Guest Champions!

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!

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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.


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


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…


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.


Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park


15th – 24th September 2017 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. 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).


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.


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.


Ben Glover

Bank Holiday Outings

Not sure what to do for the Bank Holiday weekend? Let us wet your weekend whistle.

Southampton Pride -The Stage Door


The Stage Door opens all it’s doors for one of Southampton’s biggest festivals. Pride Southampton brings together a celebration for all genders, backgrounds and ages.

The Stage Door will be on hand contributing with live music, food & drink, entertainment for the kids and all topped off with a parade of love including, this year the emergency services.

The fun starts from 11am in the Guildhall Square daily.





Man Overboard Race – The Elephant Boat Yard, Old Bursledon, SATURDAY.


If you are looking for some fun on the water then the Bursledon Regatta will float your boat. Whether you fancy your chances in the kayak race or want to test your ability to try and stand up on a paddle board much fun will be had. Just pop a few coins into their charity coffers and take a change of clothes! Register from 1230 pm.


The Titanic Walk, Southampton SATURDAY


On the Titanic Trail there is a walk through the streets where the Titanic crew lived and drank. Many buildings of the period survive today including; the Terminus Station, arguably the oldest railway station in the country; the luxurious South Western Hotel, where first class passengers stayed, including Thomas Andrews, designer of the ship, and Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line. Stop at the White Star Office and reflect on the families, who waited days for news. Hear the true story of Jack Dawson. See the pub where Titanic stokers had their last drink before sailing. These historic streets still resonate from the loss.

Afterwards relax in the Docks Coffee House, which could not be better located in one of Southampton’s most historic and pleasant streets. Look at a fascinating pen and water colour illustrated map of historic Southampton by local artist Carloline Misselbrook. And enjoy one of Dan and Dishi’s delicious cream teas.



iTunes – what you may or may not know


If like me you spend more money on coffee than booze each month welcome to the club. Chances are you probably have a gym membership, spend more time with your mates (sober at least) and have a healthy array of songs on your smartphone.

I’ve been stuck in the 90’s since, well 1999. Maybe not physically, the silver hair testament to a ‘harsh’ work regime but musically. That particular moment in time was when I grew up. Sure ‘growing up’ could be perceived as the first ten years of your life have memories etched into your brain of being around the grandparents, your first school, your first funeral or the moment your dad went crazy and bought a Porsche. For me it has been 1990 on wards. From this humble decade of Naff Naff beginnings there were plenty of firsts to be had.

My secondary school career began and from a lanky framed person as myself was not an easy task. My mother constantly un-hemming trousers to stop the bigger lads taking the piss and undoubtedly shouting out ‘bell bottoms’ or ‘ankle bangers’ as I patrolled the corridors with my market bought or often hand me down ruck sack. My head hitting every door frame of the classroom and why was I always at the back of the yearly photograph?

But what carried me through this decadent time frame was music. A healthy obsession for club music that packed in everything from trance to what we now know as big anthems. Aged 14 it was easy to get into raves with warehouses crammed from of sweaty bobbed haired fellas and dungaree wearing girls, each magnetised to the huge bass bins vibrating on every speaker. Most of their heads on the Mitsubishi Ecstasy tablets doing the rounds whilst I only ever went for the music and the dancing.

It is no surprise that my iTunes is packed full of anthems, taking me ‘back in the day’ to the old skool bangers that gave me freedom of movement on the dance floor, constantly giving it the ‘ooop ooop’ and reaching for the lazers. in the hallows of a warehouse in Plymouth. Accept they aren’t.

My 90’s playlist would put Judge Jules and Dave Pearce (DJs by the way) to shame. I’ve spent well over £200 a year on songs, not just the anthems. My most played was ‘Born Slippy – Underworld’, a 12 minute hedonistic journey that stepped me back into the clubs, each lyric harping back to my first ‘obsession’ with a girl called Kerry (much older than me at the time, I had no chance). At a recent Boot Camp I needed a pick me up anthem, a ‘Rocky’ style pump ready for 60 minutes brutality in my active wear. Imagine the horror when I find it’s no longer there. It is like losing a best mate you often see for lunch or coffee. I searching every thing, title, artist, albums, downloads and even purchased – nothing.

Apple are not always the easiest people to get too – whilst we are asleep in our beds we assume they are awake and working from their sunshine glinted office in California. I jumped on the Support tab and sent an email. I was quite surprised to find a reply within an hour.

So why does iTunes trash your tunes?

When you download a song to your iTunes did you know that you do not technically own it? Not even with the whole 99 p you worked so hard for to buy it. Here is what the lovely Bernard told me:
‘Ben, upon carefully checking your account thoroughly, I do apologize (how they spell in the U.S), I’ve determined that the reason why you cannot re-download the “Born Slippy” is because the content was modified by the content provider.

Please note that an item can be modified for several reasons such as change in version, upgrades/updates that the content provider, production company or record label do.

In addition to that, when the changes are applied by the developer, the item goes back to the store as a new version and the older version becomes obsolete and is therefore, deleted. Thus, preventing you to re-download the item.

I know your files are valuable to you, so I encourage you to back up your hard disk regularly. If the disk needs to be replaced, you can restore your purchases and other data from the backup and avoid the need to purchase replacement copies of your collection’.

A fine reply from Bernard that has taken a part of my life way and lesson learned. I did reply hoping for a refund alas I was given credits to download some new tunes, of which, sadly my 12 minute trip into 1995 can no longer revived and will just have to settle for the 7′ 32″ version instead.

So, back up your files else not only will you loose your tracks back your fine memories too.

Ben Glover

FAST and FREE WiFi is available in ALL Town Or Country properties…ideal for backing up your files.

The iPhone X – is it good for business?

The much anticipated iPhone was launched this month with a hefty price tag of $1000 but is the price good for business and the solo traveller?


Our smartphone is pretty much part of the family, it sits there living in our pockets/bags like a baby that needs to be close by it’s mother. When we drop it or the screen cracks we mourn like it’s a friend hurt or that has passed away. Over dramatic? Maybe. My point is it will always be needed.

Step up the iPhone X – launched in a live broadcast across all mediums with big features and not so big featured that make it ‘the one’ to have. While others feel that it has finally caught up with the Samsung S8 Apple appear to have gauged their baby at the business professional:

Big Display

Not only does it boast a 5.8 inch retina (Super Retina to you) screen it’s toughened glass makes sure that any drop to a concrete floor won’t be like the slow motion movement it appears to be now with current smart phones. The X also features a double edged screen, water and dust resistant but nothing like the Samsung…of course. That said the Japanese giant is set to take a cut from the X due to it’s OLED technology.

The huge screen makes light work of scanning the internet, drawing or taking notes with the optional Apple Pen ($300). Downloading PDFs are made easy viewing as are videos from live conferences.

Intel – A11

Intel provide the driving force to the speed of the X, in fact it makes up 15% of the phone value itself. Good news for fast processing of documents, videos and photos. To date the A11 is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, with a neural engine that’s capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. With four efficiency cores in the all‑new CPU up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion the two performance cores are up to 25 percent faster, hopefully at full speed when nearing the end of space in the internal memory. This is good news for games too.

Security – FACE ID

Hold tight James Bond or fans of Mission Impossible, security on the X is tight. 3D sensors are on board to provide facial recognition, all laser technology based which made US makers Lumentum a nice hefty £150m in orders. Gone is the Home button and the tedious finger print recognition, that quite frankly, held up many queues in coffee shops around the world.

Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face, adapts over time and so secure that this is the new Apple Pay. That should make the coffee shop queue more entertaining…


The 12MP camera gives a sharper image and contrast features, great for selling products or sending customers information. Face timing and conference calling have just become even more hi-def. Both cameras at the rear have optical image stabilization and fast lenses for outstanding photos and videos even in low light, something that previous iPhones suffered with.

A wide-angle and telephoto camera on the iPhone X enable optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos, on the fringe of SLR technology.

The True Depth camera can analyse over 50,000 muscle movements for that perfect selfie which works hand in hand with the Animoji feature, thus giving you the chance to be that panda you always wanted to be. Let’s hope there won’t be a movie to follow.



How many times have we heard, ‘Anyone got an iPhone charger?’. This is now a thing of the past. Introducing AirPower mat. Set your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods anywhere on the mat to charge them wirelessly. Wireless charging is now in force with the X, Apple assuring us that charging mats can be found in cafes, hotels and airports around the world. Forthcoming is a travel and car optional pad.


The latest IOS makes sure business features of the X stay bang up to date with easier sharing options and user friendly navigation. Siri stays which is good news for the solo traveller giving you at least someone to talk too. Siri can come in handy for translating and getting about in a foreign country.

Maps looks superb on the more refined screen and gives more accuracy thanks to the newest of internal processors.

iCal and emails are processed faster with better features to sync with other Apple devices.

The iPhone X is set to be Apple’s best product to date, more featured, re-fined for the next generation and offering much more for the business user and traveller. Overall it is the best companion for anyone, anytime. It will wake you up, sort your daily routine out but it won’t make the bed. Yet.

Ben Glover



BBC Business






Win At Life! Handy Tips To Save Some Money

It’s the end of the month. You have just been paid, which gives you the green light to live and spend like a king or queen if only for just 24 hrs. Then the haemorrhage of bills ensues its exit from your account. But, there are still ways to keep your luxuries and spend less on them.


Go For The Filter Coffee

With the average price of a large coffee hitting the £2.90 mark, it’s verging on the same as a pint from ‘Spoons, without the pie chucked in with it. Switching to filter coffee is usually £1 off in most coffee houses, tastes just as good and is always fresh. Plus a top-up is usually free and if you re-use a paper cup or one for life then you’ll get some money off too.

The Reduced Section

Three times a day one section of your supermarket gets special attention as items that are about to hit their ‘Best By’ date are about to be thrown out. Go sift through them all, scoop up all the meat (bread too) and throw them into your freezer. It’ll still be good to go a month later. And it’s not just the meat, it’s the fruit and vegetables too. All still good for another 24 hours and a few quid off.

Get With a Work Colleague

Awkward. Well, actually not. Shacking up with other friends from work in serviced accommodation is the perfect way to save some money. Pay per property and not per person. You can also save money by using the fully equipped kitchens to cook. Aprons optional.

Our Neptune Serviced Apartment

Used Take Away Tubs

Whilst its purpose is to deliver complete stodgy goodness to your place of residence, they have a second life. Cooking up your meals for the week and storing them accordingly takes the beef out of the morning and wondering what to make for the lunch hour. It’ll save you a shed load of cash on food bills too.

Get Out Of The Zone

Who here does the same routine: wake up, go to work, go home, sleep, repeat. Chuck a bit of variation into your day. Park the car a few streets away or get off a station earlier on the train and walk the rest. Beneficial for those who work in the city. Grab a tube map and work out if you can get off in the zone before, saving you a few pennies daily on the ride. (Our serviced properties come with secure parking, for an extra fee and with close links to public transport and the city, a nice walk is just what you need).

Did you know we are the only Serviced Accommodation company on the south coast to offer exclusive money off to guests with our Discount Card?

Ben Glover


ASAP first networking event in Southampton a great success.

By ASAP Newsdesk On 16th February 2018

Some 40 members of the industry came together in Southampton yesterday evening for ASAP’s first networking event on the south coast.

Generously hosted by ASAP’s Quality Accredited Operator Member and Industry Development Sponsor Town or Country at Tapas Barcelona in the city centre, it proved a great opportunity for members to come together in Southampton.

Welcoming members to the event James Foice CEO commented: ‘It’s fantastic to hold our first ASAP regional event of 2018 in Southampton, the first time the industry has met on the south coast.

‘It’s great to see the city confirmed as one of the top 10 fastest growing in the UK and to hear from our operators and agents that the sector is growing so strongly in this part of the country.

‘This event so effectively demonstrates the spirit of partnership amongst our 189 members as we saw members not just from the south but from across the country – including Manchester, Gloucester, Swindon, Thames Valley and London – take the time to attend, to meet their peers, share ideas and best practice at this time of significant growth in our vibrant young industry.’

ASAP offers members a very comprehensive networking event programme with events being held every 6 to 8 weeks right across the UK

The next event will take place in London on Wednesday 28 March.

Pictured (© Dave Dodge Photography):

• (main image) Joyce Cawthorpe and James Foice, ASAP, with Nina Batley and Sharon Wood, Town or Country

• (above) Nina Batley, Director, Town or Country welcomes James Foice to Southampton

Town or Country On The Charity Trail!


On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Town or Country worked with Tillison Consulting, a Waterlooville-based digital marketing agency to host a curry business event and fantastically raised £150 for the Murray Parish Trust.

The curry business event took place at Uptons of Bassett in Southampton and delicious Sri Lankan food was served and priced at £20 per head with a £5 donation to charity.

Charlotte Glover, Sales and Marketing Director at Town or Country said of the event: ‘We have worked with Tillison Consulting on a number of curry night events helping to raise money for various charities. It was an honour to host our own event and raise money for such a great charity, which is close to our hearts.’

The charity supported was the Murray Parish Trust, set up in 2014 by Sarah Parish and James Murray, in memory of their daughter Ella-Jayne, who passed away in 2009 due to a congenital heart defect. The money the charity raises goes to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital to help fund life-saving equipment, a full-time counsellor for parents of children admitted to the unit, bed spaces and a specialist helicopter gurney.

Shaun Farrell, the business development manager at Tillison Consulting who attended the event said: ‘It was a fantastic night of chat with great local businesses all getting together to raise money for an excellent cause. The staff at Uptons of Bassett were very attentive and professional – we all loved the unique twist of Sri Lankan curries!’

Tillison Consulting has raised in excess of £5000 for charities through their curry business events and they are looking forward to raising money again for local charities.

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