About this listing
Small but cosy double room with breakfast in the Victorian resort of Southport. Short driving distance to the seafront, to fantastic dunes, golf, birdwatching or visit the buzzing city of Liverpool with its music heritage, galleries, history and more
VICTORIAN SEASIDE RESORT * GOLF * BIRDWATCHING * CYCLING - START OF TRANS PENNINE CYCLE ROUTE * RED SQUIRREL RESERVE * LIVERPOOL . . .
Hello and thanks for looking. We have two rooms, this is the smaller:-
SMALL DOUBLE ROOM INCLUDES BREAKFAST.
It is light, quiet and overlooks the back garden.
There is tea, coffee, herbal drinking facilities and towels
BATHROOM & TOILET - please note that the house has one bathroom and one toilet and these facilities are shared but we always make sure that they are kept clean. There is shampoo, shower gel and toiletries.
We live in a quiet residential area of the town.
BREAKFAST is something we really enjoy. We make our own natural yoghurt, seasonal jams including our delicious Seville marmalade, (made only once every year when the Seville oranges arrive!) There is always a delicious range of cereals and toasted bread and fruit, all accompanied with copious amounts of tea and real cafetiere-made fresh coffee! Let us know if you would like some freshly made porridge.
We cater for vegetarians, gluten free and lactose free requirements. Just let us know when you book, please.
There is ample street parking and we will try to ensure that the space in front of our house is vacant for you. We can also safety store your bicycles or place your motorbike in our enclosed back garden.
PUBS AND RESTAURANTS AT WALKING DISTANCE
There are two good restaurants nearby, THE GRAPEVINE and CLAUDES OF CHURCHTOWN, very popular and you will need to pre-book. The HESKETH ARMS PUB also offers good food & beers and has a lively atmosphere. There are many good restaurants in the town centre that we can recommend.
Transport to and from here is excellent; 5 minutes walk to buses into town and 7 minutes to the train station to Wigan, Manchester, the famous Lake District and beyond. Southport is well served by the rail network going to Liverpool with further links nationwide. Bikes can be transported by train and you can also hire a bicycle very cheaply for about £4 a day in the town centre, it's all flat and easy riding around this area with plenty to see.
WHY COME TO SOUTHPORT?
Southport is a well maintained Victorian seaside resort alongside a Promenade by a lakeside. This classic resort has beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture around the town. Well worth a visit is Lord Street, a tree-lined boulevard with many shops and with the newly redesigned Atkinson Arts Centre, the Wayfarer's Arcade. There are plenty of opportunities to sit outside enjoying the many pavement cafes, traditional tea rooms and restaurants. You may want to visit the Inn Beer Shop, selling more than 360 different beers from around the world - a tiny, quirky, independent bar.
The town also has a very good SWIMMING POOL, CINEMA COMPLEX, THEATRES, BOWLING.
A lovely place to walk, cycle or birdwatch but not to swim as the tide leaves behind vast expanses of sand and marshes. Stretching from Crosby in the south to Southport in the north, the natural coast is a beautiful expanse of beaches, pinewoods and sand dunes. Southport beach is a short walk from the town centre.
The large marshes around Southport attract huge amounts of seasonal birds and we are very well provided for with many hides and areas for bird watching in Marshside, MARTIN MERE and MERE SANDS NATURE RESERVE. The tranquil and picturesque forest and lakes of Mere Sands are very interesting and make an ideal place to walk, even if you are not a committed bird watcher.
Southport is known as England's Golfing Capital, most recently hosting the OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. There are 15 top courses which are no more than an hour's drive away and six of them are actually on Southport's doorstep.
CHURCHTOWN VILLAGE is a 10 minute walk away having the great Hesketh Pub, restaurants, quaint shops and antiques. Spend an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens, listening to the Summer Band Concerts.
TRANS PENNINE TRAIL CYCLE ROUTE
The beginning of the trail starts at the sea mark sculpture in Southport. The trail then forms a 215 mile national route and runs from coast to coast. There are also other local trails for walking and cycling with clear leaflet guides to help you.
There are BIKES FOR HIRE in the town centre.
EVENTS THIS YEAR
31st Jan - 2nd FebJazz on a Winter's Weekend
8th FebSouthport Mad Dog 10k
8th-10th MaySouthport Jazz Festival
15th MayStar Trekk Charity Walk
29th-31st MayFood and Drink Festival
20th -21st JuneWoodvale Rally
27th -28th JuneBritish Armed Forces Day
28th JuneFalklands Anniversary Parade
20th-23rd AugustSouthport Flower Show
12-13th September24 Hour Yacht Race
19-20th SeptemberSouthport Air Show
2nd-4th OctoberMusical Fireworks Championships
EVEN MORE REASONS TO STAY HERE
LIVERPOOL - Some 45 minutes by train, a must-see city. It is much easier to leave the car here and travel in by train. After winning the 'City of Culture' it has been transformed into a more sophisticated, stylish, diverse and interesting city offering everything from museums, galleries, two amazing cathedrals, Liverpool 1 fashionable Shopping Centre, the Albert Dock Waterfront, the Northern Tate Art Gallery and of course, all of the BEATLES history and the two famous FOOTBALL teams, Liverpool & Everton.
RUFFORD HALL is just a short drive away, situated on part of the beautiful Leeds to Liverpool canal. Then there's the home of the GRAND NATIONAL - Aintree Racecourse, and also nearby is the atmospheric and ever-changing art installation on the beach entitled 'Another Place' by ANTONY GORMLEY. CHESTER and WIGAN PIER are also very accessible by car or train.
Front sitting-room with a number of books and CD player, great space to relax, read, catch up with your emails.
The back garden has chairs and on sunny days our guests often love to have breakfast outside.
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy meeting with our guests and we will be around if you need us for advice or suggestions.
It is very quiet, close to the town centre and close to Churchtown village. There are two parks close by, The Botanic Gardens and Hesketh Park.
We ask guests to kindly use slippers/socks in the front lounge.
Please let us know what time you will be arriving so that we can guarantee being here to greet you.
Tea and biscuits on arrival and john and Dorothy were eager to make your stay enjoyable with any info to help you
Dorothy and her husband John could not have made me more welcome. From the emails before I arrived, checking my arrangements, to being picked up at the station. John had researched the 2 buses I needed to take to get to where I was working, and showed me the routes, and where to catch them. The room and shared bathroom were spotless, in a beautiful house. The neighbourhood is quiet, with large stately houses that would cost millions in London. They even gave me a glass of wine! I could not recommend them more highly.
Dorothy et John sont des hôtes charmants et très à l'écoute, nous ont parfaitement renseignés et guidés à propos des restaurants et sites à visiter.
Quartier et maison très agréables.
Petit déjeuner parfait.
A warm welcome from a friendly couple Dorothy and John. Their home is a peaceful environment, very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was ace with a big bowl of fruit salad, homemade yogurt, selection of cereals and homemade jams. John and Dorothy were very knowledgable about the local area and they are happy to share their experiences with others. Would certainly recommend this location.
We were made to feel extremely welcome! Dorothy and John couldn't do enough for for us... two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. A beautiful home in a lovely neighbourhood. Would highly recommend to anyone in a heartbeat! Thank you both so much!!
John and Dorothy made me feel so welcome! This was my first Airbnb ever and I must confess I think it will be a hard one to top! I had to come over for an urgent personal matter and from the moment I arrived I knew I had chosen the right place to stay! John picked me up from the train station and gave me a tour of Southport then took me to the house. When I arrived John showed me around and could not have been more helpful. I was given information on bus routes, local eating places, taxis and other areas of interest, all with a warm human approach! Due to the nature of my visit I was not able to spend as much time with my hosts as I would have liked but the time I did spend with them was a delight. I met Dorothy the second day of my stay and she was as pleasent and welcoming as John. Breakfast was a real feast! I felt like a king! It must be commended that John and Dorothy made the stay so refreshing and so relaxing. I arrived expecting to leave with memories of great hosts, I left with memories of new friends made!
We had such a great time staying with Dorothy and John! They were both fantastic hosts, and their home is really clean, bright and well-decorated.
We booked the smaller of their two rooms but because there was no one else staying they offered us the larger room, which was a really nice way to start the stay. The breakfasts each morning were superb, and we loved getting to try all of their homemade jams.
We had a full itinerary so we were out a lot of the time, but it was really easy to come and go.
We would definitely stay here again.
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About the Host, Dorothy
I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I enjoy family the most, friends, fell walking, reading, jazz, theatre and (website hidden) and entertaining go hand-in-hand. Travelling is my great life enhancer and hope to do much more of it as I browse at the many amazing Airbnb places around the world. Alas, my bones creak and protest too much. We no longer have pets and we don't smoke. We have two grown-up girls no longer living with us; so it is lovely to have guests.
John is a retired art and design teacher and he also enjoys hosting and getting to know the guests that come to us from around the world.