The rooms are equipped with lists in which one can check off the wildlife one has observed in the garden: badgers and foxes (which are fed by Sandy) and squirrels as well as various birds are regular guests to the Fenn Lodge garden. The same attention goes into the fabulous breakfasts which are also prepared by the owners themselves. Home-made bread as well as a variety of breakfasts to choose from (including full English breakfast, a fish breakfast, or to give you a healthy head-start, Sandy’s special health breakfast) with juices, cereals and plenty of toast to start with, make lunch optional on a lovely day out. The location of the Fenn Lodge is a further plus. Located on Alum Chine, the walk down the lovely chine to one of Bournemouth’s beautiful beaches will take just minutes. The town-centres of both Bournemouth and Poole can be reached by car and by public transport (catch the 2b or 2c from Alumhurst Road) and the lovely village of Westbourne is within walking distance. There are plenty of opportunities for brilliant days out around the Fenn Lodge and Sandy and Bruce will be very happy to give some advice on places to go and on places to eat. We have enjoyed our stay tremendously and will be back next year!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the garden - you will hear nothing but the chatter of the birds in the morning...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Thank you Sandy and Bruce for your hospitality and warm welcome. Our room no9 was very clean, fresh and comfortable a lovely choice of breakfast, the healthy one was gorgeous and the hot fresh bread delicious. Everything was first class and seeing the badgers and foxes every evening was an added bonus we enjoyed our stay very much,Margaret and Peter From Devon.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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welcometoexcellence, Owner at Fenn Lodge Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thank you Peter & Margaret, so very much for those special encouraging words.....very uplifting!
A huge big thank you also to all our other guests who have so wonderfully supported Fenn Lodge and given such glowing revues this season. Please know we really appreciate all your time , effort
and help when life is so busy. As we close for this season until Easter 2013, we wish you all abundant blessings. Bruce and Sandy

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed with Sandy and Duncan. Lovely breakfasts, friendly hosts and very clean and tidy rooms. Great for all attractions, access to the beaches and promenade via Alum Chine. Lots of restaurants and shops in Westbourne 10 minutes by car also near bus routes. We will be returning again.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Everyone is warmly welcomed at Fenn Lodge, even the badgers and the foxes which come into the garden. However, I must talk briefly about the breakfast there is a wide range including Full English, Savoury English, Fish and the Health breakfast all started with a slice (or two) of home made bread. This is the 2nd time we have been and we hope to go again soon.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Fenn Lodge Apartments

Address: 11 Rosemount Road | Alum Chine, Bournemouth BH4 8HB, England (Formerly Fenn Lodge Hotel B&B)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Bournemouth
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fenn Lodge has 5 brand new spacious modern two bedroom,2 bathroom,lounge/dining room self catering holiday apartments,with fully equipped kitchen. 4 apartments have large balconies and 3 of which overlook the exclusive Alum Chine and the regular nocturnal visits of the foxes and badgers and busy daytime birdlife! All apartments are individually and tastefully decorated with many extras for your comfort. 4 of the apartments sleep 4 people, whilst the 5th can sleep 6 people, Nestled between Bournemouth and Sandbanks, a 4 minute stroll, through the heavily wooded Chine, brings you onto 7 miles of glorious sandy beach. Quaint Westbourne, just 8 minutes walk, provides wonderful niche shops and a huge variety of eateries. Bournemouth is 1 mile along the promenade with its wonderful plethora of shops, night life, excitement, and events for the whole family. A truly great place to holiday! ... more   less 
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