Home to stunning beaches, Carisbrooke Castle and The Needles, the Isle of Wight has plenty to explore. Here’s Culture Trip’s selection of the seven best hotels on the island where you can put your feet up.
The Wight Mouse Inn
Bed and Breakfast
The Wight Mouse Inn, Isle of Wight, England, offers rooms decorated in a calming, neutral colour palette | Courtesy of The Wight Mouse Inn / Booking.com
Step back in time with a stay at The Wight Mouse Inn, which boasts wood floors and oak beams. The view from the hotel is a real selling point; it looks across Tennyson Down and Freshwater Bay, a particularly special place on late summer nights. As it’s a family-run business, the staff is friendly and accommodating, going out of their way to ensure you have a pleasant stay. Rooms are decorated in a neutral palette, with traditional wood furniture throughout.
The best feature of this boutique B&B is undoubtedly the bay windows that offer not only plenty of light but also plenty of sea views. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, with large bathrooms and stylish loungers, plus thoughtful touches like coffee machines. There’s no restaurant here, but the afternoon tea is delicious. Situated in the town of Ventnor, it’s a five-minute walk to the beach, and the sweet Godshill model village is just a 15-minute drive away.
This seafront inn has just four rooms, all of which boast beautiful, uninterrupted views over the ocean to Portsmouth. The food here is delicious, particularly if you enjoy seafood. Order a plate of something fresh and watch the world go by – there’s no better way to spend a summer’s day.
If the charming name doesn’t reel you in, the location in one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular villages certainly will. Koala Cottage is something of a hidden gem, but its antique furniture and cosy rooms are not to be missed. The spacious, individually decorated suites are a particular highlight, as are the beautifully crafted dressing tables and wooden chalet housing a whirlpool and sauna – great for relaxing.
North House looks like something straight off the pages of a design magazine, and it was the first boutique hotel to open in Cowes. Rooms are individually furnished but retain the charm of the 19th-century Grade II-listed townhouse in which they reside. You’ll love the Farrow & Ball wallpaper, roll-top baths and, for some, sea views. The real selling point of the hotel is the library. Spend a relaxing evening lounging on the antique furniture with a great book.
This lovely seaside pub goes perfectly with a glass of red wine. The crab sandwiches are a local favourite, and a visit to the Bembridge Windmill at the end of a scenic 20-minute walk along a coastal path is a must. The bedrooms boast comfortable beds, high ceilings and lots of natural light.
With its quirky style and fairytale location in the sleepy village of Niton, The Enchanted Manor is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Enjoy breakfast in the stunning conservatory underneath hanging plants, or step back in time with a stroll through the grounds. Unwind with a game of billiards or with a spa treatment at this unique retreat for couples.