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The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin

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Premium bedding, Select Comfort beds, individually decorated
Premium bedding, Select Comfort beds, individually decorated
Premium bedding, Select Comfort beds, individually decorated
Premium bedding, Select Comfort beds, individually decorated

Overview of The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin

The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin

4 out of 5

4.6/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
10 St Georges Road, Shanklin, England, PO37 6BA

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationGunwharf Quays77 min drive
  • Popular LocationUniversity of Portsmouth79 min drive
  • Popular LocationHMS Victory84 min drive
  • AirportSouthampton (SOU)110 min drive

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About this area


Located in Shanklin, The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin is in the historical district and near the beach. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Osborne House are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club and Browns Golf Course. HMS Victory and Sandown Pier are also worth visiting. Guests appreciate the bed & breakfast's central and quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Shanklin Beach - 6 min walk
  • Shanklin Chine - 7 min walk
  • Gunwharf Quays - 77 min drive
  • University of Portsmouth - 79 min drive
  • HMS Victory - 84 min drive

Getting around

  • Shanklin Station - 7 min walk
  • Southampton (SOU) - 110 min drive


  • Jasmine - 3 min walk
  • The Leafy Bean - 4 min walk
  • Morgans - 5 min walk
  • Dragon Pearl - 5 min walk
  • Shanklin Steamer - 7 min walk

About this property

The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin

4-star bed & breakfast, walk to Shanklin Beach
Along with a garden, this bed & breakfast has free breakfast and free self-parking. WiFi in public areas is free. All 9 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and Select Comfort beds. Guests will appreciate conveniences such as electric kettles and free tea bags/instant coffee, while LCD TVs with digital channels and DVD players provide a bit of entertainment. Change of bedsheets is available on request
The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin offers 9 forms of accommodation with DVD players and free newspapers. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Select Comfort beds feature premium bedding. 19-inch LCD televisions come with digital channels.

Bathrooms include baths or showers, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and portable fans. An iron/ironing board and change of bedsheets can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of We're Good To Go (UK)
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Ferry terminal shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily 8:00 AM–10:00 AM


  • Newspapers in reception
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Change of bedsheets (on request)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating
  • Portable fan
  • Premium bedding
  • Select comfort bed


  • Bathtub or shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste


  • 19-inch LCD TV
  • CD player
  • Digital channels
  • DVD player

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Electrical adapters/chargers
  • Free newspapers
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Restaurant dining guide

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Late check-in fee for check-in between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM (amount varies)
Minimum check-in age - 16


Check-out before 10:00 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
A late check-out fee will be charged

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 7:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests will receive an email 72 hours before arrival with check-in instructions; your host will greet you
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests who wish to book ferry tickets are encouraged to contact the property before arrival to pre-book it and receive a discounted price.
Guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies should contact this property in advance.
This property requires that all guests provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination during check-in. (with a first dose administered at least 3 weeks before arrival).

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between 27 November and 31 December.

Access methods

Host will greet you


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 12 and younger are not allowed at this property; all guests older than 12 are welcome
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Late check-in fee for check-in between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM (amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Guests should be aware that dogs reside at this property.

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the ferry terminal (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Children 12 years old and younger are not permitted at this property
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly)

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.

Property is also known as

Swiss Cottage Hotel Shanklin
Swiss Cottage Shanklin
Swiss Cottage Shanklin Guesthouse
The Swiss Cottage Shanklin
The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin Shanklin
The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin Bed & breakfast
The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin Bed & breakfast Shanklin

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 17 out of 23 reviews
5 - Excellent 74%
Rating 4 - Good. 5 out of 23 reviews
4 - Good 22%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 23 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 23 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 23 reviews
1 - Terrible 4%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner, Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities
Walking distance to beach and old town. Nice breakfast, spacious room size, clean. But the shower pressure isn’t good enough, sometimes hot water and cold water doesn’t mixed well.
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Keith and Christine are very hospitable hosts who made us very welcome. They always have a spotless and extremely well-run establishment, and in addition they have made the appropriate changes necessary for Covid compliance, including clear and sensible instructions to guests. The Swiss Cottage is well located close to the town and with easy access to the seafront. Our room was extremely comfortable and well appointed, and we particularly enjoyed the excellent cooked breakfast which had a good choice of options. We had a most enjoyable stay and thoroughly recommend The Swiss Cottage.
Stayed 5 nights in Sep 2020

1/5 Terrible

Travelled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Not a family friendly hotel
DO NOT BOOK THIS HOTEL if you are travelling with children as you will not be welcome. We had to check out 2 days early because we were made to feel so uncomfortable. DO NOT BOOK if you are not already a friend of the 2 owners because you will be an unwelcome stranger. DO NOT ACCEPT room 1 and a sofabed because the bedclothes were not fresh and I woke at 6.20am on Sunday listening to the toilet above my head being used. In hindsight we now question the cleaning regime for the bedding. DO NOT BOOK if you think the napkins at breakfast are there to cover your clothes. We were told they are for decoration only and not to be dirtied. DO NOT ACCEPT a room at the front because the paper thin white curtains do not shut out the light or the flashing TV from the flat opposite. DO NOT try to create space at the breakfast table by stacking plates because the owner will tell you off for making the back of the plates sticky. DO NOT BOOK this hotel if you would like a friendly welcome and information about the events on the island. DO NOT BOOK room 1 if you want to be able to close the bathroom door and use the basin because you will be banging your arm against the door. The towels never dried on the unheated rack. What a shame for the Isle of Wight to have this hotel listed as popular.
Stayed 8 nights in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Just what the doctor ordered!
Thank you so much Christine and Keith for making us feel right at home (actually - more comfortable than if we were home). The proper breakfasts set us up for our days of exploring the beautiful island and scenery. The room was really well presented and the atmosphere was a delight. The only negative was that we had to leave at the end. Will definitely be back!
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Excellent Hotel
We had a very pleasant 4 night stay and tge hotel was very clean in all areas. Breakfast was excellent with good fesh locally sourced produce being used. Our bedroom Room 8 was fairly small and my husband managed to hit his leg on th bed end several times. That said it was all in all an excellent hotel with great hosts.
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2020