Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: YMCA Winchester House, Sandowne Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 6HU

Contact: 01489 785228

Website: http://www.ymca-fg.org/for-groups/isle-of-wight-2/school-group-accomodation/

Description

Winchester House is located on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight between the popular holiday destinations of Sandown and Shanklin and within easy reach of all the island’s attractions.  The House is accessible by train, bus and road.

Winchester House has been providing school and group trips in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment  in Shanklin since 2004.  Each year, over 3,000 children, young people and adults stay in the spacious accommodation with sweeping views from some wings of the main house across Hope Bay on the south east coast of the island.

Winchester House offers full and half board accommodation for visitors to the beautiful and versatile Isle of Wight.

No 24hour reception or CCTV.

The nearest train station is Lake, a 10 minute walk away along the cliff top path and a short drive from the ferry ports.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

Main house accommodating up to 113 guests in comfortable bunk bed style rooms.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

In the main house we have 3 wings which can accommodate up to 113 guests in comfortable bunk bed style rooms and separate leaders rooms. Full board, half board and bed and breakfast options are available.

Most of the bedrooms are a bunk-bed style. The South wing also has a selection of single & twin rooms. 2 en suite leaders rooms available

The main house have fully equipped bathrooms with showers. Disabled toilets & showers downstairs in the House, & 2 en suite leaders rooms.

Bedrooms are a mixture of single, twin, bunk bedded and dormitory style rooms. Duvets, pillows and bed linen are provided but groups will need to provide their own towels.

Groups will have a sufficient number of beds allocated based on the number in their party and will have exclusive access to their wing.

Main shower and toilet areas are conveniently situated in each wing of the house.

No TV or air conditioning but there is a TV in the dinning hall.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Please check the YMCA Fairthorne Manor website.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We recommend that at least one group leader who will be accompanying the group attend a pre-visit site tour, even for leaders that have made previous visits. This tour will confirm the standard of accommodation, site layout, level of service and enable risk assessments to be carried out.

YMCA Fairthorne Group works hard to ensure the health, safety and welfare of both individuals and groups visiting our sites, paying particular attention to the needs of children and young people and that government health and safety guidelines and legislation are adhered to and monitored by designated personnel.

To ensure that groups are aware of what to do in the event of a fire, a practice fire drill will be held on the day of your arrival. The roll call will be based upon the fire list that the group leader returned to us 4 weeks prior to arrival. 

Further fire procedures will be given to you upon your arrival at Winchester House and the group leader will be asked to sign the Fire Log on behalf of the group to confirm they are satisfied with the procedures that are in place.

YMCA takes the security of all its premises very seriously and commits to doing everything within its power to ensure the security of all guests. The main front door and all wings of the House are fitted with key pad security locks, the codes for which are changed regularly and will be given to the group leader upon arrival.  Adult leaders must wear their Winchester House pass at all times when on site. YMCA staff must be informed of any additional visitors to your group as soon as possible and visitors must report to reception to sign in prior to joining your group. If non-residential groups are using rooms on the ground floor during your stay, delegates on these courses can be identified by a YMCA ‘Day Delegate’ badge.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Jan Anders, 01489 785228

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Group leaders are expected to treat any injuries that occur, so we recommended that groups bring their own first aid kits. In an emergency, a first aid box is available from outside the Young Carers’ Office on the ground floor.

Please list facilities available.

Full board and half board available.  Our spacious dining room within Winchester House provides a relaxed, comfortable setting in which to enjoy meals for up to 120 people.

We have lots of outdoor space for games and barbecues, and have direct traffic-free access to the sandy beach.

There is no swimming pool available at Winchester House.

WiFi can be used in the main house.

Our games room, (a converted chapel) includes a pool table, table football, table tennis, board games and can be used for a disco.

Winchester House has full central heating and hot water.

No common rooms but meeting rooms are available to book. Subject to availability. Facilities to eat a  packed lunch are available.

What are your disabled facilities?

We are fully equipped to accommodate people with disabilities including suitable bathrooms and lifts.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open 7 days a week. For groups check-in is between 2 – 6 pm with departure by 10am.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit that we can include in your section?

Feedback from our customers is very important to us as we seek to improve the service we offer.  Here are comments from some of our Isle of Wight guests:

“They get it” ! We felt so at home there and so well catered for. They understood our ever-changing needs and were so patient with things like wet beds and changed sleeping arrangements and weird and wonderful diets and we didn’t feel a nuisance at all. The food was good and well tailored to the children’s needs. When we got stuck indoors due to the weather for a couple of hours, they came and suggested we use some of the day camp play equipment. We awarded them our “Certificate of Awesomeness”.  Education Destination

As always, the house was clean and inviting throughout, the children often referred to the house as ‘home’ during conversations, which speaks volumes for how they regarded their visit St Mary’s Catholic Primary

All of your staff were excellent and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves St Francis School

First rate food and excellent, friendly staff. The best hostel we’ve stayed in! Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia

You have all been so helpful all the way through and we cannot thank you enough for your help in making things run so smoothly.  Anne & David Webster

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The beach is not far from Winchester House, there are stunning views from our Veranda wing.

Insurance

YMCA Winchester House has Public Liability Insurance cover up to £10 million and a copy of our insurance policy is included at the back of this pack. We recommend that all Schools/Groups follow the guidelines of their Local Educational Authority or other governing body regarding Personal Accident/Travel Insurance. 


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Outdoor Residential Centres


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