Meet Henry and Mary…
We are Henry and Mary and we are the refurbishment mascots of Holiday Inn Fareham-Solent.
We wanted to introduce ourselves, as we are going to be around for a little while whilst part of our hotel is getting refurbished from January until March 2020.
Why are we called Henry & Mary?
Our names are related to our home! We live close to the site of Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose, less than 15 miles in fact. Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is the home of the Mary Rose and everything to do with Henry VIII’s royal navy.
When we went to the historic dockyard, we learnt about how the Mary Rose was Henry VIII’s favourite warship and he was watching over her last battle from Southsea Castle.
The lovely ladies and gentleman at the Historic Dockyard have worked tirelessly to refurbish the Mary Rose, and she is quite a sight, very grand indeed.
Follow our journey…
At the hotel, we are just as excited to have the refurbishment and welcome in new and returning guests to show off the results.
Our new-look hotel will be the place where you can meet your friends and fill your bellies when you come to visit our friends at the historic dockyard.
Did you know…
We neighbour the English Heritage site – Titchfield Abbey. Henry VIII gave the abbey to Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, who transformed the buildings into a grand Tudor mansion called Place House.
Check out the mansion in our images!