Good Hotel Guide Review
‘As we pulled up at Hillside, Gert shot out to meet us, greeted us warmly, gathered up our baggage and took us to our room.’ Guide insiders had a great stay at Gert Bach’s late Georgian thatched villa on wooded, south-facing slopes above town. Invited to come down for tea (rooms have no hospitality tray), they found themselves instead sipping champagne. Other trusted readers were ‘greeted like long-lost cousins’ whenever they returned from a sortie. Interiors are Scandinavian style, stripped down, pale, with bare floors or woollen carpets, ‘spotless white rugs’; ‘colour comes from the abstract artwork’. A ‘very simple’ bedroom had a ‘fabulous view over town to the sea’. Drinks, including the house ale, are served in the conservatory or on the terrace. From 3 to 8 pm the brasserie has unambitious fare (perhaps ‘a tasty chicken pie with salad, a rich chocolate brownie with cream’), all ingredients locally sourced, or from the garden and greenhouse. Gert happily recommends local eateries for a ‘proper’ dinner. ‘The breakfast buffet offers an excellent spread of fresher-than-fresh options made on the premises’, honey from the hives, free-range eggs from the hens. (D and JB, F and IW)
151 Mitchell Avenue
Isle of Wight
12. Plus self-catering apartment.
restaurant, 2 lounges, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, terrace, 5-acre garden (vegetable garden, sheep, beehives), close to tennis club, golf, unsuitable for disabled.
in restaurant in evening.
not under 12.
per room B&B single £78–£143, double £108–£236. Brasserie, 2 courses £15. Min. 2-night bookings preferred.
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