We took my parents down last week and spent a few days at the Grove. As ever the staff were really welcoming and caring. Has to be the best place to stay in Bournemouth. The rooms are very well appointed with everything you need. The meals are excellant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grove is a very special place, it is an hotel that provides holidays for people with cancer or life threatening/limiting illnesses nationwide. Guests can come with their families, friends, carers or alone if they wish. Everyone is welcome at The Grove, it has a family atmosphere and guests often become friends of the hotel.It is a newly refurbished hotel owned by Macmillan Caring Locally (formerly Macmillan Cancer Trust) which opened in Bournemouth June 2011. The hotel might be new but the idea and what it provides for guests are not. In 1985 the consultant at the Macmillan Unit Christchurch and the first secretary of the Trust, the late Charles Hall sent some patients for a short respite holiday to a general hotel in nearby Swanage. On their return the positive benefits of that holiday were obvious for all to see, and the patients talked about their experience for weeks after. The effect on these few patients was the inspiration for The Trust to open a specialist hotel which catered exclusively for people with cancer (now including life limiting/threatening). Albany Lodge was purchased and opened for guests in August 1986.The inspiration and philosophy of Albany Lodge is with us still, but has now transferred to The Grove Bournemouth, along with all the staff who worked at Albany Lodge. The staff members have increased, but under the guidance of Brenden Howard and his management team, the same friendly helpful manner, where nothing is too much trouble still exists. The chefs work extremely hard to provide appetising, balanced and nutritional meals which are served in the lovely Garden Restaurant. Guests who have particular dietary needs are met, if known in advance. There is also a qualified nurse on duty 24/7 for advice and support, or to assist in an emergency situation should one arise. ... more less