They say it’s the ‘little things’ and the attention to detail of those ‘little things’ that have made our weekend stay at this gem of a guest house. We were a group of 10 friends and, arrived Friday afternoon , travel weary and well ready for Gareth & Sarah to work their legendary magic on us.
After delicious home made cake and tea in the relaxing guest lounge. We were shown to our super duper en-suite rooms/suites. Every comfort imaginable was there – you see it’s those ‘little things’. As the afternoon was still bright and sunny we decided to relax in the secluded gardens. There was a rush for the amazingly huge day bed and there were 4 of us gals stretched out on it at one point. Our hosts did not disappoint and shortly brought out a jug of chilled home made lemonade , newspapers and suggestions of activities. for our weekend break. As the 10 of us had taken over the house Gareth and Sarah were providing dinner for us. We were called to the cheerful guest dining room and plied with canapés – note to Sarah – so imaginative those canapés!. Dinner then followed and what a feast. Daube of pork with seasonal vegetables. Followed by a choice of puddings All this was complimented by great service and attention to detail. Local island suppliers/producers are used. Nice touch that!
Next morning we all drifted down for breakfast – Wow! What a choice and none of us were disappointed with our choices from the informative menu. In addition to the ‘cook to order’ menu, there was a buffet table groaning with fresh fruit, pastries, cheeses , hams, preserves etc. This set us all up for our day ahead. A group of 6 of us set out for a 7 mile walk. Followed by a pub lunch. The rest of the group took themselves off to explore the surrounding countryside by car. As
we had wanted to try a local restaurant that night, we duly did this at a nearby Indian restaurant. A fun evening was had by all. Only a short stagger back to our ‘home from home’. Huge comfy beds ensured a great night’s sleep.
Sunday morning we all pitched up for more of our hosts excellent breakfast choices. A blackboard weather forecast showed rain was due. This did not stop
us going off to Yarmouth and Ryde for a spot of shopping and , yacht envy was the topic of conversation. Luckily in the afternoon the rain stopped and we were treated to an amazing BBQ. Locally sourced meats were grilled and served with imaginative salads and more delicious puddings. We lazed around the sunny garden reading the Sunday papers a perfect end to a lovely sunny afternoon. As the temperatures dropped we all retired to the lounge for board games, gossip and yarns spun by Gareth of island life. We didn’t think that we were hungry until a magnificent cheese board was produced and we all got stuck in!
Sadly all good things come to an end and after another tip top breakfast experience. We all departed but not before booking for a return group visit next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2011 Old Shanklin Guest House is owned and run by Gareth and Sarah James. There are five en suite rooms. We have sourced local artwork for you to enjoy and local produce for you to eat! The guest lounge is available morning to evening with local information, local magazines and board games. Breakfast specials change daily, with Full English always on the menu. Parking for Bonchurch Suite, St Helens Room, Tennyson & Godshill Rooms. All rooms are booked by name, so you know what you are paying for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Shanklin Guest House Isle Of Wight