Bournemouth’s only vintage boutique B&B with a quirky public coffee lounge and traditional tea room.

 
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If you are looking for somewhere a bit different to stay or eat in Bournemouth then The Living Room is for you. It feels like being in the comfort of your own living room with excellent quality food and someone customer focused to serve it to you!

We like to be surprising and hope you like to be surprised!

Our Coffee Lounge

Our vintage eating space and garden offers a relaxing and homely experience with a rare to find positive yet quirky energy in the heart of our community.

Opening hours:
9.00am - 5.00pm, Wednesday - Sunday

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Our food is as quirky as our space with an eclectic all-day breakfast, brunch & lunch menu. We only use quality products, you won’t find any packets, frozen products or pre-made ingredients in our kitchen. There are always specials & because our customers are also special they often influence menu options – we believe in power to the people! We specialise in vegetarian and gluten free food with no compromises for those who dare to be different. View our menu…

Our coffee is an award winning fair trade & organic blend from Somerset based Martin Carwardine , and served as a double shot to pack a punch. Laughable though it sounds we make coffee with love, so if you want Joe Blogs to press a button and coffee then pour out seconds later we are not the place for you!

As one of our lovely regular customers says our ‘food is like a hug on a plate’! Or, according to another equally satisfied customer, we are their ‘happy place’!

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Our Traditional Tea Room

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea served on vintage china in our unrivalled traditional tea room. We offer a choice of our homemade cakes, a Dorset cream tea, sandwiches or a three tiered afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes.

Afternoon Tea served:
3.00pm - 5.00pm, Wednesday - Sunday

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Gluten-free scones or imaginative cakes are available. Alternatively you can pre-order a savoury afternoon tea or a gluten free traditional afternoon tea. All food on the menu is cooked on the premises (except the Dorset clotted cream as we don’t have space for a cow!) using quality ingredients and attention to detail. View our menu…

Our extensive loose leaf tea menu was designed by the customers so has something for everyone. Teas are from Dorset-based Comins Tea House who personally source them from around the world, The Gilded Teapot an independent Dorchester company, and our ‘Great Taste’ award winning teas are from Novus. We are Bournemouth and Poole’s only authentic traditional tea rooms which makes us the best afternoon teas around. View our tea menu…

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For a great gift, you can also buy gift vouchers for the Tea Room.

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Our Rooms

As seen on Channel 4 ‘Four in a Bed’

We are the only vintage boutique hotel in Bournemouth. We offer seven individually styled spotlessly clean and comfortable rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms and breakfast included in the price.

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Winner of Bournemouth Tourism Best Small Hotel Award 2012 and 2013 (we haven’t entered since 2014 to give someone else a chance!). Winner of AA Breakfast Award 2013 and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Bedrooms have up cycled furniture which has been hand painted shabby chic style. Guests describe rooms as ‘stylish’ with ‘lovely attention to detail’. Rooms have soft furnishings handmade and upholstered in matching rare fabrics - making them unique. We have a homely but characterful guest lounge and country garden style patio.

We specialise in cooked-to-order quality plates of delicious food, breakfast buffets are not allowed to be mentioned here! We challenge you to find a breakfast menu similar to ours anywhere else in the country. Vegetarians and gluten free guests love our menu choices just as much as the meat eaters who appreciate our butcher’s sausages or our home cooked Ham Hock Hash with chilli jam. View our menu…

Guests describe us as ‘different to your average B&B’, part hotel - part B&B ‘thoroughly charming’ with a ‘casual efficiency’, we don’t like to fit stereotypical labels! We are happy to interact and specialise in providing ‘generous hospitality’ tailored to individual requirements. Basically if you need something just say… We can make reservations, organise taxis, add extras to rooms and generally within reason we are always happy to help!!!

We offer in-room treatments by our personally recommended holistic therapist Lizzie Henderson.

Prices are all inclusive:

Egyptian cotton linen Complimentary tea tray plus filtered water Complimentary cake, fresh milk & loose leaf teas Complimentary natural toiletries & ear plugs Memory foam mattresses Feather duvets Daily serviced rooms Free Wi-Fi Free parking DVD player with Freeview available to reserve Library Booking service Picnics Fully licensed Wednesday to Sunday specialist coffee lounge & traditional tea room

Booking sites take commission but are NEVER cheaper just better at marketing, so if you like to support the small fish in a big pond please call us on 01202761135 – we can suit the room to your needs and offer discounts for longer stays, single occupancy and such like. Or book online now!

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Our Location

We are in the midst of a quiet residential area between Westbourne and Alum Chine – our neighbours don’t realise we are here, then one day pop in and without fail declare ‘we can’t believe we have never been before, it’s amazing.’ Hence why we are truly a ‘hidden gem’!



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The overall experience of the B&B is added to by us being situated in the undoubtedly most beautiful & stylish part (poshest too!) of Bournemouth ten minutes’ walk in between the glorious Alum Chine beach (accessed by the peaceful chines) as well as the boutique and independently run shops, eating and drinking places of Westbourne. We are within easy reach of the stunning Purbecks and historic Poole as well as Bournemouth town centre which is a gorgeous walk along the beach.

We are also popular with families visiting the universities or relatives in nearby care homes. Local residents also like to book rooms for their visiting family or friends because they apparently ‘don’t have space at home’!! As Bournemouth has been voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK we feel that we have no option but to pass on the infectious and rejuvenating vibes!

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  • OUR STORY
  • TERESA & ZAK
  • PETER
  • LUCY
  • DAISY
OUR STORY

Our customers call us a 'hidden gem' so the problem is we want you to find out about us, try us out, come back again but need to keep our homely, positive atmosphere.

It is like all good secrets - as an independently run business we believe in providing great people with great food, service and beds. We are here for people who care about what they eat and where they sleep when they are away from home.

If we attract great people who dare to be different then our space stays great! So we will settle for people finding out about us but stay exclusive... with a cool edge.

TERESA & ZAK

We are Teresa & Zak, mother and son, we have no idea how we ended up buying a business together but it means we have turned ‘getting on each other’s nerves’ into a full time occupation. We resolve this by playing to our strengths (read as 'staying out of each other’s way') by Teresa not being allowed to touch anything vaguely technical or practical and Zak not being allowed to re-arrange anything.

This results in Teresa being labelled controlling (whilst allegedly pretending to Zak he has a 50/50 partnership) and Zak claiming he is playing good cop to her bad cop.

The one thing we do agree on is, that to be fair although the customer is not always right, they are certainly the most important aspect of our business. In short – we aim to please (just not each other as some mountains are just too high to climb).

PETER

Peter our chef took some persuading to have this photo taken after a day of cooking but eventually agreed because 'you can't smell him through the Internet'. You also can't see, that despite him being incredibly light on his feet, he is incapable of moving away from hot objects (but has been a chef for 25 years!). This makes for an array of dramatic movements and sounds throughout the day. Making us wonder if an animal has climbed in through the window.

 
Peter claims his speciality is 'fusion' food or as we prefer to call it 'conFUSION' food due to the fact he is incapable of writing a shopping list. Luckily his specials evolve from conception to completion whilst still have The Living Room XFactor which is more than can be said for his dramatic moves.

 

LUCY

Lucy is our chef's right hand woman at the weekends whilst she is studying for her A Levels. She is our chief list writer and fridge organiser.

There is nothing Lucy likes more than writing labels and organising, but her true genius is her brownies - soft centred and packed with white, milk and dark chocolate chunks. Even her brownies have to be stacked in a particular pattern! This means that staff as well as customers have attachment issues with Lucy, there is no way we can let her ever leave school, graduate and achieve a career...!

DAISY

Daisy is our baking queen and loves to add a final flourish to the place with her artwork. Although more often than not her flourishes involve smashing something - she is a hazard in the kitchen and rather expensive.

She has terrible taste in music but fortunately is so noisily clumsy when washing up she drowns out the radio anyway. Her specialities are her gluten-free cakes which we hand on heart believe are the best and most original in the UK, possibly the world...