Arrived after a fairly long journey and had some difficulty in finding, the sat nav takes one around in circles. The unmade road the property is situated on is indeed very unmade, apparently the local council will not adopt, so drive slowly!, also the signage to the property is hidden by foliage.
To get to eateries in Swanage means you either drive to the centre or walk which we take approx 30 minutes and is a steepish downhill walk, bear in mind you will have to walk back up!!. Don't attempt ladies to wear heels, use walking boots and carry your shoes!.(don't forget a torch). My wife and I are pretty fit we walk a lot. On first contact with the accommodation we were rather disappointed the entrance was cluttered with cardboard boxes filled with books and bric a brac as was the exterior, car parking was on the grass verge outside the property and also used by dog walkers and there dogs with evidence of there visit!!.
Ok the room was a little unusual in layout with the on-suite down a corridor from the room, a door ouside the ensuite led into a garage,which unfortunately emitted a smell of petrol into the corridor. The room itself was clean as was the bedding etc, facilities for making a drink etc and all the usual little treats, the strange thing was there was no milk, to obtain this one had to leave ones room,cross the entrance hall and make way to the laundry area where there was a fridge with milk!, please provide little cartons or milk in a little flask.
We stayed two nights, first morning breakfast was good with lots choice, we where the only guests, second morning was a little less appealing, with choice more limited. Overall the hosts where friendly and the room OK with drawbacks as stated, I am sure all rooms are not with same layout. No view from our room which overlooked a wood store and I considered top price for what it was. The published pictures a are difficult to quantify. Owners give a four star rating sorry mine is only a three.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southover is a modern home, with every luxury you could wish for, built in traditional Purbeck stone and located in a semi-rural setting on the edge of a lively seaside town. Start your day with a delicious breakfast of top-quality local produce, then choose from the many leisure opportunities which Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck offer. After a busy day of swimming, walking or sight-seeing, come back to tea and home-baked biscuits then relax in your spa bath, or take a long, hot shower, before sampling the great range of pubs and restaurants only ten minutes walk away in the town centre. ... more less
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- Southover Bed And Breakfast Swanage, Dorset