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Gothic View
Ranked #2 of 4 Chale B&B and Inns
Wantage, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“The people make it”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

We arrived at the Gothic VIew late on a long day of walking.

The couple who run it are great people. They cooked for us without notice and the food was first rate. Really first rate.

While the place itself is not the most splendid, it was probably our best experience on the island. We would recommend fully. It is way nicer than the 4 star places we stayed in, not pretentious and genuinely warm and welcoming.

Room Tip: Do not take it for the rooms, take it for the welcome and the food.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Gothic View is outstanding. Situated in a quiet part of the island it is a lovingly converted chapel and, although the rooms are quirky, everything has been done to make them as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Anne Marie and Claude could not be more attentive, amiable and entertaining hosts and welcome you into their home as friends rather than just guest, nothing is too much trouble. Anne Marie's attention to detail is amazing and the food is of the highest standard. We thought it would be good but Claude's cuisine is world class with a quality and variety that is unbeatable. You will not eat better anywhere so make the most of the opportunity to indulge at a price that is a fraction of what you would pay at a top restaurant without the guarantee of such excellence. We stayed for five nights and our experience at Gothic View made our trip so enjoyable and memorable. It is rare to find such a gem which is infinitely preferable to any luxurious hotel room with impersonal service and mediocre food.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Gothic View is a little off the beaten track. If you are walking as we were, I recommend the bus from Chale to save a couple of miles. However, well worth the trek. We were warmly greeted by Anne Marie and Claude who made us very welcome. We had requested an evening meal (which has to be booked in advance as everything is sourced and cooked to order) and it was superb. Delicious and meticulously presented by Claude and expertly served by Anne Marie. Our hosts were extremely affable and we felt very privileged to have had such a personal experience of fine dining.
The accommodation was spotless and quirky - we had a ground-floor room which had a bathroom up a steep flight of steps, which was a little challenging in the middle of the night. The room was small but comfortable and well decorated. No TV, but we were offered a DVD player!
Breakfast was another lovely meal, which included a variety of preserved fruits and locally sourced eggs, bacon and sausages.
Anne Marie and Claude provided us with an excellent packed lunch of pate, cheeses, salad, bread and fruit.
Great experience. Wonderful people. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

Fabulous building with lots of character. We stayed at Gothic View for a weekend in April. Claude and Anne Marie were wonderful hosts and couldn't have been nicer. The room was a little too small for us personally with one or two little things that let it down. No light bulk working on the bedside lamp and nowhere to plug in the electric kettle that they had supplied. I am sure Claude would have put these things right but we didn't mention them to be frank. Wonderful breakfast, Claude is a great cook but a little too noisy as we were on the mainroad. I would recommend this little place for a quick overnight but probably not for longer. It was also a little far out of town from where our friends were staying too.

Room Tip: both rooms are very small. Main road facing was noisy.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

From the moment we set foot in this beautiful converted chapel, we were made to feel right at home. Anne Marie and Claude couldn't do enough for us and were perfect hosts. The chapel is on the main road through Chale Green, which is a sleepy little village near Ventnor, in gorgeous countryside.

We had the two rooms in a suite on the lower ground floor, with an en-suite shared between the double and twin rooms. Both rooms were very comfortable and very elegantly decorated.

The breakfast was incredible! The best bacon I have ever had - I have no idea what Claude did to make it so tasty but I think it involved herbs and some arcane Continental wizardry. Home-made compote, natural yoghurt, muesli, toast, jam, local eggs and sausages, fruit salad, fried potatoes with onions and mushrooms, grilled herbed tomatoes... We were well set up for a day of serious fossil-hunting! Anne Marie and Claude also offer a gourmet dinner, which we were quite gutted not to have opted for - next time!

Excellent value for money, and will be recommending to our friends.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Gothic View. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly with a cup of tea and a cake and instantly felt at home.

This former chapel is wonderfully quaint and quirky, our room was decorated tastefully and was spotless.

Breakfast was simply outstanding and I'd definitely recommend paying for an evening meal courtesy of Claude, he's a fantastic chef.

Thank you Anne-Marie and Claude for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

My husband, 20 year old daughter and I stayed here on a Saturday night in Dec. We had the warmest of welcomes from Anne-Marie and Claude, with tea and cakes and lots of advice about the island and an interest in what we would like for dinner. We then went to the pub whilst Claude prepared our feast. We brought our own wine. The huge plate of mixed appetisers were all delicious, with a variety and freshness you could not fault. Our different main courses were all excellent, with beautifully cooked and prepared vegetables and delicious accompaniments. The desserts were to die for, with fresh fruit on the side. The sauces with every dish were just perfect. We have eaten in lovely restaurants all over the world but have never had a better meal. It was wonderful. The former chapel is very cottage-like so don't go if you like large modern rooms. We had a twin and a double room, with a tiny bathroom. It was quaint, with comfortable beds and efficient heating, which we needed as it was a cold night. There was a large selection of DVDs to watch on a flat-screen TV. Anne-Marie and Claude have led interesting lives and were interested in ours too. They were a very engaging couple. We will be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Gothic View
Address: Gothic View Town Lane | Chale Green, Chale PO38 2JS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Chale
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Chale
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Hotel Class:3 star — Gothic View 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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