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There are places that you stay where it feels as though the management are mind readers, and for me this is one such place.

I was just thinking, hmm I wish I had some mouthwash - walked into the bathroom and there it was.  (Okay it tasted awful, but how many B&Bs, or even top hotels give you mouthwash?)

I stayed in the Oak Room, which was just huge, and an absolute bargain at £62 for single occupancy!

I’m not really into Art Deco, and would rarely feel the need to stay in Lee on Solent which is a bit of an old fashioned seaside town, where most of the shops close at 5pm, but this B&B was highly recommended on Tripadvisor and was right around the corner from the squash club where I was taking my Zumba Basic training the next morning.  It was November and freezing (and threatening snow) and I was already shaking when I arrived, but I’m not sure if that was because of the cold or my nerves.  (If you do like Art Deco, not only is there a Deco Room you can stay in, but they also sell very reasonably priced period pieces which are on show in the dining room.)

Anyway I was quickly served up a pot of tea and some sachets of biscuits in the breakfast room, which turned out to be possibly the best biscuits I’ve ever tasted - Organic Lemon Melts (worth staying here just for the biscuits). 

My room was stunning; large but also very cosy.  And the shower room, as well as the mouthwash, came equipped with fluffy towels, body moisturiser, shower gel, shampoo - well I had to try them all.  I particularly like The Tub Carrot Root Oil moisturiser, and the Aloe Vera handwash.  (But I still needed my own conditioner!)

As it’s a B&B rather than a hotel (though it outshines many hotels I’ve stayed in) they also offer thoughtful touches, like a fridge in the main area for guests to store any food, and they’ve turned the large landing on the first floor into a bit of a library, with stacks of books and even some magazines to choose from.

Milvil Corner also provide a lot of local information, as it turns out there are a few good restaurants in the area - I opted for the Bun Penny pub as it was the closest (and it was cold and I was on foot) but it was a bit disappointing.

So I was very happy to get back to Milvil Corner and wind down, watching a bit of TV on my flat screen, leafing through a few books, enjoying more complimentary tea in my room, and yes, enjoying another long, luxurious shower.

It was tough, but on my king size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets I slept like a baby, and after another long soak in the shower went down to breakfast.

There’s a lot of choice for breakfast, but to be on the safe side (as I was about to do a lot of Zumba Fitness!) I went for the light option of poached eggs, smoked salmon and tomatoes cooked on the vine.  I really wish I could have stayed longer and eaten more - it was just outstanding.

Although it’s a little bit out of the way, this B&B shows how it should be done.  If you feel like getting away for a couple of days and relaxing - stay here, if you own a B&B and want to see how it’s done - stay here.  And as soon as I can think of an excuse I’ll go back. 

My one very tiny suggestion to them, and they actually listened when I mentioned it, was that the shower floor was so shiny and clean it really needed a shower mat - so you can always check with them if they’ve taken my advice yet!   (And remember, Organic Lemon Melts....mmmm.)

Milvil Corner Bed and Breakfast, Lee on Solent, Gosport, Hampshire, England

I paid £62 for one night’s B&B single occupancy in The Oak Room, including tea and biscuits and a wonderful breakfast.

Other rooms are available from £52 single occupancy, double room from £68, twin from £82 and family room from £90.

They also have a ground floor bedroom if stairs are a problem.

As at November 2010

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