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North House – West Cowes, Isle of Wight
Hampshire & The Isle of Wight

It’s well worth the short, steep climb from the High Street to the top of Sun Hill and this engaging 19th-century, Grade II-listed townhouse, Cowes’ very first boutique hotel. Apart from the splendid sea views (best from some of the bedrooms), North House has been sympathetically restored and decorated with flair. Public rooms and bedrooms sport tasteful Farrow and Ball wallpaper or paint, with a nod to the nautical here and there. The 14 bedrooms come in three categories: Cosy, Comfy and Spacious, though even the ‘Cosies’ are a good size. They have everything you could want and more, including Roberts radios, hair straighteners and REN products. There’s a distinct emphasis on the fruits of the sea on the menu in the relaxed restaurant, which blends rustic and seaside chic with its scrubbed wooden furniture, white tongue-and-groove walls and photographs of boats. From March to late October, the heated outdoor pool is open and the dining terrace and cloistered garden come into their own.

Nota Bene

The high-speed passenger ferry to Southampton is ten minutes’ walk away, so you can make a dash from London in just two hours.

SEE

The Isle of Wight is brimming with new things to discover. There are well-loved family attractions, adventurous activities and iconic festivals. Or the simple pleasures of exploring unspoilt coves, downs and wetlands. The Island has a rich history and heritage, spanning the ages, to appeal to all. Sitting 3 miles off the South Coast, you’re just an easy ferry ride away from a memorable time together.

EAT

Their restaurant has a relaxed, stylish and comfortable feel – full of character, yet unpretentious. Their team of chefs create dishes focused on fish and seafood from the South Coast, cooked over charcoal, with a respectful nod to the seasons.

BUY

There is nowhere better than Cowes for independent retailers and one-off vintage finds.