Saving Your Mobile Battery

You’ve just come back from that killer meeting. You smashed it. Then you forget to send that email. Reaching for your phone it has just died. Battery done. Here is how to make the juice in your smartphone last.

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Turn down the screen brightness

Whacking your mobile phone screen to full brightness is pretty the same as using your torch as night (we’ve all done it to fit the key into the lock!). With LED tech inside your mobile there isn’t any need to have it so bright, there is even a feature to automatically adjust according to the light.

Stop the push notifications

You email is always updating regularly and in contact with a server. Head to your settings and set up notifications for WiFi only.

Close the apps

As each app is open you are sending info to and from you and the source. It is constantly collecting data and as a result using energy. The biggest culprits include Facebook and What’s App. Use your phone’s battery setting to see what uses up the most power and close when not needed.

Always use WiFi where you can

With 4G constantly engaged for caller and internet use it will take up a lot of your daily energy. But connecting to WiFi use someone else’s bill to download the big stuff…like at any of our serviced properties!

Easy on the music

Did you know battery life is sucked out more when you listen to music? If getting your groove on requires using iTunes listen off line to look after the charge.

Charge when dead!

Regular charging through the day when the battery is not weak can cause issues with your battery. Try and run the battery down until ZERO then give a full charge. Use only manufacturers plugs and leads for fast recharge!

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TOCA News: Sky Installed

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Town or Country are pleased to announce an exclusive installation of Sky into all Canute studio apartments.

Canute studios, Southampton is a dedicated serviced apartment block especially designed for professionals with many benefits of short and long stay requirements. Situated in the centre of Southampton as a guest you have a vast choice of properties to choose from.

The partnership with Sky TV means, as a guest, not only will you benefit from great entertainment during your stay, you can continue watching the programmes you love with your account card.

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Many of our serviced properties, including Canute Studios, benefit from the latest viewing entertainment and with Sky this has just got better. All part of our excellent serviced accommodation experience.

Expect Canute Studios to be installed shortly.

You Knew, Right?

There are plenty of ‘myths’ when it comes to serviced accommodation, and with an increase in demand staying in one of our’s can actually save you money. But you knew that, right?

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Glen Eyre – 5 bedrooms of luxury

Size Does Matter

Yes, we have studio apartments that may well be the size of a hotel suite, except your suite won’t have a modern kitchen, a cosy double bed, en-suite or home comforts. These include a smart TV and compatibility to your mobile devices. What is more, we have dedicated blocks for serviced accommodation that cater for business professionals.

Our portfolio contains properties that cater for families or colleagues. Did you know we have a converted church in the outskirts of Southampton? Or how about a 5-bedroom luxury house with multiple parking on the drive and spacious kitchen/diner? Maybe you would like to stay in our Grade II listed accommodation in the heart of Southampton?Whatever size your prefer, we have got it all.

And no matter what the size, all our serviced with our in-housekeeping team with an on call agent 24 hrs a day.

We Love Pets

Quite simply we love pets. We understand that leaving your furry friend behind is not an option and that is why we give you the choice of properties for them to stay too. We make sure there is plenty of room to run about and a garden to roam around in.

These selected properties are located near some great walks.

Location

Can’t bear to be away from the office for too long? Or need to be near loved ones? We have a property that can be located near where you need to be. Our guests join us from all over the world and often require being within walking distance of their destination.

Saving Money

Just look at this figure. Staying long term saves you money. Need we say more?

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Dining Discounts

Oh, we nearly forgot. As a guest and friend we have an exclusive Discount Card that offers generous money saving off your bill to the south’s best eating and drinking establishments. It includes beauty and even coffee shops across Southampton and Portsmouth. You are welcome.

All our properties offer the comfort of all that is at home, from stunning views over the water to relaxing on the sofa and getting a good nights sleep. We’ve got this.

Easter Egg Hunts, Hampshire

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Discover fun Easter activities inspired by feathery and furry ships pets. Easter Bunny ‘Wilf’ will be on hand for fun sensory exploration. Then for an egg-stra challenge try matching the birds with their eggs and build a wall to keep Humpty Dumpty safe and sound!

Easter Egg Trail at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

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Hop up to the clouds and hunt for Easter eggs 100 meters above the city of Portsmouth at Emirates Spinnaker Tower.  Egg-shaped puzzle pieces are to be hunted and there will be Easter themed craft activities . Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny who will be hopping around the tower over Bank Holiday weekend. Normal admission applies.

Find the Eggs at Royal Victoria County Park, near Southampton

A stunning location for Easter time! The furry bunny will be visiting Royal Victoria Country Park on Tuesday 10th April and hiding lots of chocolatie eggs ready for your little ones to find. Search out the eggs, and enjoy Easter themed arts and activities. £6 per child with one adult free. Places should be booked in advance.

Self Guided Easter Trail at Hamble Country Park, Bursledon

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Head to Hamble Country Park over the Easter Holidays, pick up an Easter trail and explore the park whilst looking out got different coloured eggs. Once complete claim your prize! And if you are feeling brave why not kayak along the Hamble?

Easter Egg Hunt at New Forest Wildlife Park, New Forest National Park

Our serviced properties are very close to one of the UK’s most beautiful, natural woodlands. The New Forest Wildlife Park hold their popular Easter egg hunt with Easter themed craft workshops taking place and extra animal encounter experiences. Normal admission applies. Egg trail sheets £1 each. Click hyperlink for more.

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The South’s Best Tea Rooms Pt III

We have so many amazing places to visit here on the south coast. How about visiting some of the south coast’s best independent tea and coffee rooms!

Laneway Coffee, Lee-on-the-Solent

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This cute and cosy little coffee house is full of character serving up a choice of locally roasted coffee and homemade cakes including gluten free Honeybuns!

Lunch and snacks are available and dairy free of you wish.

Hallmark Jewellers, Titchfield village

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Few coffee shops are found in jewellery shop! Hallmark in Titchfield village offer something unique.

Set in an award-winning garden, this wonderful little Coffee Shop serves as a real hub of the community. Enjoy locally selected coffee or their very own special blend of ‘Village Gem’ loose-leaf tea.

Cakes, tray bakes and treats, which are all hand made and with a large range of freshly prepared light lunches and fortnightly specials, you will be sure to find something yummy to eat in or take home to enjoy. And you can go gluten-free.

The Cork & Cheese, Park Gate

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There seems to be a theme here; buy a shop and put in a coffee shop. The C&C, based in Park Gate, near Fareham, not only offer the finest tea/coffee but set in their deli selling local produce. From wine to ales and Hampshire born cheese, you can mull over your shopping list whilst supping in a big mug of the hot stuff.

Mettricks, Woolston,

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If we are going to go uber cool with the coffee then Mettricks is the one. Set on what used to be a ship builders this trendy coffee joint is dead centre to the fastest growing apartment development in Southampton.

And they like to keep it in the family:

‘Family because it is our Great Grandparents, George & Margaret Mettrick, who’s name sits over our doors. Margaret was a baker, a homemaker, a Mother, Grandma & Grandma Great. It is to the memory of her hospitality, her baking, her stovetop kettle (whistling) that the team at Mettricks welcomes you.

George was a carpenter, publican & pianist, a Father, Grandad & Grandad Great. It is with a nod to his love of a pint of mild that we serve local real ales. His piano playing antics at pubs & parties that sparked the idea for our live music nights. 

Mettricks – taking inspiration from the timeless ideas of great food & drink, warm welcomes & the best of hospitality.

Other house locations include Guildhall square and and The Old Town, Southampton all within walking distance of our serviced apartments.

Ben Glover

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SIX Must Have Gadge The Serviced Property Guest Needs In Their Life!

BagSmart – Cable Organiser

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How many cables do you posses? USB, HDMI, ear phones, travel adaptor…no matter how tightly you wrap them up they always seen to tangle worse than fresh spaghetti. Thanks to the Bag Smart organiser this is now a thing of the past! With all your wires in one handy sized wallet this is the best way to keep all your cables in shape!

My Fitness Pal

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Losing weight, gaining weight, there are many apps that can do the job. Few come close to tracking your progress than My Fitness Pal. Developed by sports wear makers Under Armour not only can you achieve your goals but nutrition too. Clever tech within the app allows you to scan a bar code of your food or snacks to determine whether your target is being met.

Sandless Beach Mat

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Sand. It gets everywhere! With the summer fast approaching it is good to know that, at the end of the day, you can pick up your towel without flying particles of sand at everyone else. With it’s military grade material, any sand that happens to accumulate on the mat will quickly disappear through to the other side in an instant, creating a sand-free environment in which to relax, and if there does happen to be any large lumps of sand, you can simply rub the sand into the mat with your hand and watch it disappear.

Portable Cocktail Kit!

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Yes. This is a portable cocktail kit, equipped with everything you need to craft two proper beverages in style, anywhere, anytime. Compact enough to fit in a pocket, W&P’s slick Carry-On Cocktail Kit is the best bet for mixologists on the go, offering a handy recipe card, stainless steel spoon/muddler, linen coaster, and all the ingredients for two proper in-flight concoctions. Our’s is a Sunset Boulevard…

Camelbak Water Purifier 

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All our serviced properties have water that can be consumed straight from the tap. But we understand you might like to purify your’s anyway. The CamelBak All Clear is a state-of-the-art device capable of transforming almost any tap or clear natural water source into pure drinking water in just 60 seconds. The 0.75-litre water purifier bottle is equipped with rechargeable lithium ion batteries and uses UV light to neutralise viruses and bacteria. Overall, this is an excellent way to save money on bottled water and get safe drinking water while on the go.

Iron Man Travel Charger

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Standby all Marvel lovers! There are battery banks and then there is the Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Mobile Fuel Cell. It comes equipped with an outstanding 12,000 mAh battery capacity, helping you power your mobile devices on the go. The charger is compatible with most smartphones and any other USB-compatible gear, and its two USB ports allow you to charge two devices simultaneously. Bound to thrill any Iron Man fan, this cool gizmo is actually a 1/4 scale replica of the original suitcase that brings to life Tony Stark’s armor in Iron Man 2’s Grand Prix de Monaco race track scene.

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Tourism Boom! Who is Visiting?

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Portsmouth saw an increase in visitors thanks to local sporting and outdoor events.

A record number of visitors from overseas saw a boost to the economy in the south and east. Figures from Visit Britain had a record of 1.8 million visits in Q3 2017, up 8% on Q3 2016. Spending in the area was also reported at an increase of up 6% to £822 million.

So who is visiting?

  • Large growth from China 24%
  • Netherlands up 10%; Belgium up 6%
  • Germany up 4%
  • Nordics up – Norway 22%; Sweden 6%;
  • USA down 3%

Market highlights Year to date

  • China up 33%
  • Netherlands up 7%; Belgium up 7%
  • Germany up 2%
  • Nordics – Norway down 4% but Sweden up 7%
  • USA up 15%

(Source: Visit Britain, February 2018).

Year on year displays a 5% increase in visits but spend is at 0%. Specifically for Southampton tourism was ramped up thanks to the increase in cruise ships and freighters at Southampton docks. In the serviced accommodation sector this is great news for tourists that stayed with Town or Country before setting sale in a cruise to destinations around the world.

In Portsmouth, an increase in visitors for outdoor events and sporting regattas, such as the America’s Cup, gave the economy a boost.

Thanks to the Town or Country vast choice of serviced properties on the south coast we were able to cater for guests of business and pleasure. And we won’t stop there. We are delighted to announce further expansion with dedicated blocks of serviced apartments already in progress.

More to follow.

Hampshire’s Best Walks

All our serviced properties are nice to stay in, sometimes it is just good to pop on your walking boots and get out in the fresh air.
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Distance9.61mi Vertical gain+988ft Vertical drop-991ft Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Exton – Hampshire

This Hampshire walk explores the beautiful Meon Valley and two of the highest hills that flank the valley. The route also includes some picturesque villages. There are pubs serving food and refreshments on the walk.

Distance5.47mi Vertical gain+535ft Vertical drop-541ft Duration2h55 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Exton – Hampshire

A Hampshire walk from Exford in the Meon Valley that includes sections of the South Downs Way and the Monarch’s Way. The walk includes a section of the old Watercress Line before climbing to the top of old Winchester Hill for some good views.

Distance5.68mi Vertical gain+236ft Vertical drop-210ft Duration2h45 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Cheriton – Hampshire

A pleasant Hampshire walk that starts from the attractive village of Cheriton to the east of Winchester. The route follows the River Itcehn north through Tichborne Park to Tichborne. Before following the Kings Way south towards Gander Down.

Distance3.23mi Vertical gain+85ft Vertical drop-69ft Duration1h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Winchfield – Hampshire

This short leisurely Hampshire walk explores the Dogmersfield Estate and the Basingstoke Canal. Perfect for an afternoon stroll after Sunday lunch.

Distance4.76mi Vertical gain+39ft Vertical drop-69ft Duration2h15 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Winchfield – Hampshire

A leisurely Hampshire walk that explores the Dogmersfield Estate and the Basingstoke Canal. This longer version explores some of the countryside in the vicinity too.

Distance5.92mi Vertical gain+548ft Vertical drop-525ft Duration3h05 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Exton – Hampshire

This Hampshire walk includes two villages, both with a pub, some fine scenery and a visit to an excellent viewpoint. Sections of the walk follow the South Downs Way and the Monarch’s Way.

Distance13.88mi Vertical gain+1053ft Vertical drop-1070ft Duration7h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ashmansworth – Hampshire

This North Wessex Downs ridge walk includes the highest points in Hampshire and Berkshire and outstanding views along the way. The return is through some attractive, rural villages nestling on the chalk downs. The outward leg makes much use of the Wayfarer’s Walk, whilst the return leg uses some of the Test Way.

Distance3.55mi Vertical gain+72ft Vertical drop-72ft Duration1h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Hartley Wintney – Hampshire

Gently undulating circular walk across fields and through woodlands, passing by Leather Bottle PH in Mattingley

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Make The Most On The South Coast With The #BeastFromTheEast!

Your serviced accommodation is perfect for getting cosy, especially when we are hit by a cold spell! Here are FIVE ways to make the most of your time at our’s.

  1. Netflix…and no chill

Each of our serviced properties has fast and free WiFi as standard. Expected in this day and age, we know. However, with fibre in most of our portfolio choices it makes streaming easy. And what is more, our latest cribs have a smart TV already installed. Staying in is the new going out…

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2. Duvet Day

With our luxury cotton and duvets there is nothing better than curling up on our deep sofas and supping on a cup of hot something. On a day when everyone is staying in get wrapped and stay warm.

Got a pet? Bring them too. Selected properties can accommodate your furry friend for extra cuddles on DD.

3. Bake A Cake

Ditch the cup cake mix from the supermarket aisle and go all out with baking something from scratch. Many guests who stay are blown away by the fully equipped kitchens that we provide. So goodbye clement weather and hello Mary Berry.

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The Chapel

4. Board Games

Remember them? What happened to the days of sitting around the table and getting down to a good old fashioned board game? Tech took over but it is never too late to play some old skool. Each property is spacious enough for a game of Twister, going all tycoon with Monopoly or even the classic Battleships.

Ask when booking for the chance to grab a board game from the office.

5. Just Working Home From Home

At each of our serviced properties we make a conscious effort to dedicate each space for what it was intended. From the comfort of a deep bath or power shower to a desk space for working. If you have to catch up on the days emails or even grab a meeting we have the right property for you.

Ben Glover

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