Romantic Retreats

With vast swathes of the Isle of Wight designated Areas of Outstanding Beauty, it's easy to see why couples flock here for a romantic break. But did you know we also boast some seriously sexy accommodation? Here’s our insider's guide to… the very best in sultry stays.

Glamping Under the Stars

Glamping is a winner when it comes to romantic escapades. You’re up close and personal with the outdoors, but with the added luxury of all mod cons. Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat has a truly romantic luxury stay hidden away among the trees - in the form of two fairytale treehouses.

Nestled in the woodland just up from the beach are two unique round shingled tree houses that offer stunning views, in studio-style accommodation. Each is a snug haven, perfect for two, offering everything you could want for a romantic break. There’s no scrimping on the luxuries here with a perfectly proportioned kitchen and dining area, open plan double bed with log burning stove and spacious ensuite.

The French doors lead out on to a deck area with seating where you can enjoy a lazy breakfast. While the lower deck reveals a private hot tub - just for two - perfect for sharing a bottle of bubbly, surrounded by nature. Located right on the coast in Wootton, this peaceful oasis is just the spot for a saucy break as it was once a naturist camp in the early 1930s!

To book call 01983 885220 or visit

Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, Lower Woodside Rd, Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight, PO33 4JT

Timeless Class

North House is a Grade II listed townhouse situated in the heart of Cowes old town.

Built in the 1850's, part of the house was a Forester’s hall, Theatre and Labour Exchange at different times in its history. The remainder of the house has been sympathetically renovated and now boasts fourteen beautifully appointed rooms, some with captivating sea views. There is a bar, library, garden and a residents swimming pool.

Close to the high street and its array of shops, restaurants, marinas and the various yacht clubs of Cowes, North House is the perfect place to stay and explore this vibrant coastal harbour town.

For that perfect romantic meal, book into The Orangery - the main dining space within the house that overlooks the terrace and gardens. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for both residents and non-residents, and serves modern British cuisine all sourced locally (some of it foraged) with the menu changing to reflect the seasons, with strong seafood influences highlighting the best of Island produce.

To book call 01983 209 453 or visit

North House, Sun Hill, Cowes, PO31 7HY

Self-cater in Sultry Seclusion

If absolute seclusion tickles your romantic antennae, then the 200-year old stone barn, The Cart House, is the pinnacle of romantic privacy.  Situated at the southern side of the Island, at the end of a quiet country lane, this wonderful barn conversion is tucked away at the foot of St. Catherine's Down, just below The Hoy monument. The immediate area is beautiful rolling countryside ideal for romantic quiet walks and lovers strolls.

The cottage enjoys a huge open plan living kitchen area with big picture windows across the front. The building is traditionally decorated with lime washed walls and every effort is made by the owner to welcome you – a large bouquet of flowers, a box of local seasonable vegetables; even a bottle of bubbly upon request.

To book call 01983 551368 or visit

The Cart House, Gotten Ln, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2HQ

Old World Romantic Nostalgia

For something rich in character of the yesteryears and steeped in romantic ambience, the Seaview Hotel in the picturesque fishing village of the same name on the Island’s north east coast delivers first class charm. Surrounded by quaint streets, and Victorian buildings, the Seaview Hotel soaks up the best in panoramic sea views across the Solent. 

This is a chic getaway with all the trimmings of a bygone era. Even Alistair Sawday trilled, “Everything here is a dream. You're 50 yards from the water in a small seaside village that sweeps you back to a nostalgic past.’ The hotel also has not just one, but two restaurants (one is original Victorian, and the other contemporary) and its own farm with home reared meat, vegetables and eggs. There are 13 luxurious bedrooms to choose from too, all designed in a timeless aesthetic.

To book call 01983 612711 or visit

The Seaview Hotel, The High Street, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5EX

Get Hygge with Scandi Chic

As the name suggests, the Hillside is perched on the side of the hill overlooking Ventnor and out to sea. This charming 18th century country house is a great bolt hole for a break away à deux. With its Scandinavian inspired interiors, why not curl up on the comfy leather sofas in front of the log burner with a glass of something rich and red and read one of the many books or newspapers available.

Enjoy the coastal location by taking a stroll down to the beach, or just sit back, soak up the views, and be inspired by the amazing art collections that adorn the rooms. Eating in the restaurant is a must with the food being sourced über locally – much is grown in the kitchen garden located in the 5 ½ acres of grounds which is also home to some free ranging Hebridean sheep.

To book call 01983 852271 or visit

Hillside, 151 Mitchell Avenue, Ventnor, PO38 1DR 

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2 February 2019

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