Me and a friend stayed at the Albury SC Cottage for a long weekend with our dogs. The cottage and its location exceeded expectations. Elaine catered for our every need from doggie towels, blankets and treats to a fabulous hamper containing everything we needed for a lovely breakfast every morning and even a bottle of sparkling wine. The Cottage was tastefully decorated and had everything we needed and more. A double bedroom with en suite and the second with two single beds and a sink. Toilet and bathroom downstairs, lovely entrance area to clean up dirty dogs! DVD, WIFI too many things to mention. The attention to detail was remarkable. We loved our stay and it was so convenient for the beach, the theatre, and the old town which is as pretty as a picture postcard with its thatched cottages and lovely pubs and restaurants. We would thoroughly recommend this cottage and we will no doubt stay here again in the future. A big thank you to Elaine for doing such a good job to make her accommodation so inviting and pleasurable to stay in. Check out the Sunday Night Shanklin Ghost Walk, which is great fun!
Lovely welcome from Elaine, including a generous food hamper and a birthday cake for my daughter which was very kind.
Overall clean except kitchen floor which was filthy. On the first day, my children's feet got completely black after walking on it, also, when i wiped up spillages on the floor my cloth came up covered in dirt.
Pretty terrace at front, and the lounge and bedrooms were lovely, but the upstairs shower was of very poor quality.
Parking space not satisfactory, it is very narrow, and there is no drop kerb so every time we had to access the drive the bottom of our car smashed down on the kerb with a loud thump, not good.
Wifi pretty much non-existent.
Shanklin is a lovely place to stay for a family. And the location of the cottage was great for both the town and the beach.
Overall an enjoyable experience.
Stayed at the Albury yet again (3rd time) and it gets better each time.
Since my last say in Aug the garden area and front has been improved so there is a little garden area to sit in
The whole place is clean and very well presented and the location is ideal with the shops around one corner and the beach at the end of the road
Already booked for August this year
Would highly recommend the Albury and often do
Delightful accommodations, pleasant surroundings, and a short walk to the beach or "downtown". Felt very welcomed by the owner who prepared a hamper with tasties and stayed up late to let us in. ONLY complaint would be the wafer thin pillows and wiry mattress in our room (the double bed), and perhaps the faint smoker smell, but the room where the children (12 & 18) stayed was completely satisfactory, as was all the rest of the "cottage". Oh, the wi-fi was sketchy, too, but why do you need that if you're on vacation? ;)
Overall an exceptional experience, one I will happily repeat!
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Elaine is the perfect hostess, her attention to detail and the surprising (and generous!) hospitality touches make the Albury a stand-out place to stay. We were lucky enough to stay in the self catering cottage which had every home comfort (and more!) that you would ever need. It was a real pleasure - I'm recommending it to friends looking to visit the IOW and will definitely be making a return visit.
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