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5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Hayling Island, Hampshire, England

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Sue_and_R...
Worthing, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing pet-friendly, quirky holiday home on the beach.”
Reviewed March 16, 2018 for a stay in March 2018

We have just spent 4 days at this wonderful property for a 70th birthday, family celebration.

All on one level, this is ideal for those with mobility problems although there are 2 shallow steps, one at each end of the corridor. Our little granddaughter tripped down them several times before she eventually cottoned-on and there were no more trips after that. The front garden is enclosed and probably large enough for 4 cars. The back garden is completely enclosed and safe for little ones and dogs,

The house is immaculate and very clean and the furnishings, bedding and kitchen equipment is high spec. The beds were especially comfortable with good quality mattresses. There was plenty of storage space in the kitchen for all the food we'd brought with us and even a separate chilled wine rack! The luxury welcome pack was very well received - thank you! The owner's attention to detail was evident, even down to the black-out blinds in the single room at the end of the carriage, although we only discovered them at the end of the stay. However, these will ensure a longer sleep for the little-ones and give mum and dad a lie-in!

Two lounges, each with a large, flat-screen tv and 2 Virgin boxes catered for all viewing tastes and the 'first class lounge' was so cosy and comfortable, whilst the modern kitchen/diner/lounge was great for the whole family to be together.

There are numerous shops, pubs, cafes and takeaways within easy walking distance.

We would happily recommend this holiday home to anyone.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 26, 2018
Thank you so much Sue! I'm so glad roger had a great 70th and it was an absolute pleasure to have you stay.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
tillysmum...
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“First class carriages”
Reviewed February 23, 2018 for a stay in February 2018
2
people found this review helpful

Booked this for my 60th birthday and our 40th wedding anniversary, we needed accommodation for six adults, two children and two dogs, Southern Bell was perfect for us. My husband and grandson are both into old railways so this was heaven for them. Our granddaughter loved her bedroom in one of the carriages and claimed the snug in the first class carriage as her own private den, she didn't want to leave. We can sympathise with her feelings, we found it hard to leave and are already thinking when we can visit again.
The location right on the beach with easy walking along the promenade, views of the Isle of Wight and stunning sunsets all add to the enjoyment.
The property is equipped to a high standard with everything we needed, very fluffy towels better than we've had in some hotels, a very well kitted kitchen, no runnng out of plates here. With plenty of parking on the gravelled forecourt, behind a closeable gate for added security.
The welcome pack is a lovely touch which just made us feel even more welcome.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 26, 2018
Thank you very much for staying and also for the very kind review.

I hope we can have you to stay at Southern Bell again!
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JonnersP
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Southern Bell fits the bill”
Reviewed February 13, 2018 for a stay in February 2018
1
person found this review helpful

Light, airy, spacious accommodation with plenty of room for 6 adults and a big dog.

We booked for a week in February 2018 to celebrate a "big birthday". Finding somewhere that would be pet friendly was the deciding factor and the Southern Bell fitted the bill perfectly. There is plenty of space to spread out in two sitting rooms and the views across to the Isle of Wight are fantastic.

The accommodation is just as advertised; the beds were comfy; the kitchen well equipped; the showers were hot and the towels were fluffy - enough said. Access to the beach is via steps in the sea wall at the bottom of the garden and almost all the sea front attractions are within walking distance.

Clive, the owner was extremely helpful and very responsive during our stay (...we needed a bulb with an odd fitting to be replaced).

I would not hesitate to recommend a booking.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 22, 2018
Thank you very much for your review! It's very kind of you and we are glad you all (including dog!) had a great birthday week!

Clive
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cosmicbab...
UK
Level 3 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Beach Location!”
Reviewed February 13, 2018 for a stay in January 2018
1
person found this review helpful

We booked this for a 40th birthday surprise weekend. All adults, no children or pets. We all totally loved this place, so comfy and we were so impressed with the high standard of this place.
It was easy to get to, lovely location on the beach and was very private. Southern Bell has everything you need for a fantastic weekend. Short walk to the local shops and pub, also a few takeaways.
We would love to come here again during the summer months.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 22, 2018
Thank you very much for your review and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay.

Hope to see you again in the summer!
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Blanka B
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing place”
Reviewed February 11, 2018 for a stay in September 2017
1
person found this review helpful

There are only a few places that I’ve stayed in that I couldn’t fault. This is one of those places.
Very different in terms of the built, train carriages built into a house.
Sea in the back yard, lovely walks around.
Clean with all kitchen utensils, lovely welcome basket with chocolates and wine.
Really loved our stay!

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Management Response
Feb 22, 2018
Blanka, that is so kind of you. Thank you very much for the review and glad you loved your stay!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
heather4s...
Amersham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Surprisingly fabulous”
Reviewed February 11, 2018 for a stay in November 2016

We were a family + dog (puppy) looking for a half term venue near the sea.
We found this property ticked our requirements.
As it turns out it ticked many more boxes we didn't realise we had!!
The thought put into the layout; provision and consideration to provide a family and dog friendly environment, easy access to beach and other locations, beautifully warm, fabulous sea views and plentiful local information.
The internal carriage doors close with exactly the sound you'd expect!!
We had so much fun; we would definitely return.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 22, 2018
Thank you Heather!... I love the sound of the doors too!

It's great to have welcomed you at Southern Bell and hopefully we get to do so again in the future.

Clive
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Helen B
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay”
Reviewed February 11, 2018 for a stay in December 2017

We stayed at The Southern Bell over Christmas. We had the most brilliant time. The cottage is so comfortable and the carriages make a brilliant place for all the family to stay. There is plenty of room for children and its great being by the beach even in December!. Clive and Jo could not have been more welcoming. We would recommend it to anyone.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 22, 2018
Thank you so much Helen. We are very glad you all had a great Christmas at Southern Bell. It's a particularly special time to see everyone enjoying themselves and glad we could help you celebrate!
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