Nautical and nice

Close by the water at Southsea, Craneswater House is a nine-bedroom, nautical-but-nice slice of hen heaven. Help yourself to gin from the bar. Work up a sweat in the eight-seat sauna. Eat on the terrace in the south-coast sunshine. Enjoy a movie on the 90-inch TV with friends. This is the former hotel where you make your own guests.

Party time near Portsmouth

Once a smart hotel, Craneswater House is now the best kind of hotel. One where you choose your own guests. Hens and friends can potter down to Portsmouth, turn left for Southsea and prepare to party in a nine-bedroom slice of beautifully finished luxury sleeping up to 22.

Portsmouth comes packed with entertainment, but there’s no shortage of stuff on site. Mix yourself a gin and tonic at the lunch-club-style bar. Work up a sweat in the eight-seat sauna. Get the gas barbie going and eat on the terrace in the south-coast sunshine.

Nine en-suite bedrooms each come with wall TV. But if you’re looking to get together for a movie night, the entertainment room complete with 90-inch TV or the 50-inch screen in the lounge should do the trick. Pick from Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Apple TV, Now TV and Netflix. Wifi’s superfast and there’s a Sonos speaker for your sounds.

Grab some fizz and sink into the spa bath. Pick a game and a battle on the Playstation. Call up our chef and throw a party around the 22-seat dining table. Finish off with a Nespresso. Sleep in gorgeous en-suite bedrooms from the pages of House Beautiful with the sea air trickling in through the open window.

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Garden and Hot Tub

Step out to the decked garden for a spot of south-coast sunshine. Live it up in the luxury garden room, complete with kitchen, wine fridge, prep space and a place to shelter if the rain stops play. Sun-worshipper or shade seeker, all will be delighted with this outdoor space.

The gas BBQ sits ready to receive your sausages and steaks. Mix up a salad and set the Sauvignon to chill, lay the 9-seater table for a banquet and dine-alfresco with gathered loved ones. Space for all and lots of seating for tired legs after a day at the beach.

In the background the hot tub bubbles away, relax and rewind or work up a sweat in the eight seat sauna. The full pamper experience is available right where you are!

Living spaces

This is the hotel where you choose your own guests, you’ve got your own key and you’re free to come home when you please. Stay out, stay in, have a hentastic time in some of the most luxurious spaces the south coast has to offer, with the kind of in-house entertainment that makes the bright lights of Portsmouth merely an option.

Make yourself at home in sumptuous spaces once given over to discerning hotel guests with traditional features competing with modern touches. Movie night? Gather in the entertainment room around the 90-inch TV or the 50-inch screen in the lounge. Pick a flick on the Blu-ray or consult Apple TV, Now TV or Netflix.

Stream, email, keep in touch on the free superfast broadband. Sing along to your sounds on the Bluetooth speaker. Work up a sweat in the eight-seat sauna. Pour yourself a Prosecco from the lunch-club-style clapboard bar. Keep the party going on the Playstation.

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Cooking and dining

Even Gordon could stay serene and chilled in a kitchen like this. A vision in muted natural tones, it also comes with all the right tech to delight everyone at dinnertime. Two electric ovens, induction hobs and a microwave should see you right. If not, talk to us. Our chefs are on hand for anything from a buffet to a banquet.

Craneswater sleeps up to 22 and everyone can get around the dining table, a hunk of timber almost as big as the Isle of Wight. Pass the bread basket, keep the wine topped up and raise a toast to friendship. Or eat out on the terrace in the southern sunshine, with steak sizzling on the gas barbie and wine chilling in the American-style fridge.

Wrap up proceedings with a Nespresso, or make your cup of tea with the instant-boiling-water tap. Prefer to be pampered? Head on out to The Eastney Tavern, a warm, relaxed stop for good pub grub and real ale, or The Florence Arms for afternoon tea or traditional British menus, washed down with cask and craft beers, wine and cocktails.

Pop to Becketts for buttermilk-fried chicken burger, crab-meat muffin or a Scooby snack. Get the best of New York Italian at Frankie and Benny’s, Indian at T and J Mahal, or Chinese at Noble House. Tuck into oysters and Prosecco at Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill. Or chase away the night’s excesses with breakfast at Southsea Beach Café or The Tenth Hole Café.


Nine sumptuous bedrooms, all en-suite, sleep 22 in cosy comfort. With a wall TV in every room, you can hit the hay early and catch the match or round off the day with a rom-com. Bathrooms here are especially brilliant, so you can beautify yourself all day long.

Two bedrooms offer a kingsize bed with en-suite shower, while another sleeps four in a kingsize beds and 2 singles with en-suite bath and shower, perfect for families. One bedroom has a kingsize bed with en-suite bath, and another sleeps two in bunk beds, artfully arranged as a camper van.

A single bedroom offers an en-suite shower, a further kingsize comes with an en-suite shower and the possibility of adding another single, and the final room sleeps three in a kingsize and single with en-suite shower.

What people say

What people say

"The house was beautiful. We had everything we needed. Fabulous kitchen and dining area. Wonderful bedrooms and bathrooms. Loved the layout of the house." - Ann

Bars, bites, gigs and laughs

By day, you can spend yourself silly at designer-rich Gunwharf Quays or head up the Spinnaker Tower to feel the breeze on the Sky Deck and brave the height on the Sky Walk. By night, invade Gunwharf for bars and bites, see gigs at the Pyramid Centre or catch some laughs at the LOL Comedy Club.

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