Top Five Places to Stay in 2018
The Isle of Wight is a wonderland of icy views and snowdrops in January and February, and the ideal place for a weekend break or a winter holiday. Here are our top five places to stay this New Year...
1) The Royal Hotel - Satisfyingly Luxurious
The Royal Hotel in Ventnor is a reassuringly top end hotel with beautifully appointed rooms, superb service and great food. It’s lovely to take your lunch or afternoon tea in the colonial styled conservatory by the front entrance and if it’s warm enough you can sip cocktails on the terrace outside the bar. The grounds are turned into a magical wonderland at night with twinkling fairy lights in the trees. The restaurant serves fabulous food – make sure you try their Gallybagger soufflé for a starter, made with local Isle of Wight Company cheese.
2) North House - Hygge and Welcoming
North House in Cowes has had a recent refurbishment to turn it into a top end boutique hotel, with rooms named ‘cosy’ ‘comfort’ or ‘spacious’. One room even has a roll top bath in the bedroom. Downstairs are two comfortable rooms with open fires for lounging before taking lunch or dinner in the Oyster Store restaurant – try the fish curry, it’s superb. Outside there’s a fire pit and rugs are supplied if you dare to brave the elements and you’ll be rewarded with views of Cowes harbour.
3) Ralph's Spa Barn - Romantic and Secluded
Ralph’s Spa Barn nestles in the countryside just south of Newport, with easy access to any part of the island. Self-catering but you’re only a few minutes’ drive from the restaurants in Newport, including the very talented Robert Thompson who now has his own restaurant (book in advance). Ralph’s has a large light bedroom with apex windows by the bed to the stunning views, and mirrors on the ceiling above the bed! Outside in the summerhouse is a spa pool and you can book treatments from a visiting therapist. This is the ideal place to be alone with the one you love.
4) Tapnell Farm - Wild at Heart
Tapnell Farm’s cabins and eco pods are open throughout January as is the farm attraction and the Cow Co restaurant. Set within the rolling West Wight countryside their cabins are ideal for a family, with three bedrooms and central living area with sofas and dining table seating eight. They have a proper bathroom, a shower room, fully equipped kitchen and outside a balcony with stunning views across the West Wight towards Tennyson Downs and Freshwater Bay. The Wigwam ego pods are much cosier, with a built in double bed and two more singles if you need them. Shower room and flushing loo and a small kitchen, there’s a private barbecue on the terrace if you want to brave the elements – with more fab views.
5) Compton Beach Cottages - Surfer’s Paradise
Just above the cliffs of Compton beach sit two cottages owned by the National Trust, ideal if you want to catch the waves during your Isle of Wight holiday. Also great for bracing walks on the beach, cliffs or downs, these two former farm worker’s cottages have views of Freshwater’s chalk cliffs in one direction and the grazing cows of the nearby farm from the other. Compton Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and well-loved by surfers and kite surfers alike, especially when the waves are up in the winter. Compton Farm Cottages are the perfect place to get away from it all – there’s not even any wifi!
29 December 2017