Hillside

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

‘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. More

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‘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)

Hotel details

Address

151 Mitchell Avenue
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1DR
England

Telephone

01983 852271

Bedrooms

12. Plus self-catering apartment.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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.

Background music

in restaurant in evening but ‘not if not wished’.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £133, singles from £98, apartment doubles from £206. Brasserie 2 courses £15. Min. 2-night bookings preferred.

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Comments about Hillside

A handsome villa with an immaculate Scandinavian decor. Warm welcome. Our room was a lovely space; the bed truly comfortable. The two-course supper was well cooked and presented. Breakfast was especially good. - Desmond and Jenny Balmer - May 2018
We loved the place, the atmosphere, the décor, the gardens, the animals, the quality of the service, the freshness of the food and all. Gert Bach is an excellent and attentive host and a delight to converse with . - Ian & Francine Walsh - June 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide