2 night stay with 3 friends. The place was exactly as it appeared on it's website - very nice, but obviously aimed at the more mature traveller. The setting is beautiful and tranquil, and both the building and gardens are very well kept. The decor was way too chintzy for our tastes (plastic fruit in the lounge?), but A) I could see that when I booked, B) The IoW doesn't appear to do modern chic which is our preference, (unless you shell out for Robert Thompon's gaff) and C) it is at least in keeping with it's Victorian origins.
We didn't have much contact with the proprietors, but they seemed pleasant, if rather keen on rules. Is there really any need to mention that it is "no smoking" - even in the gardens, no less than 3 times within as many pages in the guest's info? They even threaten a £200 fine for offenders! We get the message, thankyou, and I walked quite a distance away for a fix.
Full English breakfast was good, but the kippers I had on the second morning were out of a packet and not of the fresh variety. Friend has smoked salmon/scrambled eggs which was superb and beautifully presenetd. The lady who served was very friendly and helpful. Rooms are on the small side, and very cluttered. I had a tiny bath with a shower attachment, which was very reluctant to locate in it's wall holder (crashed into the bath easily, which is no doubt why it was chipped) and it's output was very poor. They should do away with the uselessly small bath and install a decent shower cubicle.
We debated whether to book dinner (there isn't a plethora of good quality options in the near area) but decided the atmosphere would be too oppressive. The other guests were pretty elderly, and whilst we are 45-66 in age range, we tend to laugh a lot. I cannot, therefore, comment on the quality of the food.
I searched long and hard to find somewhere to stay on the Island (the south of which is looking rather sad these days) and I'm sure Rylstone Manor is one of the best choices. I would probably be a little more enthusiastic had we not spent the following 2 nights at Yalbury Cottage near Dorchester, which is a masterclass in how to run this type of establishment and considerably cheaper (especially on a single occupancy basis).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm friendly welcome awaits you in this award winning boutique period 3 star and silver award country house hotel (higher than guest accommodation). Featured in the Good Hotel Guide every year since 2006 and in Conde Nast Johansens. Hands on owners who care about the guests and ensure they spend a relaxing time here on the Isle of Wight.Winner of the IOW Chamber of Commerce Awards for excellence in Hospitality and Accommodation 2012. Call for more details. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rylstone Manor Shanklin
- Hotel Rylstone Manor
- Rylstone Manor Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight