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Cosy House in Central SouthseaNewly refurbished , light and airy Victorian terrace house in a great central Southsea location. Just a few minutes from Albert Road and within walking distance from King's Theatre and Southsea shopping centre. Two bedrooms, living room, dining room , fully equipped kitchen and small garden with the sitting area. The stair gates are available.
Unique Location Old Portsmouth (Private Balcony)Probably the best sea view in the UK, this large room with separate changing room and double ensuite bathroom has its own private balcony on the waters edge. It boasts panoramic views up and down the harbour entrance and across The Solent to the Isle of Wight. We also have two private roof terraces and a roof top swim spa offering a 360 view over Portsmouth and surrounding waters. A Full English Breakfast, Cereals, Toast, Tea & Coffee is included. Why not dine in one of our outside spaces!!
Beach Front House Hayling IslandEnjoy a blissful time away from the hustle and bustle in this beautiful 3 bedroom house on the ocean. All your worries will be forgotten as you stare out over the breath-taking views sea and immerse yourself in nature's enchanting beauty. Large fully-equipped kitchen with fantastic lounge area for the whole family to relax. TV & WIFI included. Close to the beaches, Hayling Island Fun Fair, racquet clubs, golf courses and beach pubs. Ideal for outdoor times, either in the ocean or on the land!
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With its busy dockyards and major naval base, this port city on the South Coast of England has been a place of lively activity for centuries. Its 14th-century fortifications and engaging maritime museums tell of Portsmouth’s starring role in England’s seafaring history, from the recovered Tudor warship the Mary Rose to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (home of HMS Victory), and the D-Day Story. There are still cobbled streets and traditional fish markets in Portsmouth’s old town, and Southsea’s Victorian beachfront combines pebbled shore with grass-covered parks and rows of independent shops and cafes.
You’ll notice a more contemporary feel to the shopping and nightlife destination of Gunwharf Quays, overlooked by the piercing needle of the Spinnaker Tower, whose observation platforms offer views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Still, with water surrounding Portsea Island on which the city sits on three sides, you’ll find plenty of sea views and salt air wherever you venture.
The nearest airport, Southampton International (SOU), is 22 miles away, with flights to a number of European and UK destinations, while London’s chief airports Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) are around 60 miles away. The capital city is connected by a train service that takes only a couple of hours. There are good bus services within Portsmouth, and it’s a flat city that’s easy to navigate by bike, with a number of designated cycle paths. Many of the attractions are near each other: You can walk from HMS Victory to Southsea in 30 minutes, and there are taxi ranks at the harbour bus and train stations. Ferries and waterbuses can take you across to Gosport on the other side of the harbour. If you are driving, you can avoid parking hassle by using the park-and-ride service on the outskirts of the city.
Summer is undoubtedly the time when Portsmouth puts on its brightest colours. The waterfront becomes a joyous space of al fresco dining, and its beaches a place for families to bask in sunshine. There are all sorts of summer celebrations in the city, including the annual sailing regatta in June. Southsea is fringed with markets during its July Food Festival and Gosport has its own waterfront festival, while August sees thousands turn out to witness the spectacle of the city’s International Kite Festival as well as the Victorious music festival. Spring and autumn are good times to visit if you want to avoid the crowds; in winter the temperatures can be nippy, but so long as you pack some waterproofs and warm layers, there’s still plenty to enjoy.
Tucked away beneath the Point Battery & Barracks, which house a set of creative studios, this little beach is quite literally a hidden gem. You can lean up against the sturdy fort walls as you look out over the water towards the Isle of Wight, and you’re only a few minutes’ walk from Portsmouth’s 12th-century Anglican cathedral.
The four-minute ferry from Portsmouth to Gosport is worth it to visit the marina, beaches, and many historic attractions and museums you’ll find there, including Fort Brockhurst, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, and HMS Alliance. There’s less urban development in Gosport, and it’s a good way to experience a flavour of the Hampshire countryside.
This 300-acre nature reserve, on the mainland northeast of the city, is an amazing bird-watching spot — come in winter and you can see short-eared owls out on the hunt. The salt marshes are far less bleak than they sound, covered in wildflowers, and the migratory birds add colour all on their own.