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My Weekend Away at Gunwarf Quays


Last weekend myself and my husband packed our bags and set off for a very much needed weekend away, just the two of us.

We started our journey on Friday morning leaving our home and heading for the local main line station (we decided not to drive), we then travelled to Portsmouth Harbour, travelling first class.  I will say at this point that my idea of first class is totally different to the train company’s version of first class.

As we had just ourselves to worry about, we decided to celebrate our freedom with a bottle of Prosecco while we sat back and enjoyed the scenery


Enjoying our journey with prosecco

We reached Portsmouth harbour and had some time to stop at Gunwarf Quays, and have some lunch before checking into our accommodation.

Neither of us were particularly hungry so we opted for a sharing platter which was amazing and a cocktail

Bubblegum daiquiri

This was gorgeous even if very cold.

After lunch we headed to our accommodation, usually when we go away, we would stay in a hotel, but this time opted for an Airbnb appartement very close to Gunwarf.

I have heard many things about Airbnb, and wondered if this would be a home from home or whether I would still feel the luxury of being away.

Our host had been amazing from the moment we booked and all the way through, even offering us a lift from the station (which we declined), to checking everything was ok whilst staying, and even letting us check out an hour later than normal checkout.

When we walked in, my first words were I want to live here, those of you with children will understand, it was all so clean and tidy and luxurious.  We also had a fully working and fitted kitchen,  which I made the use of by making coffee.

Saturday evening, we headed out to Gunwarf Quays and had dinner and a few more cocktails, before trying our luck in the casino.

I did not win, but my husband had a bit of luck, so quitting whilst ahead, we headed back to where we were staying and called it a night.

Saturday, we woke up to a nice dry day, and decided to head into Portsmouth town before, browsing the shops at Gunwarf.  I managed to treat myself to a new handbag, pair of boots, top, hat (my head was cold), some new pj’s for C.  We then headed back to Gunwarf and browsed the shops, stopping at Jaimes for a cocktail (well we were away)

We shopped for a bit more, before heading back to our apartment to get ready for the evening and relax for a bit.

Saturday night, was very classy and we both really wanted a Burger King, so that was our romantic dinner of choice, we then decided to have a drink in the casino (honestly the bars were all heaving and thought it would be quieter).  While there we decided to have a small go at the casino each, my husband lost but i had a good win (luck).  So we left and decided to try another bar.  We actually left, Gunwarf and found a lovely pub, which was much nicer and we could sit and talk.

Sunday morning, was awful with the weather, but luckily once we were ready and packed, it was dry, so we decided to have a little walk and then visit the pub we had gone to the evening before for a nice sunday roast.

A girl never grows up. I still love my 2p machines

We had a nice walk and found the amusements, where I was drawn to the 2p machines, before heading to the pub for a lovely sunday roast.

Nothing nicer than a nice sunday roast
After staying in our very first Airbnb accommodation, I am hooked and will definitely be using them again, and when we visit this area again, would not hesitate to stay at the same place.

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  1. Such a pretty room. I stayed once in bnb and then never thought of staying in any bnb again. But it feels home-like. Very airy, clean and crisp. Glad you enjoyed our stay.

    1. This was our first stay in one, and I will be using them again much more relaxing than staying in a hotel if I am honest x

    1. Thank you, we had heard good things, but I am a hotel person when I go away, but after staying at an airbnb I would happily stay again x

  2. It’s so wonderful you were able to get away and have a relaxing weekend, I’m sure it was sorely needed. The apartment you stayed in is just lovely and it’s fantastic that your hosts were so welcoming and accommodating. I’m so glad you had such a lovely time x

    1. Thank you, we really did need to just get away and recharge our batteries, the apartment was amazing if I lived alone it would be just as I would want it x

    1. The bubblegum daiquiri was amazing, I was very impressed with our first stay in airbnb it was all so easy and stressfree x

    1. This is our first stay, but will not be our last, and if I go to Gunwarf again, I will definitely books this place again x

    1. Thank you, I think it is important to make time for each other, 18 years together and still happy, I just tell him he is happy lol x

    1. It was a great place, I could have moved in, it was so nice to get away and have peace and quiet, we did need the break x

  3. Love how you got popping candy with your daiquiri! I could do with a weekend away with my husband. All 4 of us are in a hotel at the moment and it’s far from relaxing!

    1. It was our first time using airbnb but it was great and could not recommend highly enough, from the moment we booked until we checked out, Gunwarf is great x

  4. It’s great to hear you were able to go away on a much needed break. The room looks nice and cosy and clean. Wow i didn’t know bubblegum daiquiris even existed I’d love to try one of those!!!!

    1. We needed the break as we have had so much stress lately, and it was lovely to recharge our batteries. The bubblegum daiguiri was amazing x

  5. Sounds like a lovely weekend away, I’ve never tried Air bnb before but might be soon! The place you stayed in looked great! xo

    1. I think all us parents, would love a little haven like this, with everything in place and just so quiet and relaxing x

  6. Popping open the prosecco is the best way to start! The apartment you stayed in looks so lovely! I’m using an Airbnb apartment for the first time next month! Hope you enjoyed your time relaxing. 😀
    Ashton xx

  7. Just from looking at the pictures I’m with you – I want to move in! It sounds like a lovely weekend (and I know what you mean about Southern’s First class)

    1. It was the perfect place, not ideal if you have kids though :). I was not impressed with Southern’s First class especially on our return journey when the guard came around checking tickets and told someone this is first class but let them stay there x

  8. I am so glad that I stumbled across this! We are going away in a few weeks time and even though it’s not where you went to I am now quite interested in finding an airbnb.

    1. I would recommend looking at airbnb, we love hotels but staying here I found a lot more relaxing as sometimes you do get disturbed by doors banging when staying in hotels. Hope you have a lovely time x

  9. Glad that you enjoyed yourself! That is a lovely place to stay 🙂 it must be a nice break from kids. I have never tried first class anything but can imagine first class won’t be good on trains at the moment x

    1. We had a great time, and where we stayed was amazing and it was nice to just have us to think about. I can not say I was impressed with first class travel though x

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