About the Foundation

We provide self-contained Royal Naval Cottages (almshouses) for the widows or orphaned daughters of Royal Navy or Royal Marines Officers.

The cottages are located next to Southwick village but also have attractive open views over pleasant countryside and are surrounded by lawns and flower gardens; each cottage has a small garden space alongside it. There is a car park and paved footways for access.

The Cottages

The Cottages are all at ground floor level. Four of the Cottages have two bedrooms, and the remaining eight one bedroom; all have a sitting room, bathroom, storeroom, hall with built-in cupboards, and fitted kitchen. All the cottages were re-furbished and modernised in 2006/7, installing double-glazing, cavity wall, and loft insulation as well as modern bathroom and kitchen fittings. Furnishings are provided by the incoming Resident to taste. The Cottages are centrally heated and provided with domestic hot water from a central boiler room.

The Central Block contains a well-furnished sitting room for communal gatherings and meetings, and a bedroom, kitchen and lavatory, which relatives and friends can book to stay for a very small fee.

Southwick is a small village close to the west of the cottages, with Southwick Park (the former HMS DRYAD – currently the Defence College of Police & Guarding) some 300 yards north-east. The village has a Church and two Pubs. There is, during the week, a taxishare service available providing a pre-booked free return taxi service to either Cosham or Fareham.

Doctors with a practice in Wickham serve the Cottages, while the nearest Hospital is Queen Alexandra's in Cosham. There is a small visiting mobile Library, with Public Libraries in Portchester, Cosham and Fareham. The local Citizens' Advice Bureau is in the Fareham Library. Fareham is the nearest large shopping centre, with a large covered pedestrian precinct and a wide variety of shops and stores, adjacent to which are the Bus Station, banks, building societies etc.

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