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Hotel Luccombe Manor Country House (Isle of Wight)

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Address: Popham Road / Shanklin / Isle of Wight / PO37 6RG / Tel: 01983 869000

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      19.11.2009 11:17
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      A great hotel i would visit again!

      The Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel is in the South Eastern town of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. It is one of four hotels owned by a family. The others are:
      Luccombe Hall Hotel (sister hotel in Shanklin)
      The Hermitage (St Catherine's Down - outside Ventor)
      Melville Hall Hotel and Utopia Spa (Sandown)

      The Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel to now be known as Luccombe Manor in this review, has four acres of land and great cliff top views of the coast and Shanklin. Next door is the sister hotel the Luccombe Hall Hotel to be known as Luccombe Hall from now on, the hotels share some facilities like the indoor and outdoor pools, both located in the Luccombe Hall, which is the bigger hotel.

      We arrived ready to check in at 3pm, and were greeted by a friendly woman who was very chatty and helpful, she told us about the hotel and its facilities and directed us to our room (even carrying my bag).


      The Price:
      Dates/Season/Cost Per Night
      Mon-Thurs/ Fri & Sat/Sunday/7 Nights
      Before 2nd April (Low) £49 / £59 / £39 / £325
      5 April - 27th May (Mid) £59 / £69 / £49 / £395
      30 Aug - 1st Nov (Mid) £59 / £69 / £49 / £395
      28 May - 30th Aug (High) £69 / £79 / £59 / £465

      They also offer quite reasonable deals, we paid £199 for 2 nights in October (the week before half term), and this was half board, as well as free entry to the Isle of Wight Zoo and ferry crossing from Southampton to Cowes. This was an offer valid from Sunday - Thursday. You could stay at Friday - Saturday at an extra cost, and there was a supplement for a sea view. The way the hotel is positioned though, you can see the sea from the side rooms, but you have to be near the window rather than further back from it, then you can just see the grounds.


      The Food:
      (Example menu below)
      To Start:
      "Roast Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup
      Chicken Strips with Lemon & Coriander Mayonnaise
      Smoked Haddock & Prawn Gratin
      Pork & Vegetable Spring Roll with Lime & Chilli Oil
      Selection of Chilled Fruit Juices" Source: http://www.luccombemanor.co.uk/index.php/50

      Main Course:
      "Slow Roasted Lamb Shank with a Rosemary & Red Wine Sauce
      Pan Fried Cod Fillet with Parsley & Lemon Creme Fraiche
      Braised Beef & Ale Pie with Puff Pastry
      Puff Pastry Roulade with Baby Spinach & Ricotta" Source: http://www.luccombemanor.co.uk/index.php/50

      {All Served With Vegetables or Side Salad}

      Dessert:
      "Home Made Bread & Butter Pudding and Custard
      Baileys Cheesecake
      Black Forest Trifle
      Raspberry & White Chocolate Creme Brulee
      Selection of Isle of Wight Ice Creams
      A Selection of Fine English & Continental Cheeses" Source: http://www.luccombemanor.co.uk/index.php/50

      The menu did change every night so there was a variety, I don't know if it is done on a two night rota, if you stayed for a week you may get bored if this is the case. The food was nice and the portions were a good size, we enjoyed the evening with lovely views from the restaurant out to sea. It was quite laid back but held an air of sophistication. The building itself is old so very high ceilings and great décor. The restaurant isn't any different with a grand atmosphere. It is quite small but not crowded.

      Dinner is served between 6.30 pm to last orders at 8 pm.

      The breakfast was cereals, toast, eggs, continental or full English (which wasn't a full English in my book - it was egg, bacon, sausage and beans), but still very nice.

      Breakfast is served between 8.00 am to 9.30 am.


      Facilities and Amenities:
      The hotel shares its facilities and amenities with the sister hotel - luckily this is next door, so there isn't far to go. Over the two sites are:
      4 acres of landscaped gardens to the cliff edge, with amazing views out to sea.
      A jumbo chess and jumbo draughts set in the gardens.
      A mini putting green and childrens play area with trampoline, climbing frame and swings etc for all ages.
      The Grand View Tea Gardens with an extensive menu and more stunning views across the bay.
      There is also direct beach access from steps at the bottom of the garden which take you down the length of the cliff and access to cliff walks and access to Shanklin Chine.
      There is off road car parking in our private car park (limited spaces)
      You will also find a decked sunbathing area but i wouldn't advise using this is October or the two outdoor pools (open May to September).
      An indoor pool located in the sister hotel, which isn't massive but it is good if there is just 2 of you in it. I wouldn't recommend the Jacuzzi as it was ice cold when we tried getting in it and didn't warm up at all!


      The Room:
      We booked a double room and ended up with a triple, which is one double bed and one single bed, the room was of a fair size and the large windows and high ceilings created a warm but open atmosphere. It was very light and had an en-suite. The only thing I can slightly moan about was the size of the bath, it was smaller than most standard baths, which was fine for all 5'1 of me, but not 6'1 of my other half. He struggled to fit in it. Unfortunately there was no shower, so he had no choice.
      In the room was a smallish flat screen TV, kettle with tea and coffee making facilities and a desk with two extra chairs. There was plenty of room.

      The room was clean and smelled ok, I think it may have been a room designed for disabled access but I'm not sure. Perhaps the extra railings were for the oldies when they got hammered?!

      The décor in the bedroom was less impressive and not as grand but it was ok, not particularly to my taste, but far more inviting than a travel lodge.

      The windows are wooden framed and do rattle in the wind, I'm sure we wouldn't have noticed it, had it been the summer but I am a light sleeper and this did annoy me (and ultimately my other half when I wouldn't let him sleep either). On the second night he stuffed the no smoking sign in the frame as a wedge and we slept blissfully on the second night.


      Overall:
      This hotel is well worth a visit, it is in a lively part of the Isle of Wight with a beautiful Victorian atmosphere and décor. It is situated very well, just far enough to be out of the middle of it, but close enough to walk to the pub. This hotel is popular with the older generation (so youngsters beware) but not in a bad way, this actually made it quite good, we knew we didn't need to worry about any noise and disruption (although they were a few loud people).

      I rate this hotel 8 out of 10!

      The website is: www.luccombemanor.co.uk
      Contact number: 01983 869000

      I would go back to this hotel and would recommend it thanks to the staff creating a lovely atmosphere and making us feel welcome.

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