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May Cottage

Shanklin, Isle of Wight (Ref. 1068112)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "This property had everything you could possibly want for a break away from home."

    The lovely owners just next door were very helpful and left us with a wonderful box of necessities and a fridge packed with goodies so that we didn't need to immediately pop to the supermarket. Based in an ideal location and just small walk to Shanklin shops and old village. Had a lovely time, was made to feel very welcome and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by RoyJul 2022

  • "Fantastic little cottage a real home from home."

    Everything and more is supplied so you need only yourself to open the door begin a great holiday. Our hosts were really lovely and they made us feel like part of the community we didn't want to leave. Shanklin is a lovely base to stay on this lovely island. We'll definitely be back next year.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday and thought the cottage was absolutely wonderful."

    It was spotlessly clean and so well equipped. Thank you to the hosts for going to so much trouble to make the stay perfect. The welcome pack was so generous and thoughtful. We inadvertently brought an umbrella home with us which we’ll post back to the owners next week and left some dog food in the cupboard - Rebus says please give to a doggy you know as it’s very tasty!! Thanks again for a wonderful holiday - we’ll hopefully be back next year. Julia, Alethea, Graham and Rebus the dog.

    Reviewed by JuliaJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a good location within short walking distance of local shops, bars & restaurants, park for morning dog walks, beach (10 minute walk) and bus stop (the IOW has a brilliant bus service)."

    The standard is excellent with great attention to detail of everything that you may need. Best equipped cottage we have stayed in and were made very welcome by the owners who provided a lovely substantial welcome pack. It has off street parking which is essential but the downside is that it makes the garden a little small. It was a perfect size for the two of us and large dog but would say that the property would be a little small for 4 adults/2 couples. We would definitely recommend or stay again if visiting the IOW. Thank you Bob, Jacqui and Beth.

    Reviewed by WynJun 2022

  • "This holiday property was 1st class, spotlessly clean very well equipped."

    The beds were so comfortable and the shower was excellent, all in all couldn't fault it at all.

    Reviewed by WendyJun 2022

  • "May Cottage was just perfect!"

    Spotlessly clean, comfortable, perfect base for exploring the island. Jacqui had thought of absolutely everything. The property was so well equipped and had beautiful decor to make the most comfortable week away. We have stayed in many dog friendly cottages and I have to say this has been the best! The welcome gifts for us and our fur babies was greatly appreciated too. Well done Bob, Jacqui and Beth. We would highly recommend and will definitely be returning again next year.

    Reviewed by JaniceJun 2022

  • "This property provided everything needed for a really comfortable stay in the heart of Shanklin."

    The welcome pack was comprehensive and greatly appreciated. The property was spotlessly clean and well maintained.

    Reviewed by JackieMay 2022

  • "May cottage is an absolute joy."

    The hosts who live next door are two of the nicest people you would wish to meet. Absolutely everything you could want was provided right down to a very comprehensive welcome pack along with a bottle of wine. This was the most spotlessly clean rental we have had out of many sykes cottages. I will definitely be recommending this cottage to friends and family. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at May Cottage It was the best self catering cottage we have stayed in."

    So comfortable clean and everything you could have wanted was there The welcome pack was amazing and lasted us all week even down to a bottle of water and orange juice. and bottle of wine.. And a doggie bag for our jack russel the owners were lovely and helpfull Thank you so much

    Reviewed by MaryceApr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage - probably the best we've ever stayed in."

    A splendid welcome pack, a spotlessly clean property very well equipped and it was a real pleasure to meet the owners.

    Reviewed by MaryMar 2022

  • "May Cottage is a first class property with the highest standards hard to match elsewhere."

    Everything we needed was thought of and provided. We appreciated the brilliant welcome pack too. The owners Bob and Jackie were on hand for a lovely greeting as well as for info and support. Turned out our scaredy dog couldn’t cope with the wooden floor and they found an extra rug for the kitchen. Otherwise she might have spent the entire holiday on the doormat! And we could not have got through the week without the concern and help from these wonderful owners after my husband and I became unwell. Thank you so very very much.

    Reviewed by NicolaMar 2022

  • "This has to be the best property we have stayed in."

    Absolutely everything you could ever need is provided even down to dog beds, bowls etc. The most luxurious towels, everything provided is quality. Ideally situated and a short stroll to local pubs.

    Reviewed by LynMar 2022

  • "The cottage is beautiful clean tidy and has everything you could want and more."

    The welcome pack was so good and very generous. Parking a real bonus. We loved staying here and right in the town of Shanklin beside all the pubs sops theatre and restaurants. Fantastic.

    Reviewed by KathleenFeb 2022

  • "Everything was fantastic, we don't have one adverse comment."

    The Cottage was spotless and stocked with everything to make our stay comfortable. Even treats for our Dog. Would definitely recommend without hesitation . Elaine

    Reviewed by ElaineJan 2022

  • "What a fab cottage more than we expected lovely and clean and cosy and everything you could possibly need we also met the owners who were really friendly and helpful."

    not a complaint just an observation the stairs are quite steep but overall i could not fault this property

    Reviewed by LindaDec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, with space for one car to park off the road."

    Very well decorated and so clean. I was not expecting it but enjoyed an extensive welcome pack. Kitchen facilities were above and beyond comfortable so I wanted for nothing. The shower room is on the ground floor. A utility room houses a washing machine and tumble dryer. A cosy sitting room with a television, books, board games and music. The two bedrooms both had televisions, the single room had a toilet and washbasin. Thought had gone into providing facilities for my dog too, a bed for him and feeding bowls, even a welcome pack! There is a gate from the road into a secure courtyard with a water hose so that sand can be washed off any dog before they enter the cottage. (I had packed so much for my dog, that he didn't need!). I hope to return very soon.

    Reviewed by CandiceNov 2021

  • "Very comfortable, home from home property, equipped with everything you need for a perfect holiday stay."

    The owners have thought of everything a holiday maker would need, right down to the welcome pack which was exceptional. Short walk to shops , restaurants, beach and dog walking parks. Owners very welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by IanNov 2021

  • "We have stayed in many Sykes cottages and this was by far the best."

    It had everything and all was high quality. Get location as well. Wholly r3commended to anybody.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "The owners who live in the next property came round to see us shortly after we arrived, asked if everything was ok."

    really nice couple! We told them everything was perfect. The property was spotless, everything you need was there. The welcome pack was marvellous. +Sky T.V. including sports channel. Offroad parking is a massive help. Ideal position for shops,restuarants,and pubs.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2021

  • "The most well equipped holiday cottage we have ever stayed in."

    I am really particular about where we stay but this exceeded anywhere we have stayed in before. I was a bit hesitant as I think there was only one review due to it being so new but so glad I took a chance. So well equipped and thought out. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a full dinner if you were so inclined. Husband thought he had found something that they had forgotten but there it was in the utility cupboard, a fan. They noticed that the dog beds would be a bit small for our dogs so another one was bought round. Lovely welcome basket, eggs, butter, orange juice, wine, milk, sure there were other things, as well as a doggy welcome bag for both of the dogs. Cannot think of anything negative. Owners live next door and were very friendly and helpful. There is a park a few minutes walk away for the dogs also just a few minutes walk from Main Street. Don't know what else to say except that we would not hesitate to stay at May Cottage again. On another note can completely recommend the Yarbridge for dinner. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2021

  • "We had a great week's stay at May Cottage!"

    Everything was beautifully clean and the cottage was equipped with absolutely everything we could possibly need. Our kind hosts (who live next door to the cottage) had also left some thoughtful extra provisions for when we arrived (juice, croissants, wine and Magnums, as well as the more standard bread and milk) and were very helpful, for example, when we needed to find a local garage. We really enjoyed exploring the local beaches and had fun in Shanklin visiting Jurassic Jim and eating out in various cafes and restaurants (great milkshakes in Cinders, lovely breakfast in the Lime Tree, and a family friendly meal out in Pavarotti's). All in all, it was a wonderful holiday, thanks very much!

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2021

  • "Accommodation exceeded our expectations the welcome pack was amazing, the the cottage was kitted out with absolutely everything you could possibly need for holiday the Cottage was of an excellent standard and Incredibly clean Plus the owner was local and and was very helpful ."

    the Cottage is situated in Shanklin and is an 8-minute walk to the beach going downhill and maybe in 15-minute walk coming back up I would definitely book again

    Reviewed by JennyAug 2021

  • "Lovely property, everything you could need, really high standard."

    Great position with nice walk to village and beach. Lovely owners in property next door, available if you need anything but give you privacy. Best welcome pack we’ve ever had which was great after a long journey, thanks!

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2021

  • "A last minute booking and lucky to have found this gem."

    Attention to detail in every sense of the word and out of this world. Even a welcoming gift for our pooch. Beautifully furnished and very stylish. Location is brilliant within walking distance to the town centre and many lovely restaurants and pubs. Beautiful open fields and park within 2 minutes walk. A stones throw from Shanklin beach. We could go on and on…… my husband and I thoroughly recommend this cosy and welcoming cottage. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a much needed break

    Aug 2021

  • "May Cottage is a great little place in a perfect location to enjoy Shanklin and the Isle of Wight."

    The cottage has everything we could possibly need for a week away, with lots of thoughtful attention to detail additions from the welcoming Owners. A great week away - thanks for hosting us

    Reviewed by JoJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a good location."

    Pubs / restaurants / beach all within walking distance but off the busier roads so quiet overnight. Had everything we needed and the hosts were lovely. We wouldn’t hesitate to rebook

    Reviewed by BenJul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with TV, 1 x twin with TV and en-suite with basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/Diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee maker, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, 3 x TVs with Sky and Sky sports and netflix, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • 2 x stairgates available
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Front porch with seating
  • Patio area with secure bike storage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Beach 0.5 miles

The property

Set amongst the gorgeous Isle of Wight coastline in the town of Shanklin, is the charming May Cottage.

Sleeping up to four guests, May Cottage is the perfect setting for your next seaside adventure, within reach of the island's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the bustling county town of Newport.

An in-demand off-road parking spot welcomes you, along with an enclosed front porch, containing seating to take advantage of while you enjoy the coastal breeze.

Head inside to the sitting room, with plenty of seating for you get comfy on and enjoy a film on the TV after a day at the beach.

Across the way is the contemporary kitchen/diner, well-equipped with all the appliances you'll require to create your favourite meals; before enjoying them at the four-seater dining table.

Head upstairs to two very tastefully decorated bedrooms both with wall-mounted TVs for relaxed, evening entertainment.

The twin room is accompanied by an en-suite basin and WC, for your convenience and also has under bed storage for all your things while you stay.

After enjoying a morning coffee on the porch, walk into town and see what Shanklin has to offer; your amenities are truly at your doorstep here, alongside ample independent shops and eateries to visit!

A short walk will take you to one of the Isle of Wight's best beaches, Shanklin Beach; make sure to visit the Esplanade where you can enjoy crazy golf, bowling and even an indoor play area on rainy days.

For more sun and sand, visit Small Hope Beach and embark on the Shanklin to Sandown Walk, while admiring the dramatic views of the clifftops and the English Channel.

Why not have a family outing and visit Wildheart Animal Sanctuary or the Dinosaur Isle Museum?

If you prefer a bit of adventure, go for a hike or cycle through the island's breathtaking Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; before heading back to enjoy a well-deserved, delicious lunch at Vernon Cottage restaurant.

For your next family trip to the Isle of Wight, choose May Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Sandown 2.2 miles; Godshill 4 miles.

The town of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight is a traditional seaside resort, sitting in a sheltered, sunny bay on the south-east coast of the island. Shanklin and Sandown offer all the right ingredients for a great summer holiday, with long, safe, sandy beaches and loads of family attractions, such as a zoo, pier and fairground, plus shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. The older part of Shanklin, known as Shanklin Old Village, is set slightly lower than the town, where the road winds between traditional thatched cottages, tea shops and charming gardens and parks. Explore Shanklin Chine, a dramatic gorge with a waterfall tumbling through lush plants and mossy boulders. At the top of the cliff is the bustling High Street of shops and the grand Victorian theatre, at the bottom there are cafes, shops and amusements along the suntrap esplanade and sandy beach. Shanklin is great starting point for numerous coastal and inland walks (with the option to return using the local bus network). The rest of the island, including Sandown, Godshill, Blackgang Chine and The Needles, is all easily accessible.

Region Information

Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250 for this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas