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Fortitude Cottage
Ranked #6 of 34 Portsmouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge
2 reviews
“Simply the Best.”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

We have stayed here many times and try to make it a yearly visit, Mike & Maggie offer the best in customer service, room decor & style, cleanliness and the breakfast is great. The location of the B & B is just a 10 minute walk to Gunwharf Keys, with great views of the Spinnaker Tower and the fishermans market and moorings. We as always had a lovely time, Thanks to you both.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, England
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights ....it's lovely. The owners are friendly and very helpful.The location is great...you can walk to all the attractions and the breakfasts were delicious with plenty of choice. The room was well appointed and has Origins toiletries in the bathroom. You can see all round the area from the roof terrace. I would thoroughly recommend staying here....everything is lovely and I really appreciated the bottle of chilled bubbly that was waiting for us when we arrived. Can't wait to go again.

Room Tip: Try and get the upstairs suite... it's lovely and the views are great.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is the best b&b I've stopped in! Could not fault it one bit could not recommend it highly enough, location is excellent and the cleanliness could not be any better would stop there again without a doubt!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We heartily agree with the majority sentiments regarding Fortitude Cottage. Not expecting much from either Portsmouth or any B&B there (I was there to see RN history - Victory, Warrior etc), we were very, very surprised. Our immediate reaction - we should have given it more time, and, we'll be back!
Gunwharf Quays and the whole docks area has been revitalised and has a vibrancy that even the cool, wettish October days did not dampen. Add to this, Maggie and Mike's Fortitude Cottage and you have a recipe for a fabulous stay. Our en-suite room overlooked the harbour. Was scrupulously clean, as was the whole building. Breakfast was a treat. And the service . . . spot on! It is an easy ten minute walk to Gunwharf Quays and another few minutes to the :Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
This is where we will stay next time we visit the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We recently spent one night at Fortitude Cottage and it was the best of our entire trip to England. The hosts are very accomodating, helping us out with parking after we had checked out. The location in Old Portsmouth was an easy walk to lots of attractions. The room was spotlessly clean with great attention to details, making our stay very enjoyable. We wish that we could have stayed longer and will certainly return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

From the moment I called and spoke with Mike and Maggie I knew it would be a lovely visit - what struck me was the warmth and sincerity only got better after the initial booking

We love dthe place the food the views the cleanliness but more than anything the hosts.

If I had stayed somewhere else I could have perhaps foolishly saved £5 but value is what you remember long after you forget the price. my visit was in May.

The fortitude is clearly well maintained and much loved by all who visit it's an absolute jewel that could teach many 5 star brand name hotels how to really treat guests.

I look forward to returning in the winter to enjoy a few more relaxing days and will bring some friends with us next time.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Spent 2 nights thee. Maggie and Mike are awesome hosts. Their place is very nice, situated right near the water in Old Portsmouth. Walking distance from many attractions.

they are also some very honest folk. We left $280 that ended up under the room folder. They made every effort to return that money to us when the maid found it.. We had already checked out.

We stayed 1 night in their penthouse with he king sized bed. it was our 1st night in England after a long fight and drive from Heathrow,. We needed the sleep and sleep we did. The 2nd night we moved over to a smaller room because someone else had pre-booked the penthouse. Both rooms were very nice clean and comfortable.

The breakfast was fantastic,... the service was equally fantastic as they also let us check in a few hours early..

we give them 2 thumbs up

Room Tip: The Penthouse was very nice, large and comfortable
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fortitude Cottage
Address: 51 Broad Street | Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 2JD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location, Location, Location.....This bed & breakfast is one of the most ideally located as all the attractions of Portsmouth and Southsea are within walking distance such as maritime England on your doorstep, with the ships, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and HMS Mary Rose, all the Royal Naval museums and the Royal Marines museum. Other attractions include Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower, Southsea Castle and Charles Dickens birthplace. The Round Tower, Square Tower, Fort Nelson, Submarine Museum and Portchester Castle. ... more   less 
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