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The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Ranked #8 of 52 Hotels in Shanklin
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great B&B”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

This was my first visit to the IOW and the B&B was excellent. Our hosts were always helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean and well presented and we really liked the added touch of a wide range of toiletries in the bathroom. Also the facilities were excellent and the location, near to the centre of Shanklin was an added bonus. Would certainly recommend the Swiss Cottage.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Cheers everyone for you review.
I did think you had forgotten about us but it was worth the wait.
Hopefully now you have had a small taste of our hospitality and seen a small part of the Island the 2nd visit wont be too far away.
Thanks again
Keith & Christine
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

We decided to have our honeymoon on the Isle of Wight and chose Swiss Cottage as wanted the more personal touch. We certainly got that with a special breakfast table complete with Sparkling wine, celebration balloon and table decor. We celebrated on the patio later with Bucks Fizz
It made a perfect start and continued with great food, and really nice room complete with chocs and roses! Thanks to Keith and Christine and daughter (sorry cant rwmember her name) she was helpful too!

  • Stayed August 2013
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
To our Newlyweds
We are so pleased that you chose us for your honeymoon stay and that we lived up to your expectations and with all our guests we will always try to give you as enjoyable stay as we can.
We also try to be very competitive in the market as we know there are alot of similar properties in Shanklin that do a wonderful job and we try that little bit harder and it seems to be paying off.
We wish you a very enjoyable life together and see you when you come back for your Anniversary.
Best Wishes
Keith & Christine and Lizzi
xxx
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Returned again this year for the 3rd time, its like Home from home.
Weather was brilliant as was our hosts Christine & Keith always ready to help.
.Rooms are always spotless, Breakfast are great with good variety.
Shanklin is a good place to stay close to shops and Beach.
Swiss cottage is in a quiet street so very peaceful.
We would always go back here when visiting the Island.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Thanks Laney for your great review.
It is always nice that guests come back and we must be doing something right as its your 3rd time with us over the last few years.
We look forward to seeing you on your 4th stay.
All the very best to you both
Keith & Christine
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I recently stayed at the Swiss Cottage, Shanklin with my family as we were attending a wedding on the Island, I have to say that we were made to feel so welcome and the hospitality was fantastic. The accommodation was more than comfortable and the food was spot on!
Myself and my wife will definitely be visiting the Island again in the future and we will look no further than the Swiss Cottage when planning. Our daughters loved it as all needs were catered for and they felt spoilt. Many thanks Keith & Christine.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thanks for a lovely stay with us and more importantly we are pleased that the Wedding went so well and you had a great time there.
Whether you bring the girls with you or just come back for another stay on your own you will all be very welcome.
All the Very Best to you all
Keith & Christine
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Three of us stayed with Keith and Christine in May this year. It was the first real holiday for all of us, My husband, myself and our fostered daughter (R) who is seventeen, I loved having no cooking or cleaning to do. We were thoroughly spoiled and because R is a little nervous we were given the family suite The rooms were immaculate, food excellent and hospitality second to none. Our young lady had a very small appetite so small meals were specially arranged for her. I am diabetic and my diet was also catered for. The teas, coffee and biscuits were replenished every day and the rooms vacuumed, beds re-made and bathrooms thoroughly cleaned. We had such a lovely stay that R cried when it was time to go home.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Hi Everyone
Thank you for such a great review and we are pleased that all of you enjoyed your stay.
We are also pleased that you found the Family Suite was perfect for the 3 of you and that Twiz enjoyed her specially prepared meals and stay.
Thank you also for sending such a lovely thank you card with the photo of all of us in the lounge which has taken pride of place on our sideboard for everyone to see.
It did get very emotional when you had to say goodbye but that just shows what a wonderful time you had with us and hopefully we will see you all again next year?
Take care and all the very best
Keith & Christine & Lizzi
xxx
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Lovely clean hotel with friendly welcome and great breakfasts! We had two adjacent rooms for ourselves and our two children in our 'own corridor' which worked really well. Short walk to the beach (with steps). Suited us very well.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Hi to the Finches
Thanks for you review and kind words.
As we always grade ourselves as 100% on everything we provide our guests, we were a bit puzzled by why you marked us slightly down on 3 areas, especially as one was about the Family Suite which was a double and another twin bedded room which you said suited you much better (as the majority of other establishments only have Family Rooms which is only one room with bunk beds/beds in the same room) and also service? As you were only staying on B & B and didn't take in all our service i.e. Half Board Evening Bar and drinks etc.
I know I am being picky but it did score us 97% and every point counts.
Anyway I know you didn't mean anything by it, as we are with all our reviews open to everyone's comments.
See you again next year for a longer stay?
Kind Regards
Keith & Christine
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Keith & Christine were excellent hosts, food was good and rooms very clean and comfortable with extras like toiletries, chocs and use of a fridge.
It was our first visit and they were very helpful with information about the island and Shanklin in particular. The booking of the ferry with the reservation made our journey so much easier and we had an enjoyable evening at the local theatre. Unfortunately the weather was mixed but
we enjoyed socialising in the bar with other guests We will certainly recommend Swiss Cottage to family and friends.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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KeithBeckett, Owner at The Swiss Cottage Shanklin, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thanks Margaret & David
We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to the island and our accommodation.
The Ground Floor did suit your needs with David mobility difficulties but sorry to hear that getting around the Island was a bit difficult at times with all the humps and slopes that we have here.
Everyone assumes the Island is flat but in fact with all the different undulations and hills/downs it is very picturesque but not flat.
Anyway a great time had by all is the main thing and all the very best for the future
Kind Regards
Keith & Christine
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Property: The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Address: 10 St Georges Road, Shanklin PO37 6BA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Shanklin
#1 Green Hotel in Shanklin
#3 Luxury Hotel in Shanklin
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Shanklin
#6 Romantic Hotel in Shanklin
#11 Family Hotel in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Swiss Cottage Shanklin 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hello There, We are now filling up fast so hurry up and contact us as we are 70% full for our 2017 Season already! The Swiss Cottage is the Pride of Shanklin and has been consistently voted in the Top Five with 96% or 5/5 Satisfaction for being one of the best in the Hotel category for Shanklin & the whole of the Isle of Wight. We have now won three Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards in 2011/12 & 2013/14 and 2016/17 aswell as Certificates of Excellence in the past 6 years running since 2012 to 2017. We have also been awarded a much sought after Green Leaders Gold Level Award in 2014, 2016 & again in 2017 for being Environmentally Friendly re our Towel, Linen, Lighting & Recycling procedures, so we would like to Thank all those who have abided by our simple guidelines to help us achieve this Award. In October 2014 we were voted the Best B&B/Guest Accommodation on the Island and were also placed in 4th Place as Highly Commended in the prestigious Tourism's The Beautiful South Awards. So why not check us out and read what everyone is saying about us! We are continually updating and keep the place clean and modern by putting in new comfy seating on the decking area, touching up the rooms and improving the place even more for your comfort. Although it only has 8 en suite bedrooms, our guest accommodation has that personal touch that many of the larger Hotels doesn't provide and is run by Keith & Christine the Owners. Whether it is B & B or Half Board we have tried to cater for everyone's needs whether single, double, friends or families, (sorry NO Children under 10 years of age or babies/infants and no animals as we have pets of our own), a safe environment for females and groups, in our comfortable modern bedrooms and bathrooms that we have converted in this old 1866 family home. (Unfortunately we do charge a Single Supplement in our School Summer Holidays and also slightly higher rates over our popular Bank Holidays & Festival Weekends). We have tried to think of everything for you, from Flat screen TVs, DVD, CD Players, Sky, Free WI-FI, fans, mini fridges and much more to make your stay a pleasurable one! We also arrange discounted Car Ferry crossing for you with Red Funnel or Wightlink. Unfortunately due to our continuing popularity, we no longer take one/two nighters as minimum stay is 3 nights as we now specialize in short breaks of 3/4 nights and a weeks holiday to ensure you see as much as the Island as you can. All of the above has transformed this property into a 4 Star plus with a coveted Silver Award for Service, Cleanliness and Hospitality and also a much sought after Breakfast Award for our full and varied Breakfast. We know and are realistic that after reading all our wonderful reviews, there are always some people out there who will come to try shoot us down, nick pick everything and will try our patience, leave rooms in a state, go against our guidelines and generally be unruly, so if you are one of them we ask that you go elsewhere as we only happy to accept friendly respectful guests here, who want to enjoy themselves with us. We may meet as strangers but all our guests leave as friends. A Home from Home but don't forget to bring your slippers! Kind Regards Keith & Christine ... more   less 
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