My husband and I stayed for 2 nights the weekend before Christmas, so that we could visit our daughters who live in Portsmouth. We'd booked 2 nights earlier in the year but had to cancel when my husband contracted bronchitis. We were very disappointed not to be able to stay there in July when it was fully booked, so were overjoyed that they had room for us in December. The Retreat was everything we hoped it would be. It's run by a very friendly couple, Sian and Mark, who made us feel very welcome. He plays in a Queen tribute band and she is cabin crew with BA. The house is Victorian and the rooms are wonderfully large and very comfortable. It's set in a relatively quiet, residential part Southsea and is within easy walking distance of a multitude of restaurants and bars. It's a short walk to the seafront and very close to the main shopping area in Southsea. As stated in other reviews, breakfast was lovely and we particularly liked the tiny little plates of fresh fruit that were put out for us - just a few berries and slices of banana, but very refreshing. The Retreat thoroughly deserves the Excellent rating that so many guests have given it!
- 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