Honestly, we booked it for the reasonable prices. I was pleasantly surprised by the stay. We stayed two nights in July.
Good points: very very clean, fresh linen with lovely fragrance, hot electric shower that doesn't cut out/go cold, comfy bed, well stocked tea and coffee tray. It was a pleasure to come back for the night and sleep well. Avril was really lovely and helpful. The living room was really cosy and homely- had we stayed longer, I'd loved to have a late evening sitting there and reading in those comfy chairs. The location is two minute stroll from the esplanade with cliff views of the sea, short and very pleasant walk to the shanklin chine, the beach and all the restaurants along there.
Room for improvement: breakfast options were limited. It seems Avril works like crazy to cater for the guests on her own, which is by her own design as breakfast is served at 8:30 for everyone. This meant tea, toast and hot breakfast would dribble out at different stages. Portions were on the light side - I'm used to loading up on breakfast when I'm on holiday so that I can do a lot before I get hungry again. No baked beans and I was too shy to ask about it. :-P
Overall it was the best experience I've had for a guest house in that price range and would be strongly in favour of returning there next time I'm in IoW.
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