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 2024 season, so we hope we can get back to normality after Covid, Cost of Living/Inflation over the past 4 years, so we are here to welcome all our guests back to the Island. 

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 where you will find our latest offers only available to direct bookings. We hope you like what you see and get in touch, have a chat and see when we can get you booked in. 

When booking we advise all our guests to read our current T & C’s

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

We look forward to welcoming you.  

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 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 options 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. 

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 often 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 13 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 that will make your stay memorable. 

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/DAB radio alarm clock. 

We have also installed USB plugs sockets in each 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  are on the landing for you to use. 

Our rooms are all fitted with Black Out Curtains and Blinds to Front Facing Rooms to make your sleep more comfortable. 

We are a completely no smoking & no e-cigarettes establishment and have been for years. Smokers are welcome to use the Patio area, we ask that you be considerate to those guests who do not smoke and refrain from smoking during Breakfast Service. 

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. They do not have access to any Guests rooms. 


Arrivals are staggered from 3:00pm last check in 7:00pm, Early & Later check in fees apply at £5 per room per hour by prior arrangement & acceptance. 

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 for your comfort. 

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

We cordially ask all guest to remove outdoor footwear on entry, especially if wet and muddy. 


Check out time is 10:00am, if you require an early check out, please advise us beforehand so that we can arrange this with you. Late Check out fees applies at £5 per room per hour by prior arrangement & acceptance. 

Please bring your keys down with you and say your goodbyes. 

Bar Lounge 

The bar will hopefully be open most nights if not it’s an Honesty Bar but you may use the lounge at your own discretion. 

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

Please be mindful and considerate to your fellow guests. 

Dining Room 

Please use the sanitiser before entry to dining room. 

We have 2 split breakfast services, at 8am & 9am for a 55-minute duration, so if you have a preference, let us know in advance and we will endeavour to accommodate, allocation is on first come first served, you will be allocated one or the other depending on other booking requests. 

Breakfast Service consists of a choice of 7 different cereals in individual boxes/wrappings, (Porridge on request) with your choice of preserves, fruit yoghurts.  Available by pre-order (extra charge applies) a fresh bowl of mixed berries with natural yoghurt. 

All of our breakfasts are pre-ordered the evening before and freshly prepared. 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).  Vegetarian option available on request with prior notice at time of booking. 

As well as the traditional English Breakfast we offer guests the choice of a Continental Choice:  Croissant with cheese/ham, Bagel with Scrambled Egg & Smoked Salmon, American Pancakes with choice of topping.  Alternatively, you may prefer a Egg/Bacon/Sausage sandwich. 

All of the above is accompanied by a variety Tea of your choice:  fruit, herbal, decaf & black teas, decaff, granulated & cafetiere coffee, and fruit juice.   

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 £3 supplement. 

Where possible we will seat guests of up to 4 together, space permitting. 


Our Sunny Patio is open to all guests, access via gate off the forecourt.  Smoking is permitted in this area only. Please be considerate to other guests who may also wish to use this. 


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

All guests are asked please vacate the building from 11:00am to 2:00pm to allow access to your rooms, if entry is not accessible during this time cleaning will not be permitted. 

Contacting Us 

If you need to contact us during your stay, please ring the bell in the hallway or call us on our landline: 01983 862 333.  Guests are NOT permitted to enter any doorways marked PRIVATE.   

If we can do anything else to make your stay more enjoyable with us please let us know. 

We have a Zero Tolerance Policy to guests verbally or physically abusing the Owners or other guests, you will be asked to vacate the premises immediately. 

Resident proprietors: Keith & Christine Beckett 

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 £14 for a Twin En Suite & £28 for a Double En Suite per night for Single Supplement during our High Season* 
* Additional £7 for a Twin En Suite & £14 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 Package 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)* 



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 £143.00 to £172.00 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 £50.00 to £91.00 per person per night (breakfast included)
5 x Double Bedrooms with En-suite Bath or Shower Rfrom £50.00 to £91.00 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 £7 in Mid Season & £14 in High Season for a Twin En Suite & £14 in Mid Season & £28 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 £150 per person or £300 per couple or from £250 or £400 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 £350 for Mid-Season & £385 for High Season.
Adult & Senior Prices range from £45 to £91 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/high chairs)
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 website
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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 2023
  • Green Tourism Business Scheme -Green Business Gold Green Business Gold 2014
  • Visit England Awards -Breakfast Breakfast 2023
  • 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 2023
  • 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

2024 (3 Feb 2024 - 29 Nov 2024)

* 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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