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Welcome to The Ward Room.

Welcome to The Ward Room.

Yacht life is hard enough, working long hours and being away from home, but it doesn’t take long to settle into your position on board and call the yacht “home”. As longevity is gained and you want to start looking at career progression by taking on some courses, you find yourself looking for accommodation ashore. In many of the main yachting hubs in Europe you can find plenty of reasonably priced short term lettings, Airbnb’s and hotels that are perfect for this, but when it comes to studying in larger cities or in the UK, it’s not so easy.

Hotel rates fluctuate with events that are going on and rarely offer discounts for longer stays. So what do you do when the course runs for a month or even 6? Now that Warsash Maritime College has moved into Southampton centre many crew are having to spend from £60 to £100+ per night for just a room in a shared house or hotel. Many do not have access to parking, and of course there are no kitchen facilities to prepare food, so living becomes very expensive when you have to buy three meals a day.

So this got me thinking…with the money I saved from 10 years’ in yachting, why not invest in an apartment that would suit someone for exactly that. I spoke with many yacht friends who have been through their studies, such as Masters and OOW modules, asking them what it is they needed. The main responses, especially for those on the more advanced courses, was that they wanted somewhere private and quiet, to be able to study, relax, cook for themselves and feel at home in. Taking this all “on board” I hope to have come up with the perfect one bed apartment just a stone’s throw from Southampton Solent University’s main campus.

So here it is, a home away from home: The Ward Room. I offer very flexible check in times to suit your travel arrangements, provide a small welcome pack (which includes the basic essentials of tea, coffee and toilet paper) and all your towels and bed linen.

The Ward Room is a ground floor one bedroom apartment located in the highly popular area of Banister Park in central Southampton. The property has a lounge/dining room and fully equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, Nespresso machine, fridge/freezer and washing machine. There is a fair sized bedroom with a king size bed, built in double wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom. The sofa can turn into a small double bed and I have provided with linen for this should you have visitors staying. The apartment has a balcony with views across the residents’ garden and an allocated underground parking space. Included in the price are all bills, high speed internet and a weekly cleaner, and for a small additional fee (and a refundable deposit) access to a push bike to get you to and from your classes.

The apartment is positioned only a 10 minute walk from Solent University (Warsash Maritime Academy) and a 5 minute walk to local shopping. It has easy access to bars, cafes and restaurants nearby in Bedford Place as well as West Quay shopping complex and Southampton Central Train Station by foot, bus or a short drive. Southampton railway station provides direct access to London Waterloo and the apartment is within a 10 minute drive from the M3, M27 and Southampton airport.

£75 per night

Loyalty discount -£65 per night on stays over 30 days.

This is an accumulative deal so once you have stayed over 30 in total, whether it be in one stay or over a few shorter stays, all nights will be £65 thereafter

Bookings can be made through messaging directly at https://www.facebook.com/yachtaccommodation/

Emailing bookthewardroom@gmail.com

Telephone: +44 (0)7813 807812

Website: www.yachtaccommodation.co.uk

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