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A Great Escape Guest House
Ranked #6 of 49 Swanage B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Devon, United Kingdom
1 review
“Deserves its No.1 Spot!”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Sue is very attentive, friendly and welcoming. We were a wedding party of 9 and booked 4 of her rooms. Nothing was too much trouble, and Sue did everything to make sure that we had breakfast on the Saturday morning at convenient times in order to meet our various schedules. The rooms were very well decorated, clean and every little attention to detail thought of. The breakfast menu is superb, with home made bread., and the smoked salmon and scrambled egg went down particulary well, as did the home made waffles. Only about 10 mins walk to the seafront; it was also Carnival night when we stayed, which was a bonus. Will definitely look to stay again when we have another family event which calls for overnight stay.

Thanks from Sue, Mike and family ( ps. this our very first TripAdvisor review)

Room Tip: Room 2 has a King size bed on 1st floor. Room 1 on the ground floor lovely and big with balcony an...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Hello, thank you for your lovely review. It was pleasure looking after you all and I'm so glad the weekend went well for you. You will always be welcome at A Great Escape!!
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2014

One of the highlights of our year is to spend time at A Great Escape in Swanage. Sue expects us to treat her house as a home and provides hospitality far exceeding any we have ever experienced anywhere else; we now look upon her as a dear friend. Every detail, from décor and furnishing to the breakfast menu has been thought through to provide really first class accommodation. Sue cannot do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Other reviewers have listed all the amenities quite adequately - we can only agree and recommend this guest house to anyone visiting Swanage.

Room Tip: All rooms here are good
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank willnan
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Hello willnan, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fab review. We always look forward to having you to stay during the Jazz Festival and I'm so pleased the weather was super. Here's to next year!!
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London
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had the pleasure of staying with Sue at the Great Escape for a long weekend a couple of weeks ago and Sue is marvellous. Really welcoming, so helpful and her home is spotless, that's how it feels, like her home and she treats you as a friend as well as an honoured guest. I can't recommend this lovely little place highly enough. Very quiet, but still only about a ten minute walk to the beach. The rooms were lovely, really well decorated with nice modern fixtures and fittings and extra little touches in the bathrooms. Felt more like a small boutique hotel than a B & B. Thank you so much Sue, you were great and if we find ourselves down in Swanage again, we will definitely be staying with you. Thanks so much again from Carole and Jim and Maureen and Dan and lets not forget Teddy x

Room Tip: All rooms were lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank slyham
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Hello, thank you for your super review. It was a pleasure looking after you and I'm so glad you enjoyed Swanage and A Great Escape.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at A Great Escape Guest House at the end of May. I had to cancel a reservation here the previous year, but eventually got around to staying at this lovely little guest house. Sue, the owner met us at the door and couldn't have been more friendly, enthusiastic and accommodating. The rooms are decorated in fun, tasteful ways and everything was spotlessly clean. As others have said before me, the Dorset breakfast is plentiful and delicious. We had a great weekend here, the Dorset countryside is beautiful, and Swanage has a faded charm that will remind the most jaded adults of childhood seaside holidays. We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Hello, thank you for your lovely review. We loved having you to stay and look forward to your next visit.
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

We have just got back from staying in Swanage for 4 nights at this wonderful B & B.
We chose this one based on previous reviews on Trip Advisor and it definately lived up to the great praise it has received.
We were met by Sue who is very friendly and helpful, after explaining a few things she showed us to our room. Room 2 is light and tastefully decorated and overlooking the garden. We opted for the super king bed but this could also be changed to twins if required. Everything in the room was spotless as it is throughout the building.
If you think of every hotel room you have ever been in and all the things you wished were in there or ever needed then they were in this room. Sue has thought of everything; Fridge with fresh milk and filtered water, ample tea ,coffee, hot chocolate & sugar ,free safe, wine glasses, bottle opener, tea towel, kitchen roll, pen & note paper, hair dryer, iPhone dock, clock & torch. Then you go in the bathroom apart from the nice shower there are shower and hand gels, flannels, cotton wool/pads/buds, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, shower cap and shoe buff. PHEW !!! I’ve probably forgot something but I think you will get the idea.
In the evening when you get back in Sue leaves you a little treat in the small little chest in the hall, just another great little touch.
The breakfast was delicious, as well as fruit juice and cereals there is fresh fruit salad which I really enjoyed with yoghurt and granola. My husband had the full Dorset breakfast each morning I had a selection of this but there were also other choices. The ingredients are locally sourced and the toast made from homemade bread was a real treat.
It is all these touches which make Sue and attentive and proud owner.
We would love to visit again in the future at this well deserved No 1 rated Guest House.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Hello, WOW, what a review!! Thank you so much for taking time to write. We loved having you to stay and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. You will always be welcome at A Great Escape!!
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We booked a short stay after reading the reviews, looking at the guest house's web site and the Android app. Plenty of good information on which to base our selection, and we were absolutely right in making this the place to stay for our visit.

Our expectations are always high (see our other reviews, including other experiences in the Swanage area), our research gave us the optimism that it would be good place to stay and by golly it certainly was - our expectations where greatly exceeded.

Read other reviews and you will have a feel for all the positives, I'm not going to repeat all those points. Let's just put it this way....we stayed for 3 lovely nights and could not find a single fault !

We had room 1 the balcony room, although we didn't use the balcony as we were out and about too much. Perfectly clean and comfortable, with loads of little necessities around like note pad, pens, torch, tissues, fridge, safe, toiletries...I'm a techie geek and wi-fi was good on all our phones and tablets.

It is quite obvious that Sue puts her heart in to her establishment and runs it perfectly. She is a charming host, a lovely lady, friendly and likeable.

Breakfasts were amazing, quality ingredients used, cooked and presented perfectly and plenty of it....left stuffed...and didn't need much at lunch-time. Sue even went out of her way to get skimmed milk in for my wife who can't stand creamy tea, then left the bottle for us to keep in our fridge and use throughout our stay.

Highly recommended, would we stay again? yes without a doubt, if we visited Swanage again

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank davidfthorn
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Hello, thank you so much for your super review - much appreciated. We very much enjoyed looking after you and hope you return to Swanage again one day.
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Booked at short notice, based on earlier reviews - we were not disappointed! Sue make us very welcome. Comfortable room on the top floor, en-suite compact but fine, fridge, milk and tea making facilities, comfy bed made for two good nights stay. Great breakfast with a varied menu. The full Dorset breakfast was enough not to want lunch! On street parking, found a space easily in the street. Close to the town, shops, eateries, beach and railway station. So the car stayed put. The mini-chest of drawers in the hall which held a small surprise for each room - we had two Kit-Kats on day one and some biscuits on day two - a nice touch. A very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Raymond B
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A_Great_Escape, Owner at A Great Escape Guest House, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Hello, your review is very much appreciated - thank you. We loved having you to stay and are very pleased that you enjoyed your time in Swanage.
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Property: A Great Escape Guest House
Address: 6 Argyle Road, Swanage BH19 1HZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Swanage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — A Great Escape Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Great Escape Guest House in Swanage, Dorset is a 19th century townhouse offering relaxing accommodation in a central location. We are conveniently placed for all of the sights of Swanage. It's only a 10 minute walk from the house to the award winning Blue Flag beach, and the famous Swanage Steam Railway is 5 minutes away. A Great Escape offers a high level of accommodation with en-suite facilities, flat screen televisions with FreeView, silent fridges, safes, hair driers, and refreshment-making facilities. We also include a varied breakfast menu including a full English breakfast using locally sourced produce, or alternatively omelettes, waffles or smoked salmon. ... more   less 
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