About your hosts: Ginny & Nigel

Our story...

Doesn’t everyone dream about living by the sea? We certainly did. One Sunday, after a very long week on the corporate treadmill we visited Southbourne. We fell in love. It felt special and we didn’t want to leave, a seed had been planted.

In 2015 we finally bought the house (technically a maisonette – the ground floor is a separate property) we now call home, beautiful high ceilings and just a stone’s throw from the beach and the thriving independent high street that is Southbourne Grove. It was in need of massive renovation, but the location made it for us, so we set to work.

We both found a new set of skills that really complimented each other and the project. We paid attention to every little detail and took time to get things right. We’re still paying attention to those small details today and are really happy with what we achieved.

The love we felt on our first visit all that time ago was stronger than ever so when the ground floor of the building became available in 2017 we snapped it up. This would give us the opportunity to share our wonderful location with other families. We set about giving it the same care and attention that we had with our own home and finished just in time for Easter. Stourwood Corner was finally home to our first guests.

Over the next three years we welcomed families from all over the UK and further afield and we loved every minute of it. We really do get so much out of helping busy people take some time out and create cherished memories. It seemed our guests loved it too. Through conversation, amazing reviews and repeat bookings we’ve learned that our guests really do cherish the quality and thoughtful details.

Bringing smiles to faces, joy to hearts and truly enjoying the whole experience, we were ready to take another big step. In late 2019 we found it. A new build part finished chalet bungalow on a generous plot with a good balance of space both inside and out. Once again we showered it with affection as if it were our own first perfect home. Hengistbury Reach officially opened in March 2020 just before the first Coronavirus lockdown. Whilst Covid-19 meant we were closed to guests due to  lockdowns during the year, everyone who has stayed at Hengistbury Reach with its Jacuzzi Hot tub has loved it just as much as we do.

Having taken an opportunity, presented by the pandemic, Ginny is now 100% focusing on our holiday portfolio and guests. We are therefore delighted to be able to offer two further high-quality holiday let properties to our portfolio; Sea View added in May 2021 and from Autumn 2021 Stourcliffe Retreat , that going forward we will be managing for others, whilst offering the same high quality service and attention to detail that we are already known for.  

Late 2020 also saw us welcome a new puppy to our family…Milly is a (full) sister to Rusty and a great playmate…can’t imagine life without her now. 

We have lots of exciting plans for the future. Sign up to our VIP list and/or like and follow our Facebook page, for news updates and occasional offers…

See you soon
Ginny & Nigel (oh and Rusty and Milly too!)