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5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Fernbank

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The Fernbank
Ranked #6 of 52 Shanklin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dartford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“so sad we had to leave!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

We stayed mon - fri at Fernbank and have to say this must be the nicest b&b I have ever stayed at! The rooms were spotlessly clean and the beds so comfortable it was a struggle to get up in the morning! Once up, the breakfast was amazing. Home made bread and local jams, fruit, cereals, toast, muffins....and then your choice of a hot breakfast as well! No fridge in room so asked Jo-Ann to put my medication in theirs and it was no problem...nothing was too much trouble for any of the friendly and attentive staff. They even remembered our breakfast preferences after the first morning! Jo-Ann and Julian obviously love what they do and excel at it. At Fernbank you are welcomed like one of the family and we were even asked to treat it our like our own home! We would have stayed Fri night too but they were fully booked. Fernbank would be my first choice if returning to the Isle of Wight as I cannot fault the hotel or the staff on anything at all! Thank you for an enjoyable stay guys!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

We've just returned from a four day stay at The Fernbank - It was great! We had a thoroughly warm welcome & we couldn't fault the hotel! Clean, well decorated & welcoming, what more could you ask for? Well, a great breakfast, friendly & helpful staff, a swimming pool, lovely garden & a comfy bed all went towards a 5* for The Fernbank - a big thank you for everything!!

Room Tip: When booking check room dimensions - we were OK with a 'small double' but, some people might...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

We have just arrived home after spending a lovely week being totally pampered and cared for by jo-ann, julian,sharon and the rest of the wonderful staff. Having two teenagers we were apprehensive as to how we would "fit in" but we needn't have worried you couldn't feel more pampered, looked after and spoilt ! Our rooms were bright, spotlessly clean with on suite showers. The facilities were excellent and the indoor pool was perfect especially after a hot day on the beach.
We really can't thank you all enough for giving us the best holiday and hope to return next year.

Room Tip: We stayed in rooms 5 and 9 and could not fault either
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Fernbank
Address: 6 Highfield Road, Shanklin PO37 6PP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fernbank 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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