Brimming with coastal charm, this oasis of calm is perched perfectly on the clifftop, it’s the home from home where you can make yourself comfortable in one of 15 individually designed bedrooms. Our conservatory and South facing award-winning garden offer an ideal location to appreciate the view across the water. The Clifton is the place to re-engage with the simpler pleasures in life. Come and visit and you’ll find we don’t fuss, we just do the simple things really well. And with staff who are always ready to add that little extra to ensure your stay is perfect, the Clifton is one seafront hideaway that you might just want to keep all to yourself. Parking is free in our own car park. Expect to find good beds, powerful showers and an excellent breakfast. Escape for a deserved short break, escape the kids or escape from your conventional corporate business accommodation. Why not escape with your friends or family and book the whole house for your very own House Party. Daytime at The Clifton – Papers, magazines, sofas and free wifi too! Whether it’s a cappuccino, a glass of wine from our really good, fairly priced wine list, a G+T from our gin menu, a local beer, perhaps some nibbles or a cream tea from our Bistro-Cafe menu, what’s not to like about daytime at The Clifton? Evening meals – We don’t cater for full evening meals but there are some excellent pubs and restaurants in the Old Village and on the seafront, all within a 5-minute walk. Please note that The Clifton does not accommodate children under 10, nor do we accommodate any four-legged friends. The Clifton works closely with both Red Funnel and Wightlink Ferry companies to get you the best deal possible to travel to the Island. Please ask for details of our preferred ferry rates, subject to availability.
The Clifton guest house is owned and operated by David and Carys who have many years of experience in hospitality. As well as an array of bars and restaurants they most recently owned and managed a three-star Best Western Hotel with a rosette restaurant – so you can be confident of an enjoyable and relaxing stay during your holiday. With just 15 rooms we are small but perfectly formed accommodation in Shanklin – the right size to give our guests suitable attention without them feeling overcrowded. Our delightfully furnished en-suite bedrooms have been designed to provide a comfortable holiday retreat where you can really relax. The rooms are graded as Premier Suite, Balcony Bay View, Bay View, Standard, and Cosy Double – one with a sea view. We also have a Family Suite. Facilities include remote control flat-screen television, hairdryer, desk fan, hot drinks refreshment trays, and luxury eco-friendly toiletries. Our Standard Twin rooms can be turned into Triple bedrooms for just £ 30.00 supplement per night
History of the Clifton
The person behind the building of Clifton House in 1860 when Shanklin was a booming Victorian Spa resort was William Prouten, Fisherman and Innkeeper at The Chine Inn. William’s wife Frances was a member of the Daish family that established Daish’s Hotel in the Old Village. Their daughters Ann and Fanny Prouten lived in and ran Clifton House as a lodging house. When William Prouten died in 1880 Clifton House was bought under terms set out in his Will by William Deeks, who was the husband of another one of William Prouten’s daughters, Louisa. By 1901 The Clifton was still being run as a lodging house but had changed hands to Edwin and Alice Jefford. We have a picture of The Clifton from 1913 when it seemed to be letting accommodation, and certainly, know that in 1921 it was being run as a boarding house by a Mrs Clark and her two daughters. Since then it gradually evolved into the hotel you see now, having been owned and operated by several families. Later additions from the Sixties onwards include the conservatory with far-reaching views of the garden and out to sea.
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We have a four-star rating with VisitEngland.
We have been awarded VisitEngland’s coveted Silver Award for the high quality of our accommodation.
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