Discover the Isle of Wight best hotels and b&b’s to stay in 2018.
The Isle of Wight has been known for years to be one of the UK’s premier tourist destinations. It was Queen Victoria who made the Island so popular with holidaymakers. Her holiday home was Osborne House, which the Queen and Prince Albert built for their family. Victoria loved the Island so much that when Albert died, she made it her permanent home. The Victorian influence is strong on the Island and this is reflected in the architecture offered by so many of our accommodation providers, such as hotels and B&B’s. We have imposing and grand buildings steeped in history. There are stunning mansions that have been developed to offer you the latest facilities and country escapes to get away from it all. The one thing that you can be sure of is the warm welcome you will receive when you get to our shores. The pace of life on the Isle of Wight is considerably slower and more considerate of people. You will most certainly relax and feel that you are in a Foreign land. Your journey to the Isle of Wight starts by catching the ferry or hovercraft from mainland UK. You will literally be sailing away and leaving your troubles behind and yet you will only be 2 hours from London and around 3 hours from The Midlands. This means that the Island is great for either a holiday or short break. GO ON, TREAT YOURSELF So now you know a little about our island, take a look at our recommendations for the best Isle of Wight best hotels and B&B’s.
The Royal Hotel is located in the town of Ventnor, which is towards the southern tip of the Island. The impressive building has long been associated with quality and attracted people for its’ location and exceptionally high standards of cuisine. The Royal is a 4* establishment and offers opulence and luxury to its’ guests. The Royal Hotel has been so called ever since Queen Victoria enjoyed taking afternoon tea at the hotel, whilst visiting her friend Sir John Hambrough, at nearby Steephill Castle. The Castle has long since gone, but this superb hotel has gone from strength to strength. As for dining, The Royal Hotel Restaurant has achieved 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food for over 20 consecutive years and has appeared in every Michelin Good Food Guide since its’ inception. The hotel is a short walk away from the town center and the beach is also close by, albeit down a steep slope. However, once there, you will find there are pubs and restaurants offering fine dining and fresh Ventnor Bay seafood. Also, take a walk through Ventnor Park and the Botanic Gardens and drop down into the beautiful Steephill Cove.
Now if you are looking for a real treat, that is perhaps not as busy as the larger hotels and accommodation providers, then look no further. Haven Hall allows you the opportunity to stay in one of their luxury rooms or exclusive sweets. The establishment has been carefully created by the resident owners and luxury and exclusivity can be seen at every turn. The property can be hired for the week for conferences or private use and has already welcomed a well-known footballer and actor in the short time that it has been open. Located on the cliff tops at Shanklin, looking out to sea, Haven Hall has stunning views. You can walk out on to the cliff tops that lead to Lake and Sandown in one direction and Shanklin to the other and access Lake, Small Hope and Shanklin Beaches. Haven Hall has just been awarded 5* guest accommodation status, which when you visit, you will see why. Standing in extensive and landscaped gardens there is a sheltered swimming pool and a tennis court.
These SUPERB hotels are family owned and offer exceptionally high levels of service and facilities. Located on the outskirts of Shanklin Old Village, these hotels are positioned on the cliff tops looking out across Sandown Bay towards the south coast of the UK beyond. The facilities include both an indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, and spa treatments to make sure that you are truly pampered during your stay. There are choices in the style of rooms offered and the food served in their beautiful restaurants that look out to sea is divine. Not only are the hotels fantastic, but their location, in a residential area, is close to the pretty thatched cottages of Shanklin Old Village. The picturesque walk through the Landslip to Bonchurch village is also close by.
Located in the very heart of the picturesque village of Seaview you will find the Seaview Hotel. This is a real gem, often mentioned in the National Press and noted for its’ exceptional food. The hotel is carefully run and managed and welcomes people from all walks of life that are attracted by its’ location and reputation. Not only is the village quaint, but there is a sailing club at the end of the road where the Seaview Dingy is raced. In addition, there is a small beach that looks out to the Solent. Further along the coast and heading west, you will find the beautiful Seagrove and Priory bays. Well worth a visit. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for creative, affordable food – on average 3 courses are £28. ‘Being able to work with such fresh ingredients is a real treat and we endeavor to bring sustainability to the table by supporting local suppliers and sourcing responsibly.’
Tucked right up under the foot of St.Boniface Down and looking straight out to sea, you will find the Leconfield. This is a most superb, boutique B&B that has been owned and run by the same couple for years. Everything has been finished and maintained to their own exacting standards and the establishment offers quality bathrooms and sea views. If you want to explore, you can walk down through the village of Bonchurch to the beach where you could well find yourselves being the only people sitting in a delightful cove. Alternatively, why not go and explore Ventnor Town, or walk up to the top of the Down, which is the Island’s highest point. This is a particularly quiet location and for those looking to just get away and relax by the pool, you will be hard-pressed to find better.
Do you fancy staying in a true Isle of Wight manor house? Rylstone Manor is positioned in the beautiful Rylstone Gardens at Shanklin is a stunning manor house dating back to 1863 and is exquisitely decorated throughout. A fantastic base from which to explore the Isle or just relax and enjoy its’ unique surroundings. The Manor is of Victorian proportion and incorporates a blend of Gothic, Tudor and Georgian influences which reflects its’ unique charms both externally and within. Choose to stay either on a bed and breakfast basis or with evening meals included. Rylstone Gardens are situated on the cliff top overlooking the Shanklin, Sandown Bay and are just a short walk from the beach front, Shanklin Chine and the Old Village with its’ pretty thatched shops and cottages.
The Clifton in provides quality holiday accommodation from its’ cliff top location, offering amazing sea views and great service. It is the perfect spot for a tranquil and relaxing holiday on the Isle of Wight The stunning view of Shanklin Bay can be enjoyed from the Bistro, where you can order fresh fish from the daily blackboard. We also cater to gluten-free diets. In the lovely garden you can also take advantage of the fabulous view, warm Isle of Wight sunshine, wonderful sea air, and refreshments from the licensed bar. The Bistro is open 7 days a week 18.00 – 20.30 What better place to enjoy a meal and the view?
REALLY tucked away, right in the center of Sandown and just a 5-minute walk to the seafront and High Street, The Wight has a choice of 41 unique and comfortable bedrooms. The Rooms vary in style and size from singles through to family suites, superior rooms and a four poster and honeymoon suite, we are certain you will find a room suited to your requirements at the Wight. Each room has an en-suite, but this family hotel really scores when it comes to value for money and facilities. There is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, Spa treatments, and much more. Why not take a walk along the seafront to Yaverland and visit Dinosaur Isle or the World famous zoo Tiger Sanctuary?
Now people assume that the best establishments to stay are in the main coastal resorts, but that is not always the case, as with this one. The Caledon has been the subject of extensive renovation and is located close to the center of the Yachting town of Cowes. The Caledon is a beautiful accommodation refurbished in a modern relaxed style only a few minutes walk from the main high street of Cowes, This friendly Bed and Breakfast is an ideal base for people over enjoying the many sailing regattas taking place in the area or those wishing to explore the many attractions and activities the Isle of Wight has to offer. Built in 1851, our beautiful Victorian guest house has been lovingly refurbished while still retaining many of its’ original features; wooden floorboards, high ceilings, and fireplaces.
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