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Clarence House B and B
Ranked #36 of 51 Shanklin B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 March 2011

We arrived to a warm welcome and beautiful clean house. It was like going into someones home. We was shown our room whick was cosy and immaculate tea and coffee making facilities were there and it was very cosy and homely. The decor was chosen with care and everything matched and was pleasing to the eye.
Maggie and Graham were delightful couple and really make excellent hosts and enjoy what they do and nothing is to much trouble for them.
The food is ordered the night before so that the breakfasts are cooked fresh which were beautiful in everyway. It is like stepping into someones own home with a fantastic welcome.
This B & B is to be praised and recommended to anyone visiting the island. We will try and get back later in the season and certainly will be trying to stay with these lovely people
10/10 for everything....

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

From the moment that we arrived to the moment that we left we had a fantastic stay. We were mde to feel very welcome. And were taken care of. The entire hotel is spotless, well furnished draft free. Very warm and inviting. Nice touch. Tray of tea, we could have had coffee or an alcoholic drink on our arrival. Our room was replenished with tea/coffee and cleaned every day. Banh up to date local whats on leaflets available. Breakfast. Fantastic. And lots of it. Come and go as you please. No late night noisey guests. The owners are in their element. Very proffessional and good at what they are doing. i.e looking after guests.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank cadet1Bude_Cornwall
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

Overall a conveniently located, pristinely clean and tidy hotel. Margi was extremely welcoming and couldn't be more helpful, but Graeme was somewhat brusque in his welcome, making us feel like teenagers, with his curt instructions and pointing out the do's and don't (like wiping feet), but he had new carpets, so I guess he was somewhat protective.

The rooms had every item that one could want during a stay, including, toiletries, soft towelling dressing gowns, tea and coffee making facilities, TV with freesat and free WiFi, but the room was incredibly small and became quite irritating as we tried to live in it for a three night stay. The bathroom, I'm sorry to say, although beautifully new and clean, was impossibly small and we're not large people, by any means. The shower seemed squashed in and it was impossible to get a comfortable position under the flow. Getting out of the bath/shower was very difficult due to the lack of space and I have the bruises to prove it. I appreciate that they've tried to pack in as much as they can, but this did detract considerably from the overall comfort of the room, which was a shame. Also, on the last evening and morning, the room was very cold with the radiator not really getting more than lukewarm. To be fair we didn't bother Graeme about it as it was our last night and morning, so didn't give them a change to resolve it, which I'm sure they would have done.

The breakfasts were very good and plentiful, but due to the size of property, this had to be shared in a dining room on a table set for 6 with other guests, which is not my preferred way, as I don't feel very social in the mornings. But that's just my preference, I mention it here only so others can choose for themselves, whilst fully informed.

I would recommend Clarence House to others, but not for more than a 1 or 2 night stay and with a few caveats.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank littleowl27
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IowGrae, Owner at Clarence House B and B, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2011

Gosh! - I am so sorry I came over as being gruff and schoolmasterish.I must have been having a bad hair day, because this is not my usual sunny nature!
I agree the rooms are smallish but it must be remembered that we are a B and B not a hotel and as such operating from what was once a private house originally: practically everyone accepts this and the fact that we do our very level best to provide all the little extras many don't, hopefully makes up for that as I think nearly all reviews show.

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Reviewed 13 October 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at this B&B. Graeme and Margi were very friendly and made us feel welcome. The room was very clean, with fresh towels and bottled water daily. We stayed in the twin room which was small but cosy. There was a good choice for breakfast and the food was lovely. We would stay here again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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1  Thank DjFluffUk
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

Graeme and Margi are superb hosts. The room was clean and tidy, service immaculate, and the breakfast outstanding. I stayed in the twin room and each day after exploring the island we returned to find fresh bottles of water, clean(ed) tea cups and new biscuits in the room. If you are travelling to the Isle of Wight you should definitely consider staying here.

Negatives: Bathroom is small and carpeted.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank DJH1966
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

Me and my hubby stayed for two nights and found Clarence House so wonderful, we felt we had to write a review when we got home (we've never bothered before!). The hosts were charming, paying lots of attention to detail. The accomodation was of a very high standard - super clean and comfortable and the breakfast was yummy! The B&B is perfectly located - walking distance from Shanklin town and the beach - we'd definately go there again!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Reilly08
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

Clarence House has just 3 rooms, 2 doubles and a twin, and consequently does not take children or pets which suited us down to the ground. We were in the downstairs double which is large enough with a small wardrobe and table although the en-suite shower room is tiny. The room and in fact the whole house was immaculate and bottled water was provided each day. On the first night we left the windows open and suffered from some noise from the main Sandown/Shanklin road which runs by. On subsequent nights we closed the windows and it was peaceful. Margi and Graeme are very friendly hosts and the breakfasts were individually prepared with a choice of cereals, fruit, yogurt, criossants and full cooked breakfast. Overall we were very satisfied with the B&B and would certainly stay there again. Although free off street parking is indicated we were unable to use it but there is plenty of on street parking right outside.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Clarence House B and B

Address: 2 Clarence Gardens, Shanklin PO37 6HA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Shanklin
Price Range: £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Clarence House B and B 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A very warm welcome awaits you at Clarence House, completely refurbished in 2015. We offer 4 en-suite rooms, 3 doubles all with power showers, one of which has a bath and one twin-room with power shower. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV's with Freeview, free hot refreshments and biscuits, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries, lovely fluffy white towels and flannels and alarm clock/radio. WIFI is free. Only half a mile from the beach and the quaint old town of Shanklin. So much to do on this beautiful Island. Our breakfasts (included free) are legendary - please read our reviews. ... more   less 
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