Transport & Travel Apps For Your Stay

 

We’ve all been there, you;ve waited and circled like an airliner to get a space only to realise you’ve not got any change and the contactless on the parking machine is not working. Ring Go covers most areas surrounding our Portsmouth and Southampton serviced accommodation, with easy payments.

Plus once registered, your details of vehicle and payment methods are remembered for easy use next time round. You can set reminders too.

 

 

The Train Line app is a bt like having a PA for your travel needs. Book in advance, get live train details and have a virtual ticket on your smartphone. The platform of your train is pretty acurate although we have been caught out at some major London terminals. Handy tip, if you book on the day of travel then you won’t have to pay a fee.

 

 

Wightlink ferries offer fast cat and car transport to/from the Isle of Wight. Book and check timetable information and track your vessel before boarding. Digital ticketing is a good option and you’ll be saving the paper race.

 

 

 

 

Moovit is the #1 local transport app in the world trusted by +300 million users across +2700 cities in 44 languages. With the most robust and precise information of any public transport app, Moovit adds a new city every 15 hours. Combining all your transport options together in a single app, Moovit gives you total control over your travels so you can finally enjoy peace of mind when traveling on public transport.

 

 

 

The Hovertravel App, is your perfect companion for planning, buying and tracking your hovercraft trip across the Solent between Portsmouth/Southsea and Ryde, Isle of Wight – now including in-app ticket purchasing and journey-planning tools.

Use this App to check up-to-date timetables, view the current positions of Hovertravel’s vessels and the connecting Hoverbus (both with live tracking and minute-by-minute updates), buy single or return tickets, go paperless with in-phone boarding passes, plan point-to-point journey times that include Isle of Wight buses and mainland trains, view the current flight status of Hovertravel services, check fares, see the latest special offers, and find out more about the bus and rail connections available from Ryde, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth/Southsea


Vegan Friendly Tea Rooms in Hampshire

Check out our top 5 vegan friendly tea rooms in Hampshire. Perfect to enjoy with any friends, family members or colleagues while staying near by. All tea rooms are located close to our serviced accommodation, so you won’t have far to travel!

Kettle & Cake, Hedge End

Cream teas, afternoon teas and bespoke homemade cakes. The Kettle & Cake can be found with a vast selection of vegan free foods all within a warm and spacious setting.

Betty, the tea van, makes an appearance in the summer just for that extra special quaintness…

 

 

 

Gracie-Ann’s, Port Solent

Guests of our Port Solent town house will have no doubt visited this room with a marina view. Not only specialising in delicious food but their own unique blend of tea.

Oh, and the milkshakes…wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wine Garden, Titchfield

This little gem is literally just that. Located just behind Hallmark Jewellers, Titchfield, this cosy and cute little shop offers not just a tasty home made menu but you’ll find a selection of gins for a cheeky afternoon tipple.

 

 

 

 

 

The Vintage Tea Room, Fareham

If quaint is what you are after, this vintage tea room is perfect for you. Vegan and veggie friendly there is a vast selection from breakfast to afternoon tea.

Cosy armchairs, home made food and crockery that you’ll just want to sip from whist holding out your little pinkie!

 

 

 

 

The Docks Coffee, Southampton

Oxford street, Southampton has always been home to a bustle of food and drink. Docks Coffee roast their coffee and source their food locally with a vast selection of vegan options.

And what is more, guests will get money off with our exclusive Discount card!

 

 

More to follow!

Ben Glover


FIVE things to do in February

There’s always something to do in Hampshire, from ghost walks to career talks, you’ll be sure to find something to enjoy. Whether you are staying in one of our serviced apartments in Southampton or a corporate let in Portsmouth, all events won’t take more than 30 minutes to travel to!

Festival Of Light

On The Esplanade, Westquay South

5pm-10pm

Festival of Light is back.

Interactive, illuminating and back on the Esplanade. Be prepared to #letlightinWQ

Visit brand new light displays between February 15th and 24th.

Website Address: https://www.west-quay.co.uk/events/festival-of-light1  

Women’s Mind and Body Conference

Southampton

O2 Guildhall Southampton

10:00am Sunday 17 Feb 2019

Take a day out to think about yourself, your looks, your career and your future. Be exposed to great presentations from gurus in the field of women’s development, plus mini workshops from a range of top consultants and therapists who can help you with hair, beauty, styling, confidence, weight loss, fitness, mental wellbeing and career changes. We will be having a high value Raffle with prizes from all of our consultants and therapists plus an Auction to bid for a week for 2 at the new Body Camp in Majorca, a day with a Film Producer (for your wedding or special event), and many other great prizes.

Cost: £15

 

A Stroll Around Southampton Common

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There is more to Southampton Common than just a beautiful walk. Once home to gig such as the legendary Power In The Park to other history unearthed, this guided tour is a must for a sunny Sunday!

 

Hampshire Farmers Market

Winchester

The Hampshire Farmers Market Winchester will produce some exceptionally good tasting free range pork. Rare breed pigs are born, reared and spend their entire lives with us, growing naturally and slowly. Ambrose Farm products include an array of handmade, traditional & specialty sausages, each created by us using our own freshly blended seasonings.

 

Southampton Ghost Tour

February 28th

It is a ghost tour, in February. You will discover the ghosts of historic buildings including The Bargate, The Merchants Hall, West Gate, Tudor House, Inside some of the city’s vaults and many more! Our Ghost Walks are unique because we have experienced some of the ghosts for ourselves!

 

Our Ghost Tours are entertaining, thrilling, educational and most of all….it will include a few scares along the way!

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Serviced Snow Survival!

Snow is forecast for the Town or Country area (well, it is winter and with the ever increasing onset of global warming, this post will probably apply for June too) and you’ll need to survive the 0.1mm of the white stuff. Grab our handy hints for survival in your serviced property.

 

Stock Up!

With the onset of treacherous weather heading our way, panic buying will ensue. Best you race out of your serviced property and to the nearest supermarche and grab the last pint of red top. Or. you could get your fridge filled up and your cupboards stocked with our exclusive Food Pack options.

Stay IN IN

No point going out out when the temperature is as nippy as the frozen veg section of the supermarket. We’ve all you need to stay cosy and warm:

  1. Modern entertainment systems FREEVIEW and SKY (selected properties)
  2. Fast FREE super broadband connections for movies and games
  3. Deep and cosy sofas (for the above)
  4. Big, spacious beds with luxury linen and duvets
  5. Deep baths, power showers, fresh towels

Bake Off

Hearty foods during a weather crisis are a must. Sleeves up, oven on, bake away. Our fully equipped kitchens make it the best place to be for all the family. And we supply the starter beverages (tea, coffee, hot choc etc) so your hands won’t feel left out either.

Den Day

Pull off the duvet, wrap it around the clothes horse and have an indoor picnic. Or why not sit under the table, cosy up and watch a movie. We’ve all you need to have some fun without the sun.

On a serious note, we have our 24hr on call team ready for you should you need us. Pls make sure there is plenty of food for us on arrival.

 

Ben Glover

(GloveBox Media)


Fitness February

January. Done. Now all that hard work you have done needs to be kept up. And if you are no stranger to tech, or maybe you are, Google can actually help. Based on software for a smartwatch, that little thing on your wrist can contribute to your wellbeing:

Abs Challenge

A 31 day challenge that starts off slow and builds up to the end of the month. Sit up, crunch, leg raise and plank with the chance to synchronise your data as you go along.

Fit Workout

This clever bit of kit detects the exercise you do, logs it and even detects the resps. It doesn’t always work, but there is a facility to add manually. Adding the weight is required but with a rest time built in will help with the Strength work. The app also records running, cycling and any freestyle that you do. Using the GPS linked to your smartphone, you can track and upload data.

Fit Breath

Designed to calm your inner self, by following the relaxing colours on screen this will help reduce anxiety and give you a focus for the task ahead.

Heart Rate

Heart Points are collected daily using Google Fit, you earn as you burn! The higher the heart rate the more points you get. It records your estimated calories loss based on age and weight.

Step Up

Set a goal and get walking! If attached to your smartwatch, regular and up to date reports are sent to your phone. Once you have achieved your challenge and target, you can up the anti and increase the steps.


6 Myths Busted About Serviced Accommodation

We’ve been about for a while and heard it all. But what are we not?

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We are not a hotel. Contrary to belief, we don’t have a receptionist, paper thin walls and beds, that, quite frankly you probably are better sleeping on the floor. Instead we are the alternative to hotels and provide the best homely experience on the south coast. All properties are strategically located to cater for city centre, good transport and social links. We do have dedicated blocks that only stock professionals, like you, that like to take advantage of the home from lifestyle.

Do Not Disturb. We’ve all had that rude awakening, the time when we must vacate the room when actually we were in a comfortable state in deep sleep. We don’t do that. It is your time and your space and you tell us when you want the place cleaned. We offer a ‘late check-out’ service so you can make the most of your stay.

We Won’t Do Your Washing. But we do offer the facilities to! Each serviced property has the white goods needed to freshen up your wardrobe, an iron, and a fully equipped kitchen so you can show off your culinary skills to your friends and family.

You can bring your pets. Our office has been no stranger to a dogs, Guinea Pigs and a couple of stray cats in the back yard. Each one has been given the Town or Country love as they are important too. At selected properties, your pets have the chance to room in spacious gardens and surroundings, just let us know on booking and we’ll tell you more then.

The Family won’t fit. Yes they will. Over the years we have catered for families on relocation, who needed emergency housing or were looking for a base to stay until their next chapter. Or, on the other hand, you may just want a break from them, we can help here too. All properties have dining areas, fast and fibre broadband and good entertainment systems to keep them occupied.

We are not 24 hour. We do operate during office hours, of course. That said, we have an oncall 24 hours a day and is one of our front of house staff who live within the areas of our properties. We always do our best to meet and greet you. We have security lock boxes that hold unique codes to your property, which you will get with your Information Pack on booking.

So, if you have a dilemma then stress none, we’ve got this.

Curator:

Ben Glover


Guest Champions!

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Racing Hotel Princesa Yaiza, with a crew of: Alejandro Bethencourt Fuentes, Afredo Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez, and Laiyin Francisca Ley Torres Jorge.

When it comes to serviced accommodation we cater and look after for everyone’s needs whether from a business or pleasure perspective. We like to thrive on the success of our guests and we are proud to announce recent residents and Spanish sailing team Rayco Tabares. They recently won the J/80 World Championship for a forth time. Based in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, they led the regatta, on the Solent, from the first day to the last, but did survive a technical hitch on the penultimate day.

Two second place finishes to clinch the world title in the closing days of the tournament. Experiences sailors will know a northerly breeze ranging from 10-18 knots shifts both to the west and the east, yet provided another testing race course in the Central Solent. All fourteen scheduled races were completed, much to the satisfaction of the competitors, which roundly showed their approval for a World Championship that organisers say was a ‘huge success’.

Town or Country were proud to cater for the needs of this award winning team, going above beyond to make sure you are champions.

Congratulations to team Hotel Princesa Yaiza!

Do you have successful news to share? Get in touch info@townorcountry.co.uk  

 


Travel Problems Solved By Tech

Travelling whether for business or pleasure can sometimes bring it’s stresses and tests! Now tech can come to the rescue.

RFID Chips

Say goodbye to the odd sock that you can never find in the morning. RFID chips can be sown into your sock that mate with an app in order to track the little blighter down. RFID tags, a technology once limited to tracking cattle, are tracking consumer products worldwide. Many manufacturers use the tags to track the location of each product they make from the time it’s made until it’s pulled off the shelf and tossed in a shopping trolley.

Coffee On The Go

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15 minutes in the working day is a long time. Save yourself time and money with making a brew from the comfort of your desk. The MoJoe mobile brewer gives you the chance to become all Barista with everything you need to make a fine cup. From grinding the beans to sharing the wealth with one of the two compact cups built in the coffee shop comes to you!

Airport Accelerator 

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Drones. Love or hate them they are here to stay. But have you ever tried to carry one with you? With the Airport™ Accelerator Quadcopter Divider Kit, you can easily convert one of our Airport™ Accelerator backpacks (sold separately) into a customised quadcopter transportation backpack.  On point with the new era of photographic possibilities and needs, the adjustable dividers offer multi-compartment convenience to hold every key component and accessories of a quadcopter plus supplies for the day’s outing. With its durable and changeable storage dividers, all of your gear and personal items are safe, organised, and at the ready.

Sandless Beach Mat

Sand Free Beach Mat

Calling all beach lovers! The Sandless Beach Mat is a revolutionary beach accessory that’s literally impossible to cover with sand. Initially intended for military uses, this clever sand-free ground sheet is perfect for a fun and stress free beach outing. Finally, no more annoyingly sticky sand! Now you can make the most of your seaside experience while lounging in the warm sunshine, reading a book, or spreading out a picnic.

Portable Cocktail Kit

Portable Cocktail Kit

What better way to get in the vacation spirit than with 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.

Depending on your preferences, there are a variety of travel sets to choose from, from Champagne and Bloody Marry to Gin & Tonic and the original Old Fashioned.

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Portable Antenna

Inspired by the disaster rescue and recovery operations following Hurricane Sandy, goTenna has been designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service. Made of rugged materials, this pocket-sized two-way radio and antenna uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. This innovative technology allows users who possess the device to share messages and location info instantly within a range of up to 50 miles in ideal conditions.

 


Three Events To Look Forward To!

The nights may be drawing in (boo) but fear not dear guest, there are some things to look forward to in and around your serviced property!

Southampton Pride

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August 26th 2017

This year the parade will take place outside The Guildhall Square at 2pm, where it will continue up West Marlands Road, down Above Bar Street to the Bargate Monument, around the monument, back up Above Bar Street to Guildhall Square and back along West Marlands Road.
Full details on the route are online; the idea is to get dressed up, bring your kids, your parents, your dog, your family and your friends! Be as colourful as you can and make some noise!
Then after it is all back to The Stage Door for an after party…

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Prosecco Festival, Port Solent

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14 Oct 2017 6.30pm – late

Join in for the inaugural Port Solent Prosecco Festival – an evening of fun, decadence and glamour by the waterside.

 

Port Solent is offering Prosecco lovers an evening to remember with a show stopping, Hollywood-style festival of Prosecco spread across the whole of the Boardwalk.

Included in your ticket price:

Five glasses of Prosecco

Souvenir glass

Goody bag

Live music

Fire dancers

Martini glass dancer

and much more…

So, to enjoy an evening of glitz, glamour and bubbles, come down and join us at our 2017 Port Solent Prosecco Festival.

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Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park

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15th – 24th September 2017

TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show is a spectacular world class annual event held in September and attracts visitors, exhibitors and investors from all over the world. An on-water Show boasting Europe’s purpose built Show marina located in Southampton, the cruise and boating capital of the UK.

The Show started in 1969 and is held annually in September. An important sales platform for both national and international businesses attracting over 110,000 visitors. The Show attracts high net worth individuals from the UK and around the world. TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show is one of Southampton’s biggest events and takes over the City for a 10 day period, whilst people of all walks of life discover what the marine industry has to offer them.


Wake Up Well – Five Ways

  1.  Make Your Bed (straightaway!)

Research has shown (and this did come from the U.S.) that if you make your bed straightaway after waking up then all the other tasks for the day will fall into place. I tried this theory out this very morning. Since making the bed I have got showered, dressed, ironed and I wrote this blog. I kid you not. (And for those lazy days let our housekeeping team make it for you).

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2. Down A Pint

Water is the key to all well being. And with the body packing over 90% of the stuff it is essential we keep it topped up. Starting off with a pint of the clear stuff not only re hydrates the body is is good for the heart, kick starting it into a good rhythm for the day. It also contributes to the 2 litres we should be drinking daily.

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3. Wake Up To Music

Waking up to Chimes or Cosmic on your iPhone daily can have a negative affect on your day, especially if these are your daily risers. Set your alarm to some middle of the road music from your music playlist and edit your alarms accordingly. Coldplay, The XX or something with a nice intro build up are key.

Avoid the Bedtime function; your brain will be aware that your iPhone or Smart device is on ‘standby’, it’s like keeping one eye open when awake.

4. Stretch

You can’t beat a good click of the back in the morning. Pull out the yoga mat, poor the water and stretch those limbs into a new day. By doing this you’ll free up all the bunched up limbs from the night and be warmed up ready for the day.

5. Avoid Coffee…for at least an hour

And this is from a coffee lover. As beautiful as the ‘c’ word is a caffeine hit first thing in the morning could come crashing down on you middle of the morning. Start with a green tea or anything light such as fruit tea, that will be a good refresher and motivator to your day.

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Ben Glover

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