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May Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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72 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property."

    Owners appear to have thought of everything you could probably need during your stay. Complimentary welcome pack was very generous, and the hosts are friendly and helpful should you need anything. Nice position near the Old Shanklin Village with bonus of off street parking. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7May 2024

  • "The cottage is situated just a few minutes walk from Shanklin Old Village, the chine down to the beach and a few minutes to the town."

    The cottage itself was spotlessly clean and nicely presented. There's ample crockery, cutlery etc. So nice to have a washer, drier and both a fridge and freezer. Dogs are made welcome with treats and blankets and beds etc. provided. A lovely welcome pack, one of the best we have had. The owners live closeby and very friendly and helpful. We would book this property again if visiting the Isle of Wight again. Neil, Carol & Honey

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2024

  • "Perfect in every way."

    Amazing welcome pack tea coffee biscuits bread croissants plus various jams, milk butter and much more. The cottage was spotless and everything was of very high quality. Just a short walk to the old village. Will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2024

  • "What a lovely cottage - great location, amazing welcome pack and very clean with everything we needed (and more)."

    We would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend. The owners live next door, so came over to welcome us and gave us lots of useful recommendations and advice. Thank you May Cottage, we'll be back!

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Apr 2024

  • "May Cottage was so much more than we expected."

    It was beautifully laid out and the efforts being put into this holiday let really showed. It was clean and comfortable, with everything we needed for our time away. The hospitality tray was a nice surprise too. It was lovely the owners called in on us to check we had everything and were really friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2024

  • "The property is first class, the owners have made sure everyone is catered for including our two dogs, providing dog beds & bowls and an extensive welcome pack for them and us."

    Everything in the cottage is of good quality, the owners have thought about everything you may need and as soon as you arrive you can start your holiday. They even popped in to welcome us which was a nice touch. It is in a lovely spot between the picturesque old town and the convenient new town. Thank you for a lovely stay on the Isle of Wight.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Mar 2024

  • "Exceptional welcome, excellent facilities and very comfortable."

    Would highly recommend. Owners had thought of everything to make our holiday comfortable including our 4 legged friends!!...Thank you!

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely weeks break in May cottage When we arrived there was a lovely ..."

    We had a lovely weeks break in May cottage When we arrived there was a lovely welcome pack for us and even the dogs which added a special touch Location was great Everything we needed Thank you

    Reviewed by Bianca3.8Feb 2024

  • "The house was spotless well equipped and cozy we couldn't have asked for more."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely cottage and the welcome pack was amazing."

    Has everything you could need for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Oct 2023

  • "This property is absolutely spot , the owners have literally thought of everything for the human and the dog, we cannot fault anything."

    I just hope people will not take advantage of the owners good nature and spoil it for everyone else

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2023

  • "It was our second stay at May Cottage."

    It's beautiful. Lovely and clean, and within walking distance of lots of pubs and the beach. My only complaint is that it's booked up for my dates next year

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Oct 2023

  • "Bed very comfortable."

    The park for our dog was only four minutes walk from the cottage.Large T.V in the lounge.Sofa's comfortable.Lovley welcome pack.Owners made us feel very welcome.Shower brilliant. EVERYTHING was there - can't think of anything that was missing.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "Perfect place to stay."

    Everything you need was available throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Having pets has necessitated staying in self-catering holiday accommodation for about twenty-five years when not holidaying abroad, but not one of the properties has been in the class of May Cottage which is absolutely superb!"

    It certainly has the wow factor in abundance. The cottage is beautifully and tastefully furnished throughout, spotlessly clean, with everything provided that you could possibly need. When I last had towels of the quality of the ones in the cottage it was at a 5* hotel which gives some indication of the quality to be enjoyed. There is ample crockery, cutlery & glasses, and even items for a picnic. Alongside the cottage is a car parking space, which is very unusual in Shanklin, especially so near the centre, and an electric car charging point. If you don’t have a car, the cottage is only about a two or three minute walk from two bus routes, a Londis convenience store, and Shanklin’s Old Village with its thatched tea rooms, shops, restaurants, and pubs. For dog owners, a walk of about three or four minutes leads to Big Mead, a large open park that my dog loved being exercised in and where dogs can exercise without a lead. At the far end is a small pond with ducks, so dogs do need to be kept on a lead in the vicinity of it. The cottage is situated in a small, one way residential road, and although it is so near to the main road through the town it was extremely quiet. On a wall when you enter the cottage you see a large sign with the word ‘Welcome’, which is how you are made to feel, and below it on the table was the most enormous welcome hamper I’ve ever seen and even my dog had a welcome gift. There was even a choice of beds for him to use and food and water bowls. Shortly after our arrival, the owners came to personally welcome us. They live nearby and are very nice people indeed. I am certainly not an easy person to please, but I found absolutely nothing whatsoever to criticise, a great deal to praise, and I am looking forward very much to next year’s stay. In May Cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "May cottage is a lovely comfy home from home with everything you could possibly need and more."

    The owners make your stay perfect and are always ready to help if you need it.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant cottage."

    One of the best welcome packs we’ve ever had. Cottage was well placed in the village with parking and an EV charger. Spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. The owners had thought of everything!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage - small and cosy but equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    Great location, having parking was a bonus. This accommodation is a real home from home. We didn't want for anything. Thank you to the hosts for the very thoughtful and generous welcome gifts. Would highly recommend May Cottage and stay here again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "An extremely well equipped cottage with very pleasant and attentive owners."

    It is a cliche that “they have thought of everything “ but in this case they really have. The range of items in our “welcome” pack…more like “welcome table” …was comprehensive and very generous even by Sykes standards and got our holiday off on the right foot from the start. We were recommended for an Italian restaurant nearby, Pavarotti’s , and went twice…do not miss it both for the food and the ambience. The cottage is well situated for a tour of the IOW attractions and it is impossible to find a fault or anything the owners have not thought of and it became a joke with them as we tried to find something…they won. Thoroughly recommended and I would give six stars if I could.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jul 2023

  • "One of the best self catering holiday lets we have stayed at."

    The welcome pack of goodies is exceptional, and beyond anything we have seen before. The owners do everything to make your stay comfortable, providing many things you would not find anywhere else and a thorough and informative guide to your stay. We had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic stay."

    Could not fault in any way. The hosts have thought of everything. Absolutely brilliant. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jun 2023

  • "Everything about this cottage was perfect, the location near the centre of old village, on-site parking, the very generous welcome pack, the top-quality facilities etc."

    We could not fault it in any way. The hosts, Bob and Jacqui, were on hand to offer local info and help with any issues - they were brilliant! We had a really great week. We cannot recommend this cottage highly enough and we have already booked it for next year!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2023

  • "I cannot praise this place enough, it's incredible and has absolutely everything you could possibly need plus another 50%!"

    The hosts are also incredible, very friendly and couldn't have been better.... we'll definitely be back, and loved it in May Cottage! My parents were staying on another part of the island and kept threatening to move in with us as this place was so incredible and welcoming!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2023

  • "Just returned from a lovely week in this charming cottage."

    The welcome basket and other things provided to make an enjoyable stay are the best I’ve ever seen. They’ve certainly gone over and above the necessities to make you really feel at home. Would definitely stay again if we visited the island.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "We just completed our second stay in May cottage and it remains our favourite and best maintained holiday cottage."

    Everything you could possible need is provided and the location is superb for the Old Town Shanklin. The hosts are most welcoming and cannot do enough to ensure your stay is perfect. we have booked again for 2024!

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property provided everything needed a home from home and a a perfect base for us to enjoy our holiday."

    The furnishings fixtures and fittings were to a high standard, and the generous welcome pack meant that we did not have to rush out the supermarket. For us the location was also perfect. We will be booking again for next year

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2023

  • "An exceptionally well presented dog friendly 2-bedroom cottage, with an off-road parking space."

    From the welcome goodies to the quality fixtures and fittings, May Cottage had everything that you could ask for. The small courtyard seating area is a sun trap and with free Sky TV and Wi-Fi, you can fill your down time, come rain or shine. Shanklin has lots of takeaways (we recommend The Happy Haddock, The House of Spice and Dragon Pearl). There are also loads of restaurants, pubs and tearooms. You won’t go hungry or thirsty here! There is a convenience store just around the corner, as are the Chine and the Old Village. It’s a 10-minute walk to the main shopping area or 15-minutes down to the seafront. Big Mead park is a 5-minute walk away for those with pooches (with a poo bin at the entrance), and the surrounding streets are safe for a quick evening walk. The IOW has an endless supply of well-marked footpaths for the active, plus many popular visitor attractions as listed on TripAdvisor. The owners, Bob & Jacqui live next door, and are amazing. Our sincere thanks guys! We will undoubtedly be back!

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent little cottage fully equipped with everything you can think off or need."

    The most beautiful towels, beds for dogs, bowls and a lovely welcome pack to make life easy. It is small and the courtyard is small just by the car park. However, a lovely park nearby for the dogs to be exercised or kids to play.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Apr 2023

  • "Wow what a fabulous cottage."

    We have been holidaying in cottages for many years but you will have to look extremely hard to better this cottage. Close to the shops of Old Shanklin whilst in a quiet residential road with a parking space. The property was beautifully clean with luxurious towels and bedding. Many mod cons, all working well, without detracting from the beauty of a quaint cottage. Extremely well equipped; there really was nothing that wasn't provided. Lots of games provided with a nice mix of traditional and new which we enjoyed, the electronic Yahtzee being our favourite. Non intrusive owners living next door who were very welcoming friendly and willing to impart local knowledge. Dogs were not only welcomed but encouraged; certainly not second class accommodation as happens often when holidaying with dogs - they even got their own welcome pack! Talking of welcome packs well I had read the reviews prior to going but I still couldn't believe the array of delicacies awaiting us. Granddaughter's eyes were agog at the sight of so many favourites which we thoroughly enjoyed throughout the week. Thank you for providing our home from home with fabulous Isle of Wight memories for Nan, Grandad, Granddaughter age 15 and our two West Highland Terriers.

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Apr 2023

  • "Just returned from a weeks stay at this fantastic cottage."

    It was exceptionally clean and well maintained. Ideally situated in a quiet location, it had everything you could want and more. A very generous welcome pack on arrival, even the dog was spoilt too, with a gift bag, and comfy dog bed and blanket! The owners, Bob and Jacqui are lovely people and nothing was too much trouble. We look forward to returning soon.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2023

  • "May Cottage really exceeded our expectations."

    The location was excellent, a short walk to the shops and to an excellent park for the dogs. Exceptionally well maintained with lovely furnishings and decor, and high end tv, satellite, wifi etc. The owners are next door and really friendly and helpful. They provided the best welcome pack we've ever seen, a big thank-you for that. Shame we were only there for a weekend!

    Reviewed by Sally-anne5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely place to stay in all respects."

    Really well furnished and maintained and in an excellent position near to shops and the seafront with the added bonus of a car parking space . We were very comfortable during our stay.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jan 2023

  • "May cottage is beautiful and so cosy!"

    The owners were so lovely and couldn't do enough for us. The cottage was so clean and spotless with everything you could possibly need for your stay, including a lovely welcome pack! Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jan 2023

  • "Very clean , lovely holiday let ."

    would go back nice owner .

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation, great location, welcoming hosts."

    Cottage was equipped with everything you could as for. Wine and other gifts were amazing

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Nov 2022

  • "What a beautiful place to stay, spotless, very high standards, everything top quality and a delightful welcome pack."

    Beach amazing, central to travel everywhere on island, great info provided and warm welcome from hosts. 2 Prosecco glasses was the only thing missing!!!! Sandra, Charlie, Jo and Murphy.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2022

  • "This was our second visit to May Cottage and totally lived up to the exceptional standards of the first time."

    Our hosts Bob and Jacqui are the loveliest people. They are thoughtful, helpful, warm, welcoming and generous. And great company too. Heartfelt thank yous and appreciation to them. Nicky and Nick.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage, clean, comfortable with an amazing welcome package."

    The family that run it are also very friendly & easy to talk to. We had a bulb go underneath a kitchen wall unit & it was replaced straight away. We had a wonderful holiday & would recommend May cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2022

  • "I would highly recommend a stay at May Cottage in Old Shanklin."

    Owners had left a very nice welcome pack for both us and the dog. Owners also came round to welcome us and check that everything was ok for us and gave us a lot of information about area and where to walk the dog in the local park. Cottage was very clean with all the mod cons and gadgets you could have wished for home from home also the added bonus of a parking space. They also checked in with us at the end of our stay to make sure everything had been ok for us. Cannot recommend enough. Mandy, Murphy and Family

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a lovely little cottage."

    Ideally located in the centre of Old Shanklin. Lovely walks to the seafront (only about 10 minutes walk) and some great parks to walk the dogs. Super welcome pack and lovely owners. The cottage is extremely well equipped and was very clean with all mod cons. It was ideal for us (2 adults and 2 small dogs) but might be a bit of a squeeze for 4 adults. Thank you very much. Simon, Caroline and Louie and Lola

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2022

  • "Probably one of the best self catering cottages we have stayed at."

    The property is in a very handy location tucked just behind the old village with a large park within a few minutes walk. We were highly impressed with the facilities provided & the owners have gone above & beyond, the welcome pack was very generous even catering for the dogs. The owners are just next door & were very friendly & informative. Love to return one day & would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "We have to agree with earlier feedback posts that this is without doubt the nicest, cleanest and most well-appointed cottage we have ever stayed in."

    The welcome pack is superb, the hosts are the nicest people you could meet and Shanklin remains a little gem of a place to stay. Everything in the cottage is new and top spec, the dogs agree! And after getting home Saturday 17th September we have booked again for April.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Perfect location for walking around Shanklin. Great hosts, very friendly and helpful. They made sure we had all we needed for a nice holiday. Would highly recommend for anyone visiting the Island

    Reviewed by Brett5.0Aug 2022

  • "This has to be the best equipped holiday cottage we’ve ever stayed in."

    The owners have thought of every little thing you could possibly need during your stay. The cottage itself is lovely and is well situated in Shanklin a short walk away from the old village and about 10 minutes from the sea front. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others and would consider staying again if we return to the Isle of Wight.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2022

  • "What an utterly fabulous cottage!"

    The location is perfect, within the Old Village and a very short walk to the beach (we walked through Shanklin Chine each time). The cottage itself is pristine, with every single comfort and gadget that you would need. Even simple things like insulated packed lunch boxes made the world of difference to our stay! The owners live next door and are really friendly, providing a wonderfully generous welcome package for ourselves and our dog. We will definitely be back, and in fact our sons asked on our way home when we could go back again!

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Aug 2022

  • "We could not fault the cottage and the owners made us feel really welcome."

    Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Aug 2022

  • "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 Roy5.0Jul 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 Julie5.0Jul 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 Julia5.0Jun 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 Wyn4.7Jun 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 Wendy4.7Jun 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 Janice5.0Jun 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 Jackie5.0May 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 Ann5.0May 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 Maryce5.0Apr 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 Mary5.0Mar 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 Nicola5.0Mar 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 Lyn5.0Mar 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 Kathleen5.0Feb 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 Elaine5.0Jan 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 Linda5.0Dec 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 Candice5.0Nov 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 Ian5.0Nov 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 John5.0Oct 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 Linda5.0Oct 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 Linda5.0Sep 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 Catherine5.0Aug 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 Jenny5.0Aug 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 Jennifer5.0Aug 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 Jo5.0Jul 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 Ben5.0Jul 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
  • EV Charger available at the property.

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.

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