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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

I understand this guest house has now changed hands since most of the reviews including my own, so no idea whether it is as good as it was when I wrote my review. Hope so although I think it is being reconverted into a private residence

1Thank HowardLondon1
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Lovely little house, perfect for the night. Plenty of beds & nice outdoor area. Cold evening but enough heat throughout the night. Great location not far from the seafront & sights. Would definately recommend for visiting the area & would return

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 1 October 2015

We stayed for three nights in the Cooper Room in September. Both Sian and Mark were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The room had everything we could wish for and the location was excellent for exploring Southsea and Portsmouth. One of the best B&B's we have stayed in.

Thank Annabel19612014
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Stayed 3 days in August for a wedding. Excellent location for us. Excellent breakfast. Really friendly and helpful hosts. Best B&B we've stayed in. So much nicer than hotels. We parked outside and just left our car and walked everywhere.

3Thank vb_50
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 July 2015

We stayed for 3 nights in the Franklin Room. Beautiful large room with everything you could need. Very comfortable large bed, quiet room, no road noise. Breakfast is lovely, fresh fruit plates and cooked breakfast. All very delicious. With only 4 rooms and no children allowed it is a lovely and peaceful place to get away from it all. The...

1Thank Karen H
Charlotte, NC
Reviewed 22 July 2015

My wife and I stayed one night in June. Warmly welcomed by Sian into a glorious house, well restored while retaining in original character. We stayed in the Emanuel Suite: very large and comfortable, as was its bath. Though near a traveled road there was no road noise issue at all. Notable modern conveniences include motion-detecting lighting in hallways. Mark...

Thank NCMark45
isle of wight
Reviewed 13 June 2015

Tucked away off the main streets this quality guest house has great character and not the corporate 'box size' bedrooms. the property oozes charm and the owners are very knowledgeable and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. With only 4 rooms (all large) there is no fighting for breakfast and everything is cooked to order and as you like. It's...

1Thank timintunisia
County Armagh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 March 2015

We stayed for 3 nights in the Cooper Room. Although smaller than I had anticpated it was clean and pleasantly decorated. The bed was extremely comfortable. Mark and Sian are wonderful hosts and Mark makes the perfect omelette, the full english breakfast was equally as tasty in the light and bright breakfast room. We really enjoyed our stay and there...

Thank Grace C
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2015

Stayed at The Retreat for one night and had a warm welcome from Mark. The house is interesting and decorated beautifully. The Emmanuel is large and comfortable with a very comfortable bed and a good sized shower. Remember to go to the A Bar for dinner. Thanks for your hospitality Mark

1Thank TheW00dies
Reviewed 28 October 2014

This is the third time we have stayed in Mark and Sian's lovely house over the past few years doing the Great South Run. This year we even booked our room before getting our places as there was no way I was running 10 miles without staying at The Retreat. Mark and Sian are fantastic hosts and nothing is too...

3Thank Gillian M

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A Grade II listed building in the heart of Southsea’s conservation area, this Victorian house has been extensively modernised and now offers contemporary comforts whilst retaining its original character.Carefully restored and sensitively refurbished, this beautiful original Victorian building now houses 4 spacious en suite rooms, each of which is individually designed in a unique boutique style. Every stylish and attractive room features great modern comforts and facilities, including LCD flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. A generous full cooked English breakfast is included in the price and is complemented by fresh cafetière coffee and speciality teas.The Retreat Guest House offers the best of all worlds: beautiful period character and charm, alongside contemporary comforts and amenities. The guest house also has a superb location, tucked away in a quiet street in the heart of Southsea, close to all that the area has to offer. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Retreat Guest House

Address: 35 Grove Road South | Southsea, Hants, Portsmouth PO5 3QS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Price Range: £80 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Retreat Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Franklin room with 4 poster bed was perfect. Large and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles KarenH890, 27 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Use the hotel website as it is very accurate. Franklin room probably smaller than the other 2 with baths but it has a lovely bathroom and a 4 poster bed.”
 of 5 bubbles GJHS, 28 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Look at the website, the rooms are all individually designed (we had two rooms) and both were very similar to what was shown on the website.”
 of 5 bubbles RSKavanagh, 16 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Big bathroom attached to Ward Suite”
 of 5 bubbles 276carolyns, 1 Sep 2014 | Read review
“I think all the rooms are equally charming on their own level.”
 of 5 bubbles Emmenjay2014, 17 Jul 2014 | Read review
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