Good Hotel Guide Review
‘At the top of the town, below St Boniface Down, a thatched cottage exterior belies the uber-cool interior’ of a hotel run by ‘charismatic, omnipresent Danish owner’ Gert Bach. Despite a road running by, the situation is ‘suitably bucolic’, with ‘impressive vegetable gardens, chickens, ducks on the lawn, grounds home to black sheep, doves and beehives’. Interiors, filled with fresh flowers, are ‘Scandi chic – wherever you go, white walls act as a backdrop for huge canvases of abstract art’. A compact twin bedroom was ‘almost stark in its simplicity’ (more white paint, more flowers, more art). ‘Eight rooms have a view of the sea, which can also be seen through a huge triple window in the downstairs room.’ Tea and coffee are served downstairs and charged for. Home-grown and local produce appear on ‘a short menu of delectable artisan dishes that zing with flavour – fresh garden soup, crab ramekin, fish pie.’ Breakfast brings ‘excellent sausages and bacon, meat and cheese to go with the lovely bread’. ‘Sitting in the gardens sipping a glass of rosé and looking out to sea felt like the perfect summer moment.’ (JK)
151 Mitchell Avenue
Isle of Wight
12. Plus self-catering apartment.
restaurant, 2 lounges, conservatory, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 5-acre garden (vegetable garden, sheep, beehives), EV charging, close to tennis club, golf, unsuitable for disabled.
in restaurant in evening but ‘not if not wished’.
not under 12.
B&B doubles from £133, singles from £98, apartment doubles from £206. Brasserie 2 courses £15. Min. 2-night bookings preferred.