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Southern Bell

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5 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Welcome to Southern Bell, a unique island beach house, made partly of two converted railway carriages from 1874 and 1903! Southern Bell sleeps eight people, is pet-friendly and has a fabulous location directly on the seafront with stunning sea views and your own private gate to the beach, providing the perfect place to bring the whole family together. Recently renovated and with all modern amenities, Southern Bell offers First Class(!) beach holiday accommodation with five bedrooms (three of which are inside one of the railway carriages) and two bathrooms, one of which is en-suite. The large modern open-plan kitchen and living room with patio doors makes the most of the direct beach-front location offering panoramic seaviews. There is a second sitting/TV room in the original, historic...Welcome to Southern Bell, a unique island beach house, made partly of two converted railway carriages from 1874 and 1903! Southern Bell sleeps eight people, is pet-friendly and has a fabulous location directly on the seafront with stunning sea views and your own private gate to the beach, providing the perfect place to bring the whole family together. Recently renovated and with all modern amenities, Southern Bell offers First Class(!) beach holiday accommodation with five bedrooms (three of which are inside one of the railway carriages) and two bathrooms, one of which is en-suite. The large modern open-plan kitchen and living room with patio doors makes the most of the direct beach-front location offering panoramic seaviews. There is a second sitting/TV room in the original, historic First Class carriage! The bedrooms include one 5ft kingsize bed with ensuite, another 5ft kingsize bedroom, plus a further double and two single bedrooms in the railway carriages. The front of the house provides plenty of off-road parking as well as a garage, which can be used for secure bike storage during your stay. As well as being right on the beach, Southern Bell is a short walk from the local shops, pubs, restaurants and marina/sailing club. Hayling Island is renowned for its windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing activities. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayak and SUP lessons are available close by, while the year is filled with local events, such as the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, the Hayling Island Beer Festival and the fantastic annual Scarecrow Festival to name just a few. Sailing and nautical activity can always be seen along the coastline, while other island activities include a links golf course, cycling and scenic walks along the water’s edge. The island is on the edge of the South Downs National Park, while Chichester with its beautiful cathedral, theatres, shopping, leisure centre, Roman Villa, Goodwood or Fontwell races and the Witterings are nearby to the east. To the west, visit Portsmouth's waterside dining, ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, designer outlets, leisure facilities, Spinnaker Tower, Historic Dockyard including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose, or the maritime history at Southampton. Winchester, with its cathedral and abbey, and The New Forest are also within easy driving distance, while plenty of National Trust homes and gardens can also be discovered nearby. All WiFi, gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels are included. A travel cot and high chair are available on request. The house also has two Virgin Media cable TVs, Xbox, and iPod dock. The kitchen has a gas/electric range, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, Nespresso machine (10 Ristretto capsules provided) and separate 6-bottle wine fridge, while there is a washing machine and tumble dryer enclosed in a utility cupboard in the large entrance hall (also a rail carriage!) Southern Bell is strictly no smoking... even in the 'Smoking' carriage!More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Shower, 1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Clive T
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2017
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Reviewed 15 March 2020

Southern Bell was the most unique place I've ever stayed. It was truly amazing to stay in the converted railway carriages, which never lost its charm every time we walked through the corridor. There was everything you could possibly need, a true home from home....More

Date of stay: March 2020
Thank Rebekah B
Reviewed 29 December 2019

The location is amazing, Southern Bell is a fantastic place to stay, so clean with every amenity available to help with an amazing stay. Eight of us stayed over Christmas from 93 year old to 2 year old dog. Thank you Clive for the Christmas...More

Date of stay: December 2019
Thank JackieL995
Reviewed 23 September 2019

We booked to stay with my sisters and husbands and it was the railway carriages that excited us for our celebration! Back in 1950s and 60s we came each year to Hayling Island with our parents and stayed in an old railway carriage that belonged...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Jim T
Reviewed 22 September 2019

It was such fun exploring the railway carriage on arrival and seeing how well it had been updated and restored. We all loved watching the comings and goings on the coast looking over to the Isle of Wight - busy with Cruise Liners, yachts, ferries...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank OnHoliday22
Reviewed 25 March 2019 via mobile

We (6 adults, 2 children & 2 dogs) stayed at Southern Belle to celebrate a 60th birthday. What an amazing place! The original train carriage features are delightful and quirky and the modern additions made for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Beds are very cosy,...More

Date of stay: March 2019
Thank aluk990
Destination741078, VR Owner at Southern Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2019

Thanks very much for the great review and for staying at Southern Bell. I always love to hear about the family holidays and it was a pleasure to meet you all, however very briefly. I hope you all stay back at Southern Bell some time...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2019

This place is a must! If you are looking to book a relaxing break in a great location and in a clean, well equipped house then this is the one! We have visited twice and will come back again in the future. The hosts are...More

Date of stay: February 2017
Thank Charlotte M
Destination741078, VR Owner at Southern Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2019

Thanks Charlotte! It is always great to have you and your family stay and I hope we get to see you again!

Reviewed 7 January 2019

I Booked for me, 7 friends and 2 dogs over new year and what a new year was had! We spent New Year’s Eve on the beach watching the fireworks over Portsmouth, talking with locals and just spend quality time together. The cottage is unique...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank taraw777
Destination741078, VR Owner at Southern Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2019

Hi Tara and thank you so much for staying at Southern Bell and for the kind review! I'm so glad you all had a great new year. Thanks again and p.s.... thanks for the sandwich toaster!.. I may just try it out later on today.

Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

5 of us go away every year in March for a girlie weekend and we fell upon Southern Bell this year. What an amazing find!! We had such a lovely time. The house was quirky but beautiful. We all had confortable beds and it was...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank LizWAugust
Destination741078, VR Owner at Southern Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2019

Hi Liz and thank you very much for the kind review! It was great to have you all stay and I hope the Bluetooth speaker was up to the job of the party!

Reviewed 18 November 2018

A fantastic find for a 50th birthday weekend. Love the location right on the coast-a great view to wake up to and plenty to see. Comfortable and cosy, even in November-the sun soon warms up the main living area during the day. Lots of little...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank WillowJ15
Destination741078, VR Owner at Southern Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

Thank you very much for the review and it was absolutely my pleasure. I'm very glad you had a great celebration with the birthday-boy!

Reviewed 30 July 2018

Excellent well equipped more than we expected we have been coming here on the island for many years this has been the best one yet the grand children loved it we will be back

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Adventure689971
Management response:Responded 30 July 2018

Thank you so much for the great review. It's great when we hear of families having a lovely holiday and even better when it is veterans of Hayling Island holidays like yourselves! Thanks again, Clive.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Ocean Views
Patio
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Secure Parking
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
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How to get there
We like to say 'drive until the map turns blue!' Situated right on the beach, Southern Bell is easy to find on the South-East end of Hayling Island. We have loads of off-road parking at the front of the house for at least five cars. If you want to come via public transport, the nearest main line train station to London is 5 miles away and connects with a bus stop 100 yards away from the house. Southampton Airport and Cruise Terminal are also just 45 minutes away, while ferries from France and Spain arrive in nearby Portsmouth.
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