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Sentry Mead
Ranked #1 of 11 Totland Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Although we only stayed one night it was clear why this establishment has had such good reviews. We had originally booked to stay at the end of April but had to cancel at only 24 hours notice as our dog died. Sarah was not only kind enough not to charge us for this but also said we could transfer our deposit to a later booking if we were able to come; which we duly did in June. The room, the house and the breakfast were all excellent and the proprietors so nice it was easy to feel we were on holiday, albeit for such a short time. The house is well located and we would highly recommend "The Waterfront" pub for food which is only a few hundred yards away.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mark J
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

It was so nice that you did finally manage to get over to the Island. It was great to meet you both and hopefully we will see you again for longer!

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We noted the excellent reviews for Sentry Mead and were not disappointed with our experience, it is a lovely hotel in a quiet setting close to the beachfront of Totland and away from the hustle and bustle. Our room had the benefit of a sea view across the manicured gardens of the hotel. Sarah and her team run the hotel with friendly efficiency. We enjoyed traditional breakfast and the Eggs Benedict which was very good, polished off with some of Sarah's home made marmalade, all of which certainly set us up for the day. The room was very pleasant and clean, the bathroom was a good size but a little awkward because of the roof setting. We'd have preferred a proper shower rather than an over the bath tap shower but it was also nice to have the choice of a bath after a long day out and about. Sarah recommended two good restaurants, on the beachfront, and because we were fortunate with the weather this enhanced the experience with a beautiful sunset! All in all, very good!

Room Tip: Treat yourself to a sea view
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank fiftys0methings
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Thank you very much for the review and for such great comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and I do note your comments on the sloping ceiling in the bathroom. Luckily there are only a couple of bathrooms which have some restricted headroom over the shower and we will be sorting these rooms out over the next two years. Eventually we will have good sized bathrooms (with headroom!) for all our bedrooms. Hope to see you again - you will be able to see our progress.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Sentry Mead is a 'cut above' in every sense, well deserving of it's five star status. Sara is charming and her staff are equally as attentive and courteous. Sara works mainly 'front of house' with husband Jean-Pierre beavering in the background, including cooking the breakfast, which is well presented and freshly cooked to your liking.
The rooms are immaculately clean, beds fresh, crisp and comfortable. Ours was a 'super king' which I am led to believe they all are.
Sentry Mead's location could not be better to explore what the IOW has to offer away from the more 'touristy' areas.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: If you like a little more hearty breakfast, ask for two rashers of bacon rather than the standard on...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank jimbob3630
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Thank you so much for the lovely review and comments. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
You stayed in one of 2 superking rooms. At the moment we only have 2. Next year we will have another one and eventually we will have 8 rooms - all of which will be superking.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We return annually to this Hotel due to its location and excellent hospitality. Jean-Pierre and Sarah continue to improve already fine facilities. Special requests hassle free and delivered on arrival. Breakfast menu excellent choice and continues to be of a very high standard.

Once again well done see you on next visit!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Flybiggles_13
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

It was lovely to see you again. We really enjoy it when guests return and can see (and enjoy) the latest changes to the place. Watch out for the new room which we will be doing over the winter - probably the Ventnor room, but I haven't finalised it yet!

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is more than a b&b. from the minute you walk through the doors you feel very valued. The service is exemplary as is the cleanliness and food. 2nd visit for us, we will definitely be back. Well done Sarah, Jean Pierre and Bridget.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank bibandbrace
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

It was lovely to meet you and to have been able to welcome you here to Sentry Mead. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We had a fantastic welcome from our hosts and a lovely stay at the Sentry Mead. I really felt looked after and the dog even had her own bowl put down for her in the room when we checked in. The building and the gardens were stunning and the view from the room was gorgeous. It was very handy for the beach at Totland Bay and was on a very useful bus service around the island. It was peaceful and comfortable and though the room was small it was just right and the bed was very comfy. The breakfast was exceptionally good and there was a huge variety. I felt so welcome and at home the whole time we were there. I will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Higher up rooms get a great view if they face the sea.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Karen A
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Thank you so much for your review of Sentry Mead. It was a pleasure to meet and we're very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Overall we enjoyed our stay. The B&B is in a good location near the beach, and has a lovely garden and view. Jean-Pierre made us feel very welcome upon arrival. We didn't find it to be quite as exceptional as the reviews suggested though.

Room Tip: Ask about the room size and bathroom size in advance.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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SentryMead, Owner at Sentry Mead, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Thank you for your review of Sentry Mead. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and am particularly pleased you found it clean and the location good. I'm sorry, however, that you didn't find it to be quite what you were expecting - everybody is different and have different expectations. I would have liked to have heard this from you while you were here - firstly to maybe do something about it and secondly to know what we might improve upon. We are doing work each year and, hopefully, this winter we will be doing a room conversion to make a larger room.

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Additional Information about Sentry Mead

Address: Madeira Road, Totland Bay PO39 0BJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Totland Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Totland Bay
Price Range: £82 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sentry Mead 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sentry Mead is a Victorian villa beautifully situated in the tranquil West Wight. Less than 200 yards from Totland beach, guests are assured of a warm welcome at this relaxed and informal guesthouse. Pets welcome. ... more   less 
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