North House

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Grotty yachts flock to Cowes during its week-long summer regatta, but this stylish, smart 'very dog-friendly' hotel with a laid-back vibe provides a year-round reason to visit the nautical town. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Grotty yachts flock to Cowes during its week-long summer regatta, but this super-stylish ‘very dog-friendly’ hotel with a laid-back vibe provides a year-round reason to visit the nautical town. Occupying two town houses and the former Foresters Hall, once host to recitals and ventriloquist acts, it is well liked by locals, who pop in for lunch alfresco or a gottle of geer in a ‘cool sitting room cum bar’ with velvet tub chairs and Farrow & Ball wallpaper. The ‘very hands-on’ owners Lewis Green and Luke Staples also run an interiors shop – ‘and it shows’. Bedrooms have a muted palette, seagrass flooring on bare boards, artfully distressed vintage pieces, a dial telephone and retro radio. Most large rooms have a freestanding bath and separate shower, perhaps a modern four-poster. From the tongue-and-groovy, flagstone-floored restaurant, hung with modern art, doors open to the garden and pool. A short seasonal menu produces ‘simple and skilfully prepared’ dishes such as roasted cod, mussel and razor clam chowder and duo of beef. ‘Breakfast is outstanding’ and during the day, guests can borrow bikes and boots. (C and ES, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Sun Hill
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7HY
England

Telephone

01983 209453

Bedrooms

14.

Open

all year except 24–25 Dec, restaurant closed Mon, Tues (except bank holidays).

Facilities

bar, library, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, garden, outdoor heated swimming pool, no onsite parking.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, cot £15, extra bed £20.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£15 per night, with dog bed and treats), bar, library, in restaurant by special request.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £195. À la carte £36.