For our sixth wedding anniversary using A for adventure Mr P planned to take me to the RNLI’s Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset. He resides here frequently when carrying out training courses, which is very important as he’s part of our local lifeboat crew in Cornwall. I’d heard lots of stories about this place and Mr P always returns from a training course completely energised.
On arriving at the College I was completely blown away by the sheer size of this establishment, the hotel is just a small part of the complex, it also has a sea survival building with a viewing platform, this allows you the opportunity to observe a rescue mission in operation, whilst training is being carried out. The RNLI college is combined with the hotel, it has it’s own training and function rooms which are rented out to the general public. I notice there are events held quite frequently throughout the year, the next being a barn dance in May. This hotel offers you the chance to have your wedding reception here, a little different I know, but who wants the same as everyone else.
In the reception area I saw 2 dummies kitted out in clothing, this is minimum kit required to send a lifeboat crew to sea. It is also filled with interesting facts and a little bit of history regarding how the RNLI was founded, along with the old lifejackets, made of cork.
The hotel is of reasonable size housing 60 rooms, each with its very own sea view. The first thing I noticed upon entering the room was the sun beaming down on the water whilst watching the boats moving in and out of Holes Bay (I could sit and watch this view all day long).
The room was lovely, but a little to business like for me, it was nice and spacious with 2 wardrobes either side of the bed and a cupboard housing an iron and ironing board.
I noticed the big television on the wall which I loved, as I don’t get the change to watch television at home whilst snuggle up in my bed. It’s a great room if you need to carry out any work with plug sockets located in different areas, some next to the bed and at the desk, ideal for charging your accessories.
The tea and coffee making facilities were brilliant, it had everything I was most impressed. The room comes equipped with a small fridge, where you can store any additional food, there isn’t the need for a mini bar as on site there is a well stocked bar with very reasonably priced beverages and restaurant which serves a good menu again with sea views, a lovely way to enjoy a nice refreshing drink/meal.
The added bonus is there is free Wifi throughout the complex. If your looking to purchase any RNLI merchandise you can get this from the RNLI shop in the main reception area.
I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel and learnt lots of interesting facts regarding the history of the RNLI. It’s a great place to stay for any one needing a quiet hotel close to town with good amenities, also fantastic if wanting to catch the cross channel ferry from Poole, it’s only a 5 minute drive to the ferry port from here.