Nautical and nice

Close by the water at Southsea, Craneswater House is a ten-bedroom, nautical-but-nice slice of heaven. Relax in the hot tub. 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 a former hotel where you choose the guests.

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Quality time in Portsmouth

Once a smart hotel, Craneswater House is now the best kind of hotel. One where you choose your guests. Family and friends can enjoy Portsmouth, turn left to Southsea Beach and prepare to party in a ten-bedroom slice of beautifully finished luxury sleeping up to 20.

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.

Ten 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 20-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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Hot tub, sauna and garden

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 20 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.


Ten sumptuous bedrooms, all en-suite, sleep 20 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.

One bedroom offer a kingsize bed with en-suite bath and a separate shower. Very spacious. Three bedrooms offer a kingsize bed with en-suite shower. One bedroom has a kingsize bed with en-suite bath, and another sleeps two in single beds with an en-suite shower.

A single bedroom offers an en-suite shower, a further kingsize and single comes with en-suite shower. And the final two adjoining rooms with kingsize beds, share an 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
Thank you for letting us experience Craneswater House! We loved being so close to the seafront, it really was 2 minutes’ walk! The interior was extremely comfortable and well decorated and the ladies loved the hot tub and sauna. The cinema room was great to keep the kids entertained on what was a fairly wet weekend. We will definitely book again when summer is here and make use of your private chef option! - Simon
We wanted a getaway that would work for the whole family and the house was perfect. Big enough that we were not on top of each other but cosy enough to enjoy the time together. The large dining area was ideal and it was lovely to have a proper bar set up too! Portsmouth had great options for dining too we wished we had more time. Would promote The Briny to others, 10 minutes walk for water front dining – brilliant! Thanks for a great stay. - Justine

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.