The Swiss Cottage Shanklin


Type:Guest House

4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars
10 St Georges Road, Shanklin, Isle Of Wight, PO37 6BA

Tel: +44 01983 862333

The Swiss Cottage Shanklin



Welcome to All our Guests -

We are now open for bookings for 2023 season, so we are here to welcome all our guests back to the Island and we hope that we all come to live and cope with Covid & Cost of Living/Inflation this year.

Early booking is advisable to enjoy our clean air and the lovely sunshine on our fabulous beaches and have some lazy days on the Island.

Browse through our website and we hope you like what you see and then get in touch and have a chat and see when we can get you booked in.

The past 3 years have been unprecedented years but we have been passed as 'We are Good to Go’ and have been inspected by the Councils Covid Support Team and Visit England Inspector as we have everything in place to make your stay safe and secure, with sanitizers, cleaning and housekeeping, entry/exit doors to communal areas and two breakfast sittings to give you more space, so if everyone continues to use safe methods as per Hospitality Guidelines to keep everyone safe until July 2023 when the Government are reviewing this, we will all be ok when it comes to your stay with us.

Therefore we are of the opinion that we as Owners are continuing with Covid safeguards, as the Pandemic is not fully behind us plus we take a lot of NHS Staff, so to ensure they stay safe to stay at The Swiss Cottage, guests must have had both COVID 19 vaccinations and also any subsequent Booster jabs depending on your age/timetable of vaccinations - proof will be asked for when booking and/or when checking in at our property with your NHS APP.

When booking we advise all our guests to read our current T & C’s, as they still apply now we are open.

For any bookings that may be affected by Coronavirus Lockdowns in the future, as a gesture of goodwill, if you are not allowed to travel, we will endeavour to help you rebook with us later in the Year or as a last resort for up to 1 calendar year from your original staycation date or your deposit back.

We also strongly advise to make sure you take out Holiday Insurance when booking.

We look forward to welcoming you when you do come.

Keep Safe Keith & Christine ​​​​​​


The Swiss Cottage is a multi award-winning guest house in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, providing high standards of hospitality and service, so if you are looking for a hotel or a place to stay for your weeks holiday or short break of 3 days or more in the seaside town of Shanklin, our four-star silver guest accommodation is suitable for all requirements.

We provide room only and quality bed and breakfast rooms from February to November, which includes traditional home cooked breakfasts for guests to enjoy in our dining room.

The holiday accommodation at Swiss Cottage has the high standards of a hotel but with the friendly, personal touch of a family-run B&B run by Keith & Christine Beckett.

The Swiss Cottage guest house is an old Victorian building built in 1866 and is on a quiet street with its own off street parking in the heart of Shanklin, close to all the local amenities and is a short flat stroll away from our glorious Beach & Esplanade.

We have given the property a tasteful modern face lift to provide superb en-suite bedrooms and all the attention to detail that will make your stay really special & memorable.

So please take time to look at our other pages for further information and our Last Minute Offers before you contact us to book your holiday break to see it all for yourself.

The Swiss Cottage has been described as 'A home from home where guests meet as strangers and leave as friends', so what are you waiting for, give us a ring or email us as we look forward to meeting you soon but don’t forget your slippers.

The Swiss Cottage has been continually voted as one of the top properties in Shanklin, as well as one of the best places to stay in the whole of the Isle of Wight by Trip Advisor reviewers for the past 12 years and are only one of the few still rated 5 out 5 with one of the highest satisfaction rates at 96%.

Our attention to detail and all our little extra touches puts us a cut above the rest and our many Awards & recognitions are gratefully appreciated for our efforts.

The modern and tastefully decorated 7 en-suite rooms, two of which are on the ground floor for accessible needs, offer flexible accommodation for up to 16 guests.

All rooms have 32 inch flat screen smart TV with Netflix for you to watch over 100 channels or listen to some music on your CD/radio alarm clock, DVD players on request.

We have also installed USB plugs in one of the sockets per room, so you can charge up your technology.

We provide each room with an extensive range of complimentary beverages, fresh milk, mini fridge, fan and a hairdryer in your room plus a trouser press, iron and ironing board and shoe polish equipment are on the landing for you to use.

We have also put up black out curtains & all front facing rooms have extra blinds to make your sleep more comfortable.

We are a completely no smoking & no e-cigarettes establishment and have been for years.

We have an outside patio area that you can used but not during breakfast times whilst other guests are still eating.

We do not allow pets to stay but do allow guide dogs. We do have 2 small dogs, Gnasher & Tammy and 1 cat Daisy who no doubt will come and say hello to you.

Dining Room
We are continuing with the split breakfast services to maintain the safe social distancing. We will open the doors for Breakfast, on entry you have a choice of 7 different cereals, with your choice of 3 jams, marmalade, honey, marmite or golden syrup which we ask you to take to your table.

You will also be served bowls of mixed berries, yoghurts and fruit juice, (Porridge on request) which will be placed on your designated tables.
The 2 Breakfast Services are at 8am & 9am for 1 hour duration.

All of our breakfasts are pre-ordered the day before and are freshly prepared ready to serve you, which makes for a faster more efficient service and to ensures that you can enjoy the whole day ahead. (local produce when available from local butchers, grocers and farms).

You can order a variety of excellent breakfasts from our Full 7 item English breakfast or just try the lighter option of up to 2 items on toast or a tasty smoked double Kipper & bread & veggie options. Off the additional menu you can also order a variety of other items like Croissant with Scrambled Egg & Smoked Salmon, Egg/Bacon/Sausage sandwiches & much more. All of the above is accompanied by a variety of fruit, herbal, decaf & black teas or decaff, granulated, cafetiere coffees or something different like Latte or Cappuccino or Hot Chocolate plus white/brown/wholemeal toast as required

Teenagers have their own breakfast menu which is a smaller variation of the Adults or they can upgrade to the full Adult menu with a £2 supplement.

Some Key Points;
* For all our Special offers and our Last Minute Offers, check out our website or call us directly to get your further discount and savings.
* Sorry we do not take one or two nights, as we specialize in short breaks or a week’s holiday.
* Reduced rates for Retired Senior Citizens (67+) (except during July & August in our High Season) 10% off the prices shown, when booked directly with us*
* Special rates for teenagers 13-15 when sharing with at least 1 Adult in a Family Suite 15% reduction, call us to apply discount*
* Minimum child age of 13 years accepted*
* Additional £12 for a Twin En Suite & £24 for a Double En Suite per night for Single Supplement during our High Season*
* Additional £6 for a Twin En Suite & £12 for a Double En Suite per night for Single Supplement during our Mid Season*
* Additional 10% Supplement for All Bank Holidays and Festival Weekends & School Holidays*
* Discounted Car Ferry Bookings available with Red Funnel via Southampton to East Cowes & also with Wightlink from Lymington & Portsmouth*
* Courtesy transport by arrangement - to & from Shanklin Railway Station *
* Pick-up & drop-off service to ferry terminals at a minimal cost *
* 6/7 Marked Car Parking Bays on the forecourt*
* Free WI FI & Sky Channels & Netflix in our Guest Lounge*
* Personal Drinks License to sell alcohol to our guests at our small discounted bar when the bar is open between 8-10pm*
* Complimentary wine, flowers or chocolates for those celebrating a special occasion whilst here with us (when booked directly with us and we have been advised in advance)*

Additional COVID 19 Advice to Guests
In keeping with the Government and Tourism regulations and procedures we have implemented the following changes for your safety and those of your fellow guests and ourselves:

Arrivals will be staggered from 3:00pm last check in 7:00pm, we can no longer accept guests who arrive prior to this time. Early & Later check in fees apply at £5 per room per hour.

We can only check in one room at a time and ask guests for their cooperation and patience with multiple arrivals, you may remain in your car or sit in the bar lounge whilst still maintaining a safe distance.

Please use the Sanitiser supplied before you touch the door/bell or knocker and on return from your daily activities.

Please remove all shoes on entry.

On entry please ensure that you wear your protective masks (in communal areas) until you are safety checked into your room.

Check out time is 10:00am, if you require an early check out please advise us before hand so that we can arrange this in a safe manner with limited contact to other guests. Late Check out fees applies at £5 per room per hour.

Please bring your keys down with you. Again, please ensure you are wearing face masks until you are safely outside of the building.

Breakfast Service
Please wash your hands before leaving your room and use the sanitiser before entry to dining room.

This will be held in the dining room as before, (we will not be serving meals in the rooms) however, we will be running 2 sessions and have one entry point and one exit point to maintain a safe social distancing between guests and ourselves.  

We kindly ask all guests to adhere to their nominated breakfast time.

Session one will be at 08:00 and we ask you to finish by 08:55.
Session two will be at 09:00 and we ask you to finish by 09:55.

As with our normal pre ordered breakfast system will have also added your choice of juice and or fruit, which we will place on your table prior to your entry. 

Breakfast Cereals will remain in individual boxes for you to take one of your choice to your table.

Please take your jam or preserves to your table also. Tea & Coffee will be served to your table as normal.

This is will ensure guests are not getting up, queueing & not social distancing during breakfast service.

Our dining room has been set giving one full table free between each room, please do not rearrange, where possible we will seat guests of up to 4 together, space permitting.

Bar Lounge
The bar will hopefully be open this year depending on social distancing rules but you may use the lounge at your own discretion, masks however will be required whilst using communal areas. 

The dry lounge on the first floor will be open to limited number of guests. 

Please be mindful and considerate to your fellow guests.

As this is the area for which smokers can use, again please be considerate to other guests who may wish to use this and keep a safe distance. Please refrain from using during breakfast service and please use the gate to enter and do not walk through the lounge/dining room.

This will be maintained at our usual high standard but with added care taken on touch points.

All guests to please vacate the building from 11:00am to 2:00pm to allow safe access to your rooms limiting contact with guests walking around, if you are still in your room, entry and cleaning will not be permitted.

Personal belongings that are strewn around the room cannot be touched or moved therefore those areas (including the bed) will not be cleaned.

We will also where possible have 24 hours room rest after guests have departed to deep clean them before your stay.

Contacting Us
If you need to speak to us at any time during your stay please refrain from using the lounge area as a walk through and entering our private quarters. 

You can call us on our landline: 01983 862333 to discuss your issue or we can then come to your room.

If at anytime during your stay with us you begin to feel unwell and show signs of the virus, please remain in your room and call us so that we can take the necessary actions & take your temperature.

Please take notice of the signage that is in place for your own safety.

If we can do anything else to make your stay safe with us, just ask.

Resident proprietors: Keith & Christine Beckett


Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
1 x Family Suite with En-suite Shower Room - Comprising of Two Rooms for 1 or 2 Adults in a Double & 2 Teenagers aged 13 to 15 years in a twin room - Please phone us for your families requirementsfrom £131.00 to £157.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
2 x Twin/Single Bedrooms with En-suite Bath or Shower Room - Please phone us directly to receive 10% Discount for Senior Citizens in Mid Season or our 4 Nights for the Price of 3 Offer in March to May and October/Novemberfrom £46.00 to £81.00 per person per night (breakfast included)
5 x Double Bedrooms with En-suite Bath or Shower Rfrom £46.00 to £81.00 per person per night (breakfast included)

**We offer all our rooms on a per person basis.
If staying on your own, unfortunately we don't have any small cramped single rooms but you can still stay with us in by paying a single supplement of £6 in Mid Season & £12 in High Season for a Twin En Suite & £12 in Mid Season & £24 in High Season for a Double En Suite per night for the room.
Retired Senior Citizens over the age of 67 will receive approximately 10% reduction from our Adults rates all Year except in during July & August School Holidays.
Extra 10% supplement for all Bank Holidays & Festival Weekends & School Holidays.
Adults/Seniors - call us to check out our Short Break Special Offers on '4 nights for the price of 3' on B & B basis in February to May or Oct/Nov from Only £138 per person or £276 per couple or from £230 or £368 to include the Car Ferry Package!
Or come and stay longer and try our '7 Nights Break' on Bed & Breakfast in June/July & Sept for £322 for Mid-Season & £350 for High Season.
Adult & Senior Prices range from £42 to £81 based on Bed & Breakfast depending on the season
Sorry we do not have the facilities to cater for Children under the age of 13 years (no cots/highchairs)
Teenager's Aged 13 to 15 receive a 15% discount from Adult prices



  • Accessible Bedrooms - Please have a look at our Accessibility Statement for further guidance on our web site
  • Ramp / Level Access - Level Access to all areas


  • Bar - We now operate an honesty bar when we are not around so you can enjoy a drink when you want one!
  • Cater for vegetarians - Please notify us by indicating this on your booking form
  • Half board supplement (£) - Adults £14, Seniors £12, Children £10
  • Restaurant - Evening Meals served to the Guests during June July & Sept.
  • Serve breakfast - Early breakfast available Try our range of Cereals, Yoghurts, Juices and Fruit before going onto your Full English Lighter option or Kippers, followed by Tea/Coffee and Toast to set you up for the day!
  • Serve evening meal - Our Evening Meal Service is usually during June, July & September only and by special request other times of the year! Have a look at our menu on our site to give you a flavour of our traditional home cooked 3 course meals!
  • Special diets catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age) - Minimum child age of 13 years accepted.
  • Children's videos/DVDs available - In another TV Lounge upstairs
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome - One Family Suite with separate bedrooms within the suite for 1 or 2 parents and 1 child on a sofa bed for your privacy

Establishment Features

  • Central heating throughout - Operated at around 19-21 degrees for your comfort
  • Children aged 12yrs+ welcome
  • Ferry inclusive/ferries can be arranged - Red Funnel & Wightlink Car/Van/Bike Services available at discounted prices!
  • Garden/patio for guests' use - To sit out in and unwind with a cool drink from the bar!
  • Ironing facilities - Iron & Ironing board available on the landing
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Wireless Internet Access

Leisure Facilities

  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
  • Fitness facilities close by
  • Golf Course close by
  • Swimming Pool close by

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - St Georges Road is a Free parking road
  • Courtesy transport to airport - by arrangement - Courtesy Transport to Shanklin Railway & Bus Station Courtesy transport to and from airport
  • Free parking - St Georges Road is a Free parking road
  • Off site parking - 6 marked bays on our Forecourt
  • On site parking - Front Forecourt for 6 car spaces and motorbikes

Payment Methods

  • BACS Accepted
  • Cheques accepted
  • Special group rates - Discounted Rates for Groups of 10 and above.

Provider Preferences

  • Country house - Old Victorian House built in 1866
  • Non smoking establishment

Room / Unit Features

  • Baths some rooms
  • CD Player in all bedrooms
  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • DVD Player in all bedrooms
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms - Plus Hot Chocolate and Horlicks, Herbal and fruit Teas as well as Decaff! Tea & Coffee

Specialist Features

  • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly - We aim to be Environmentally friendly so that we ask guests that linen is changed once a week towels every 3 days this helps and saves on frequent washing and energy use.

Travel & Trade

  • Packed lunches available
  • Wi-fi available


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin. From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Ryde (Esplanade), straight along the Esplanade to the boating lake, follow the road round to the right onto A3055 to Sandown, A3055 to Shanklin. From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin. Please note Island Roads have now started a monumental 7 year plan to resurface every road/change lighting, pathways etc on the Island, so you may find some diversions in place until the year 2020.

Public Transport Directions

From Ryde: please either visit the train station annexed to the Catamaran or travel on the No. 2 or 3 bus route From West Cowes: No. 1 bus route to Newport and change to No. 2 or 3 From Yarmouth: No. 7 to Newport and change to No. 2 or 3 The No 2 bus is quicker than the No 3 bus as that goes via Ventnor. For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office).


  • Swiss Cottage


  • 4 Visit England Stars
4 Visit England Stars


  • Visit England Awards -Annual Silver Annual Silver 2022
  • Green Tourism Business Scheme -Green Business Gold Green Business Gold 2014
  • Visit England Awards -Breakfast Breakfast 2022
  • Group Establishments -TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
  • Tourism South East Award -14/15 Silver Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 14/15 Silver Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2014
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award 2022
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -food hygiene 5 stars food hygiene 5 stars 2022
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 2019
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze 2023

Opening Times

2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* We are open most of the year but will obviously close out of main season if we do not have any guests.
However Groups are more than welcome out of the main season for local weddings, parties, bands & entertainers etc who are appearing locally

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