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Southern Breeze Lodge
Ranked #8 of 131 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Whitwick, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“The Best Hotel In Southbourne”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

Malcolm and Fran made us feel incredibly welcome from the moment we arrived. In the 4 months that they have owned the property they have made tremendous improvements.

Excellent rooms, wonderful breakfasts with a varied choice.

Most importantly, this is one of the few places we have stayed where the owners genuinely want you to be happy and to enjoy your stay. It never felt like they were simply running a business, which for the short time that they have been at Southern Breeze is both remarkable and commendable.

We will definitely return next year with our son and his girlfriend.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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287MKnight287, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 2 August 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review. We are getting a real buzz out of our new venture and whilst it feels hard work at times we do not feel it is like being at work and enjoying every minute of it. Really pleased you enjoyed your stay and it was a real pleasure to have you staying with us. We are delighted that our guests are liking what we are doing to our new home and we will keep investing to ensure we make it a truely unique Bed and Breakfast experience for our guests.

Delighted you are thinking about returning next year with your family and look forward to your return.
Kind regards
Mal and Fran
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

There are many bed and breakfast places to stay in the Bournemouth area but Southern Breeze had excellent internet reviews, was located close enough to the places we wanted to visit without being too central and had a friendly and welcoming telephone response when we first contacted them.
We wanted to spend our first wedding anniversary in a particular way: in and around the British seaside and by spending a lot of time cycling. We settled on Southbourne because it is close to Bournemouth as well as being a short distance from the New Forest.
Malcolm and Fran, who own Southern Breeze, were very accommodating from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. They welcomed us by helping us unload our car, supplied all of the information we needed to help us decide where to visit (and cycle), cooked wonderfully for us every day and kept our room pristine.
The location is in a quiet road and just a couple of hundred yards from the beach but a short distance from the activity of Bournemouth and the town of Christchurch; the bedrooms were comfortable and clean; the bathroom was spacious with a lovely hot shower; the breakfasts offered a wide choice and were all beautifully cooked (dietary requirements were effortlessly and gratefully accommodated). Malcolm and Fran were wonderful hosts that we soon came to count as friends, and we really felt looked-after for the whole time we were there.
If you are cyclists then we recommend Southern breeze. Malcolm and Fran will look after your bikes and provide maps and advice on where to cycle and the best routes, as well as good places to eat out. There are well sign-posted routes into Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. The New Forest is a short drive away and has plenty of parking available so you can select where to begin your cycling – we started at Burley every time.
Malcolm and Fran, thank you for making our first wedding anniversary so memorable.
Richard and Ruth

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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287MKnight287, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 29 July 2012
Dear Richard and Ruth
Thank you for taking the time to write and post such a lovely review, you made our day when we saw it. Reviews are so important to a new business and are definately helping the sucess of Southern Breeze Lodge. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we were able to play our part in ensuring you celebrated and enjoyed your first anniversary.

There are plenty more cycle routes in Dorset and really hope we will see you again in the future.

Kind regards

Mal and Fran
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2012 via mobile

Arrived for a three-night stay. Even as we pulled-up outside the proprietor, Malcolm came to our car and insisted he took our cases in for us and on to our room - fantastic, definitely a first. Going inside, we were met by Malcolm's wife, Fran who was already making us a pot of tea - wow, what an unequaled arrival!
Our room was on the first floor and when we went in, it was just lovely. Everything was new, clean and fresh. The bed really comfortable, the bathroom spacious and immaculate. Worth a mention here were the complimentary toiletries in a zip pouch - better than any at 5 star establishments. Towels were big clean and fluffy. By the bed, was a complimentary 2 litre bottle of quality mineral water (renewed as often as required).
After a wonderful night's sleep, we went down for breakfast. The room was to capacity, all guests arriving down simultaneously. Malcolm and Fran handled it all magnificently and nothing got compromised. The selections for breakfast were extensive - cereal, fresh fruit of the highest quality, fruit juices (chilled), cooked breakfast selections, tea and coffee options. The cooked breakfast items were beautifully cooked and presented on hot plates - nothing was too much trouble.
Our stay was for three nights and to be totally honest, did not want it to end. The friendliness and warmth shown by both Malcolm and Fran is unequalled to anywhere else we have ever stayed. Their business model is superb and ought to be implemented in other like businesses. We have never been so well looked after ever and would recommend a stay at Southern Breeze Lodge by anyone wishing to stay in the area - we'll certainly be going back when we are able to get away again. WELL DONE Malcolm and Fran :))

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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287MKnight287, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 29 July 2012
Dear Jeff and Judith

Thank you for writing such a lovely review. I know how much you enjoyed your stay as much as we loved you staying with us. Its been a lovely week, being full with wonderful guests. We cant believe it was only three days and felt we had known you for ages. Breakfast has gone back to normal with everyone coming down at different times ( The way we like it )
We would just like to thank you for the lovely flowers which now have pride and place on our aquarium in the breakfast room.
Hope your wedding plans go well and we hope to see you again in the future.

Thanks again

Mal and Fran
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

I've stayed in many B and B's and hotels while travelling for wedding photography, but this one certainly stands out as one of the best. The delightful owners paired with a wonderfully comfortable bed, best stocked tea tray ever and incredible price make a return visit a certainty. I can't recommend the Southern Breeze enough and it comes as no surprise to see all the other glowing reviews. Superb!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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287MKnight287, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 17 July 2012
Dear Steven
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We are both pleased you liked your room and enjoyed your stay with us. Really pleased the weather held for your photography. Great meeting you and hope to see you again in the future when staying in Southbourne.

Kind regards

Mal and Fran
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

We are a couple with a two year old and needed a family-friendly place. After reading the reviews here we decided to give it a try. We couldn't ask for a better accommodation. We stayed here for four nights in mid-July. The place was comfortable, clean and beautifully decorated. Malcolm and Fran have put a lot of care in updating the lodge this year and it shows. They are wonderful, warm, helpful and were welcoming to us and our child. The location is perfect for those looking a for a little quieter scene than say that of the Bournemouth Pier area. The beach is a short walk down the road. Christchurch is a short 15 minute bus ride and the Bournemouth Pier is about 30 minute bus ride. As most of the other reviewers have commented, the breakfast is great and you will not be disappointed. We definitely will be returning in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 15 July 2012
Thank you for writing such a great review and really pleased you enjoyed your stay. It was our pleasure having such a lovely family staying with us and hope to see you all again in the future. Maybe with a little more sunshine next time.
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Haverhill, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Stayed for three nights in July and was not disappointed. The whole environment was spotlessly clean and tidy. The lovely and new en suite shower was a joy to use. The beautiful breakfast room downstairs made mornings very relaxing. So much variety to eat as well! Malcom and Fran made me very welcome.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 15 July 2012
Dear David

Thank you for taking time to write such a great review. We are both really pleased you enjoyed your stay and your room. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and hope to see you again in the future.

Kind regards

Mal and Fran
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London
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

A very warm welcome from Malcolm and Fran who looked after us very well. Nothing was too much trouble and my 10 year old godson appreciated the apple juice in the room and the home made pancakes for breakfast! They have only been there for a few months and are already making it a great place to stay... The accomodation is very good, the breakfast was superb with fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and a wide range of home cooked options - fantastic.

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Owner at Southern Breeze Lodge, responded to this review, 10 July 2012
Thank you very much for posting such a great review. Really enjoyed both of you staying with us. You definately made the most of it on the water. Hope the surfing went well on Sunday and hope to see you both again in the future.

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Malcolm and Fran
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Property: Southern Breeze Lodge
Address: 20 Southern Road | Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3SR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 131 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Breeze Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Southern Breeze Lodge.Under new ownership from August 2016 )Southern Breeze Lodge is a lovely 100-year-old character building just two hundred yards from the beautiful cliff tops over-looking Bournemouth's seven miles of glorious sandy beaches with beautiful views from Poole to Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight. There is a zigzag path or a lift, just three minutes walk from the Guest House, which takes you straight down to the promenade. The Guest House is also situated close to Southbourne's many shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.The Guest House is in a great location to explore the south coast. ... more   less 
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