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The Arches
Ranked #2 of 11 Port Erin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Phil and Jill made are stay very welcoming. Jillis the perfect cook and Phil a perfect host. The Arches is a superior holiday accomomdation which we will definatley recommend to others. A beautiful house in a magnificant setting.

Room Tip: None. 5 star all the way.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Philip R, Owner at The Arches, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2013

Thank you for your really nice review. It does take time and effort to do so and it is really helpful to both us as facility providers and future potential guests. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 1 June 2013

I had promised my husband I would go the the IOM before we got married so for our 2nd anniversary booked this accommodation as a surprise on friends who had been, recommendation. Knowing it was going to be special from the great accolades and wonderful pictures on this site, believe me when I say - nothing can capture the essence of this wonderful place unless you experience it for yourself. And I really encourage you to do so.

It is not just a B & B it is like visiting friends, Both Phil & Jill make you feel so welcome and apart of their home you almost feel like you want to get up and make them a brew! Yet you have the freedom to use the infinity pool/jacquzzi or gym and peace and quite of the tearraces when required. The views are stunning in the day with many walks to discover but at night the soft lights of the gardens and the smell of the evening flowers bring the Arches to a romantic haven, just sitting and looking over the bay with the unintrusive skyline you cant help but feel indulged by the beauty.
Jill is a wonder in the kitchen serving up a three course meal (optional) to restaurant standard in an intimate setting with Phil being as attentive as ever in "front of house" roll. Nothing is too much trouble.
We were lucky enough to meet guests - see review below gill647- who were indigenous to the Isle of Man ( its always a good sign when the locals want to holiday with you) who where able to give us an interesting biography of the Island, but there is no shortage of islanders who wish to stop and regale tales of the islands history and they do so quite rightly, with such pride..

Lots to see and do, but don't take my word for it......DO IT!!

Thank you Jill & Phil, apologise for this review being late, but struggled with the dilemma of keeping the Arches gem to myself however decide that would just be too selfish and everyone should get to indulge in the experience.
Hope to see you again x

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip R, Owner at The Arches, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2013

Hiya, Thanks for overcoming your fears of not being able to book again after your wonderful review. I also must apologise for a tardy response . We were very busy over the whole of the TT period. And what a TT . Come to Erin Del Mar !

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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We have just returned from a last-minute 2 night break at The Arches. Nothing, other than a visit, can illustrate the tranquil, relaxed atmosphere from the moment we arrived until we reluctantly had to leave this morning. Very few places in the Isle of Man are dog-friendly, but here our elderly collie was as welcome as we were and we all enjoyed the sun terrace with world-class views over the bay. The swimming pool also shares the views and was a wonderful way to relax after some stunning (and quite taxing) walks. Try the Eggs Benedict for breakfast - delicious!! Phil anbd Jill made us so welcome and it really does feel like you are staying in a beautiful home with hotel facilities. This is not just a bed and breakfast it is a experience we cannot wait to repeat - we will be back.

Room Tip: There is one "dog-friendly" room which was far better than others we have stayed in, it ha...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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JRoutledge, Owner at The Arches, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2013

Thanks for the great review, I don't think our dog Meg even noticed your dog was there! great to meet you both, (and your dog, such a well behaved dog)

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Reviewed 11 May 2013

The Arches is one of the nicest places we have ever stayed in. Its every bit as good as the photos show, pity the photos can't give you an idea of how great the atmosphere is here too . . This is also a brilliant place for cyclists - we had just cycled over the mountain from Peel and it was just perfect to jump in the pool to wind down, on our arrival. The soft fluffy dressing gowns and slippers are perfect for travelling cyclists like ourselves who carry little, so this was ideal to help make our stay even more comfortable.
Phil and Jill are FANTASTIC hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. We will most certainly be returning back and will stay a little longer than the one night next time, so we can enjoy all the facilities at this first class quality accommodation.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

This is an amazing place to stay. If you want to retreat from a busy life, unwind, eat wonderful food and totally relax this is the place for you. The pictures here are lovely but pictures can't really do this place justice it's even better than in the pictures. It is truly magical to stay in this beautiful home with such welcoming hosts. Jill's cooking is an art form. We have stayed in many places and even have our own holiday home but this is spectacular. Port Erin bay is lovely and you couldn't want better views than from the blue room. We managed in 4 days to visit lots of places we have never seen or experienced before even though we have visited the island a few times but always with the pleasure of returning to this beautiful house. We couldn't really call it a B&B it's just too special. We are already planning our next trip only this time there will be more of us. Trust us you won't find a better place to stay than this.

Room Tip: We chose the blue room but think they are all amazing.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Grengee
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Philip R, Manager at The Arches, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2013

Thanks for your wonderful report. It is very flattering and supportive when our guests take the time and trouble to write a review such as this. Cheers, Phil& Jill

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

A truly amazing stay, the best place we've stayed in - EVER!! Everything was just perfect and we can't thank you enough, a truly delightful experience. The room was very sumptuous, the pool fabulous, the food absolutely delicious and the service first class! Thank you both so much. Claire & Dave xx



  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ClaireHewitson
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JRoutledge, Owner at The Arches, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Thanks for the generous comments. It is a great lift to the spirits to receive such praise .

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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Me & my wife stayed for our third time this weekend and it just keeps getting better.

The accommodation is state of the art and luxurious, the service and care we received from Phil & Jill is unrivalled and the food is the best on the Isle of Man we have had in our 30 years living here.

We honestly cannot speak highly enough of the facilities,service and food. On top of that Phil and Jill are a very lovely, kind and attentive couple who really do their best to make our stays amazing.

Thank you, see you in July

Room Tip: We have stayed in most rooms but the Lilac & Blue rooms are our favourite.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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JRoutledge, Owner at The Arches, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Thanks again for the visit, and the great company

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Address: The Arches Tower Road, Isle of Man, Port Erin IM9 6PP
Region: United Kingdom > Isle of Man > Port Erin
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Port Erin
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Arches is a boutique B & B that enjoys wonderful views and faciities. It is a B & B rather than a Hotel because it is our home as opposed to the mass produced places where a guest can sleep , as opposed to a place that is worth visiting in it's own right. The indoor heated swimming pool , guest lounge and guest terraces and balconies give plenty of scope for a romantic break or simply an oportunity to rest and relax. ... more   less 
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