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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
January 21, 2006
From journal 'Off'-Season Bournemouth (Dorset, England)
October 11, 2005
Abbotsbury Swannery is a delight. We have never seen so many swans in one area.
Visit Corfe, with its quaint streets and the castle.
Christchurch is on the doorstep where you can see the cathedral and stroll along the river.
Visit Weymouth for somewhere a little larger, with its lovely sea front and Brewer's Quay.
Lymington has a Saturday Market filling the main street with lots of bargains available. The harbour is a lovely place to sit and watch the world roll by. You can take the Isle of Wight Ferry from here.
Beaulieu Motor Museum, with the Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey, are also in the heart of the New Forest.
Compton Acres, fine privately owned gardens, are just on the outskirts of Bournemouth.
Swanage is another seafront town with a large open-air market one day per week. You can travel from Bournemouth on an open-top bus during the summer, passing through Poole and the Purbeck Hills en route.
The scenery at Lulworth Cove is magnificent. You can walk along the cliff tops and soak in the sea air.
The amenities at the Carlton Hotel are all available to timeshare owners and exchange guests.
Car parking is available immediately outside the apartments, each having its own space. To improve on security, the spaces are now numbered, not given the apartment name, and there is also a security keypad on the outside door prior to reaching the lifts to the suites.
There are both inside and outside pools, so those loving to swim are not deprived if the English weather takes a turn for the worst.
The centre of Bournemouth can be reached within 10 to 15 minutes by strolling down the seafront, or you can take a leisurely stroll in the other direction to Boscombe.
For those without a car, the local bus service is regular and efficient. Some buses pass straight in front of the apartments.
There is someone available in a management capacity to deal with any queries you have during the week, but there is never any direct contact from anyone attempting to sell you more weeks.
The staff at the hotel reception is as helpful to timeshare guests as to those staying in the hotel.
There are so many interesting places in the area that you can spend each day somewhere different if you wish.
Our apartment is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. The lift brings us directly into our dining room, so it's straight to put the kettle on when returning from a day out. Whilst the kitchen is not large, it does have a dishwasher and microwave, and certainly meets our requirements. The dining room has lovely decor, and there is adequate crockery, whatever the needs.
Each of the bedrooms is very large and has en-suite bathrooms with both bath and shower facilities. It is good that prior to arrival you are asked how you would like the beds made up (two singles or double). It is also possible, due to the size of the suite, to have an extra foldaway bed for a small charge, and a baby's cot can also be provided. Bedding and towels can be changed midweek at a charge.
The Lounge area is very large, with comfortable settees where you can relax, watch the TV or a video, or listen to some music on the radio or CD. By the window is a coffee table and armchairs, and from here there is a view of the lovely garden below and the sea immediately across the road. Sometimes it's hard to drag yourself away.
Timeshare guests have full use of the hotel amenities. There are both the indoor and outdoor pools, exercise equipment, hairdressing, and a lovely restaurant with views out to the garden. The apartments can be accessed from the hotel entrance as well as their own entrance, and it is here that you can collect tourist information and browse the lovely display cabinets that are along the corridor, with clothing and gift wear for sale.
From journal Bournemouth & Surrounding Area
March 24, 2004
The timeshare was beautiful. Our room was on the top of the Carlton Hotel. The hotel has nine rooms and a tanning bed. We had a spectacular view of the Bournemouth beaches. The room was spacious, and had jacuzzi bathtubs and a functional kitchen. There was a formal living room to sit and enjoy the views.
From journal European Destination: England
by Holiday Jo
Kettering, United Kingdom
March 11, 2004
In Bournemouth you can spend your time walking along the promenade or lounging on the beach in the summer. You can take a stroll to the Winter Gardens and go on the typically English pier with its own arcade and cafe.
In the surrounding area is the New Forest, where you can park up and hire a bike from one of the many hire shops and cycle through the fields. On your bike trip you can stop at some of the cider farms along the cycle routes a watch the wild ponies grazing.
If you are in Bournemouth for longer than a weekend I would suggest taking a ferry across to the Isle of Wight.Best Things About the Resort:The Carlton Club is one of Bournemouth's finest hotels and our apartment was very spacious and very luxuriously decorated. We had large windows which overlooked the gardens and pool out the front. It was December when we stayed in our apartment, so we were not able to take advantage of all the on-site facilities such as the outdoor pool and tennis courts. However we did use the indoor pool and Health Spa and paid a small fee for some beauty treatments available.
Within the Carlton Hotel itself is a very sophisticated wine bar, but the prices were high and you may feel underdressed in anything other than an evening dress. There is a restaurant within the hotel which we dined at one evening, the food was delicious and the service was excellent.
There is nothing bad to say about this resort, the service was fantastic, the views were amazing and the resort certainly made our New Year one to remember.
Resort Experience:The Carlton Club Apartments are set within Menzies Carton Hotel and you have your own entrance to your apartment from the car park along with your own parking space for the duration of your stay.
Inside our apartment were two very spacious bedrooms and a large living room with TV and video. We had a fully fitted kitchen with a dishwasher and even a small dining area. All the decor of our apartment was of a high standard, with gorgeous views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Within the hotel itself was a cocktail bar and a la carte restaurant, which although quite expensive, is definitely worth booking a table for. If you are feeling peckish after restaurant closing time, you can always order from the 24-hour room service, which can bring you hot and cold snacks at fairly reasonable prices.
From journal New Year In Bournemouth