Foresters Hall

Cowes, Isle of Wight

‘The Isle of Wight’s chicest boutique hotel,’ reports a Guide insider of these Georgian town houses, with a kitchen run by Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson, set above Cowes harbour. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The Isle of Wight’s chicest boutique hotel,’ reports a Guide insider of these Georgian town houses, with a kitchen run by Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson, set above Cowes harbour. Sara Curran, an island resident and TV executive, took over the hotel(formerly known as North House) in 2022 with her partner Peter, and Robert (the youngest winner of a Michelin star). ‘Beautifully styled’ public rooms and bedrooms – from the previous interior-designer owners – have remained. ‘The decor really is exquisite,’ reports our inspector. Bedrooms, with stripped-wood floors, statement wallpapers and armoires, are ‘the epitome of elegance, with a dash of country house chic’. You might find a wood-burner, roll-top bath or modern four-poster. All have views of the sea, old town or garden. Some open on to the suntrap terraced garden. The latter is an ideal spot ‘to sit with a glass of rosé or a G&T’ and consider a dip in the hotel pool. Dine on tapas-style dishes here or the full menu in the buzzy brasserie with its choice of large and small plates, such as ‘wafer-thin slices of sea bass’ that ‘offered a satisfying simplicity and squeaky freshness’, and spaghetti of local lobster with ‘a velvety finish’.

Hotel details

Address

Sun Hill
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7HY
England

Telephone

01983 209453

Bedrooms

14. 9 across courtyard, 4 on ground floor.

Open

Closed for the season from 13 Dec 2022, re-opening Spring 2023; except for group hotel room bookings (which will include continental breakfast and access to the bar/library) or special events, pre-arranged directly with hotel reception.

Facilities

bar, library, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, garden, outdoor heated swimming pool, public car park (charge) nearby.

Background music

low-level music in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £20.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles from £295. Breakfast cooked dishes £8–£15, à la carte £60, tasting menu from £79. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.