No Park & Ride?

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Portsmouth has a successful Park & Ride system. 

Public transport links within the vicinity of our serviced properties have been superb. From access to motorways, train stations and airport, we have them sorted.

Recently though, with public transport becoming more popular, where is the Park & Ride for Southampton? With a city as large as it is Southampton appears to be ‘behind’ compared to it’s neighbour’s Winchester and Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council reclaimed old Ministry Of Defence land that saw a vast car park and interchange facility that launched in 2014. A bus leaves every 10-15 minutes with a short run time into the city, making it a popular choice for business and students. Located on the very busy M275, dedicated bus lanes bypass the traffic offering a stress free commute.

Winchester has similar, although a longer run time into the city, still proves popular for those who want to avoid the queues, connecting commuters with business and shoppers with some retail therapy without having to pay high parking charges.

Southampton, however, does not have such a system. Of course, with the cruise terminal a huge income for the city, there are plenty of long stay car parks within the vicinity. With traffic via all routes on the road, surely it would be a benefit for a Park & Ride to be in place for the city?

The argument is land. Southampton can be accessed from the west country, the north and south east, a location would prove a difficult find and with more than one a possible logistical nightmare that may not prove cost effective. That said, the many commuters that get stuck in traffic queues in the city leave, on average, an hour earlier just to get into work on time. That’s precious time away from family, friends or partners. And, let’s not forget, at the end of the day as well.

What is the solution in the meantime?

Public transport in our cities on the south coast has always been good; rail services offer good commuting pick up points, the bus network is frequent and cycle paths are in place to travel safely into your place of work.

Could a tram system for Southampton be on the cards? The last tram left the rails in 1949 and since the city’s roads have only changed, geographically, only slightly. Disruption would be inevitable whilst infra structure was place, but a modern and sleek city, that Southampton is becoming, really could do with something.

The beauty of a serviced property within our city centre portfolio ensures that you can have a hassle free journey to your destination. For those who we accommodate on the outskirts of the city, we ensure you can be where you want to be. With the advent of a possible congestion charge in our inner cities, will Southampton be left behind?

Ben Glover

Contributer/Blogger

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Escapism – How We Help

Life is hectic. But for every hectic moment there should be at least two for recuperating. That is where we can help.

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Our obsession with ‘want’ is not only spiralling out of control it can interfere with our downtime. Having a mismatch in balance is not healthy. Sometimes, all you need is just that ‘getaway’ moment to help get back on track.

Serviced accommodation is different to staying in a hotel. Space, for one, is a premium and in every property we make sure that is the case. For example, our dedicated studio apartments have been designed with ‘compact’ in mind yet are cleverly laid out to give the impression of a large property.

And it is not just the inner-city bases.

We have a selection of properties that are based on the outskirts of Southampton and Portsmouth, each offering that perfect retreat for however long you need. From the converted chapel near Botley to the marina town houses in Port Solent, each are surrounded by luscious environments perfect to explore.

What is more, each property, whether town house or studio, will always make you feel at home. Essentially, you will have all in place to make sure you relax, including time. We are not obligating you to any timetable for our housekeeping team to change the sheets or clean, it is your space, your time.

Capture a moment from the balcony of our marina side apartments and enjoy a glass or two with some of the best sunsets in the UK. If being social is your relaxant, we have some of the best places and entertainment within reach of our serviced properties, powered by our regular blog updates.

From being the solo traveller to business, relax and take time out with us.

Ben Glover

Family Bank Holiday (and half term) Stuff

Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurt

longdownThis family run farm has all sorts of activities to enjoy including animal feeds and tractor rides!

And this Bank Holiday enjoy a vintage farm theme and see how it used to be done!

 

 

 

Dinosaur Footprint Trail, Hamble Country Park

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Who’s lurking in the woods?

Come and join the self-guided dinosaur footprints trail at River Hamble Country Park.

The trail pack is available from the Barnfield kiosk for just £2, with a prize when you complete it.

British Street Food Festival and Competition, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

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The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. The southern heat of the 2018 British Street Food Awards will see the region’s best traders fighting it out to win the public vote for a place in the national finals in London. And the chance to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards finals in Berlin.

Gunwharf Quays’ Plaza will welcome over a dozen innovative street food vendors, giving visitors the opportunity to sample some of the finest street food on offer in the region. Shoppers will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the tastiest dishes, sampling competition dishes and voting for their favourite.

It’s all taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 26/28 from 11am to 6pm each day with fun for all the family.

Special Ops, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu 

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Calling all spies and soldiers!!!

Test your mettle as a secret agent by heading off across the Beaulieu grounds on your own SOE training mission this May half-term.

The Special Operations Executive are running a training exercise before sending their trainee agents into enemy-occupied France – and they’ve recruited you to join them!

Track down hidden car parts, find all the Citroen 2CV parts and note down the cryptic symbol on each one. Then head back to the mission briefing room to match them back to the secret blueprints. Make a code breaking gadget…Can you crack the code? Create your own gadget and decipher the cryptic symbols to find out!

Throughout the week, dress up as a soldier, see a selection of wartime vehicles being driven around the attraction and talk to Lord Montagu’s falconer about the role of falconry in World War II. Plus, solve a puzzle to win prizes! Put your code cracking skills to the test in the Brabazon Restaurant to solve a fiendish puzzle and be entered into a prize draw. Each day’s winner will receive a fun spy or soldier pack.

Then head to the Secret Army Exhibition to discover the true story of Beaulieu’s role as a wartime finishing school for special agents.
Plus even more…

Join Beaulieu for more special activities on Sunday 27th May & Saturday 2nd June.

All May half-term activities are included in general admission tickets, which include entry to the whole of the attraction!

Kayaking and Paddleboarding, Fairthorne Manor, Botley

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Every Thursday evening 6pm – 7.30pm there is a taste for Kayaking + Stand Up Paddleboarding. These fun sessions are a great opportunity for the whole family to try and great way too cool off on a hot summers evening.

Just £10 per person ** YMCA members save 10%**

Have a go at both activities or spend the whole session just on one activity – its your choice.

Call 01489 772215 to book. Booking in advance required

Where To Watch The Royal Wedding!

As if the comfort of your own serviced property was not enough, check out some of the right royal wedding parties situated not too far away…

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A Royal Celebration at Winchester Cathedral

Everyone is welcome to join Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 19th May to watch the Royal Wedding ceremony in style on a big screen in the surrounds of the stunning Cathedral Nave. The screening will take place between 12 noon and 1pm. After the screening the celebrations will continue in the Cathedral’s Outer Close with family fun entertainment. Free tickets for the Royal Wedding screening are available from the Cathedral’s Box Office.

Guildhall Square, Southampton & Portsmouth

Where better to celebrate the wedding of the year than on the big screen! Both city’s guildhall squares will be showing the coverage plus with lots of family fun to be had. And the best bit, it is free entry! Bravo…

Royal High Tea at Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Celebrate the Royal Wedding 105 meters above the maritime city of Portsmouth at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower with a royal high tea. Served across the Royal Wedding weekend you will enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury bites accompanied by elegant Earl Grey Tea. The Royal High Tea experience will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May and can be booked by contacting Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Can I Be Your +1?

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The more the merrier. That is what our serviced properties are all about. Here are just some of the things you can get up to with friends, family or colleagues.

Get With A Colleague

There has never been a better time to get with a work mate! Shacking up in one of our luxury properties, not only helps the ‘professional’ bonding process but helps with the budget. And with a choice of studio apartment right up to a town house why restrict it to one work colleague?!

Hold A Meeting

Conference rooms have as much charisma as a train spotter in a night club. If you are just looking to have a catch up with co-workers our spacious, serviced properties can accommodate you. With fast and free WiFi connection your killer presentation could not be in a better place.

Get Prepared

Staying with us is a hassle free stay. We will not come knocking on your door when it is time to leave or when we need to run the vacuum around the place. That means, you get a good night’s sleep ready to smash the presentation or meeting in the morning. What is more, your best mate can stay too. Remember; you pay PER property not per PERSON.

Family QT

Whatever happened to a good old fashioned roast around the table and a board game with the family? As far as we were concerned, nothing. We have enough space for all the family to enjoy just what QT should be all about. We can even supply the games.

Or why not settle in with a movie on our Smart TVs/Sky system?*

Relocating? Ask us about how we can help you with a hassle free move.

Entertain

Grab a cook book, order the food and drink from our Food Pack selection then conj-our it all up in our fully equipped kitchen. Every property comes with the pots, pans and pretty much every utensil you need to be Britain’s next top chef.

Creator: Ben Glover

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Be Successful From Daybreak!

Get Up Early

Rise and shine! There is nothing better than waking up in our luxury serviced properties. Get up early and get cracking on your busy schedule. Once you are up, showered and dressed to face the day the better chance of you getting home in the evening to relax.

Make Your Bed The First Job

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The US Navy Seals have always been taught that, once you have made you bed the first job of the day, the rest of it will fall into place, a key stone habit.

Whether it will be the washing, the housework, the business meeting, by being organised in the morning you will smash it.

Exercise and Stretch!
Just doing 20 sit ups followed by 20 press ups first thing will trigger enough chemicals in your body to prepare for the day. Alternatively, grab a brisk walk when you get up. Our vast portfolio of properties are ideally located in some of the south coast’s most beautiful of scenery.

 Start With A Pint!

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Downing a pint of water first thing in the morning hydrates you after a nights sleep. The body feels refreshed, your mind stimulated and your heart steady. Avoid the coffee until later, swap for a green or herbal tea, all complimentary at our serviced properties.

Form A Battle List

Make the toughest task of the day your first tick of the day. By doing this, the small tasks become easier to manage. Think: an upside down pyramid.

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!

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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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.

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