Winchester House in Shanklin is a great base open all year from which to explore the Isle of Wight. With sweeping cliff top views across Hope Bay, easy access to many island attractions and great transport links, it’s the ideal setting for your group. 

For over 10 years, we have been providing thousands of children and young people with a warm welcome, fantastic customer service and a memorable experience they will never forget.  Our ability to accommodate over 100 people across three separate wings makes us a unique setting for all types of groups, from schools and language groups, to sporting parties and wellbeing retreats.

Bedroom at Isle of Wight - Winchester House
Making sandcastles at one of the Isle of Wight daycamps.

Accommodation

Three wings in the house accommodate up to 119 guests in comfortable single, twin and bunk-bedded rooms with shared bathroom facilities.  

Separate leaders’ rooms provide privacy, some of which are en-suite. Our two largest wings have comfortable private lounges with other meeting rooms, and a large chapel, ideal for performance space, available for hire. 

The secure accommodation is located on the first floor of the main house, with the ground floor housing a children’s day nursery, function rooms and YMCA offices.

The dining room used for our Isle of Wight residential visits.

Catering

We offer tasty, nutritious meals served in our large dining hall. All food is freshly prepared on site by our dedicated catering team, with the ability to cater for all dietary requirements.

Full board rates include the first meal as dinner on the arrival day, with the last meal being breakfast on departure day; further meals such as lunch on departure day can be included at an additional cost.

Half board rates include the first meal as dinner on day of arrival and last meal as breakfast on departure day. Lunches are not included on this rate.

On-site activities

Groups can take part in our on-site activities to supplement the rest of their trip. Make the most of our secure grounds and clifftop location on self-led sessions, from beach visits and Giant Connect 4, to parachute games, circle skills, table pool and table football. Alternatively, residential groups* are entitled to two free evening activities, which can include wide games, disco or movie night.  (*restrictions apply).

**NEW** add water sport options with Wight Water Adventure Sports from just £25pp for half a day of activities including paddle boarding and kayaking.

One of the sites you could visit during your stay at our Isle of Wight residential visits.

Island attractions

Comprising 147 square miles, there is a host of attractions to interest all visitors, from picturesque villages and beautiful rolling countryside, to superb beaches and spectacular views.

From beaches to botanical gardens, Roman remains to dinosaurs, a Royal Palace to a scholar’s inspiration, there is a wide selection of educational and leisure attractions to suit any theme. If you are looking for activities, there’s a stunning cycle route, miles of footpaths, not to mention over 100km of beautiful coastline and some great water-based activities.

One of the ferries that could take you to our Isle of Wight residential visits.

Travel

There are plenty of ways to reach the island and Winchester House:

  • On foot – a 20 minute walk from Shanklin and Sandown and direct steps leading down to the beach.
  • Bus – on the main island Southern Vectis bus circuit.
  • Train – Lake train station is just a 15 minute walk from the house; the island train line from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin stops at Lake twice every hour. Mainland train tickets can include a Fast Cat from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head and island train travel. For more information visit South West Trains.
  • Road – the island is accessible via Wightlink (vehicle services from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth; foot passenger service from Portsmouth to Ryde), Red Funnel (vehicle ferry from Southampton to East Cowes and a foot passenger service from Southampton to Cowes) and Hovertravel (foot passenger service from Southsea to Ryde).

YMCA guests receive discounts on car and coach travel on vehicle ferry crossings with Wightlink and Red Funnel. Please ask us for more details.

View from Winchester House where our Isle of Wight residential visits take place.

Prices & booking

Our affordable prices mean that a stay with us is in reach for all groups. As a community charity, we endeavour to keep our prices competitive to ensure as many groups can access our services as possible.  Any surpluses generated are reinvested to help deliver the various services we offer children and young people across the south. 

All prices include accommodation, half or full board, and full bed linen. 

Adult rates listed in our group prices are for adults accompanying child or youth groups; for adult only groups, please contact us.

Booking your group’s stay is simple and we’ll be available to help you every step of the way. Call our friendly sales team on 01489 785228 or info@ymca-fg.org to discuss your requirements and check availability.  To talk to our house team directly, contact 01983 862441.

Location

Winchester House is located on the clifftop between the seaside towns of Shanklin and Sundown, a short 30 minute drive from the ferry ports of Ryde and Cowes and 40 minutes from Yarmouth. Overlooking Hope Bay, it provides the perfect setting for school and group accommodation, and a great place to access all island locations. Our address is YMCA Winchester House, Sandown Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6HT. To contact the house, call us on 01983 862441. For all new sales enquiries contact 01489 785228.