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The Fernbank
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

At this hotel comfort was their number one priority: nothing was too much trouble for the staff, who asked that we treat it like being in our own home. Breakfasts were to die for - so much choice and home made bread and locally made jams were provided. After the first morning the staff remembered our preferences, which all goes to make you feel special. The facilities were extremely good and the hotel is very close to the centre of Shanklin, but is in a very quiet location.

We were also given extremely good advice in how to get to see the best parts of the island and also how to get back to the ferry without having to go through the centre of Newport.

We certainly hope to return for another break.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank jane d
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This is a very good B&B - nice quiet position in a pretty part of Old Shanklin, lovely house, breakfast room and lounges attractively furnished and decorated, quiet gardens with loungers, swimming pool and very welcoming owners. There is also adequate car parking on site which is not often the case in Shanklin.

We stayed just the one night and booked a Classic Double room a bit last minute via booking.com. (possibly the only room left as Fernbank appeared to be full). Because the Classic Double wasn't classed as the smallest room but "medium" we were a bit disappointed with the size of the room. There wasn't enough room for two bedside tables and it was rather cramped. Having looked again at the booking.com website which gives precise room dimensions, I would opt for the larger king sized bed rooms which cost not much more but would obviously be more comfortable.

Our room also had a problem with the floor boards adjacent to the bed which creaked very badly, and an overhead shower fitting rather than a hosing body spray in the bath would improve the bathroom considerably (you cannot have a proper shower whilst holding a spray attachment).

Having said that, the room was very clean and nicely decorated.

Breakfast was very good, hot food nicely cooked, lovely waitress, no complaints there at all.

On reflection I would like to give the owners of Fernbank, their breakfast room, lounges and gardens 5 stars, and their room probably 3 stars so hence the 4 star rating. So choose your room with care and you will enjoy Fernbank no problem.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank White-family
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Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful location and amazing service, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the fern bank which was made all the better by the amazing staff at the hotel. Definitely plan on another stay. Faultless.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank tracemor1977
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We spent 3 nights here in July with friends.
The breakfasts were first class.
If we could have got a pizza or take away delivered in the evening we would have stayed in the garden and had our tea.

The staff are lovely and make you feel so welcome.

The only negative we had was that one room was really small and our shower was very small.

Room Tip: Well placed to go out to eat or to visit Shanklin town.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Alannah200-
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We had a few days at The Fernbank and had a lovely time. The hotel is beautifully appointed and rooms and all areas spotless. Very comfortable bed! The staff were pleasant and efficient. The hotel has nice gardens and a lovely lounge and bar area. The location of the hotel is perfect. Just 5 minutes walk down to Old Shanklin Village which is a really nice place to stay on Isle of Wight. We would return to The Fernbank without hesitation. However one little thing prevented me giving a 5 star rating. The single sheet toilet paper dispenser in our ensuite was reminiscent of a Public lavatory and spoiled the whole, otherwise perfect, decor and ambience of the hotel. Just a litle thing but made an impression on me.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank thewatsons123
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