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Rylstone Manor Hotel
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

Rylstone Manor is beautiful quiet well run hotel in an idyllic setting. On arrival we got a guided tour of the gardens and the work of a local Sparrow Hawk! There are Red Squirrels in the Park and the Gardens of Rylstone. We stayed for three nights and loved every aspect of our stay. The Breakfast was superb every morning and all the staff have a smile and are very helpful with any local information such as weather forecasts and recommendations on places to visit. We did not eat in the hotel at night, but this was only because we fancied the short walk into town to sample the local restaurants (take a torch for the trip back through the park.) We tried Mama Mia’s (Italian) which was very nice and one of the Indian restaurants same side of the road and about four doors up from Mama Mia’s which was also good value. If you want a relaxing break this is the place. We selected this hotel after reading Tripadvisor reviews.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank DrSyntax
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

We chose this hotel based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. The hotel is set in public gardens close to the beach and looks stunning from the outside. The rooms and bathrooms were however a little "cosy", however if you are not planning on spending much time in the room then this probably doesn't matter too much. We also had some issues getting any TV channels - probably due to location - but again not an issue if you are out and about. There is however a nice lounge area if you fancy just curling up and reading the paper.

The owners were very friendly and were able to recommend local restaurants and places to go. The hotel is situated next to some very quaint pubs and is perfect for a romantic break. One of the best features about the hotel was the breakfast. The waitress was so friendly and the choice and quality of the food was excellent. I ended up going for breakfast on my own as my friend stayed in bed and the waitress offered to take him breakfast in bed which I thought was a nice touch! In fact, if I were to visit again, I'd probably stay for the dinner if the breakfast is anything to go by.

A word of advice for people going to the IoW, if you are looking for somewhere with a bit of nightlife past pub closing hours then I wouldn't suggest staying in Shanklin, Ventnor or Sandown as you will be disappointed (unless you are there on a weekend). However if you are looking for somewhere picturesque with a cute village and plenty of pubs then Shanklin is the place and this hotel is well situated.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

I stayed here in early July and can not rate it enough. You will not find a better hotel on the Isle of Wight. Food is of the highest quality and you should definitely book Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

The hotel is situated in the beautiful public Rylstone Gardens and in one minute from the front door you are at the top of the cliffs with a magnificent view of Culver Cliffs and the sea. By the staircase leading down to the beach is the Grand View Tea Garden (not a part of Rylstone Manor Hotel) offering light snacks during the day.

The manor is furnished in a beautiful country house style and all rooms overlook the old pine trees of the park and Shanklin Chine. These trees are the home of red squirrels and we sat outside each night with a pre dinner drink on "squirrel watch"!

Dinner is magnificent and cooked by your host Mike. This is not "hotel food", this is fresh food cooked by a top cook as if you were in your own country home (I wish!). On our last day we had Beef Stroganoff and enquired how it tasted so good - the simple answer, "Oh it's best fillet steak from the butcher in Bembridge". This is QUALITY dining - do not miss it!

The bedrooms are country house / cottage style and very pleasant. Everything is kept spotlessly clean and there are even Penhaligon's toiletries in the bathrooms. Each room also has its guardian bear lovingly created by Angie (more later!).

Breakfast is as good as dinner and at last I have found a hotel which understands that when a guest asks for "crispy bacon" they do actually want to receive "crispy bacon"! The scrambled eggs are also the best I have tasted. Everything is wonderfully presented by Angie who also serves dinner some nights. She has a fabulous smile and wonderful knowledge of the island - ask her about places to visit / local walks etc.

I would definitely return to this hotel and it would appear that many guests have been going for years. Highly, highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Thank JADLondon
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

Spent 4 nights at the Rylstone Manor and had a lovely time. Set in a small public park away from traffic noise and just a short stroll from the shops/restaurants etc, an ideal position. It is beautifully furnished in keeping with the age of the hotel.
There is a space to park your car just a few yards from the hotel door.
We had a fairly snug room, WILLOW, which was nicely furnished with plenty of hanging space for clothes.
Mike and Carole were lovely hosts, nothing was too much trouble, if you like fried bread mention it to Mike and it'll be added to your 'full English' but do try the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. We had one evening meal at the hotel and it was absolutely lovely. Angie, the waitress is a mine of information and will help you plan your day if you're not sure of where to go.
There is a lovely little patio area perfect for taking morning coffee or afternoon tipple, if you manage to stay awake you might see the resident red sqirrels as we did.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jeff070
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

We stayed at the Rylstone Manor in June 2010, it’s a wonderful quiet place where the guests are rewarded with beautiful small hotel that is kept to an extremely high standard, the bedrooms are first class and the sitting and dining rooms are without doubt of an excellent quality. The place has an old world private country house feel to it.

Rooms are wonderfully maintained and spotlessly clean. The park setting is calming and you are moments away from Shanklin’s old town, with pubs and small shops to enjoy. You also have wonderful views of the beach from the park.

The bathrooms are a tad small with only a little shower in ours, but that just allowed you more time for other things – why loiter in the bathroom when you have a haven of tranquility await you elsewhere in the hotel?

The staff are a joy and make time to chat to you and help you in any way they can. The lovely lady that serves breakfast each morning was gracious and welcoming in every way, if I did not have one then I would want her for my mum!

Food was of an excellent quality. You really could not ask for more, Rylstone Manor has an ‘own home’ feel of its very own.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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