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The Swiss Cottage Shanklin

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#4 of 45 hotels in Shanklin
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We are now open for bookings for 2024 season, so we hope we can get back to normality after Covid, Cost Cost of Living/Inflation over the past 4 years, so we are here to welcome all our guests back to the Island. Early booking is advisable to enjoy our clean air and the lovely sunshine on our fabulous beaches and have some lazy days on the Island. Browse through our website where you will find our latest offers only available to direct bookings. We hope you like what you see & get in touch, so we can try to fit you in. The Swiss Cottage is the Pride of Shanklin and has been consistently voted in the Top Five with 96% or 5/5 Satisfaction Ratings for being one of the best in the Hotel category since 2010 on The Isle of Wight. We have also been awarded the prestigious Travellers Choice Award four times finishing in the Top 25 establishments in the whole of the United Kingdom! We look forward to speaking to you and welcoming you when you do come but don't forget your slippers! Keep Safe.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Aerobics offsite
Archery offsite
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Baggage storage
Street parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Squash offsite
Tennis court offsite
Board games / puzzles
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Desk
Housekeeping
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
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Hunter D wrote a review Yesterday
Bloomington, Indiana1 contribution
I stayed with Kieth and Christine for a short stay at the end of June 2023. As I am from the US, this was my first ever experience in the UK, and I was extremely pleased throughout my visit. I had spent several months working in France, and was looking for a low key, relaxing beach stay. Upon my arrival, Kieth and Christine made sure to establish a personal connection with me, and provided me with many recommendations. A nice breakfast was provided every morning alongside some discussions about my days plans. At night, I relaxed in my clean, cozy room. If I do venture back to the Isle of Wight, I would most certainly consider staying with Kieth and Christine again!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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The Iron Lady wrote a review Aug 2022
Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
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Jewel in the crown of B&B’s in Shanklin. Offering a good choice of breakfast, with waiting time in the mornings cut to a minimum by pre-ordering the night before. Genius! No errors, no overcooking and no waiting when you’re keen to get on with your day. If you’re looking for a stay in the Grosvenor House Hotel at bargain rates, you will be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a scrupulously clean B&B to stay with thoughtful touches, a mini fridge and a fan in the room then this is the place to lodge your suitcase! Particularly appreciated was the daily thorough cleaning of the en-suite and a change of towels mid week. Covid guidelines are followed esp with regard to ventilation in the rooms. We loved the mini lounge upstairs and our party of five felt very at home there in the evenings, chatting over the day. Most places are a walkable distance from The Swiss Cottage, including a reasonably priced lift down to the beach, only two blocks away. For newcomers to Shanklin, it’s hilly up the main high street, sensible shoes a must! (says my 15 year old daughter!) The Owners (Chrissy and The Other One - Keith!!) are very friendly and approachable on all levels. We met their animals, but only at our request and very unobtrusive at all other times. Seeing the few negative reviews about The Rules, I found these comments to be most unfair. The so-called Rules are nothing of the sort. They are simply how most people live in their own houses. Maybe experience has shown that some others need to be reminded what is considerate practice when staying in other people’s homes, whether you’re paying guests or not. If we venture back to Shanklin, here’s where we’d stay. Thanks for everything J,A & L
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 6 Aug 2022
Morning to the Other 3! A, J & L! Well what can we say but a Big Thankyou, as we were really taken by your comments! You can certainly come back again when you are down this way again, as we really enjoyed your company (plus the other two weren't bad!) Take Care of yourselves and Lilly don't grow up to fast! Best Wishes Keith & Christine & The Pets xxx
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CC12153 wrote a review Dec 2023
Norfolk, United Kingdom35 contributions7 helpful votes
I have written reviews on Swiss Cottage in the past and this visit certainly didnt disappoint, in fact I think it continues to exceed all expectations. The cleanliness, food and service is second to none I feel that I don't do justice to lunch in a venue in Shanklin (or indeed anywhere else on the Island) because after eating one of the Breakfast's at Swiss Cottage you won't be hungry. Everything single thing that you would need for a super holiday is provided for you, parking is essential to many of us and this is excellent I can't wait for my next visit
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 10 Jan 2024
Thankyou Carol for such a lovely review and stay with us. Happy New Year to You. Keith & Christine x
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Stay360060 wrote a review Dec 2023
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Very clean, well equipped room and bathroom, quiet street allowing for a restful sleep, good location, walking distance from train station, buses shops, cafes, the village and the beach can be reached by the lift during its working hours or a steepish walk, as well as the The Chimes. Am affordable stay in this pretty area.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 10 Jan 2024
Thankyou for taking time to write a such pleasant review on us. Kind Regards Keith & Christine
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Tina A wrote a review Dec 2023
Eastbourne, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our second stay with Keith and Christine at Swiss Cottage. We returned as we knew there would be a friendly welcome back, fantastic breakfast and a relaxing break. The ferry was booked by Keith in advance which was great. A home from home bed and breakfast, happy to guide you with the best restaurants and areas of interest. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: The B&B is situated close to town and a short walk to the lift which takes you down to the...
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 10 Jan 2024
Thanks Tina for such a lovely stay and review on us. Seasons Greetings Keith & Christine
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christopher b wrote a review Dec 2023
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom10 contributions6 helpful votes
We were so impressed with our stay here. Everything was scrupulously clean and tidy. We were made to feel very welcome by the owners, Keith and Christine, who were happy to share information to enhance our visit to the island. Every day started with a delicious breakfast, perfectly cooked, selected from the menu the day before. The en-suite room was well appointed and everything worked perfectly. All together a lovely eperience. Thank you, Keith and Christine. Hope to see you both again soon. Very best wishes, Chris and Cindy.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 28 Dec 2023
Seasons Greetings Cindy & Chris Many Thanks for our last review of the Year to finish on a High! We look forward to your return in the future. Kind Regards Keith & Christine
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Colleen B wrote a review Aug 2023
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It’s those little touches that make a big difference. Lovely clean and friendly place to stay with so much so close. Excellent breakfast. Was made to feel very welcome. Highly recommended ☺️ and will be staying again.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 1 Sept 2023
Thank you for taking time to give us such a nice review as Christine works hard to keep the place spotless etc. See you again.
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Judith S wrote a review May 2023
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We spent 4 nights at The Swiss Cottage and what a find! A real home from home ( without all the work!) Christine and Keith ( aka Roger) were superb hosts, chatting after the best breakfast we ever had, asking about our plans, making suggestions etc The rooms were spotless, cleaned every day, very comfortable, plenty of tea, coffee and milk. The attention to detail could not be faulted. We would definitely return and can’t recommend it highly enough. Margaret and Judy ,
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 17 May 2023
Thank Margaret & Judy for your kind words and such a lovely few days in your company. You both can come back anytime you like. Over and out Roger! Best Wishes Keith & Christine xx
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DarkBrit wrote a review Jan 2023
Naples, Florida1 contribution
Quiet location - convenient to beaches, ameneties and The Chine. Keith and Christine are originally from London - friendly people with a sense of humour. The bedrooms are well maintained and the bathrooms clean with ample hot water. On premises parking is limited but everbody during my stay was accommodated - no pun intended.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 20 Jan 2023
Thanks James for your review on us for your stay. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed our property and we wish you well in the future. Kind Regards Keith & Christine
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Leicesterdave_11 wrote a review Dec 2022
Leicester, United Kingdom36 contributions19 helpful votes
We spent a week at the Swiss Cottage and toured the island. The Shanklin area was a lot nicer than some other locations so we felt we had chosen well.As this was at the end of the holiday season the beaches were almost empty, but for an elderly couple, that was a plus! We booked tickets for the theatre in Shanklin and saw an excellent musical performance. The venue was packed, so clearly the theatre has a good reputation. We visited Queen Victoria's holiday residence, Osborne House, several castles, the Needles, glass making studios and Cowes- which was virtually closed! We were made very welcome at the Swiss Cottage. A good breakfast to start the day, a warm and comfortable room, friendly and helpful owners who arranged our ferry times to and from the island for us. Within easy reach of good restaurants and the best beaches, I would happily stay there again.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from Keith Beckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Responded 8 Dec 2022
Season Greetings David & Jane and Thankyou for your lovely review on us and the Island for your break away! Take Care & Cheers Keith & Christine x
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United KingdomEnglandIsle of WightShanklin
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Which popular attractions are close to The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Nearby attractions include JURASSIC JIM (0.2 miles), Shanklin Theatre (0.2 miles), and Shanklin Beach (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pendletons, Amici, and Vernon Cottage.
Are there any historical sites close to The Swiss Cottage Shanklin?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Godshill Church (3.5 miles), Arreton Barns (4.5 miles), and Appuldurcombe House (2.7 miles).
Is The Swiss Cottage Shanklin accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.