North House

Cowes, Isle of Wight

‘In the heart of West Cowes, five minutes from the ferry’, up ‘a very steep side road’, this Grade II listed town house has been given a stylish make-over. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘In the heart of West Cowes, five minutes from the ferry’, up ‘a very steep side road’, this Grade II listed town house has been given a stylish make-over by Lewis Green and Luke Staples of interiors store Staples and Green, and Coast Bar, nearby. Our inspectors this year found Mr Green, a ‘hands-on owner, chatting to guests, checking that all ran smoothly’; they were ‘made to feel instantly at home’. Their bedroom was ‘smartly decorated in muted colours, with seagrass flooring, big, comfortable bed, soft but effective lighting’. Among ‘nice touches’ were ‘fresh milk, home-made biscuits, REN toiletries’. Some rooms have both a freestanding bath and a monsoon shower, perhaps a sea view; others overlook a courtyard garden, with tables for alfresco dining and a small pool. The restaurant has a ‘subtle seaside feel, with tongue-and-groove walls, nautical-themed photos and prints’, doors on to the garden. ‘Dinner is excellent, with the emphasis on local produce, lobster, crab, charcoal-cooked steaks.’ ‘Outstanding’ breakfasts bring pastries, fruit, smoked salmon, with cooked dishes at weekends. ‘A model of how a good small hotel should be run.’ (JS)

Hotel details

Address

Sun Hill
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7HY
England

Telephone

1983 209453

Bedrooms

14.

Open

all year, restaurant closed Mon, Tues (except bank hols).

Facilities

bar, library, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, garden, outdoor heated swimming pool.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcome.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, bar, library, in restaurant by special request.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £145–£245. À la carte £36.