After an exceptional 5 nights at The Willow B&B, Canterbury, we said our good-byes to hosts Tony & Jackie and headed off to embark on another adventure.
We had booked a B&B in Hawkhurst, but unfortunately this establishment wasn’t the best, so I immediately started searching for alternatives.
Couldn’t find anything in the immediate area, so I started looking around Southampton, settling on 15 Bed and Breakfast, in Fareham. Giving them a call, they mentioned having recently received a cancellation, so could accept our booking for 5 nights.
We suffered 1 night in the Hawkhurst B&B, departing immediately after breakfast, embarking on a slow drive along the south coast. On arrival, we were met by Lorraine & Dave, who are simply spectacular hosts. Lorraine showed us upstairs to our room, which was huge.
King size bed in a large room (photo courtesy of website)
Located in a neighbourhood of single family homes, it is only about 1 block from the Solent, which we could see from the window. The home was spotlessly clean.
Our room consisted of a king size bed, table and chair, couple of end tables and a large wardrobe. The ensuite had a huge shower and jetted tub. Also included were 2 bottles of water daily and biscuits. Lorraine also provided a thermos of fresh milk daily.
While I brought our luggage in, Lorraine made some tea and invited us to join her for tea and biscuits. Most welcome after a lengthy drive.
For breakfast, all Lorraine wanted to know in advance was what time; no need to determine what you wanted the evening before. The full English breakfast was incredible, with special mention to the Hampshire Herby sausages, which Lorraine buys from a local butcher. The eggs are definitely fresh, since they are supplied by their own free range hens.
Planning to stay 5 nights, we were so happy, we asked for another couple of nights, so stayed a full week. If you are looking for accommodation around Southampton/Portsmouth, make 15 B&B your first call, you won’t be disappointed.